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Not Kimye? You Can Still Have a Gorgeous Nursery!

So apparently Blu Ivy and North West have the most gorgeous baby rooms in the world – and I imagine, probably the most expensive. While we aren’t Beyonce & JayZ or Kim K & Kanye, it’s entirely possible that we can throw together a beautiful nursery too 🙂 Think vintage pieces, wall stickers, a coat of paint to match theme or gender, your old cot repainted and refurbished, some lovely stuffed animals and a lighting feature – ta da!

This goes out to all my lovely pregnant friends (of which there are about 5 right now) who are dreaming of a lovely little baby room without all the sleepless nights and nappy changes 🙂 Enjoy these gorgeously decorated nurseries!

Let Her Sleep
Let Her Sleep | source LoveThisPic

Baby Vintage

Baby Vintage | source Pinterest

Princess Girl

Princess Girl | source Pinterest

Boy in the Forest

Boy in the Forest | source Pinterest

Alphabet Baby

Alphabet Baby | source Along the Way with V & J

Sleep Sweet

Sleep Sweet | source Houzz.com

GlowStars

Stripes & Spots | source Penelope Home

GlowStars

Glowstars | source tumblr

Desert Style Inspiration | Cacti & Sand Dunes

My aunt just donated some lovely desert roses for our (rather sparse) garden, and so they are now flourishing in our succulent bed, with all the other cacti-related plants! I love desert-inspiration, whether it’s gardens or interiors. I think it’s because my love of the Karoo and the wide open spaces match my love for a country like Namibia – the desert scenery is just something so spectacular and awe-inspiring.

Here are a few ideas on how to incorporate a desert theme decor into your home, party or garden – it’s pretty easy actually and can be achieved with minimal effort. Enjoy!

Desert Vase & Cactus

Desert Vase & Cactus | source The Collection Agency

Velvet Couches & Desert Skulls

Velvet Couches & Desert Skulls | source Pinterest

A Cactus from Mexico

A Cactus from Mexico | source fab.com

Desert Rose in a Can

Desert Rose in a Can | source Jill Thomas Photography

Tea Party in the Desert

Tea Party in the Desert | source Ruffledblog.com

Classic Desert Retreat

Classic Desert Retreat | source Cabbage Rose Blog

Cactus Garden

Cactus Garden | source Pinterest

Plascon 2014 Colour Forecast

Plascon has always been front and centre when predicting the trendy paint colours for the upcoming year. 2014 is no different with four distinct themes that take into account what is happening in design, decor & interior decorating right now. Here’s the blog post as originally published on www.plascon.co.za:

The 2014 Forecast Themes:

Urban Tribe is a response to the growing trend towards national pride – especially amongst BRICS nations. With countries like South Africa and Brazil coming to the fore as global centres of design, their unique aesthetics are being showcased around the world. Urban Tribe expresses this with a warm and grounded palette of contemporary brights, plus gold and black accents.

Key Influences – African and South American vivid brights, high contrast combinations, retro-modern design, raw and refined.

Urban Tribe

Second Nature takes a new look at our relationship with the natural world. As more and more people live in cities, the urban space becomes our key reference point, and combining this with the natural world becomes vital to keep our lives balanced. This sentiment is captured in a bright, vibrant palette of greens and blues, activated by a bright yellow accent.

Key Influences – South American rain forest, jungle and acid green tones, tropical inspired motives, urban pattern, eclectic combinations.

Second Nature

Calm Contrast tracks the evolution of pastels in modern design, showing how they’ve moved on from being purely “feminine” colours. This palette shows the combination of classic pastels with grounding neutrals, plus dark blue and copper, creating a balanced, contemporary feeling.

Key Influences – Faceted geometry, contemporary romanticism, modern meets classic, subtle contrasts, natural finishes.

Calm Contrast

Inner Space is inspired by the ways in which we use sanctuary environments to rest and reflect in a busy world. Drawing colour inspiration from the stars and universe above us to enhance the contemplative mood, the theme is expressed through a collection of neutrals and blues for a deep, tonal palette.

Key Influences – Space and the galaxy, deep and moody colour, lunar greys and neutrals, night sky blue.

Inner Space

Combining Neutrals with Colour | Paint Inspiration

We’re looking for a neutral paint colour for our home interior at the moment, and while it’s hard enough to browse through all the shades of stone, beige and cream, it’s often harder to work out what colour goes best with neutral! Well, what I’ve learnt is that pretty much everything does – that’s a good thing.

One of my favourite websites (EVER!) is Design Seeds – dishing up gorgeous colour palettes on pretty much a daily basis. I’ve used their colour selector to find a nice neutral stone colour, and they gave me these amazing colour palettes that just go. I think I love this! Here’s to my visit to Plascon this weekend… will let you know how it goes! Be inspired x

Candle & Cranberry

Candle & Cranberry

Mocha & Cocoa

Mocha & Cocoa

Beige & Berry

Beige & Berry

Halo & Horse

Halo & Horse

Clarity & Candy

Clarity & Candy

Fur & Feather

Fur & Feather

Apple & Autumn

Apple & Autumn

Nice & Neutral

Nice & Neutral

Fierce & Fresh

Fierce & Fresh

7 Gorgeous Grey & White Kitchens

Something gorgeous to ogle over today – my absolute favourite decor theme at the moment: grey & white! And where better to display it to its utmost, but your kitchen. And grey doesn’t have to be one dimensional either. Think dove grey, charcoal grey, stone grey, silver grey, pale white grey…it all looks amazing when contrasting.

Here are 7 beautiful grey & white kitchens that make use of all my favourite textures: wood, blackboard, chrome… soak it up and enjoy!

Chrome, Wood & Blackboard

Chrome, Wood & Blackboard | source welke.nl

Gorgeous Open Kitchen Storage

Gorgeous Open Kitchen Storage | source Dear Designer

White & Grey Kitchen

White & Grey Kitchen | source Mrs Jones

Pretty Kitchen Tiles

Pretty Kitchen Tiles | source Pinterest

Open Kitchen Shelving

Open Kitchen Shelving | source babble.com

Charcoal & White Dining Area

Charcoal & White Dining Area | source Klikk

Elegant & Chic Kitchen

Elegant & Chic Kitchen | source Melanie Turner Interiors

Creative Use of Vases in Your Home | Decor Inspiration

For me, there’s nothing that brightens up a room more than a vase of flowers. It can change the theme of the room (proteas for South African flavour), add to the season (daffodils for spring), create a mood (roses for romance) or bring freshness to a space (think wild flowers or jasmine with those amazing scents).

But one of the best things about flowers is the actual vase! I’ve seen so many creative ways of how different objects, buckets, jugs and more can be used as a vase – and all of that really complements a room’s decor as well as work well with the flowers chosen.

Remember that vases can also contain fruit, vegetables, grasses and wire flowers – it’s really all about what sort of statement you want to make with your vase and arrangement. If you’re looking for some great flower tips & ideas (especially for a wedding or event) in and around the Cape Town area, then I would check out Audrey & Kay.

In the meantime, here are my ideas for creative vases!

Some Amazing DIY Vase Ideas

Some Amazing DIY Vase Ideas | source here

Vintage Tea Pot as a Vase

Vintage Tea Pot as a Vase | source Ana Rosa

Gilt Edge & Vibrant Purple Flowers

Gilt Edge & Vibrant Purple Flowers | source Erin Ever After

DIY Can & Clay Pot as vases

DIY Can & Clay Pot as vases | source Just Imagine

Clear Cut Glass Vase

Clear Cut Glass Vase | source Pinterest

Bronze, Cream & White Tins as Wedding Vases

Bronze, Cream & White Tins as Wedding Vases | source Crazy About Weddings

Tips on Vintage Decorating | GUEST POST

Today I’m introducing Guest Blogger Ella Andrews, who has a great flair for home decor and home maintenance. She is constantly searching for new sources of inspiration which feeds her interest in storage and home moving, and is currently discovering more stylish and sophisticated home decor ideas.

To achieve a vintage look in your home through decorating is not only relatively easy, but also quite fun. Every room can be transformed relatively inexpensively. However, you will need to invest quite a lot of imagination. Browse all sorts of flea markets, thrift stores, yard sale and also don’t forget taking a look in your grandmother’s attic. All of these can be sources for different types of objects, which could be used for decorating purposes.

Vintage House Decor

Decorating the living room

Cabbage roses as well as calico prints were quite popular during the 1930’s and 40’s. In case you don’t feel like papering the whole living room with cabbage roses, a similar effect can be achieved by upholstering just a couple of cushions or a chair in that design. During the 1930’s and 40’s a great hit were lace doilies, head vases and all sorts of knick knacks.

In case you have a fireplace in the living room, add a number of vintage fire andirons, bellows, hand wrought tools, etc. Hanging framed vintage photos on the mantlepiece is a nice touch, too.

Tips on Vintage Decorating

Decorating the bedroom

Each bedroom is in need of a dresser, correct? That’s why you can easily make this part of the bedroom’s interior a vintage one. It will without a doubt grant the room a really pleasant look. For instance, a plain old white dresser will fit right in. You can stick a couple of vintage postcards on the mirror. You can easily find such at any antique store and at a relatively low price. Remember, even small things can make a huge difference when it comes house maintenance and decoration.

What can also contribute to a nice vintage look is the bedding. The linens must be chosen wisely – quills, afghans, comforters. They can all help the bedroom ‘travel’ back in time. An antique cradle, complete with a doll from the same period, floral prints and family portraits on the wall are also options that are worth considering.

cabbage

Decorating the kitchen

This is, hands down, the most fun part of vintage decorating. However, if you prefer genuine vintage items, either buy off of eBay, or shop from antique stores. An old style school kitchen table and a hoosier cabinet will definitely take you back in the past. There are also a number of smaller items that can compliment the vintage look:  blue speckled enamelware, blue willow china, salt glazed pottery.

Also, blue or red as well as white enamel pots plus canister sets, too. And what would a vintage kitchen be without vintage kitchen ‘tools’ – salt and pepper shakers, egg beaters, vintage mixers, tin breadboxes, etc. The walls could be used for hanging all sorts of objects. Some of them can get used on a daily basis, while others will serve just for decoration – plates, aprons, old tin signs, etc. Frankly, the tin signs are appropriate for all rooms. They are quite easy to find and pretty attractive, the most popular ones being Route 66 and Coca Cola.

kitchen vintage

Decorating the bathroom

Even the bathroom can acquire a vintage look. You can do that by using a collection of mustache cups or a set of shaving mugs accompanied with brushes and a razor stop.

Vintage Decor in the Bathroom

Ella Andrews currently contributes articles around home storage and house moving, as well as decor.

* I love guest posts! If you would like to share your knowledge or expertise on any design, decor, fashion or style trends, please email me on theggguide[at]gmail.com. All posts and included links undergo a review before publishing.