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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

10 Cute Nooks at Home | Living Spaces

So we’ve been in our new house now for a month and it’s amazing how much there is to do! In terms of DIY we have lifted carpets, sanded wooden floors, painted two bedrooms (including skirtings – a slight backache nightmare) and hung curtains. And there’s plenty more to come… In the meantime though I’ve started dreaming of a few little nooks – places to retreat to and spend time in.

I’ve seen some great nooks in some houses – from under the stairs sitting or storage space, to an alcove or bay window. I’ve seen cupboards changed into walk in book shelves with a cosy chair, and cute kitchen corners turned into a newspaper and coffee nook. I’ve seen quaint wash nooks in old-fashioned restaurants and quiet outside spaces where wrought iron furniture and potted plants make the place their own. I love a good nook – the whole point is to USE it, and not to simply create it and leave it.

In that vein of thought, here are 10 cute, stylish and elegant nooks that I thought I must share with you 🙂

Cute Bistro Nook

Cute  Bistro Nook | source madisonhome

Stylish Window Nook

Stylish Window Nook | source Pinterest

Nook for Girls

Nook for Girls | source Pinterest

Nook Under the Stairs

Nook Under the Stairs | source decoholic

Colourful Storage Nook

Colourful Storage Nook | source Pinterest

Beautiful Glass Corner Nook

Beautiful Glass Corner Nook | source Pinterest

Bright Outdoor Nook

Bright Outdoor Nook | source Pinterest

A Framed Kitchen Nook

A Framed Kitchen Nook | source Pinterest

Adorable Book Nook

Adorable Book Nook | source hellobee

Little Wash Nook

Little Wash Nook | source Pinterest

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.

At Home on the Farm – Country Interiors Moodboard

I simply love farm-style country decor, especially if it represents the look & feel of one of my favourite places – the Karoo. My husband and I have been house-hunting for the past few weeks, and I’ve seen a couple of houses that have such character and history, really showing off their farm-house heritage.

I’ve put together a moodboard of some of my favourite inspirational images that showcase farm-style country decor – the rest of the Pinboard is here if you’d like to see the photos in more detail! Check out these two posts for more great interior inspiration: Farm-Style Country Decor and Karoo Decor Inspiration.

Farm & Country Style Moodboard

Mapping Out Your Home – Fun Friday Decor

Hi lovely Good Girls, so sorry that I haven’t posted in a while – work has been frightfully crazy and I’ve hardly had a free moment! So here’s something fun for your Friday – some really great home decor inspiration with Maps. Yes, maps! From lampshades to wallpaper to prints and frames, there’s plenty to do with maps.

Have a look at some of these inspirational ideas. Have a super weekend!

Map in the Bathroom

Map in the Bathroom | source Apartment Therapy

Map Decor

Map Decor | source Bookity

Map Lampshade

Map Lampshade | source Pinterest

Map Heart Frame | source Pinterest

Street Map Headboard

 Street Map Headboard | source Renee Fineberg

Kids Room Map Wallpaper

Kids Room Map Wallpaper | source One Kings Lane

Simple Maps in Frames

Simple Maps in Frames | source Dream Book Design

Add Pops of Colour to Your Home | Saturday Decor Inspiration

With all the emphasis on bright pops of colour in the fashion world at the moment, I don’t see why it can’t be as easily incorporated at home?! Gone are the days when classy neutrals and various shades of white dominate homes – bring on the colour!

Check out these great examples of adding pops of colour to your home, and it doesn’t all mean you have to paint entire rooms bright yellow, pink or turquoise (although you can if you wanted to!) Accessories, accessories, accessories: from colourful kitchen items, to scatter cushions and colourful lamps, there are plenty ways to add a touch of colour to any room in the house.

Happy Saturday all!

Colour Pops in the Kitchen

Colour Pops in the Kitchen | source Pinterest

Pretty & Peaceful in the Study

Pretty & Peaceful in the Study | source Mint Design Blog

Gorgeous Garden on the Balcony

Gorgeous Garden on the Balcony | source Casadevalentina

MisMatched Colour on the Shelf

MisMatched Colour on the Shelf | source Homes & Antiques

Green & Neutral in the Bathroom

Green & Neutral in the Bathroom | source Better Homes & Gardens

Colour Box Ideas for Your Home

Colour Box Ideas for Your Home | source Pinterest

Lilac Walls in the Office

Lilac Walls in the Office | source Apartment Therapy

Neon & Pastel Decor | Home Trends

Recently I did a post on Pastel Colours as a big fashion trend for 2012, and have found that splashes of Neon are also making their way into focus – both in fashion and in decor trends. What we are also seeing now is a great combination of neon & pastel together (I know, initally it seems crazy, but actually – it works!) and not only in fashion. Why not brighten up your home for summer with some pastel & neon shades?

The key is to keep the base colours very neutral and quite lightwhite, dove grey or pale pastels work well on walls, while brighter pops of colour look good as accents. Key pastels to remember include: mint, teal, rose, lemon and lilac, while neons look good in fuschia, tangerine, coral and florescent yellow.

Check out these great design & decor inspirations…

Neon vs Pastel

Neon vs Pastel | source Enter My Attic

Neon Green Touches

Neon Green Touches | source Enter My Attic

Soft & Bright Colours

Soft & Bright Colours | source The Style Files

Neon & Pastel Inspiration

Neon & Pastel Inspiration | source Le Notebook

Dipped Hair & Neon Inspired Home

Dipped Hair & Neon Inspired Home | source Trendland

Neon & White Kitchen

Neon & White Kitchen | source John Lewis

Pinboard of Neon & Pastel Ideas

Pinboard of Neon & Pastel Ideas | source Style Files