2018 Interior Trends you will love or hate

2018 Interior Trends you will love or hate

2018 Interior Trends you will love or hate

Well each year we come a cross some new Design Trends we will either love or hate, or we might just as well enjoy looking at beautiful pictures created in order to promote these trends but wouldn´t even dream about opening our door for them!

1.

In the moment that Pantone announced the color of the year 2018, I heard far more “hate” comments about: Ultra Violet 18-3838 than I have ever heard before about any other color. But hey, don´t they say in Hollywood: “Even bad publicity is good publicity!” ? So, it will be interesting to have a look at our perception towards this color at the end of this year – we might be surprised!

Have a look at how this color pretends to concur our living spaces!

2. + 3.

To the contrary here a trend which will be far easier to digest: Plants are creeping their way back indoors: ”Large scale florals and botanical references combine to transport us to forbidden gardens within our own rooms. “ Elle Decor

Personally I am not at all into florals in any form or shape other than real flowers, never the less I adore green botanical leave prints and wall paper! Let me know if you love or hate this trend, ok?

4.

All white and grey rooms, furniture and decor has been synonym for elegant, minimal and sophisticated beauty throughout the last years. Even the Scandinavian Style has turned into an absolute classic and is sure meant to stay, last autumn bold dramatic colors pretended to bring a radical change. (check out this previous post) However a 180º turn needs it´s time. Never the less strong color accent furniture will be noted everywhere this year. Have a look at these beautiful pieces and if you dare go mixing those colors and you will be right in tune with this years Trend predictions! :

5.

Beige and Brown is back, too! Lucky for all those who did not decide to go with all white and grey. Haha This time blush pink is added to it with dark pine green. And I must say, even I´m a bit surprised about myself, I like this natural blend. It feels cozy and welcoming!

6.

The Global Nomad becomes trend once again! Exotic arte facts, hand crafted textiles and black-white tribal patterns, will blend in with jungle patterns, earthy colors and worn timber. Are you tired of this trend, or happy to see it back?

What decor trend will you be following? Which to you hate and which do you love?

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p.d.: All images are linked to my pinterest folder, where will fid the respective origins

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Interior colors – grey – where and how

Interior colors – grey – where and how

Color is one of the most powerful design tools, as in a fraction of a second colors can speak volumes. Without saying a single word, they can instantly set a mood, convey an emotion, invoke a physiological reaction or inspire people to take action. 

In my series of Interior colors, in which I hope to demystify a bit the color psychology and the adequate use of color in our homes, I talked already previously about orange, red and white.  You can check out part 1 here, 2 here and 3 here.

This time I have decided to take a closer look at the use in interiors of the sophisticated and elegant, but modern color GREY.

In the past GREY has been used almost exclusively in industrial environments, which are utilitarian and functional. However in the last two years grey has become the protagonist in many design areas. And we wont be shocked to find even all grey bridal dresses and wedding decor this year. Just the contrary, we are delighted with this fresh use of this “non-color”, which turned sophisticated and elegant. 

In Fengshui GREY invites helpfulness and represents a harmonious union of black and white.

It is also perceived as calming, sleek and neutral.

10 words that describe the color psychology of grey the best:

graceful + quiet + modern + glamorous + reliable + intelligent + calm neutral + solid + timeless

GREY is a neutral color, which can be either cold or warm, depending on the amount of blue or yellow added in it´s mixture.

If you want a room to be cosy and warm, just watch out to go for grey tones with slightly more yellow, this way you will help the room gain in warmth. Add bright warm color contrasts, such as yellow or orange.

If you want the room to be clean and modern go for those blueish grey tones and add hard black and white contrasts for a graphic look.

Despite the current dramatic color trend (read all about it in my previous post: “falls 7 most important interior trends “) I would always suggest to add to both warm and cold grey tones, some cream or white highlights, in order to brighten up the general mood of this color.

Check out the differences in this comparison.

All dark grey in dark grey – a fascinating dramatic picture, but having your home full of drama would get rather dense after a short while and energy draining.

Adding some white highlights in shape of furniture of pictures, frames etc. add enough positive energy to balance well with the matt dark greys.

Here the bright white dominates and the different grey tones of the painting, sofa and cushion add some sofistication to this clean space.

CREAMY GREY gives any room more depth than white would, but it still looks polished and modern.

As shown in a previous post (“30+ options to up date your kids room“) last year we up dated the bed room of our little girl with a beautiful creamy fog grey.

And as we fell so in love with this color tone we recently decided to paint our entire summer holiday apartment with it. It works just amazing with all the white furniture and white windows and doors. 

The velvety softness of this color combines so well with a romantic blush pink in combination with some slightly darker grey cushions, as here in our bedroom and here in some other fantastic examples.

In the kids bedrooms we combined the GREY with turquoise for a fresh, happy and contemporary look, adding of course also here some grey throw pillows. Check out also these other great ideas for this beautiful color combination.

And as recently I am a true fan of grey in it´s variation of tones I painted also my studio with a dark dramatic charcoal, however only one of the walls, while the others became bright white. As I said before, I personally defend the balanced use of dark and dramatic with white or cream highlights for a more positive energy! And to that I added black and white graphics in shape of patterns, photographs and of course my motivational quote prints, as well as touches of yellow or gold! 

(Unfortunately I don´t have still proper pictures of my studio, but I hope to be able to add soon more than this one above.)

As you can see, grey really can work in so many ways, shades and spaces, that it can virtually fit into any room of your home.

Find more inspiration and all original image links here in

And please remember all of My Home and Yours cushions come in a beautiful GREY, as well as in 8 other fantastic color shades, making sure you will find the right one for your home!

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New Year´s resolutions – to be remembered all year round!

New Year´s resolutions – to be remembered all year round!

New Years Resolutions – to be remembered all year round!

We are half way through January, the new year resolutions, well they might not be forgotten, but we must admit that our daily routines have caught up with us by now. 

So, wouldn´t it be good to have a reminder of your goals for this year on your desk or well visible on your wall? 

Be it at home or in the office, be it a personalized list or message, or a motivational and inspirational quote, having them present and visible can help you keep on track. 

Have a look through these and many more designs, or as I said, have your own text printed. Remember, they can be printed on fabric to be framed or on a quality cotton pillow, available on 9 beautiful decorative colors. 

Get one for your self or gift them! The recipient will love it and your message  will be present day by day! 

Why not now – go for it today! 

Life isn´t about waiting for the storm to pass. It´s about learning to dance in the rain.

Happiness is a choice

Your personal message hand printed on fabric to be framed!

Limits are for those who need them!

Believe you can and you are halfway there.

Do what makes you happy

365 new days. 365 new beginnings.

Your personal message hand printed on a quality cotton cushion, available in 9 colors!

Focus on the solution – not the problem.

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6 Quick & easy ways to make your office more creative & productive!

6 Quick & easy ways to make your office more creative & productive!

Design must make sense! In my long career as a designer one thing I never understood how there is so much “stuff” out there, be it fashion-, interior- or product design, that aesthetically looks great, but functionally is a total fail. 

In my new pinterest folder to this blog, you´ll find plenty of design inspiration for restyling your office that make sense, however in this post I´d rather point out a few easy and quick changes that will help you to boost creativity & productivity around your work space.

You really need only 15min for achieving a massive change 

Trust me & go for it right away!  

-1- Move your desk closer to the daylight!

Try to avoid fluorescent lighting, as it can cause drowsiness, instead orientate your desk making more use of daylight!

-2- Clear your office from clutter!

I mentioned this already in my previous post, but it really is rule number one for better fengshui, better efficiency and motivation!

-3- Control temperature!

Make sure office temperature is not too high, as it could make you sleepy, but neither too cold, as this can distract you just as well. Ideal would be 25ºC (77º F)

-4- Add motivation to your desk and walls!

Family pictures, as well as inspirational quotes can help you to get through the day and keep up your motivation. Check out also my previous post: 10 Tips on getting motivated for work that really work!

For this purpose I created a whole collection of motivational quotes, which you can either print out yourself or I hand print them for you on fabric for a more sophisticated touch.

 

-5- Have Plants!

There are plenty of plants that need minimal care, but they can help reduce your stress levels and reduce air polution. Find a guide of easy office plants in the pinterest folder that I created especially for this post.

 

-6- Rearrange your desk for better Fengshui!

Just follow this great illustration for more balance and efficiency with your work by placing all the elements on your desk in a certain manor. Sounds odd, but let me tell you, I tried it my self and I must say it makes sense once you´ve done it. Just give it a try, it only will take you a few minutes!

 

picture credits in my pinterest folder

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How to convert your bathroom into a spa in 5 simple steps

How to convert your bathroom into a spa in 5 simple steps

The new year often starts with hangover time! And I don´t really mean it in the literal way! It´s just that the past year rests heavily on our shoulders and I personally feel quiet tired and exhausted! In order to get the reset for a new fresh start into the next round of 365 days around the sun right, a visit to a spa wouldn´t be bad at all! 

But, of course we´ve got the kids at home, time for your self is lacking! So I thought I´d step at least into our bath tub, switch off the light, light up some candles and get the feel. But I had to realize that through out the year the bathroom got rather cluttered with old magazines, towels lying around, here one of the socks which is missing in the laundry and there the bathing toys of my daughter, filling half the bath tub! I cannot even light up the candle which is hiding in the corner of the shelf, as its twig is down to cero!  

Well this scenario is far from getting the right Spa feeling! 

But when you hit bottom you get ready to push yourself up, so I decided it´s time for a little make over and turning this space into my little Spa – or at least I´d like to get it a bit closer to it!

Here a few ideas, which might inspire you for your own bathroom at home.

STEP 1:

Get rid of all the clutter, hide it in the drawers, some baskets or some glass containers.

STEP 2:

Change all the ugly shampoo, mouthwash, … containers into neutral looking dispensers.

STEP 3:

Get new towels – all the same color or matching patterns, roll them up or fold them perfectly.

STEP 4:

Add some inspiring wall decor and candles.

STEP 5:

Add some scents and turn on some music.

And if you want to get a bit more into restyling and redecorating in my new pinterest folder, you´ll find plenty of ideas:

From painting the walls, the sink, the tiles, or simply their joints …

… to adding some shelfing, some stick on tiles or …

… add a faux patterned floor. 

Have a brows here and a happy start into the new year!

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interior colors – white – where and how

interior colors – white – where and how

Interior color – WHITE – where and how

Color is one of the most powerful design tools, as in a fraction of a second colors can speak volumes. Without saying a single word, they can instantly set a mood, convey an emotion, invoke a physiological reaction or inspire people to take action. 

In my series of Interior colors, in which I hope to demystify a bit the color psychology and the adequate use of color in our homes, I talked already previously about orange and red. 

You can check out part 1 and 2 of this series: here and here.

This month white will be our color:

White often is not mentioned as a color as such, however just as any other color it provokes emotions and we react to it in a certain way.

10 words that describe the color psychology of white the best: 

bright + spotless + innocent + airy + lightweight + sterile + efficient + silent + pure + fresh  

White is a cold neutral color, it´s clean and pure and gives us the impression of space. Most of the time newly constructed homes are handed over all dipped into white paint, which obviously is cheaper, but also more neutral as it can easily adapt to almost any taste and allows you to set all ideas to cero. 

You like rustic, Mediterranean chic? White is a perfect base color, think of Ibiza and it´s rustic housing, always in white, combined with natural wood and earthenware.

You like modern Scandinavian decor? Well white and black are the essential colors for it, even the result goes into a totally different direction.

In any case, white cultivates clarity, positivity and honesty.

But what does all this mean in respect to the interiors of your home? 

You can use white in virtually any space of your home, …

… be it your BATHROOM

… be it your KITCHEN 

… be it your BEDROOM …

Also the quantity of white color you want to use depends entirely on you. Look inside of yourself and feel how YOU react to white with white or may be YOU prefer adding smaller or bigger white highlights to existing color palettes?

The beautiful thing about white is that is totally flexible and it always works. Surely this will also be the reason why most people choose white from my cushion collection as gifts – this way they cannot go wrong with the color and their message is what stands out! 

Have a look at the collection HERE 

Never the less, which colors work the best with white?

White walls and white furniture for a monochrome elegant summer look. 

… or white with subtle touches of sand and grey tones, …

 or for a more graphic look add contrasts and match it with black, …

… or combine white with any other bright color. It really is up to you!

Please remember, all of my Home and Yours cushions are available in 9 colors. And they could just as well wear your own words.

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Interior colors – red – where and how

Interior colors – red – where and how

Interior Colors – Red – where & how

This color series hopes to demystify a bit the color psychology and the adequate use of color in our homes. 

At the beginning of this autumn winter season I mentioned in the post: “This seasons biggest interior trend & what you didn´t know about it”, that

“This seasons biggest interior design trend is all about color! Not only color accents, but full color as such. Color drives almost 90% of all decisions we make and influences us in how we feel, what we decide and do and finally also how we do it.”

With this in mind I believe it could be very interesting to know a bit more about each color. 

We spoke about Orange last month and this month we will give RED it´s turn.

Red is a warm color, full of passion and drama, it´s dynamic, energetic and powerful, stimulates appetite and draws in attention.

10 words that describe the color psychology of red the best:

love + passionate   energy + powerful    excitement + attention strength  +  courage   dramatic + dangerous

But what does all this mean in respect to the interiors of your home?

While bright red can heighten the senses, earthy red tones create warmth and comfort. 

So red could well be the perfect color for a dining area.

… or as a detail for the kitchen.

 

Use it as an accent on one wall, or on some objects …

… or through an art work which will turn this corner of the room into a focal point.

As a general rule, use red minimal, as on it´s own it can be over powering! However adding cool or neutral colors can balance this effect.

A bedroom is great in neutral and realxing colors, while red accents can add this little bit of spice and excitement for romance you might be looking for.

NOW WHICH COLORS WORK TOGETHER WITH red FROM THE INTERIOR HOME DECOR POINT OF VIEW?

 

Grey in all its shades, is a winner since a few seasons already and it keeps up strong. The combination of grey with red accents works particularly well!

Charcoal with beige, burgundy and bold bright red is a fantastic combination. It´s elegant, classy, yet contemporary!

Slightly away from trends and fashion, please keep the above in mind as an inspirational guide only and always tap into your own mind, spirit and needs. Feel there how you react to each color from the inside and go for what feels right for you!

And please remember, all of my Home and Yours cushions are available in 9 colors, one of them a beautiful bold red that can just as well wear your own words.

The offer is valid for a limited time only! (until 6.12.17)

So don´t wait for a last minute gift, but check out which styles are the ones for you!

Find the full collection here.

 

 

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simple and natural christmas decor is this years new luxury

simple and natural christmas decor is this years new luxury

Simple & Natural Christmas Decor is the true luxury this year!

Christmas decoration dates back centuries and if we look back into our own childhood our mothers overloaded and almost over decorated the whole house during the Christmas period. This year, don’t be a slave to the past and try out this simple, cheap, but most of all beautiful natural eco-chic trend, which will mark the season!

Natural olive branches are a great choice with wonderful green-silver leaves. They are extremely easy to decorate, and add natural color with a timeless green. So bring a touch of your outdoors in, and enjoy your holiday season.

Of course, not everyone has access to olive tree branches, don´t worry, as any other ever green leaves will work just as well! 

Stick them for instance on the wall, imitating the shape of a Christmas tree. Have a look at my previous post by clicking here and check out plenty more alternative Christmas tree options.

Don´t have much access to any greens? Well don´t risk to get arrested by cutting all the bushes in the park! The combination of some brass rings or stars with only a touch of green are  just as attractive!

And for me the most beautiful and original way of displaying some green is the combination of greens and glass containers, vases or even glass baubles.

Simply green wreaths, on their own or in multitude are classic, but keeping them minimalistic, will make them stand out this season!

And as mentioned previously, for alternative Christmas tree options, especially ideal for small spaces, check out my previous post or my pinterest folder!

And last, but not least, adding to any antique wooden object a branch of green with a simple bow, will make them stand out for this seasons celebration. Happy decorating to all of you!

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35 stylish & chic christmas tree alternatives

35 stylish & chic christmas tree alternatives

35 amazing stylish & chic Christmas tree alternatives

Soon it´s time to decorate again for Christmas, getting our home cosy and into the mood! 

This also brings with it the opportunity to get truly creative and decorative! 

And if you are looking for something a little different this year here the perfect picture guide to 35 amazing stylish & chic alternatives to the traditional tree which may well inspire you! 

By the way, loads of these ideas are ideal especial for small spaces, where a 3-D foot standing tree might get into your way each year – if this is your case, here you´ll find the solution to the seasonal space problem, without having to miss out on a tree!

Incredibly simple but just so happy and bright! These two chalk drawn christmas trees on black board painted walls can be done with minimal effort and cleaning them up later is done in a second! 

Natural branches suspended from the celing can be incredibly atractive and save space, while you don´t have to miss out on the smell which transports you into your childhood, creating expectations of the big day to come!

A smaller alternative for the table or side board are these cones made from ceramic, wood or concrete, partly raw with golden tips.

Similar in size, but from paper, dough and felt are these cute little decor trees. A nice weekend DIY idea! Feel creative and do your own version!

Black or white? Which one is your favorite of these two wooden cut out christmas trees? Sparely decorated with a light garland, they look so stylish & chic! They are the perfectly match for any scandinavian style living room!

Here some more black and white ideas to imitate at home, using painted salt dough with cork trunks, white fur on a stick, washi tape framed and simple black and white paper patterns cut and stacked. It seems so easy and fun to do them, I must try one my self!  

Recyled pallet wood can also be transformed completely into some beautiful and original christmas decor trees. Find more options and alternatives in my pinterest folder

Also from wood, but so different: On the left a 3-D wooden boards cut out tree – scandinavian style and on the right piled drift wood, for a polished rustic look. 

Fake fur trees stuffed and pinned on the wall, the trunks are mini washing pegs – what a mad little idea! 

Hand painted fabric wall-hanging or a photographic version? Which one do you like better? 

Personally I like a bit of natural and will hang some branches over our fireplace and decorate them together with my daughter with some home made salt dough cookie decor. Happy decorating to you!

All images link back to pinterest, where you can get all details about their origin,… and 

And remember for all of you early Christmas shoppers we have a   

FULL month of up to 15% DISCOUNT

on all custom cushions

Only until the 6.December!

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