Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Jubilee Inspiration

This year is a great year to be British, and we are starting off the celebrations with the Queens Diamond Jubilee this weekend.

With all the street parties and garden parties, I feel a sense of nostalgia for those 'good old days'. Days, which infact were before my time as street parties seemed to have died a sad death but none the less, I imagine the streets would be filled with friends and neighbours,  a buzz in the air, children running around your feet, something which since the Royal wedding is becoming increasingly more popular. Hoorah!

You may or may not have arranged a street party, garden party, tea party or picnic in the park with friends, family and neighbours but there is still time and for those of you that have, perhaps a little more inspiration.

Firstly, the celebrations would not be complete without bunting, inside or out, Union Jack or perhaps you prefer the vintage feel?

Tea & Cakes.......... We are British afterall. Running with the terribly British tea theme, why not use vintage tea cups and saucers with sweets and treats or flowers as a table piece?

Something to quench your thirst? Old jars recycled and filled with ice cold lemonade, doesn't it make your tastebuds tingle. It also looks fantastic!

However you celebrate this weekend, I hope the sun shines for you and you have a wonderful time.

Images: Dream Box Interior Design, Pinterest

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Monday, 28 May 2012

Colour Psychology - Orange

Summer has finally arrived and in celebration of this glorious day, I am going to look at the colour orange in my colour psychology series.

Orange radiates warmth and happiness, combining the physical energy and stimulation of red with the cheerfulness of yellow.

The colour psychology of orange is optimistic and uplifting, rejuvenating our spirit. Take advantage of all the positive properties of orange by introducing elements of this colour into your everyday life. Flowers, art, finishing touches.

Orange brings spontaneity and a positive outlook on life; it represents free spirits and the ability to be yourself.

With its enthusiasm for life, you will find it hard not to be inspired by the most extrovert colour!

For me, orange reminds me of my time in the Caribbean “It’s seriously easy going” or, to quote Bob Marley “Don’t worry, Be happy” I think this is a perfect way to summarise the colour orange.

Have a beautiful day.

Images: Pinterest

91 Magazine - Sneak Peek

When I opened my e-mails this morning I almost couldn't believe my eyes; It cannot be 'that' time again already? Surely not?.

The creative lovelies at 91 Magazine had sent me a sneaky peek of their new summer edition and I cannot believe that issue 3 is ready to be published, not that I'm complaining mind, I cannot wait to read it Friday morning.

The magazine will be filled with inspiration from a beautiful feature on 5 ways to use wildflowers, to the quirky home of a Parisian artist, to how to style your guest bedroom, and a day at one of London's newest and prettiest craft venues. After seeing a sneak peek at the Parisian artist home and styling a guest bedroom (below), I cannot wait to read the whole feature and more....
Hopefully these images will be enough to keep you going until the launch on Friday! Make sure you have a cuppa ready!

Images: 91 Magazine

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Exposed Brick Interiors

The sun is shining, I'm feeling inspired and I wanted to share with you all. And, let me tell you, it feels good to be blogging again! I've been missing in action for a while now.

My inspiration today comes after looking at designs for my own home. After 5 years, the husband and I are finally looking to develop and improve our first home........ with a view to sell in a couple of years! So, you can be assured there will be plenty of posts coming up on my own home and the dilema of improving to sell without blowing a budget.

I have spent some time recently gathering images for mood boards for my home and have noticed that I am very drawn to texture and contrast.
I especially love exposed brick walls, if you follow my pinterest or facebook pages you will see brick popping up everywhere! Teamed with warm wood and leather it's a match made in heaven, I especially love brick against a white wall and combined with metal, It brings so much warmth into a room.

Brick never fails to impress whether being showcased in a masculine environment, industrial or a more feminine room teamed with soft shapes and delicate fabrics, which is my personal favourite, again, it is all about those layers of texture.

Images: Pinterest

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Friday, 4 May 2012

Colour Psychology - Yellow

Since the past week has been very cold and gloomy you are in for a visual treat today! There is only one colour that can lift your spirits and inject some sunshine into your life on these rainy April days. This month I am going to look at the colour psychology of yellow.

Cheerful yellow is associated with laughter, happiness and the sunshine. A person surrounded by yellow feels optimistic and energetic because the brain actually releases more seratonin when around this color.

Have you noticed a common theme running through these inspiring images yet? Yellow is the most visible color, it is also the most attention-getting color, So although only used in small details and as an accent colour it is still the most eye catching. For this reason it is also advised that you only use yellow as an accent otherwise the room may become overpowering and can increase negative feelings such as anger.

Tip: It is very clear from these images that yellow and grey are a match made in heaven! They yellow seems to jump out of the grey backgrounds but it is a very sophisticated team. I also love yellow combined with a beautiful blue.

Laura. x