Adding texture and colour with a rug

Hi All,

Hope your mood is better than the weather. It’s pouring down all day in England. Grim!

On days like these, one just wants to cuddle up on a sofa and read. Whilst I was doing so, I remembered that I never wrote to you about our new rugs.

I think the whole room can be transformed with the right rug. I love having wooden floorboards; they look great, but sometimes they might feel a bit cold under feet.

A rug can help with that. It can also add much needed texture to a fairly neutral room and/or a pop of colour.

Adding texture with a rug; textured wool rug; Next rug

For our living room, we found a multi-tonal tuft rug from Next, which helps the room look cosy and welcoming.

Adding colour with a rug; Habitat rug; green rugFor the office room, I wanted something funky and full of colour. I think the green rug from Habitat looks perfect there.

What do you think?

Happy Sunday!

Signuture1

 

Urban Jungle Bloggers: Back to school – plants on the workplace

For those of you who don’t know it, Urban Jungle Bloggers is a monthly series created by Igor and Judith who wanted to share their passion for green urban spaces with the fellow bloggers.

I’ve been following this initiative for a while (Thanks Doris from Interior Novice for introducing me to this idea), but until this month, I didn’t get a chance to participate.

UJB-instagram-september14

This month’s theme is ‘Back to school – plants on the workplace’. As you know I’ve recently re-done my office space, so thought it’s a great opportunity to join in.

http://secretgardenhome.com/2014/09/03/home-office-makeover/

We’ve got plants around the house as, in my opinion, they add colour (I love green), texture and personality to the room. As soon as I finished my creative space, I knew something was missing.

At the moment, I don’t want any plants on my desk as I need as much space as possible for my creative endeavours, but I knew I needed something in one of the corners.

I thought a succulent like Zamia (it was a gift, so I’m guessing that’s what it is) would be perfect for my office room. It looks great next to my pop art picture and it doesn’t need a lot of water, so it’s a hassle-free houseplant.

Urban jungle bloggers back to school plants in the workplace

When I need a break from searching the net, I can sit down on my sofa and just admire this resistant houseplant. It’s getting bigger…

Perhaps with time, I’ll figure out how to have more plants in this room. I really like the idea below from 79 ideas, so watch this space.

79ideas_beautiful_studio hanging plants from a ceiling

Feel free to join the fun with Urban Jungle Bloggers.

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Home office makeover

Dear All,

Finally, after almost 3 years wait…long wait, I’ve sorted my home office. I’ve been vigorously planning this for a while patiently adding the images to my Pinterest board.

After studying my virtual moodboard, I realised that I need the following criteria to be met:

  • Lots of space for writing and creative endeavours
  • Interesting storage
  • Flexible way to display pictures/painting
  • Creative board/moodboard
  • Interesting lighting options
  • And the Eames chair or a replica

The project is almost complete. I’m still sourcing some bits and pieces, but the main things are done. I’m very pleased with what we’ve achieved.

Home office makeover

home office makeover 2

As you can see, most of must-have criteria were met, even the chair. By the way, it’s a replica. The green rug is from Habitat.

Office makeover breakdown; Cable&Cotton string lights, Ikea desk and storage, upcycling

Let me know what you think. It’s a work in progress, so any advice and suggestions are welcome.

Have a good week.

Signuture1

How to display artwork and pictures in your home

Couple of weeks ago, we finally started to fill our walls with pictures. It’s the most satisfying part of decorating your own place. Immediately, you add a personality to your abode.

In our living room, above the sofa, we wanted some sort of gallery wall. We decided to go for the vinyl album covers. We’ve been collecting albums for a good few years. Antique shows and second hand/charity shops are perfect for finding your favourite music from the past or present.

Vinyl albums arrangement

Vinyl album covers gallery wall

Obviously, Queens of the Stone Age are up there as well haha

What I like about framing your favourite album covers is changeability; you can swap them at any time.

Library pictures and cameras above the shelves

In the library, we decided to utilise a space above the shelves to display film-related equipment and memorabilia (it’s primarily my boyfriend’s room, so it was his call).

Plus, we’ve added another old album cover in a corner.

Library album cover

Upstairs, the hallway got a makeover as well. Keeping with a film theme, we decided to create old film stars’ gallery wall. I think the black and white pictures are great. Hope you can name all of the below.

Film stars hallway gallery wall

In the office/second bedroom, it’s all about contemporary art and street art. Above the fireplace, we placed Roy Lichtenstein’s reproduction of Girl with Hair Ribbon, which goes well with our green wall.

Lichtenstein reproduction, pop art

On another wall, we decided to display Steve’s pictures of Banksy’s street art, which we found in London in 2006/07. If you want to see more, please check Stephen Pick Art.

Street art pictures taken in 20062007My top tips for displaying artwork/pictures in your house are:

  • Pick the pictures/paintings/things that mean something to you. Every time you glance at your wall creations, the good memories will pop in your head.
  • Lay them on a floor first to check whether the combination you chose is right/flows nicely. You can use one binding colour or motive if you like, but generally just follow your instinct.
  • You can change it at anytime; so don’t be afraid to experiment with colours, textures and themes.

What do you tend to put on your walls? Have you got any tips about how to do it?

Signuture1

Cushion deal

Thanks to our friend Tomek, our great, contemporary sofa bed from John Lewis made it upstairs. I let the boys do the hard work of dragging it up the stairs.

The sofa looked a bit bare, so we went bargain hunting today, and got three stylish cushions in Dunelm Mill, which complete the look perfectly. The Cassette Tapes cushions were only £5.99 each, and the one in a middle was only £3.99.

I strongly believe one should never pay over £10 for a cushion.

Get on the floor

 

Have you ever needed to choose a new floor?! That was a difficult task and an expensive one as well. So far the most expensive purchased we have made.

We knew we wanted to go for a wooden floor in all four rooms, but little we knew that the choice of flooring is that vast. The choice was:

  • Real wood versus engineered wood
  • Type of wood: oak versus bamboo
  • Shade: dark, medium, light
  • Type of finish: oiled, lacquered or unfinished
  • Installation: tonque-and-groove versus click-lock planks
  • Not to mention thickness and width, underlay… and obviously COST

Would you feel overwhelmed? I was.

I’ve done some research (Check Which or Housetohome for more info), and we decided to approach our local flooring company, which was recommended by a neighbour – Country Flooring. We decided against approaching a standard DIY store as we required lots of advice and were hoping for a better deal (you are more likely to negotiate a price deal with a small business).

At the end we went for the Calista Oiled Engineered Wood flooring, which was fitted (yes, we had it installed) on Timermate Excel underlay with Oak Veneered Scotia and solid oak door bars and rad rose. The installers did our two bedrooms upstairs, which were painted and ready to go. They will do the remaining two reception rooms when we finish redecorating them (hopefully in the next 2-3 months).

Why we went for the engineered wood at the end? Price was a big factor in our decision (£37 per sq m instead of £45plus per sq m) as well as its resistance to changes caused by a room’s temperature.

Installation tip: make sure that you think through how you want to have it done. We had a bespoke unit, and initially we instructed the workmen to lay the floor around it, but it didn’t look good, so they need to fix it. Argh!