Accessories transform your house into a home

It’s the finishing touches (that final layer) that will really personalize a space.  Accessories can really transform your house into a home.  Whether its treasures that you find on your travels – such as locally crafted wares, photo frames, collections, books and mementos that add interest to a room.

Classic

How classy is this! I would put the built-in book cases all around the room. Add a table to spread out on, and a few easy easy chairs to read in. It would be perfect!

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All images are sourced from 4.pb.blogspot.com, Pinterest, including Southshoredecoratingblog.com.

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White rooms are magical

There is no colour more universally favoured for interiors than white, regardless of what’s in fashion.  White is a stylish and serene choice. White will maximise the available light, making it the ideal choice for sun-starved rooms. White also recedes, so will make small rooms look larger.  It’s also a great back drop for your artwork.

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All images are sourced from House & Garden UK, Pinterest, House Beautiful, Veranda Magazine and onekingslane.com.

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Bold lighting adds the ‘wow’ factor

Bold lighting enhances the mood and desirability of a room.  When it comes to making an architectural statement, there’s nothing quiet like a fabulous ceiling light.  There are so many choices available now.  I just love the over scaled pendant lights below as they add character to this kitchen/dining space.

Shadley came up with the idea of the kitchen’s inverted-lampshade fixture on his first project with Keaton. “It works well, directing light down and also giving off great indirect light,” he says. Viking range and hood, at Abt.com | archdigest.com

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Elegant White Elle Home Interior Decor Idea For Living Room With Luxurious Chandelier, White Wall, Blue Sofa, Black Table With Green Plants,...

Images sourced from Architectural Digest, South Shore decorating, Bunny Williams and Homemodish.com.

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A new Colour crush

Pale pastel pink is my new colour crush.  It can inject a sense of fun, romance and happiness into your interiors and it’s the perfect colour for bedrooms and living areas.

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patterned trey ceiling, arched window, pale pink walls w/white-matted art

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All images are sourced from Veranda magazine, dmagazine.com, Rowe Spurling Paint Company and Pinterest including John Coote designs.

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A romantic villa in Santa Barbara

Ellen DeGeneres is selling her Santa Barbara home and the decor and views are just breathtaking.  Its a very large property and overlooks the hills and the ocean.This stunning home was built in the 1930’s to resemble a 17th Century Italian Villa and it’s decorated in a subtle and sophisticated way. The neutral colour scheme has a calming influence on anyone who enters.  To add visual interest, different textures, light and shapes have all been used.

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All images are sourced from sothebyshomes.com.

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Daybeds are wonderfully versatile

Autumn is the perfect time to make your home a little cosier and daybeds come to mind. There is a good reason that daybeds have been popular throughout history, they are wonderfully versatile and suitable for lounge rooms, bedrooms, kids rooms and guest rooms.  They can be used for beds as well as for lounging, reclining and seating.  The daybed below provides a perfect spot to relax and read a good book!

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Designer Mark D. Sikes likes to create nooks for entertaining, filled with a mix of design elements. | Photographer: Amy Neunsinger

Farmhouse Bedroom in Ojai, CA by Giannetti Home

Images sourced from Pinterest – 1st image by Mark D Sikes.

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Lush, luxurious and comfortable decor

Lush, luxurious and comfortable decor is making a comeback. Wallpaper, pattern, rich fabrics and colourful rooms are back in vogue.  This made me think of Ralph Lauren’s beautiful estate in Bedford, New York.  His home is refined, luxurious, and elegant.  It’s decorated with a mix of English classic and traditional American furnishings.  The rich and warm colour scheme provides a cozy feel and makes it feel very welcoming.

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The Bedford, New York home of Ralph Lauren. #ralphlauren #interiordesign:

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All images from Architectural Digest, Pinterest and habituallychic.

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A beautiful, simple home

Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria have recently renovated an East Hampton shingle-style home.  Their abode is a modern day escape from city life.  It’s beautiful, simple and has a calming effect with its predominately neutral colour palette, and the splashes of colour enliven the scheme.

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All images are sourced from Elle Decor magazine.

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A home is never complete without Art

Artwork for your home is very personal, it should speak to you and bring you joy. Your surroundings are very important and beautiful artworks will lift a home to a whole new level.  It doesn’t matter if its a single work or a collection, it gives your room personality.

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Gallery wall of sepia-toned botanicals by South Carolina artist Becky Davis:

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Traditional Living room with a creamy off-white wall color that resembles Devine Custard or Devine De Leche. #devinecolor #cream #paint:

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All images are sourced from Pinterest, including paloma81.blogspot.com, janiemoister.com, my littleitch.tumblr.com, habituallychic.blogspot.co.uk, decoholic, tracizeller.com and Wayfair.com.

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Australians love their Outdoor Spaces

Warmer weather is just around the corner and the thought of lazing around the pool with family and friends comes to mind.  Having a lovely outdoor space to escape to is heavenly.  Here are a few poolside images that will literally take your breath away.

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The elaborate curvature and scrollwork of Frontgate’s Majestic Garden Bench make this look a welcome addition to any outdoor area. | Caleb Anderson Design for Hampton Designer Showhouse 2014:

Vintage armchairs discovered at a flea market in Avignon, France, are grouped on the lawn near the pool | archdigest.com:

All images are sourced from Pinterest by Jonathan Hansen Brock, Caleb Anderson Design, wonderfulpalmettolife.tumblr.com, Tempo da Delicadeza, Suzanne Kasler, Architectural Digest.

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