For this post we’ve raided the home section of Urban Outfitters and the wonders of Not On The High Street to find some great items for the home. These items are at the higher end of the price scale, but they definitely seem worth it.
First up lets look at Urban Outfitters. We’ve chosen a mix of furniture that we think are so adorable. The colour, pattern and style of the dresser makes us want to buy it straight away. The different industrial style of the shelves is a useful item that we need. From last posts it may be obvious that we love Terrariums. Urban has a range of different shaped and sized terrariums on offer at the moment!
1 – Wood Pattern Drawer Dresser – £280
Available here: Urban Outfitters
2 – Industrial Style Shelving – £120
Available here: Urban Outfitters
3 – Geo Handle Terrarium – £25
Available here: Urban Outfitters
Now we’re going over to Not On The High Street for a few more great items.
The first item we’ve picked shelf with a difference. It is made from different materials and looks different to your standard shelf. We love the design and how cute does it look with a plant on it! The next item is a geometric style coffee table. Its contemporary and sleek, perfect for a modern living room. The final product is an adorable house shaped shelf. The perfect cute little addition to any kids room.
1 – Concrete and Bronze Leather Hanging Shelf by Kelly Connor Designs – £29.45
Available here: Kelly Connor Designs
2 – Contemporary Square Coffee Table by P&P – £290
Available here: P&P
3 – House Wall Shelf by Lullabuy – £82.75
Available here: Lullabuy
Here are some of the best illustrations we’ve found that show how best to arrange different rooms and furnitures.
Choosing the right size rug for the room, and furniture in it, is very important. General rule is that a rug can’t be too big. A small rug becomes an item of its own and makes a room look cluttered. A larger rug draws all the pieces of furniture together and connects the space.
The arrangement of your living room furniture depends on what you will be mainly using the space for. The great thing about this is, that when the needs of the room changes, it is easy to just move around the pieces and change the atmosphere.
Photographs and Artwork
Symmetry is generally the rule for hanging art work. Even in a salon style (end picture) there is a pattern to the layout (the edges of the frames line up to another). The first image shows how to understand and get hanging pictures on stairs right. There are thousands of ways to hang artwork, this is just a little taster, check out this Pinterest board for more ideas.
There are various ways to get a mural onto your walls at home or in the office. From pattern and design being hand painted (Bethvictoria.com/mural) to wall decals (stickers).
For the playroom or nursery:
Available here: Animal tree , Owl and Pussycat , Twinkle Twinkle and
For the rest of the house:
Available here: Tree and birds , Feather and Map
Do it yourself:
Here are a couple of ideas that you could do at home. From a small design to a whole wall piece.
Here are some great little tips for decorating your home!
1) Add a rug to change a room
To instantly change a room add a large rug. It will add colour and shape to a room.
2) Keep bits and bobs together with a tray
If you have random bits you don’t know what to do with organise them with a tray.
3) Don’t forget the doors
Doors can be forgotten when decorating a room. Paint them to add more colour to a room. Use block colours or create patterns.
4) Update with paint
Use paint to re-invent your furniture. Spray or hand paint your items to make them new and fresh. There are many ways to do this, the dripping paint seen above is a great idea.
5) Windowsill displays
Use trinkets, candles, frames and lights to decorate your windowsills. Flowers are especially good for windowsills, bringing the outside in.
This is the time of year when students around the world are getting ready to move away from home to start their university life. One of the most important aspects of this move is decorating the ‘dorm’ room. Making it homely, fun and a good environment to do work.
We are in no way saying that full brick chimney decor is ok. But in some rooms and with some styles the bare brick wall is a great raw way of decorating the home.
A brick wall works well in a Scandinavian bedroom, especially with a white wash.
Again with a white wash brick works in a Scandinavian style kitchen. Especially with the mix of light wood and greenery.
Again for the same reasons the brick wall works in this style lounge. Hints of greys and yellows, as seen in the above living rooms, are a perfect pairing for the brick wall.
The natural brick with the dark metal bed frames and large chunky photographs in an Industrial style bedroom is a great combination.
Heavy metal and wood furniture and dark colours are a signature of the Industrial style. A white wash brick wall will brighten up this style whilst keeping in with the theme.
Leather, cushions and big metal lights. Industrial style living rooms ooze style and comfort. A brick wall is a simple answer for this style. It allows photographs to stand out and is the optimum industrial wall covering.
The eclectic style brings together bits from all styles that work together. In the above examples you can see hints of Industrial, Shabby Chic and Mid Century Modern.
The brick background to this style works as a great neutral canvas for the other style to meet.
We love the mix of Industrial, Mid Century modern and hints of Scandinavian in this first lounge. Especially the roughly exposed brick with the worn off white paint.
5 of our current top tips for when you’re decorating your home.
1 – Go for white
Simply – white works. Any room and with any style, a base of white walls or furniture is an easy and efficient way of decorating your home. It is a colour that you won’t tire of and if you decide you want to do something different its a great base coat.
2 – Leather will last
Any colour, even white, leather is a long lasting and pretty indestructible material. The head board of a bed to a dining room chair this material is timeless and comfortable option.
3 – Mix it up
Don’t be confined within one design style or colour option. Mix up modern and vintage or industrial and Scandinavian. The style of one piece of furniture doesn’t have to dictate a whole room. Mix colours too, as long as the shades are right, a blue and pink room works, give it a go. But, don’t go overboard with the mixing!
4 – Plants brighten any room
Plants can brighten the dullest of corners in a room. From big potted plants to little terrariums. A bit of green and a bit of life can bring brightness to any room.
5- Wallpaper works
Whether its our wallpaper or another wallpaper is a great way to decorate a room. They don’t just have to be used on a wall, if you have a sliding door make it look a lot nicer and brighter with a patterned wallpaper.
A few posts ago we picked some of our favourite items from the sale sections of various stores. One of these was this industrial style Magazine Rack and Basket from Urban Outfitters.
We liked it so much that we bought it!
We chose the black option as it would have clashed with the other colours in our room.
It’s just the right size for the space and looks great with our record player and vinyl. The colour works well with the other colours around and the red and white egg chair looks great with it.
Available here : Magazine Rack