With Christmas nearly out of the way it is time to start thinking about New Years Eve!
Here are a few of our favourite ideas for decorating ready for the night. Perfect for a quiet family occasion or full on party!
Balloons are simple and versatile decorations for New Years Eve! Fill them with glitter or confetti or cover the outside. Make a balloon ceiling or use helium to float them around. Use them as a countdown for 12 or attach photographs to the ribbon. Plenty of ideas!
Everybody loves taking photographs on New Years Eve, here are some pretty simple ways to make an interesting backdrop for your festive images.
A great way to decorate the table is with party favours. Whether this is little bottles of champagne or with little bags or jars. Include party hats, blowers, sparklers, straws, sweets, balloons, fortune cookies (see below) or little gifts.
To The Past
We think a great tradition on New Years Eve is to look back over the year and think of all the good times. Here is a little game that you can download and print to get people talking about the year. If you’re having a group of people that you know extremely well over, then you can also make a little quiz of the year. Use little facts (good and bad) that most people will know and will get a reaction.
To The Future
We love the idea of a memory jar! We are going to make one for the family this year. Fill it with little things that happen through the year and open it the next New Years Eve! We are going to put our New Year resolutions in ours too. Making little paper fortune cookies are a cute way to get little inspirations and support for the New Year.
Happy Decorating and Happy New Year!
Here are six Etsy items that we currently love!
1 – These cloud lights!
Perfect for a nursery, although they’re pretty awesome I’d have them in my room!
Found here: Cloud lighting by LilSpaces
2 – This strapped mirror
The way this mirror is cradled by the leather strap is oddly satisfying. The perfect fit makes the hang of this mirror something we want in our home.
Found here: NOBI Strapped Mirror by NotoriousBadger
3 – A glass terrarium
Terrariums always feature in this kind of blog post. They’re just so pretty and the perfect way to get flowers in the home.
Found here: Glass Terrarium by Leosklo
4 – This handmade blanket ladder
This doesn’t have to have blankets on it for it to be a piece in your home. Even just looping the fairy lights onto it makes it a great addition to a room.
Found here: Blanket Ladder by BirchAndBeard
5 – Mid-Century Ercol Dinning chairs
These minty dinning chairs are fresh, colourful and fun. Perfect for a mid-century modern style dinning room.
Found here: Mid-Century Chairs by HannahGDesign
6 – Mid-century modern retro beside table
This retro bedside table is adorable and would look good in any bedroom!
Found here: Retro Bedside Table by Habitables
The spooking hour is nearly upon us so, over the next few weeks, we will be posting some crafty little creepy DIY decorations. First up is a collection of simple but effective themed makes for the home.
Spiders and webs!
Take a black plastic bin bag and cut it up to make this bold black spider web design. Stick some plastic spiders to your candles or anywhere in the house to add instant spookiness! This string spiders web is a little more intricate – but its just a few knots! Look up how to make a spiders web or dream catcher online for this DIY.
Ghosts are a staple for any halloween decorating. The first idea here is to draw ghoulish faces on ping pong balls, put them on fairy light and add a little mesh fabric. Instant glowing ghosties. The middle image shows a really fun way of getting some movement into the decorations, by cutting a spiral piece of paper and unraveling it you can create these floating wonders. The last it a very cute and seasonal option. Painting some of those lovely autumn leaves!
The use of string works so well for this skeleton make. On a black canvas (you may need to paint it black) stick pins through the canvas in a skull shape. Then wind sting around the pins to fill in the skeleton. Remember to leave out the eyes, nose and mouth! For the next skeleton wind some wire into a rough body shape. Wrap this with thin gauze to create these little mummys that can be shaped into any position. Finally and simple draw on latex gloves, stuff them with a material such as toilet roll and light them from behind.
Other Creepy Crafts…
The final three DIYs don’t really fit into any categories. These are great for a more sophisticated soirée! The first is a frosted wine glass with some little ghosts and text painted on and filled with fairy lights. The middle DIY looks a little tricky.. but it would look SO good. The final idea to create these gothic looking candles by melting crayons down standard candles. Do this with red crayons to create blood dripped candles!
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.