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Spring-Summer Decorating

Nothing beats warmer weather for wanting to clean, refresh or redecorate. Sort of like a spring/summer clean. All images used in this post are courtesy of http://www.bhg.com
image Change your living area by de cluttering and replacing accessories for lighter, brighter colours. Keep it simple, also open your windows and let the warm breezes flow through your home, getting rid of any old stale winter air.
imageTry to replace darker pictures with a fresh injection of colour like this set of framed pictures above.
imageWire basket or lamp? What a great idea for any room in the home. I love the way the basket has been used in this room, by turning it upside down, lining the basket and then adding a little twig nest. Perfect!
imageGrab a nice glass vase or bowl add some smallish fruits like these cumquat’s in the bottom of the vase above, then simply add a bunch of bright flowers. A bunch of different coloured flowers look great as well
imageCreate a lighter, brighter mood in the bedroom by replacing the pictures on the wall to coordinate with the colours in your doona. Add some fresh flowers for a instant lift.
imageFern fronds makes a stunning display in any room,  simply display them in a clear squat bowl. The colour is fresh and brings in some of the great outdoors for us to enjoy.
image Bright funky fresh plates like the ones above are perfect for spring-summer entertaining. All images via  http://www.bhg.com

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To paint or not to paint!

Buy some dollar store china and glassware and transform them into works of art. There are lots of different ways to paint on china or glass – freehand, stencil, silkscreen, paint pens, or however you want! The best way to apply the paint with stencils is to use a pouncer. Pouncers are made of foam and are used to apply paint in an up and down dabbing motion. Also by using a pouncer less paint gets under the stencil than when a paintbrush is used. Once you have finished your creation its simply a matter of slow baking in the oven until set. Check out these awesome examples below. I love the tea time mug.

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As if from nowhere…by Orla Reynolds

I love this space saving idea from designer Orla Reynolds. The table and chairs with their vivid colours are made out of steel and can be easily removed when needed. The chairs become comfy by adding cushions held in place by magnets. This would be the perfect solution for those of you living in small spaces, or for when unexpected guests drop by and you need extra seating.

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Reynolds a former ballerina says this:

“The movement from bookcase to dining is like a scene change. It transforms the space like props on a stage. The dancers can be seen in the chairs and tables. These are made of such strong material that there is an expectation that they are heavy. But they are lightweight. They are streamlined creating an elegant silhouette”

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Yellow home decor!

Yellow, the colour of the sun, and to me the colour of joy, inspiration and beauty. Adding touches of yellow to any room in your home will instantly brighten that room, making spaces more inviting and relaxing. To see more yellow decorating  inspiration click on the link at the bottom of this post


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How to incorporate antiques into your more modern decor!

What’s the best way to incorporate antiques into your more modern decor? Over at thenest.com I discovered some great ideas on how to achieve this. To see the whole post click on the link below the pictures and check out 7 cool rooms — and maybe steal some ideas for your own home!

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‘Blue’

Anyone feeling blue? but in a positive way. Try decorating with different shades of blue by using flowers, bed covers, paint, cushions, linen, curtains, rugs, the possibilities are endless. I find blue very calming and relaxing yet at the same time uplifting and I love the hot water bottle in the photo below. It will soon be winter here in Australia so I’m off to find myself one of these little cuties to snuggle up to at night.
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Decorating a girl’s bedroom – Style At Home

Need some ideas for decorating a little girls room. Here are some great tips I found at stayathomestyle.com
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The great thing about decorating a girl’s room is the amount of choice you have. Most girls will embrace many colours and tend to love pretty, decorative things. But let’s be honest: A young girl might not be thinking practicality. So it’s up to you help narrow the options by choosing attractive but functional items. Look for solid pieces of furniture painted colourfully or bins that and double as stylish storage solutions and décor
All images courtesy of styleathome.com

Decorating a girl’s bedroom – Style At Home.