Pretty home office inspo to boost your creative spark

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Nothing dampens the creative spirit quite like having nowhere to create!  If you’re like me and have plenty of ideas for crafting, writing, styling, and other creative pursuits, but no fixed spaced for pursuing them in, then check out these fun and creative home office spaces found on pinterest and instagram, for a big boost of style inspo.

For me, a reasonably sized desk with enough room to sit comfortably under it in a good chair is a must. I have a gorgeous mid century teak table gifted to me when I first moved to New Zealand which makes an excellent desk. I’ve yet to settle on a spot to place it however as, with these images below, I’d like a moodboard nearby and a place to put inspirational books and other items, but all my wallspace is already over-crowded and I can’t quite make up my mind whether I want to be in front of the living room ranch sliders overlooking the orange trees or in my spare room where there is plenty of room for everything I need. Once I figure it out and style it though, you’ll be the first to see what I’ve done with it!

Aside from framing your space with shelves, lights, or colourful and interesting images and items, the desk is the key element that pulls the look together. Trestle table desks are very hot right now, with most offices currently being blogged about using this type. With their combination of sleek design and practicality, they are a great go-to for your home:

I also love the creatives forging their own way with warm wood, sleek white metal, and other types of desks – all work fabulously as long as you love it and it makes you want to sit down and get creating!

Do you have a fun/creative/inspirational office space that you enjoy using? Either at home or in the workplace – what touches have you added to make your space “you”? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below! X
#homeoffice #interiors #lifestyle #decor #style #design #inspo #creativity #designeyecandy

Jetset Bohemian: A 4 Part Series  

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Part 1: Adornment

Pretty ring stying from IG:@gypsylovinlight

There’s a very good reason all things Bohemian never seem to go out of style (at least, not for very long!), and that is because they are timeless. From the original gypsies that migrated out of India westward to Romania and beyond a thousand years ago, Bohemians’ refusal to be tied down to anything, even a nation or home, has had a lasting romantic impression upon Western culture. Freedom to roam, wear or style your person/home/office with what pleases you, do what pleases you, and a rebellion of sorts against conservatism all come together to make boho so very attractive.

Pretty stacked rings and fluffy sweater = epic styling

Classic bohemian styling all around

Ring stacking: a popular trend

Gypsies’ Indian roots may explain the abundance of crafted silver, semi-precious stone, and intricate beadwork that typifies bohemian jewellery. Indeed, much of the jewellery for sale today originates there. Especially pretty against tanned skin and a trend that has been around for some years now, white fingernails (thank you Helen Bense of gypsylovinlight.com ~ you can read more about her here: Wild Child) these rings and anklets work well with beachy colours like black, sand, ocean blues, and whites. Crochet, temporary henna and ethnic-inspired tattoos, and long beachy hair work into the style well too:

Boho + tribal temp tattoos = perfection

Tanned skin, silver, and white ~ timeless!

The fascinatingly cool white polish and silver from IG:@gypsylovinlight

More from IG:@gypsylovinlight

Pretty toe rings perfect for the beach

Do you wear boho? If so, what is it you like most about it? Tell me in the comments below, or better yet post links to your insta or blog with your own inspo or images! Look forward to hearing from you! X

#boho #bohemian #style #jewellery #fashion #jewelry #gypsy #summer #love #designeyecandy 

(*all photos origin unknown/pinterest unless specified)

Braidlicious: Emily Rose Hannon

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If you’re like me and struggle to find morning hair and wardrobe style ideas, look no further than Emily Rose Hannon. With a staggering number of followers on Instagram (and even a few haters and copycats), Emily dishes up the prettiest hair and clothing styles daily:

Emily uses hair extensions from Luxy Hair which she twists and braids into an astonishing array of styles. 

What I love about this style queen too is that she talks about her life in her insta posts, including that she drools all over the place when she sleeps. How sweet is that! 
Do visit her soon for a dose of inspo along with your morning cup of joe!

Insta account: emilyrosehannon

#hairgoals #style #hairstyle #braid #fashion #lifestyle

Trending: Rattan

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The other day while at the weekend market I spied an item in a nearby thrift store which got me quite excited: a round rattan and glass coffee table (see bottom for pic).
I stood debating for a good 20 minutes, knowing exactly how I could see it styled: atop a circular pale pink flokati rug, perhaps in a corner by a funky colourful chair, with some framed prints on the wall behind and a hanging rattan light above the chair (in other words, an amalgamation of all the images of bright and colourful interiors I had seen and loved before). 

However, as I already have 3 coffee tables (don’t ask), and as yet none of the other items to style the table, I let it go. I did post a photo on Facebook asking my friends if I should buy it anyway. I know glass and rattan may seem a bit gauche to the uninitiated, but I felt sure that it was going to make a comeback soon. 

A friend posted that I should only buy the table if I had matching papasan chairs to go with it, and added an image of appalling late 80’s burgundy papasans and a circular (but different than mine) rattan table. I assured her rattan was about to trend and, after doing some research, I happily found this to be true (I’m now seeing it everywhere).

The trick is not to have the entire room kitted out in the stuff. As the images below show, a single big piece, or two to three accent pieces, are all that’s needed to achieve a striking effect. And as one design blog said: “if IKEA is bringing back rattan, you know it is trending!”

I guess the lesson learned here is to trust your instincts. And anyway, ultimately you should be styling your home to make yourself happy, so take the plunge and buy that item today, even if you worry others will think you crazy. I recently saw an article on apartmenttherapy.com where a stylish wedding had a “doughnut wall” – honestly, crazy is the new black in this game!

(bottom three images from Gabrielle Savoie/My Domain, rest are Pinterest, below my own)

#design #decor #interiors #trends #rattan 

The It Rug: Tribal

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Hello everyone sorry I’ve been away so long! Have been travelling and renovating houses. So excited to be back though and bring you more gorgeous images and ideas!

Today I wanted to talk about that interior style element that pulls an entire room together, the rug. Rugs have historically been heirlooms handed down through generations, from emigrating pioneers to the nomads of the world. Rugs usually incorporate tribal and cultural elements and can sit as an example of historical significance to societies that no longer exist or are much changed from their yesteryear.

A favourite style of rug for me is from the Middle East, especially those from the area formerly known as Turkestan. Traditionally made from silk, wool, and even felt, these rugs incorporate styles and motifs both ancient and new.

Long a staple of many stylish homes, these rugs have undergone a renaissance and are now being treated by a process called overdying. Here, vintage rugs are washed and the top layer of design scrubbed away, and then the carpet treated to often vibrant dyes in pinks, purples, blues, reds, and gold. The finished look is as unique (no two rugs would ever be the same due to the process) as it is trendy. These rugs are popping up in the blogosphere and design magazines everywhere, adding bright splashes of colour that can harmonise a room with ease.

Another style of rug that is trending is the Moroccan rug. Usually off white with a minimal flecked and tribal pattern in blacks or greys, these rugs are perfect where homeowners may already have a great deal of colour present in either furnishings or accessories.

(all images from Pinterest)

Dreaming up a Landscape

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I’m about to put the house that I’ve been living in for over eight years, my very first house purchase, on the market.  We’re swinging in to winter here and unfortunately, the property market is sinking like a cold soufflé.  However, a buyers market is a sellers market and although I may not get as much for my home as I would have a half a year ago, hopefully I’ll find the right house for less money than I’d have spent then, too.

I’ve chosen a realtor and she has advised I scrub the place up before putting her on the market.  It’s funny what you get used to living with – cracked hallway tiles, a slight sink in the floor where the back door opens and drips water onto the bare chipboard floor… a broken bottom deck step, slightly unruly garden, and 1980’s kitchen and bathroomware throughout.

I’m incredibly excited about the process, however, and have been grazing google to find landscaping photos to match what I have in my head for a little pathway down from the back deck to the lower garden.  I had no idea there were so many beautiful, quirky, and stylised pathways out there!  It’s hard to choose from the beautiful garden creations out there.

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Given that my house style is townhouse modern, and the garden is a mixture of palms, yucca, and cabbage trees (with a good few rows of hardy agapanthis in the mix), what I want for my garden path is slate grey pavers with white crushed shell or possible white scoria surrounding the pavers, dropping in deep, wide steps to the lower garden.  I’m really liking the combination of the grey with the white, especially as the low retaining wall I’ll have built will be stained black.

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The area next to the new pathway will be filled with topsoil and black bark laid down.  It is currently populated with a handful of lovely, hardy cabbage trees which sprung up out of nowhere, and the palms and yuccas I determinedly planted out last summer amongst the arm-widthed roots of the 4 story glorious but dying magnolia grandiflora I cut down a few years ago. Other areas of the garden have river stone and lavender, and tall “dizzy lizzie” bushes. Hopefully it will all fit together!  I’m new to this design + styling thing so I can only hope my hundreds of long lazy days spent reading through architecture and garden magazines will pay off!

Will have to make sure I post before and after photos when it’s ready!!