Living in the tropics has never been trendier. Who could have imagined that this climate would produce such cool trends, but tropical inspired décor is heating up interiors this year. We blogged about pineapples in April, and now the spotlight is on Banana Leaf Prints.
We adore this refreshing addition to home décor, although there have been variations of it in the past with the palm leaf; but the Banana Leaf has a bold and edgy flavour that's irresistible right now. Celebrities like Beyoncé have caught on to the trend, and we must admit that Dooney & Bourke's Banana Leaf Satchel is a summer must have.
We are definitely leaning towards a preference for the trend in home décor (maybe we're just biased), but the print adds a bit of whimsy to any room. Wallpaper, Upholstery, Throw Pillows, Drapery ( be careful with drapes, as the print could end up mimicking a hotel room at a Sandals Resort) and Art, are perfect ways to add this print to your décor. Our preference is throw pillows, as they add the perfect amount of this trend in your space without going overboard. The one in our collage is an 'If Walls Could Talk' special edition (email firstname.lastname@example.org to place your order). Pair this print with black and white, gold, grey or tan, and ensure you don't mix too many additional prints or bright colours with this already bold statement.
We can't stress enough that trends are temporary, so try not to 'go bananas' with this one. Remember the old adage 'Less is More', and you can't go wrong.
Apartment living has its benefits, but lots of space is certainly not one of them.
The young professionals who start out in these sometimes cramped spaces, are forced to find creative ways to implement design that's both functional and aesthetically appealing. It's a daunting task, and is best tackled with an amazing Interior designer, who can interpret your vision for the space (cue 'If Walls Could Talk' ).
One area of particular challenge is that seemingly dead space in the corner of a room. Sure, you could insert a plant, a lamp, an oddly placed chair that no one will ever use (because 'nobody puts baby in the corner'- dirty dancing reference); but creating usable space is an even better solution.
Our client needed an area dedicated to studying/working from home; so we created the perfect home office nook without rearranging any of the furniture in her already small living room.
Here's what we used....
1. Floating shelf/desk - In our case, we made this custom desk to fit the space, and mounted it on the wall for additional support. Some store bought floating shelves may not be able to withstand the weight of laptops, books and overall constant use; so make sure you invest in a good quality piece.
2. Small Lamp - Task lighting is important, and we chose a sleek, modern desk lamp, that uses minimal space.
3. Storage - We implemented this in two ways. Storage Boxes are both decorative and functional, we snagged this set at Spaces Jamaica (www.spacesjamaica.com). These faux books can store smaller items that often create desk clutter, and add a pop of colour to the design. We also added floating bookshelves that utilised the wall instead, without crowding the space.
4. Comfy Desk chair - To complete the functionality of the space, we added this comfy desk chair that complemented the existing furniture in the living room, and included a throw pillow for some visual contrast.
There you have it. A functional space that's both easy on the pocket and on the eyes.