We recently had the opportunity to create a relaxing Master Suite for one of our favourite clients ( yep we have favourites .... if parents can have a favourite child, we can have favourite clients). Her only request was "bright, airy and calm". She was elated with the finished product; so we must pay homage to these awesome side tables that stole the show..
These beauties were pretty difficult to find, but we searched high and low and landed them at one of our favourite little spots in Kingston, Jamaica ( www.livingspacesjm.com) . When you visit, just tell them we sent you.
There was no better way to complement the calming mint walls and soothing greys, than a pair of glamorous night stands. The mirrors help to bounce light around the room, creating a more spacious feeling, and also reflect the soft glow from the lamps during the night. The quatrefoil patterned area rug appears to continue endlessly in the table's reflection, adding dimension to the space.
While the night stands don't scream at you, they add a touch of elegance to any room and are impossible to ignore. Every girl needs even a tiny bit of glitz and glam in her bedroom (to satisfy our inner princess); and these mirrored bedside tables are the perfect fit.
'There's always time for a glass of wine' when you are relaxed at home; and we recommend that you have one of these miniature potted plants as a housemate. Miniature Cacti, Aloe, Euphorbia, Echeveria, Agave.. are all members of the succulent family, and they are a must have in every home this year.
This plant is perfect for the busy professional who lives in an apartment complex; a growing trend in Kingston, Jamaica. They are low maintenance, DO NOT require a green thumb, are perfect for indoors, and add a touch of modern flair to any room. Plants are necessary to create a space with good feng shui (we will discuss this concept in another article), they also provide oxygen; and help to filter the air in your home from harmful chemicals, including carcinogens.
Here is the major reason we are 'crushing on cacti' - they are the most budget friendly indoor plant we've ever purchased! The custom mini cactus and decorated mason jar included in the kitchen design above, cost under J$2,000.00/US$17.00 ; directly from one our favourite Jamaican artisans ' Soro Limited' (email - firstname.lastname@example.org).
Your succulents can be purchased from your local plant store in standard plastic flower pots, but the real beauty is in the presentation. We especially love seeing them in mason jars and mugs, but you can be as creative as possible with your plant's new home. Like any other plant, they will need water and filtered light, but only minimal attention is required.
Did we mention that using cacti in home décor is a huge Scandinavian trend right now? So why not join in and crush with us? We don't mind sharing.
Walls can be intimidating to decorate. They are the first place you see when you enter a room; since they take up a large surface area, and they are naturally at eye level. Finding creative ways to dress up these structures can be somewhat daunting; and with the plethora of options available, wall décor can get pretty pricey.
So how do you get a bang for your buck? One method that we swear by is creating a Gallery Wall. Here's why we love them:
1. You can determine just how expensive your wall art will be - A gallery wall is a collection of framed photos/art. These can be family photos, kids drawings, photos taken with your personal camera, or professional photos purchased online or at a gallery. Based on that list, at least 3 of those options are already free, all you have to do is print your photos and you're half way there. Framing options can range from store bought frames (these will be more economical, but may not be available in the sizes that you need) , to custom frames at your local framing store.
2. They are excellent space fillers - Gallery walls can be configured to suit your space, whereas a single piece of art will only fill specific dimensions. You can be as creative as you like with Gallery wall art. The key is to ensure that there is a common theme, either in the content, or the frames. You can arrange them to fit any space, and keep adding to your wall as your photo or art collection grows.
3. They fit any design style - Whether your style is contemporary, modern, eclectic or traditional; gallery walls are guaranteed to fit in. With the wide selection of frames available, all you need to do is change the frame, and.. Voila! You have a new theme; even with the same art or photographs. For more traditional styles, a dark wood frame, or a classic metal frame works well. Contemporary spaces need clean lined frames with limited details or carvings. Eclectic Spaces allow you to experiment with a mixture of frames and colours, as long as you still maintain your theme.
4. After those three reasons, who needs a fourth? But let's just close by saying that this is one trend that is timeless. Gallery Walls have been around for centuries, and they never get old.
Need some inspiration for your next home décor project? Look no further than your closet. Grab your favourite dress/shoes/handbag/jewellery, try them on, and take a photo. If you're not inspired by your own closet, just scan your favourite fashion magazine (we recommend Elle or Vogue for the more creative, high fashion pieces).
Last year, we saw Birds popping up in home décor. 2015 welcomes its new trend - The Pineapple.
It seems interiors just can't have enough of these tropical accents.
What's not to love? Pineapples remind us of paradise; a relaxing vacation (well in our case 'staycation') in Jamaica. It appeals to all senses : the rough edges of the pine's texture, the punch of colour ranging from yellow to green to orange, that refreshing succulent taste, and of course its sweet distinct smell.
Before you get carried away, trends come and go; so we prefer these 'boho chic' fruits in small doses. Throw Pillows, Wall art, accent pieces in the form of miniature pineapples; actually, even real pineapples on your dining table make a stylish and tasty centrepiece.
We created this mood board for some inspiration.
Imagine for a moment that you wander into a stranger's residence. You are greeted by a painting.. Van Gough's Sunflowers perhaps. You meander down a passage of white walls lined with artwork of a similar floral theme, and enter a large great room. The wall facing you is filled with books, grouped by colour, on a white bookcase . There is no television, but a comfortable seating arrangement that immediately invites you to lounge. You select the welcoming grey chaise by the window, with a chartreuse (not green , not yellow , but perfectly chartreuse) throw pillow. You grab the pink notebook placed on the side table; which is dressed with tulips carefully arranged in a mason jar next to a bronze reading lamp, and begin to make notes.
Who lives here? A female perhaps .. she loves flowers and owns a pink notebook.
What does she enjoy? Reading would be your guess, her love of books is albeit too obvious with a bookshelf as the focal point of her living room.
White walls? Not your style, but you can see that she doesn't want too much to distract from her collection of art.
You conclude that she would have a welcoming demeanour; if you were to judge from her selection in comfortable, yet tasteful seating.
Does she have a family? a job? .....
Your thoughts are rudely interrupted by the owner of the house. A Man, carrying an easel and a paintbrush. Standing beside him is a little girl , who approaches you and gently lifts her notebook from your lap. Not quite what you had expected, but you learned two valuable lessons.
1. You can't judge a book by it's cover... but by the time you get to the end of the first chapter, you should start making some potentially accurate inferences.
2. You should probably look into making some serious changes to your home if nothing about it reflects even an ounce of your personality.
Your room should be a reflection of your personal style; and your paint selection and accent pieces tell a story. The beauty about being the author, is that you are free to re-write it at any time. If your walls could talk, what would they say about you?