See our favourite 10 budget IKEA pieces making stylish statements


10 WAYS TO TRANSFORM YOUR HOME USING BUDGET IKEA PIECES.

  1. Add a glass top to inexpensive kitchen units to make stylish display cabinets.
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2. Add a touch of elegance to an all white bedroom with the infamous ‘Malm’ drawers.

3. Divide a room using this ‘Lack’ bookcase and create more display space.

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4. Turn the infamous ‘Billy’ bookcase into a stylish statement piece.

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5. Add drama to a small bedroom with the ‘Songe’ mirror and a ‘Lappljung’ rug.

 

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6. See how to create a library wall with the ‘Billy’ bookcase at BlissatHome.com

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7. Stack ‘Kallax’ shelving units to form a stylish bookcase.

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8. See how to transform an IKEA coffee table at simpledetailsblog.blogspot

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9. Add the finishing touch to a simple room decor with a ‘Stockholm’ striped rug.

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10. Create a useful and stylish bedroom side table with the ‘Alex’ drawer unit.

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Is it time to revisit http://www.ikea.com  ? What do you think?

Steve McCurry for Valentino Spring/Summer 2016 Collection


The afghan girl - Steve McCurry, National Geographic
The Afghan Girl – Steve McCurry, National Geographic

We were all mesmerised by US photographer Steve McCurry’s iconic image ‘Afghan Girl’ for National Geographic, so when we heard that he’d recently shot the 2016 Spring/Summer Valentino collection, we couldn’t wait to see the results. McCurry shot the African inspired collection in a Maasai village between Kenya and Tanzania, and as expected, the results are spectacular.

McCurry is renowned as a prestigious culture photographer, not a fashion photographer and as such he has majestically captured fashion and beauty and its interaction with the African culture.

Simply stunning! X

 

VALENTINO SPRUNG/SUMMER 2016

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For more images see, check out McCurry books or follow his blog

https://stevemccurry.wordpress.com/

For Valentino see http://www.valentino.com

 

Small Balcony Spaces


Seriously, who knew that so much could be created in such tiny spaces. Here are our favourite small balconies.

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A splash of yellow!
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Create a bohemian hangout

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Create a balcony garden

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Making An Entrance – what’s your style?

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Whether you’re loving grand gestures or simple elegance, you need to be creating an impact the moment your guests walk through that door. Your hallway is usually the first thing that people see when they enter your home. It’s imperative that whatever your style, make a statement.

Here are some of our favourite hallways!

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Interior designer Summer Thornton created this dramatic pink foyer for her fun loving clients. She has managed to successfully retain the period features whilst adding colour, personality and an opulent bohemian style.

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Pretty pastels in a Beacon Hill townhouse.  This modern wall paper print mixes classic design with contemporary colours. Fresh flowers, a Kalim and the pastel stair runner complete this polished ecclectic look.

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We’re particularly loving patterned floor tiles in hallways. Small scale pattern or a bold statement tile, this practical option adds so much personality and pizzazz.Hallway entrance interior design ideas Hallways, statement tiles, homedecor, interiors, Homestyle, foyer, entrance decor

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This palatial hallway of Stockholm stylist, Joanna Levén, is amazing. We love how she’s used bold lighting pieces and created clean lines with simple accessories.

Hallway entrance interior design ideas

Ok, so your hallway isn’t so palatial? Create the illusion of space by raising furniture from the floor and using a white colour palette to add light and keep the area looking fresh and bright. Add black and white photographs and frames for a personal wall gallery.

Hallway entrance interior design ideas

Let’s go au naturale! Green plants, polished wooden floors, wood accessories and a simple natural rug bring the outside in.

Hallway entrance interior design ideas

Hallway entrance interior design ideas

An overglazed gilt mirror draws focus to a foyer display.

Hallway entrance interior design ideas

Hallway entrance interior design ideas

Or are you dreaming of a hallway in Malibu?

Hallway entrances interior design ideas Patrick Dempsey's Malibu home
The entrance to Patrick Dempsey’s Malibu home

 

 

 

Featured Photographer – Vadim Stein


Vadim Stein is a Ukrainian photographer. Born in Kiev, Stein studied sculptural restoration and worked for many years in theatre. Stein captures remarkable images of the strength and beauty of the natural body form. Simply stunning.
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Alphabet Lifestyle Featured Photographer - Vadim Stein

To see more of Vadim Stein’s creations click here.

Making the most of small spaces

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Make your small space work harder with smart architecture and interior design solutions for making it look and feel larger than it actually is.

Project: Intersect House, Stoke Newington, London, U.K.

Client brief inspiration: ‘Cozy coffeehouse vibe’

Architect: William Tozer Associates

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A Lebanese cedar island and stainless-steel countertops provide ample work space
Small home spaces interior design solutions Alphabet Lifestyle
The clutter-free, cedar-lined kitchen seemingly awaits the arrival of its barista.

Small home spaces interior design solutions Alphabet Lifestyle

Source: This Kitchen Is as Cozy as Your Favorite Coffee Shop and That’s Exactly the Idea

Home Interiors: Exposed Brick Walls

Home Interiors: Exposed Brick Walls - Alphabet Lifestyle Design tips

Ideas and inspiration to help you create a unique, modern industrial interior design that transforms your home environment.

Home Interiors: Exposed Brick Walls - Alphabet Lifestyle Design tips
For an industrial interior design include ironwork and accessorise with dark metals Source: @paulinaarcklin.nl

By incorporating exposed brick walls into your home you can add character and raw charm into any interior space. Exposed brick can provide high style, rustic accents or a modern, industrial feel.

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Copper tones will add warmth to living room or bedroom spaces

Home Interiors: Exposed Brick Walls - Alphabet Lifestyle Design tips

Home Interiors: Exposed Brick Walls - Alphabet Lifestyle Design tips

To soften the look team raw elements such as brick and concrete with a natural palette…

…and add a gallery wall and fresh flowers for a feminine touch.

 

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Bohemian fabrics and modern lighting installations immediately add character and personality Source:anthropologie.com
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Stick to cool neutral tones for fresh beach vibe
Home Interiors: Exposed Brick Walls - Alphabet Lifestyle Design tips
Texture is important – flaking paint x leafy plants = retro style Source: anthropologie.com

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We LOVE this incredible kitchen…

…replicate the look by adding large, inexpensive utilitarian glass jars with metal lids to store kitchen staples…

…add plants, retro wooden chairs, jars for string, wooden cotton reels, old scissors, light globes, pegs and tea-light candles…

…and voila, your own modern warehouse breakfast diner!

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Enhance the earthy brick tones with warm fire shades

Shop the finishing touches

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Kaemingk Rattan Glass Lantern £75.00 – Order online at John Lewis now >
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Nordlux Artist LED Large Pendant Light, Copper – £225.00 – Order online at John Lewis now >

Inside a fabulous Swedish home

Scandinavian home interior design, Malin Persson, interior designer

Sometimes we stumble across a home that we just have to share with you. Take a peek inside the Scandinavian home of Malin Persson, an interior designer and her Italian husband.  They have successfully renovated the 1908 building, managing to maintain its original charm. Together they have created a beautiful space for entertaining friends and family, a fusion of their two home countries, blending original antique pieces with new in an eclectic style.

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Malin Persson, interior design inspiration - Scandinavian decor

Malin Persson, interior design inspiration - Scandinavian home decor

Malin Persson, interior design inspiration - Scandinavian home decor

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To see more inspiring Scandanivain home decor visit Milk DecorationFor more Alphabet Lifestyle ‘real home’ inspiration see our post on Inside the home of Annika con Holdt

 

 

Watch this amazing yoga video – Dylan Werner – Strength and Grace!

amazing yoga video – Dylan Werner

Dylan Werner is a world-renowned yoga teacher living and teaching in Los Angeles. This jaw-dropping yoga video shows his amazing strength and grace. For more stunning photographs, yoga videos and his full teaching class schedule and online yoga workshops visit Dylan’s website Dylanwerneryoga.com

See more of Dylan Werner’s incredible yoga poses on our instagram page @AlphabetLifestyle!

The French Chateaux – Fabulously French interiors

Classic French chateau style home interior design inspiration

We just adore classic French Chateau style home interiors. Take a look at our edit of beautiful French interior design inspiration. Enjoy and don’t forget to comment below to let us know what you think!

Traditional French chateau home interior design

Beautiful paneling and parquet de Versailles

Traditional French chateau home interior design

Wrought iron railings and a marble slab: create this charming French table

Traditional French chateau home interior design

Chateau chic bedroom

 Traditional French chateau home interior design

 Traditional French chateau home interior design

Stone floor tiles and washed cabinet…and look at those light fittings!

Traditional French chateau home interior design

Traditional French chateau home interior design
French chateau style bathroom: Cast iron baths, elaborate lighting and an      ornate washbasin

Traditional French chateau home interior design

                         French Chateau style doors: make a grand entrance

Traditional French chateau home interior design

Ornate wood panelling and wooden floors
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Traditional French chateau home interior design

Heavy brocade drapes add a touch of French chateaux opulence

Traditional French chateau home interior design

Grand French mirrors, ornate decor, sumptuous lighting

Traditional French chateau home interior design
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