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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Making An Entrance – what’s your style?

Hallway entrances interior design ideas

 

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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

Hallway entrance interior design ideas

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

 

 

 

How to Decorate with Autumn Colours


Update your home with autumn colours. Choose shades of gold, red and orange, add rich chocolate-brown and compliment with cool colours such as blues, purples and greens. Use autumn displays to create a big impact and warm up rooms with layers of earthy tones.

Add warmth with a faux fur rug to a design classic
Add warmth to a design classic with a faux fur rug
Check out the autumn colours in these beautiful woven kalims
Check out the autumn colours in these beautiful woven kalims

Buy similar kalim rugs at Urban Outfitters.

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Available from Urban Outfitters
Urban Outfitters
Available from Urban Outfitters

To make a bold statement, we love this autumn orange Smeg refrigerator available at John Lewis.

 Smeg refrigerator
Smeg refrigerator. Available from John Lewis


To introduce an autumn colour palette in the bedroom, layer rich velvet textures for an instant update to your bedroom interior scheme. Try mixing burnt orange with grey for a modern look. Similar bedding available to shop at John Lewis Home.

Heavy orange velvet textures add warmth to a grey colour scheme
Heavy orange velvet textures add warmth to a grey colour scheme
Inspirational autumn colours
Inspirational autumn colours

For a quick and easy way to spruce up your home, create an autumn display using wooden candles and natural dried floral items. A simple way to add interest to your living room.

Create a centrepiece
Create a centrepiece
Use candles to create an autumn display
Use candles to create an autumn display
Choose colours from an autumn palette for accessories
Choose colours from an autumn palette for accessories
Autumn branches and rustic leaves add a seasonal lift
Autumn branches and rustic leaves add a seasonal lift
A natural colour themed room is given an autumn lift just by adding an orange throw.
A natural colour themed room is given an autumn lift just by adding an orange throw.
Missouri home throws in autumn colours. Available at shop.tessuti.co.nz
Missoni home throws in autumn colours. Available at buy at shop.tessuti.co.nz

8 ways to create an exotic outdoor space


Transform an outdoor space into an exotic retreat. Whether it’s a courtyard, a patio area or a balcony, we have some great ideas

  1. Use forged iron furniture, mixed with dark wooden tables to create an ethnic charm. The carved low level table adds authenticity to this setting

8 ways to create an exotic outdoor space

Create an ethnic charm using forged iron furniture and low level dining.
Create an ethnic charm using forged iron furniture and low level dining.

2. Create a bohemian feel with a splash of Moroccan flavour. Add jewels, use striking colours and add dazzle with sparkling glass and lanterns. Add interest with mosaic tiles.

Add Morrocan flavour with jewels, striking colours, dazzling glass and Morrocan tiles
Add Morrocan flavour with jewels, striking colours, dazzling glass and Morrocan tiles

3. Use rich colours and exotic fabrics to create a luxurious ambience

Rich colours
Rich colours

4. Mix vintage with modern. This daybed piled high with natural textures adds a modern feel to this outdoor retreat

Combine textures
Combine textures

5. Use colour to make a statement. Don’t be afraid to paint a wall with a striking colour. Bold colours will reflect the natural sunlight creating a stimulating courtyard.

Make a statement
Make a statement
Make your space stand out
Make your space stand out
Bright coloured pots sit well against a painted wall
Bright coloured pots sit well against a painted wall

6. Plant an abundance of succulents, evergreen shrubs and bouganville. To create an interest, group plants together en masse and pay attention to the design and beauty of the pots, as well as the planting.
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Group planting to create interest
Group planting to create interest

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7. Don’t forget to create a shaded area! In hot climates it is often more comfortable to place the seating areas in the shade.

A shaded area with a Morrocan flavour
A shaded area with a Morrocan touch. Cushions piled high for comfort . Note the layering of rugs for added texture and style.

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8. Add a fire pit for cooler evenings

Build your own fire pit
Build your own fire pit
Or add a stylish accessory
Or add a stylish accessory

8. Keep things simple for a super stylish retreat

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Or indulge your passion and create an exotic outdoor heaven!

Pure Heaven

Simple clean lines
Simple clean lines create a luxurious haven

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Black and White Decor


Create a sophisticated space using a simple black and white palette. Using white as a background, go bold with black accessories. Think graphic patterns, huge statement pieces of art and individual pieces of furniture.

Black and white will always look chic and timeless.  The simplicity of design will give any interior an instantly elegant touch.It’s the easiest formula to put together. It really is hard to get this look wrong.

When you feel ready for a change, just add a little bit of colour to the mix since black and white will go with absolutely anything. Add a pastel throw and delicate fabrics or make a staement with a dramatic splash ofcolour.               Just try it.

We have collected a gallery of some of our favourite photos to highlight this sophisticated formula.

Add interest through playing with dimensions. Take risks, be creative.
Create a gallery wall
Living room shelving spaces
Display some of your favourite thimgs on stylish shelving. Keep it tidy, sharp and uncluttered. Remember attention to detail.
Add plants to living room interior
A touch of green brings a sense of the outdoors inside.
Introduce geometric patterns using cushions and textiles.
Add flowers and candles to home interior
Remember the smaller details.
Frame a black and white images
Frame a black and white image to add interest.


Office home working

Modern home office work interior

Create stylish solutions for home office working.

Home office work environments

Whether you’re creating an office environment in a small nook or you have the luxury of having an entire room, Be Creative.  Source original furnishings for maximum impact. Industrial shelving works well in this space against the bare brick walls. Don’t be afraid to add green plants, stylish shelving, comfy chairs and vintage boxes for storage.

Alternative Home office work interior

Introduce overhead lighting if natural lighting isn’t an option. Consider angled floor lights that don’t steal desktop space. Personal your space with family photographs and personal artifacts to create a homely environment.

Home office work interiorSet a desk under a window to take advantage of natural light.  Keep the space neat and tidy. Use white furnishings to reflect light and keep the space airy.

Home office work interior environments

Or set a desk against a wall, add stylish shelving to help organise paperwork, a mood board for inspiration, a few personal items that make you smile and you instantly have a functional home office environment.

Simple white on white

Modern luxe white bedroom interior decor

Simple white bedroom interior

White on White

A rustic white scheme creates a stylish and serene retreat.
Rustic white home interior - bedroom designWhite can be a simple base for a calming bedroom design. Try incorporating several textures and subtle tones. The panelled wall in this bedroom adds natural wood textures and the simple white linen soften the look preventing the look from feeling stark.  An all-white bedroom can be surprisingly easy to achieve.Modern clean luxe bedroom design
Use mirrors and reflective surfaces to bounce the light back into the room. Keep the finishing details pristine and pay attention to details. For a vintage feel try adding old to new, a rustic chair or a shabby mirror.

Romantic white bedroom interior

Heavy textures such as woolen throws and rugs will add warmth and light textures such as silks and voile’s will add a romantic feel.  Layer textures, add cushions and statement pieces. white doesn’t have to mean boring!

Personally, i love the idea that a bedroom is a place to escape without distraction – A peaceful haven.