12 Christmas Table Settings to make you go 'HO HO HO'

 
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Christmas is less than two weeks away, yes you heard correctly - less than 2 weeks people!

At this point you have most likely decorated your tree, your house, you've hung that wreath and you've started your Christmas Lunch shopping list - so now it's time to start thinking about your table, the centre piece of the whole day and the where you, your family and friends will gather for a long lunch, many wines and lot's of conversation, oh and delicious dessert or two of course! 

I have compiled my favourite table settings to give some Christmas table styling inspiration - the common theme as you will be able to tell as you start scrolling is 'GREENERY', so try adding some fresh flowers, native greens or foliage to amp up your table and add that extra Christmassy feel!

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Embrace Spring & Summer trends with removable wall paper...

 
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The weather is warming up and the coats are going back in the cupboard - finally the feeling of spring is in the air. But this seasonal change isn’t just tied to the weather - it's also the perfect time to add some spring love into your home with Luxe Walls removable wall paper... how stunning is the floral print above? Bedroom feature wall anyone?

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And your wall paper is up, add finishing touches to your space with on trend accessories and tactile soft furnishings to tie your wall coverings in with the rest of your room and add depth to your new look. Follow high street fashion for a bold look and use accessories in a pink/red combination, plants will transform the feel of your room, whilst paying homage to the botanical trends, or keep it soft with a blush throw and geometric cushions.

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Luxe Walls offers three different textures to print on: ● Luxe Canvas - Removable Wallpaper ● Luxe Linen - Repositionable at installation ● Luxe Crushed Stone - Repositionable at installation

And at $79 per square meter, Luxe Walls wallpaper is an affordable way to add impact.

Luxe Walls is the leader in removable, reusable, self-adhesive wallpaper. They offer thousands of high quality images which can be printed on our wallpaper and used to transform your home, business, corporation or event or even upload your own image to give it an extra personal touch.

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“We are seeing a huge following of the Tropicana trend at the moment, and on the flip side, a love for the softer tones, especially in the Blush hue. Mix this tone with botanicals and you have a real winner”

“Another popular trend right now are florals, especially when featured with dark moody backgrounds. These contemporary Renaissance masterpieces will create drama and impact in any room!” says Julia Hill, Director of Luxe Walls.

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Tips to make your office a space you love...

 

Our office is a space that many of us know to well, whether it’s at home or at work we spend much more time there than many of us would like. From late nights staring blankly at the computer screen, to early mornings squeezing in last minute tasks – it can almost feel like we live there.

Although limiting the time we spend there is not always possible, we can definitely make it a more comfortable space that can be enjoyed (almost as much as a day off). 

We’ve put together a few simple tips to create not only a stylish office space, but an inspiring and functional one that you actually enjoy – and we've used a few key pieces that will be on display at The Retail Quarter - Reed Gift Fairs modern and exhilarating re-launch of their September fair - check it out here.

Image from Pinterest - source unknown,

Image from Pinterest - source unknown,

De-clutter - Get rid of the clutter. Although there may be a thousand of things going on in your head, it doesn’t mean this should be reflected on your desk. Don’t make your office space a dumping ground for mountains of coffee cups and piles of paper work – keep your office clutter free and organised.

Storage is key – You’ve probably heard it time and time again, but we can promise that if you get some really great storage for your office space – you will significantly improve your productivity.  Organising your tasks into separate folders not only gives everything a home, but also reduces the risk of losing things. For the variety of pens sprawled across your desk, coffee cups make excellent (and stylish) penholders and there are thousands of designs you can choose.

Find the perfect lighting  - For those lucky enough to have large windows in their home office – why not maximise your use of natural light by keeping the curtains open and letting in the natural light. If you need a bit of privacy, sheer curtains in a lighter colour are the perfect answer. However if the lighting is dull – don’t fret, as the right desk lamp, just like this one from One World Collection, not only provides the lighting you need, but also adds an element of stylish to your home office.

Bring the outdoors, indoors

Although most of us would rather be outside enjoying the beautiful spring weather than working – why not compromise and bring the outdoors, indoors. Fresh flowers are a great way to brighten up your space, making it fresh and inviting. If you’re a hay fever suffer, why not go for terrarium or hanging pots such as these fabulous ones by Urban Products and All Seasons Homeware to add some lush greenery.

The finishing touch – accessories - Candles are the perfect addition to any space, and when it’s the room you’re spending most of your time in of course you want it to smell amazing. With so many options to choose from, why not select a scent that’s going to make feel like your working on the beaches of Tahiti. Endless Candles has created a scent to help you do just that.

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All of these products will be on display at The Retail Quarter – Reed Gift Fairs modern and exhilarating re-launch of their September fair. For more information about how you can get involved, visit http://www.reedgiftfairs.com.au/sydney-september/

 

How to create the perfect print wall...

 

We love a good 'HOW TO' video and Hunting for George have created one of their best yet - "How to create your perfect print wall!"

Watch the below video to brush up on your hanging skills or scroll down for a step by step instructional guide... YAY, we thank you in advance Hunting for George!

Step One: Composition

Before hammers and nails start flying around, place your selection of prints on the floor to find a composition you like. If you’re a visual type-A personality (which we can totally relate to), mapping out the prints can help you visualise how they’ll fit into the space without committing to size and placement until you get it right. Take a photo to use as your guide.

Step Two: Curate

Avoid choosing prints that are all the same, mix it up and spread the love. A mix of sizes and orientations is key to creating a successful print wall. Avoid clumping similar types of prints together

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Step Three: Anchor

Hang the largest print first, this will act as your anchor. We recommend hanging this at eye level for a winning print wall.

Step Four: Spacing

The rule of thumb is at least an 8cm gap between each frame. Nobody is perfect and either should your gaps be, it give your print wall character.

Step Five: Frame Selection

Choose different frame finishes to give your print wall a fun eclectic look. Two or three different kinds is ideal.

Step Six: More is more

Add more prints to fill your wall. Style with odd numbers for the perfect print wall. Now sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery.

Hunting for George have a style of print that will liven up even the blankest of walls, so sit back, enjoy the scenery and let your prints do the entertaining. No more fussing about with not-quite-the-right-size frames either (we've all been there). Hunting for George's new ready to hang frames fit their prints perfectly helping to make life just a little bit easier... Designed to fit the entire Hunting for George art print collection, their frames are Australian made and sold pre-assembled with a multi-fit system to hang both portrait or landscape. 

 

 

Marble Wallpaper by Murals...

 

Marble is such a massive trend at the moment... from the real stuff we use on our kitchen bench tops, to the tiles we use in our bathrooms, to the fabric it's printed on for our cushions and tea towels, to vessels for candles, trays and so much more... the fact is that we LOVE it!

So why not try wall papering the walls of your house with it? Say HI to Murals Wallpaper Marble Collection! It's a percentage of the price of the real stuff and the effect is just as incredible... and when you're over the trend, you can easily remove it and whack up the next thing, win win!

 

Woods & Warner...

 

Sydney based interior design company, Woods & Warner brilliantly blur the boundaries between art and design. Founded in 2007 by Jacinta Woods and Sonia Warner, are a creative force which stretch style parameters for residential and commercial clients who want something new, fresh and yet warmly familiar.

Each design is a spontaneous and adventurous masterpiece that embraces indulgent detail. Woods and Warner encourage strong monochromatic foundations and like to ‘build up’ their spaces with dramatic powerful colours, patterns or textures.

Clients contact our design studio due to our approachable & adaptable nature. Our ethos to understand the home and the client is paramount for us to execute the design scheme.  We encourage those clients that lack ‘colour- confidence’ to experiment with striking shades,’ says Jacinta.  

Greenwich Residence Ground Floor Renovations is their latest project. This space uses a monochromatic black and white colour scheme which theatrically contrasts against vibrant artworks, commissioned by Kate Clarkson & Lola Santiago. The colourful interplay of turquoise, dove pink and canary yellow balances out with handsome midcentury furniture and contemporary fittings.     

The industrious pair have a clear love and passion for design and art in the home, Sonia’s style is quirky and alive whilst Jacinta has a subdued with a classic undertone. 

As a business it’s like we have split personalities….we can look at a residence that deserves a nature driven palette & we slip into the style like a great pair of shoes.’

This is very noticeable in each of their homes. Step into Sonia’s space and enjoy a retro-renaissance. Glittered with bling, her home is a bold injection of pattern, colour & texture with a few vintage finds. ‘It’s very eclectic and has an antiquated feel,’ she says. Contrary to this is Jacinta’s home which is ‘light’ and understated; white wash walls and floors embrace touches of pastels and earthy greens. ‘I love lightness and breezy spaces that are elegant and chic,’ she says.

Woods & Warner here - Instagram here

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DIY Black Oak tv unit...

 

After searching high and low for the perfect TV unit we couldn't find the right piece for our house... I am sure most of you have been in a similar situation and it is so frustrating when you just want to buy it and bring it home and it look fabulous! 

After deciding that we wanted a black stained oak floating cabinet Matt got to work - he built the carcass and then we ordered the drop down fronts and the top from our cabinet maker, making sure the draw fronts were 1 continuous grain pattern.

I absolutely love it's simplicity and feel it's the perfection to our small space... D + P

 

5 ways to brighten up your space with Kay Gibbons...

 

Grab your boots, pull on your overalls. It’s time to immerse yourself in DIY projects! Just as we live for the occasional makeover, so too is it appropriate to makeover our living spaces. As they say, “a change is as good as a holiday.” And we all could do with a holiday! Here are five ways to brighten your home.

Paint the town red!

Grab a tin of Dulux, a brush, and paint, paint, paint! You don’t have to roller the whole room, perhaps just a wall, trims, or the back of a door. If you live in a rental property, grab a huge canvas, splash your favourite colour across it and position it behind the couch as a mini feature wall. Even giving a coat of paint to a tired piece of furniture can change a room dramatically – particularly if it’s a side or coffee table.

Cover it up!

Lounges aren’t the easiest of things to replace, especially on a whim. However, the simplest thing to do is cover it! You don’t need to know how to sew up a storm or reinvent the wheel either. A sheet, a throw rug, or a ready-made coverlet will do the job perfectly. That way, as each season blusters along or a certain mood happens to strike, you can simply pull one cover off and store it away until you’re ready to air it out next time.

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Hang the expense!

Wall art can be as expensive or as cheap as your pocket allows. If you do invest a wad of cash into your art, make sure you’re going to love it for a long time, or, know you can on-sell it at least, when the time comes. A fabulous way to trial a particular look is to buy an inexpensive version of what you’ve got in mind, and live with it until you decide yes or no. Nonetheless, wall art has the ability to achieve a lot in a short space of time, effort, and money.

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Image via The Design Files featurig Belynda Henry Art

Floored!

Rugs, like a decent coffee, are an instant pick-me-up. You can quite literally change the colour of your day by replacing the old flooring with something funky and new. Make sure it’s appropriately sized for your room. Just as hanging a small painting on a large wall doesn’t look right, neither does a tiny rug on a huge floor space. Bear in mind high traffic areas. Think about colours and textures and what will or won’t show the dirt. Washable cotton dhurries look fabulous and add a touch of the exotic to your room.

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Rearrange!

Sometimes all it takes to freshen up a room is to rotate the furnishings and paintings from one room to another. The works you’ve been hanging in your bedroom for the past six months, air it out in the living space for a time. Rearranging furniture can also give a new vibe to a living area. Thinking outside the square opens up a whole new kinda magic. Let your imagination wander.

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Authors BIO

Kay Gibbons writes for Wall Art Prints, she is a writer with a curious mind and a deep respect for life. She holds multiple qualifications in Small Business, Interior Design, Desktop Publishing, Photography, Bookkeeping and her ultimate love, Writing. When she’s not running her own business or freelance writing, she’s a professional blues singer.

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