Monday, May 30, 2011

Colour Palette: Turquoise & Gold Door

Another gorgeous colour scheme taken from a turquoise door with a gold door knob.

A turquoise door with an aged gold ornate door handle. Colour palette by Ethos Design, E-Decorating
Picture found here.
And the colour scheme emerges in shades of aged browny golds, dusty greens and bright turquoise.




A colour palette by Ethos Design. A beautiful vignette featuring soft dusty greens, golds and glass
Here

A colour palette by Ethos Design. A dusty green traditional style kitchen with touches of golden yellow
Here

A colour palette by Ethos Design. An aged gold mirror against a turquoise green wall
Here

A colour palette by Ethos Design. A simple vignette featuring a turquoise sideboard, green accessories and gold picture frames
Here

A traditional Baroque style room with bright aqua turquoise walls, a gold chair and built in bookshelf
Here

A colour palette by Ethos Design. A wellknown room featured in Domino with turquoise aqua walls, green day bed and touches of yellow in the accessories
Here

A colour palette in turquoise and gold by Ethos Design. This room is a traditional country style living room with goldy green walls, green velvet sofas and turquoise aqua cushions and garden stool
Here

A bright and colourful boy's bedroom - Finished!

So, I mentioned here I was helping do up my little brother's bedrooms. We've now managed to finish off Zaccy's bedroom. Zaccy is five and we wanted to create something colourful with lots of fun areas to play with a bit of a Dr Suess influence in there as well.

If you remember, this is what the room looked liked before (please excuse the unmade bed - it is a boy's bedroom)...




And the after...
 
E-Decorating Before and After Photos by Ethos Design. A young boy's bedroom with a Dr Suess influence. White loft bed with cubby underneath and built in bookshelves with DIY art, tree wall decal and red circle rugs. The room has a colour scheme of red, white, yellow, blue and green
My father and I came up with the design and made the bed over a few weekends.
The bed has a cubby underneath it which is accessed through a secret door.
The panel next to the blackboard has a small lever near the mattress which you pull
to make the door open.
  
E-Decorating Before and After Photos by Ethos Design. A young boy's bedroom with a Dr Suess influence. White loft bed with cubby underneath and built in bookshelves with DIY art, tree wall decal and red circle rugs. The room has a colour scheme of red, white, yellow, blue and green
We painted the cubbies in different colours and I filled it with his books and toys.
In the red cubby there is a small peephole drilled through so he can 'spy'
on people coming into his bedroom.


E-Decorating Before and After Photos by Ethos Design. A young boy's bedroom with a Dr Suess influence. White loft bed with cubby underneath and built in bookshelves with DIY art, tree wall decal and red circle rugs. The room has a colour scheme of red, white, yellow, blue and green
Zaccy helped me make the circle art on the wall. We painted timber craft coasters
and table mats and then decoupaged pictures of the Dr Suess 'Cat in the Hat' book.
E-Decorating Before and After Photos by Ethos Design. A young boy's bedroom with a Dr Suess influence. White loft bed with cubby underneath and built in bookshelves with DIY art, tree wall decal and red circle rugs. The room has a colour scheme of red, white, yellow, blue and green

So, just to remind you...

What had to stay...The flooring (obviously), the wall colour and the timber blinds.
What could go... All the furniture.
The budget breakdown...

E-Decorating Before and After Photos by Ethos Design. Budget breakdown for a boy's bedroom

What do you think?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

More Inspiration - Navy & Yellow

I think finding inspiration for my living room is becoming a major procastination technique for doing the things that are required to be able to actually decorate my living room.

Regardless, I found some more pretty pictures to add to my inspiration pinboard (on Pinterest here).

A yellow sofa in a soft brown living room with navy patterned rug
via Miss Moss

A grey living room with graphic black and white rug, a yellow sofa in a Hollywood Regency style
via Paloma81 blog

A sofa grey living space featured in Elle Decor with a navy rug, lilac curtains and green armchairs.
via Elle Decor via Black White Yellow.

An ecclectic living room with a navy velvet sofa, purple cushions and a floral artwork
via Paloma81.

A master bedroom with a living space with soft browny-grey walls, a timber sideboard, white tufted sofa and black and white rug.
via Katie Did blog.

A classic modern living room with cream curtains, a white sofa with scattered graphic cushions and two yellow armchairs. The room has an unusual colour scheme of navy, cream and mustard yellow
via The Lennoxx.
I'm definately seeing a fondness for graphic rugs here...

Friday, May 27, 2011

Look for Less: Side Table

Even though we don't have an Ikea in North Queensland, I occasionally browse their site for inspiration, or on the off chance that I can drive down one of these days for a shopping trip. 

I was looking at side tables and come across this...


This is the 'Vejmon' side table from Ikea. It's birch veneer and is $199 in Australia. I don't like this table that much but it looked familiar. And, then I remembered!

It looks like this table I thought about using for a recent project...
 
This table is the 'Bahru' side table from Far Pavilions. I actually think this table is much nicer. It's solid timber, feels a little more graceful and has a nicer colour stain. Ironically, it's normally also $199, and is now on sale for $149. 

Ha! Bet you never thought the more expensive item would be from Ikea.

Beautiful Art: Photography by Elouise

Stumbled upon this photograph from the portfolio of photographer Elouise (http://www.elouise.com.au/) via Absolutely Beautiful Things

I think it is just beautiful and I can just imagine it blown up on a large scale in a vintage styled playroom, or even a pretty dining space. Even as wallpaper!

Photograph by Elouise via absolutelybeautifulthings.blogspot.com. Fantastic for art as wallpaper or blown up in a playroom

She also has some lovely photos of Anna Spiro's home.
Photograph by Elouise via absolutelybeautifulthings.blogspot.com. A beautiful photo of Anna Spiro's living room

And I adore this photograph as well.
Beautiful flower arrangement; moody and dramatic

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Moodboard: Classic with a touch of Global Style

Here's the moodboard I've thrown together for Mum's family room. She already has a rich blue feature wall which she wants to keep so we've used shades of blue and grey to tie it together. (See my inspiration photos here).

E-Decorating Design Moodboard by Ethos Design. Style is a classic room with a global influence

Versatile Blogger

I can't tell you how excited I am that I got nominated for a blogging award. I actually squealed (which was a bad idea because I was at work, and my job is not reading blogs), and I'm not one of the squealing types of girls.

I was nominated by Mrs Bright from The Bright Life, who I only discovered a couple of weeks ago, but love already!


Apparently I know have to tell you seven random things about myself, and nominate some other bloggers I've recently discovered!

So, my seven random things:

1. I am utterly in love with my puppy, 'Snickers' (evidenced by the fact I still call him a puppy despite him being two years old). Just to prove how cute he is I thought I'd share some pictures...

As a puppy.

And now.

Just to prove my point further, this photo wasn't staged;
 he was actually sleeping like this with his favourite teddy bear
 (and yes I did buy my dog a teddy bear - don't judge!)

2. At school, I worked ridiculously hard and refused to get a mark below an 'A'. I think this over-achieving nature (as my boyfriend calls it) has now moved into being a workaholic. I blame it on my mother.

3. One of my favourite people in the world is my mother, Sue Tilley. Not only is she now an incredible artist (see here) at various times she has also been a successful financial adviser, a serial house renovator and a most incredible mother. Her skills range from sewing to welding to glass work to pottery to painting to drawing to carpentry and I've never met anyone that can keep up. (Oh, and she owner-built her own house. See what I mean about over-achieving?).

4. I like lists. I write a lot of lists. Sometimes I even write things on my list after they've been completed, just so I have the satisfaction of crossing them off my list (I know, weird huh!). I'm also quite scatter brained sometimes, so often I just lose those lists before I finish them (the grocery list gets lost on a weekly basis).

5. I love to travel and have been to Morocco, United States, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, Borneo, Italy, France, Zimbabwe and New Zealand, and am currently planning a trip to Croatia next year.

6. Just like Ms Bright I used to draw floor plans when I was a kid. My Mum saved the furniture store catalogues and I would chop out pictures of furniture, rugs and accessories and stick them into the rooms. I always had houses which had no laundry, kitchen or bathroom because I thought those places were boring.

7. I love to read. And I read fast. Nobody buys me books anymore, because I finish them in an afternoon. My boyfriend bought himself the Hobbit and I read it three times before he'd finished Chapter 5.

Now to nominate some bloggers (these aren't all new bloggers, just new to me)...

1. Elizabeth from Peacock Feather Events
2. Kelly from Kelly Green Interiors
3. Joanna from Cline Rose Designs
4. Kara from A Little Bit of Lovely
5. Allison from Spicer & Bank
6. Elizabeth from The Mustard Ceiling
7. The Wee Lass

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A Classic Room with a Global Twist

My lovely Mum has (finally!) let me loose on her home. She has excellent taste but is very time poor at the moment, and asked me to come up with a plan for her family room downstairs.

Her style is more 'Country', but she felt like this room could be a little more modern. Also, although she doesn't want a 'Tribal' theme, she  has a lot of amazing artefacts from her travels in this room and we still want to incorporate some of them into the room. So, I'm going for a classic room with a bit of a twist!

Here's my inspiration...

E-Decorating Inspiration from Ethos Design. A classic living room with white sofas and a collected feeling
House to Home Website. Via here.

E-Decorating Inspiration from Ethos Design. A classic gallery wall with white and timber frames against a blue wall
Pottery Barn via Pinterest


E-Decorating Inspiration from Ethos Design. A contemporary room featuring built in bookshelves, a wing back chair, modern coffee tables and a Persian rug.
Designer Sloan Mauran. Via here.

E-Decorating Inspiration from Ethos Design. A beautiful room by designer Sarah Richardson in white neutrals, floor to ceiling white curtain window treatments, a drum coffee table and classic white sofas and armchairs.
Designer Sarah Richardson. Via here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

A bright and colourful boys bedroom

My little brothers' bedrooms were looking rather drab when my parents moved into their new home last year and they asked me to come up with some ideas to help them re-decorate their rooms to make them a fun and imaginative area to play. The first one we worked on was Zaccy's room (soon to be 6).

Zaccy likes Dr Suess (as does our whole family - I grew up reading the Lorax) so although I didn't want a themed room we took inspiration from the bright colours and whimsical nature of Dr Suess.

I wanted the room to feel colourful (but not too designed) with lots of red, white, green, black, yellow and blue. They wanted to keep the existing wall colour (Dulux Hogs Bristle Half), the existing hardwood floors (as if I would change them!) and the current timber blinds. Here's the before (a little boring, yes?)...


E-Decorating Before Pictures from Ethos Design.

E-Decorating Before Pictures from Ethos Design.

E-Decorating Before Pictures from Ethos Design.

 The deal was they only wanted to spend $250 on accessories and decor, but would spend more on furniture or things that would last him a long time. I wanted to get artwork, a new rug and a little table and chairs at a minimum.

Here was some inspiration...

E-Decorating Inspiration Pictures from Ethos Design. Bright and colourful vintage style kids bedroom with wallpaper, bunk bed, red eames chair and rainbow striped rug with white floors.
Here

via here


Designer Samantha Pynn via here

Lightlocations.com via here

Cookie mag via here

via Tabletonic blog

Marimekko kids via here

Domino via here

Cookie Mag via here

Source Unknown
Lonny mag (Oct/Nov 2010 issue)

You probably noticed a lot of these pics are via www.tabletonic.blogspot.com which is a fantastic blog written by a Sydneysider. It's great - check her out!

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