Why complain about the summer heat when you can face it with style?
The bedside table: Necessity central.
Everything you use daily is normally here. If you’re like me, my bedside table needs to be more practical than display-worthy, but I’ve tried to get the best of both worlds by making my essentials look somewhat presentable!
On my bedside table, I have:
- Vintage beaded lamp (find similar here)
- iPod dock and alarm clock (find similar here)
- Jewellery stand from DIVA (find similar here)
- ‘Italia’ snow globe that I picked up from a gift store just outside of the Vatican walls
- Ring dish from Ceramiche Picadilly, which I got when I was travelling along the Amalfi Coast
- Another ceramic dish from F.lli Calzuola in Deruta, Italy which was given to me from my brother, which holds a mini Glasshouse candle (Tahaa)
- My most used jewellery
- Rachel Zoe’s “Style A to Zoe” and “Living in Style“
- Kardashian Konfidential by Kim, Khloe, and Kourtney Kardashian
- Ultimate Fashionista: The Young Hollywood Style Guide by Alana Wulff
- “Parisian Chic” By Ines de la Fressange
- Taschen 365 day-by-day Fashion Ads of the 20th Century
- Silver Jewellery box from Ishka
- “Be Careful What You Wish For” and “Don’t Know What You’ve Got Till It’s Gone” by Gemma Crisp
- Italian/English copy of “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare which I purchased at Juliet’s House (La casa di Giulietta) in Verona.
- My treasured “Lucky Us (For being such good friends)” book, given to me by Miss Emily C. (The book is also printed with soy inks… how cool, right?!)
- Willowtree Angel figurine
- Every copy of Elle and Vogue that I have collected so far!
The ‘I have one room to cram all of my things in’ shelf/shelves: This is literally as the title stated.
I am still living at home with my family, and therefore, I have one room that needs to act as a bedroom, study, bathroom, and lounge room. So every little trinket, perfume bottle, book, or basically anything that belongs to me needs to be stored here. This can make for a very cluttered space. Unlike some people, I cannot tolerate clutter… I can’t focus and I do not enjoy the time that I spend in that space, therefore, I need to be incredibly selective with everything that I have around; this makes things a lot harder, especially if you’re sentimental like I am! However, there is light at the end of the tunnel, and that light comes in the form of storage! I’ve used this 6 square bookshelf to store my favourite little ornaments, and have also converted it to a display, which comes in handy when I’m getting ready to go out. Here I also have a canvas made by my two best friend’s sister, Jessica C.(You can take a look at, and purchase her other work here), with Paris, London, and New York snow globes displayed in front of it, which I picked up from a cute little gift shop in Greensborough. The rest of the shelves either have photo frames or magazines!
The mini Oval Office: Where all official business is taken care of.
My desk is probably one of my favourite parts of my room. Everything that inspires me is staring right at me, motivating me to continue my homework, blog posts, uni and job applications!
Just a side note, I do not enjoy having dead flowers on my desk… I just don’t want to throw them out until I replace them! My little orchid plant has lasted ages and the flowers should bloom again soon! Plus, dead/dying roses are really morbidly metaphorical and honestly, I kind of find them beautiful.
I also have swarmed my desk with candles. why? you may ask: because it creates a really relaxing mood when I’m cramming last minute homework!
Included on my desk is…:
- Owl pen holder from Typo (Find similar here)
- Indulgence ‘city’ candles (Rome, London, New York, Paris)
- Tilley Australia Sandalwood Scented Soy Candle
- Glade Jar Candle (Cashmere Woods)
- Painting by one of my best friends, Emily C.
- Typo metal magazine holder
- Typo metal pen holder
- Photo frames with my favourite people/places
- Latest issue of Vogue or Elle (on rotation)
These parts are just some parts of my room, I haven’t even shown you guys the other side! I will be posting a “de-clutter” post soon where I will show a before and after shot of my bookshelf and the other half of my room that isn’t featured here!
All of these things that make up my room, pretty much sum me up too. I’m just a fashion loving, family orientated, friend treasuring person who really likes magazines and owns way too many books!
The kitchen is where you would probably be spending the most time. The kitchen reveals everything: Your patience (when you just can’t get that recipe right), your creative side, your passionate nature and also is one of the first places where others will be able to tell if you’re a morning person or not…
A lot can happen in a kitchen, its one of those spaces in the home that is so inviting, and yet, so secretive…
“Where is the family recipe book?”
“What’s in that cupboard?”
“How did she make this taste so good?!”
“I’m not supposed to say anything, but guess what happened?!”
They say that the quickest way to the heart is through the stomach, so I guess that’s why the kitchen acts as the heart of a home!
There is nothing I love more than a practical and stylish home!
I think people sometimes forget that a house is not a home until you are comfortable in it, and many people make their homes seem like a cold and lifeless display, which may look beautiful in photos, but is in no way sensible or cozy.
These photos show some very sophisticated, elegant, and tidy dining rooms, but it’s understandable that not every one has a house that can achieve this look. You may have a small space, bare walls, and simple furniture, and there is nothing wrong with that! With a little imagination, you can make anything work! Once again, interior design is all about practicality and making the practical look good, and there are many ways in which you can re-design your dining space!
1. Consider your space: How large is the area you wish to dedicate to dining? Is it a corner just outside of the kitchen? A space near a window? or do you have a separate room solely for dining?
2. Your Walls: Is your space neutral? Do you want to paint? Are you happy with the colour?
3. How many people live in your house? Do you have room for guests?
The answers to these questions will enable you to begin to have a clearer image of what it is that you want to, and what you are able to achieve in your dining space, and will allow you to decide on the style and the pieces which you can use in the space.
Keep in mind, when it comes to dining areas, less is more and comfort and atmosphere is a priority!
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