4 Great Ideas on Stocking Up Your Bar Cart For Winter

With the cooler weather settling in, it’s time to consider how you’re going to be spending your time inside this winter. Think cosy evenings watching movies, sitting around the fireplace with a good book, or playing hide-and-seek inside with the kids. Whatever your winter looks like, we’ve come up with a few great ideas for your bar cart. Because let’s face it: a well-stocked bar cart for winter is essential if you’re going to survive – whether you drink alcohol or not!

1// Hot Chocolate Bar Cart

This has to be the best idea ever! A mobile hot chocolate station, complete with books and snacks. I think every home should have one of these! Having chocolatey goodness carted around the house makes things really simple come movie night.

Sincerely Sara D.

The secret to this gorgeously styled bar cart is the gold touches with deep blue accents. The stunning blue background also helps, of course! Nothing like a dark background to show off something in front.

You will need:

  • Pots for ready-made hot chocolate or hot water
  • Hot Chocolate selection
  • Mugs
  • Spoons
  • Cream

PRO TIP: Keep your drinks hot with a tea light heater, and add some gourmet ginger biscuits for crunchy touch.

2// Winter Warmers Station

Ginny MacDonald

No better way to beat the chill than by stocking your cart with ingredients for warming cocktails! Think hot toddies with lemon peel, ginger cider, and milk punch. Click here for these recipes and LOADS more (among others, Bacon, Bourbon, and Hazelnut Hot Chocolate – don’t know what to say about that…) And don’t forget the mulled wine! Nothing screams hot and boozy drinks in front of the fire like Glühwein or mulled wine. Click here for my favourite Glühwein recipe – from the ever-awesome Jamie Oliver.

The image above further proves my point about deep blue backgrounds with gold in front! I love the touch of eucalyptus in this as well, adding a bit of greenery to the setting. The image above further proves my point about deep blue backgrounds with gold in front! I love the touch of eucalyptus in this as well, adding a bit of greenery to the setting. For some additional tips on putting together a perfect boozy bar cart, have a look at this great blog post from : the designers at Havenly.

College Housewife

For your Winter Warmer Station Bar Cart, you will need:

  • Warming spices like cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger
  • Citrus Peel, Blood Orange and citrus juice
  • Brown Sugar
  • Red Wine
  • Spicy liquor like spiced rum, whiskey, Grand Marnier and craft gin
  • A tea light heater to keep things warm and smelling amazing!
  • A cocktail recipe book like this one 😉

3// Alternative Uses

One Kings Lane

If you prefer just to wait out the winter and put your bar cart in storage, then consider rather repurposing it until the sun shines again. Use it to store books, plants and picture frames while you’re hibernating. And if there happens to be a fortified wine on there, then so be it – we won’t judge!

Happy Carting!

 

 

5 South African Online Furniture Stores for local Home Shopping

We live in an age where a great many weird and wonderful things are bought online every day. Why anyone would want to buy dehydrated water or cobra whiskey is beyond us, but we do understand the need to get your virtual hands on furniture that you can bring back to the real world. Luckily for interior lovers, buying all things home is getting easier and comes with an agreeable price tag (insert squeal of excitement).

You do not have to roam the urban plains of South Africa in search of that perfect couch ever again! Now you can find a unique piece perfect for your home today and sit on it tomorrow. Amazing! And (big plus!) you’ll be supporting South African entrepreneurs, helping the local economy and minimizing the environmental impact of shipping. If you need more reasons why buying local is lekker, find them here… Intrigued? Then read on!

HERE ARE 5 LOCAL ONLINE STORES TO HELP YOU DECORATE YOUR HOME FROM HOME!

 

#Basis Furniture

Batman & Robin Occasional from Basis Furniture

Once you enter the online store of Basis Furniture the theme rings clear; back to basics. The focus of Basis Furniture is refined furniture that forms the backbone of a home. Thanks to strong trading ties and ditching the classic retail space, brothers Ross and Kyle Wilson are able to import beautiful and often unique pieces to their online store without inflating the price tag. Fortunately for those in Cape Town, Basis Furniture showroom is based in Diep River and the public is welcome to pop in for a peep at their elegant assembly. Expect to find modern and sophisticated chairs, sofas, benches and coffee tables. For those of you a bit further away head to their online store for the full collection.

If you love interiors from East Asia and you’re looking for great Indonesian design there isn’t much in South Africa, but don’t despair! Kohe Design is a Bali furniture supplier that ships directly to wherever you are, which means you can have your own piece of Indonesia in precious SA too!

 

#2 Knus

Versameling van Laaie from Knus

Knus, the Godfather of locally handcrafted products, is an expansive online store showcasing the best of South African design. Careful thought and consideration go into every piece that Knus chooses to showcase. Here intimate detail and creative expression come together to form quality furniture demanding attention. We love the playful product names like Harmony Bench and Dikbuikige Kas, literally meaning “paunchy cupboard”.  If you’re starting from scratch, Knus has everything you need; from furniture to towels to wallpaper!

 

#3 Elsje Designs

Himmeli 2 by Elsje Designs

This boutique interior design studio, snuggled in the heart of the Cape Winelands, furnish their clients with delicate limited edition designs. Elsje Designs has its origin in the event industry, specifically the wedding industry, which is evident in the fairy-like quality of their designs. Their pieces are beautifully feminine and will be a lovely addition to any home. They still provide on-trend décor to events, so if you’re planning an event be sure to contact them for a quote. Elsje Designs is firmly rooted in graphic design and offer art prints, distinct home décor as well as corporate branding and stationary. Designs can be personalised to client-specific requirements. Here you’ll find the finishing touches that will add a touch of awesome your home.

 

#4 Popstrukt

Creme Bedsite Table by Popstrukt

Popstrukt came about when founders, Michelle and Adriaan Louw, were on the hunt for affordable furniture for their new home. They realised there was a big problem when it came to quality and accessibility of interior design. Lucky for us this realisation culminated in an inviting online platform that caters to all homeowners. The sleek and chic furniture come flatpacked, which means these pieces are easy to pack up and go wherever you are going. This is just one of the innovative ways Popstrukt is making “good design affordable”. Head over to their online store; they even have a bundle section where you can buy more for less!

 

#5 Fun my world

Mini Giraffe Lamp by Fun My World

Reviving the playful side of life! Fun My World, run by creator Nicole Lindsey, aims to deflate serious interiors by reintroducing fun to homes. The collection consists predominantly of quirky lighting and gift products. All products are made from solid wood and treated with raw linseed oil, and are fully sustainable. If you want a customized product or alternative design contact them directly, and the industrious forces behind Fun My World will have it done in no time. Like what you hear? Head over to their online store at Hello Pretty for more. If you’re a lover of weekend market finds, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for Fun My World at craft markets in and around Cape Town.

 

We hope you love these useful local online products as much as we do. Remember that if you want a magnificently designed home there is always a way to make it happen, no matter the budget.

Happy shopping!

7 playful interiors that don’t take themselves too seriously

When Did Interior Design Become Such A Serious Business? I remember a time when it was fun to move my room around. Or when I convinced my parents that I wanted to sponge-paint my room in bright azure (thanks mom and dad for the freedom!). I even painted a floral pattern on calico and used it to make a quilt for my bed. I loved design so much that I made a career out of it. But as it happens with these things, work took over, and deadlines and details killed the creativity. Interesting that. And it’s not just me, I know of many designers with the same dilemma. Where did it all go wrong then? When did interior design become so serious that we lost the joy and passion that drove us to become designers in the first place? This month, I want to focus on design that doesn’t take itself so seriously. Playful design, fun design – quirky and interesting interiors that have been put together with love. Because that’s ultimately what interior design is all about: the love of interior spaces.

Here are 8 playful interiors to inspire you to let go of the seriousness and have some fun with your home!

 

#1: The Den Bed

Domino 

This is any child’s dream – a bed and a den all in one! Not all playful interiors are for children, but this one is such a fantastic example of a space made with love and creativity in mind. Love the wallpaper on the side and the giraffe. Because everyone needs a giraffe 😉

 

#2: Tassels and Baubles and all things Cool

Design Hunter

A fabulously quirky house in Marrickville. How cool is the tassel and pom-pom curtain?!? Love the gallery wall as well. In a space that was designed with a clean, modern aesthetic, the splashes of pink create a happy and inviting wall.

#3: Mexitile

I know that Mexican-inspired tiles are hardly new, but if that is what you love, then I say go for it! These are tile stickers, but you could of course also paint, stencil or stamp your existing tiles to add personality and fun.

And while you’re at it, have some cake!

 

#4: The Curated Collection

Apartment Therapy

Lots of interesting things here: heavy textures in the carpets and scatters, candles, interesting sculptures and bright books and paintings. Looks like a great space to spend the day!

 

#5: Add Some Details

Apartment Therapy

LOVE this green bedside cabinet! See how they added some gold touches to the ceiling trim to make it tie in with the rest of the finishes in the room? And the bold combination of prints is awesome. What a vibrant and energetic room!

 

#6: Play Full Scale and Volume

Apartment Therapy

The mid-century architecture, super high ceilings and abundance of natural light softens the bright colours, large designs and bold patterns. The mismatched lights add a wonderfully playful element to the collection of prints.

 

#7: A Wall and A Horse

Rachel Whiting via Daily Mail

Another cool room working with a strong pattern, but this time on the walls. And a carousel horse. If you can get your hands on one, then you have to display it!

 

#8: Play With Paint

This is still one of our most popular projects. Create a fun and fabulous wall with syringes and paint – click here for the post!

I look forward to sharing some more playful projects and ideas with you – in the meantime, have a look at our fun DIY projects!

Happy Playing!

How to Decorate Your Table For an Autumn Easter Feast

Just like Christmas, we celebrate Easter in the opposite season to the rest of the world. Well, us and everyone else in the Southern Hemisphere that is. Traditionally, Easter is a spring festival, celebrating everything that is new and fresh and budding. That’s why furry bunnies and eggs are associated with Easter. But we go into Easter when leaves are falling, when the colder weather sets in and when – hopefully! – the rainy season starts. That means that the usual festive fair with daffodils and bright spring colours are not going to apply to us! I’ve been digging a bit further and put together my favourite ideas for an Autumn Easter feast. While bunnies and eggs still abound, you might find a few ideas that are more in keeping with the local season. I hope it will inspire you!

Table Decorations for an Autumn Holiday

I find it’s easier to start from the middle and plan your focal first. So here are some ideas for centerpieces for your Easter table.

Chatelaine via Texture.com

Make a centerpiece with some pretty natural eggs and pastel succulents. You can even throw in a few patterned decoupage eggs if you like!

Domestically Blissful

This sweet little autumn display that is easy enough to make with twine, spray paint and pine cones. Stack them in a pretty bowl or on a plate and place in the middle of your table. Click here for the tutorial!

I love this one featured in Elle Decor. It’s simple, rustic and has lovely colours! It’s also easy enough to create with whatever you have in the fridge and in the garden.

Home BNC

While this is definitely more Thanksgiving-oriented, it can work just as well for Easter. Throw some golden eggs and a few bunnies in there and you’ve got a party! Have a look at the rest of this post for some more pumpkin-inspired table decorations – there are GORGEOUS ideas here!

And now for the rest of the table!

Keep things super slick and minimalist in black and white with gold touches. Image via Style Curator.

Create a beautiful whimsical table setting with vintage animal-inspire dishware, distressed wood and natural linen. Image from Get Cottage.

A picnic-style table with raw wood and richly coloured food. Here, the food creates the tablescape, so it’s both beautiful and delicious! Via Our Food Stories.

 

Keep things really simple and natural with a brown paper table runner and crisp white tableware. Throw in a few white feathers as an ode to the candy chicken that produced the eggs! Via Daily Dream Decor.

Combine a napkin and an easter egg to create a sweet little bunny! Really easy and a great project to get the kids involved with. Via Craft Room Stories.

A fresh blue table setting with gold and greenery. Perfect for an Easter Sunday lunch! Via Hurd & Honey.

AND NOW… for some eggs! If you’re the type of person that likes to decorate your own eggs, well done! I might try that this year as well – it’s a great way to keep the kids occupied. And we so love scrambled eggs, so it’s just a case of extracting the egg without breaking the shell. Here’s how!

And then you’re ready to decorate!

Liebes Botscha

Minimalism Is Dead. Long Live Maximalism!

A 2017 report by IKEA on Life At Home revealed that people are feeling pressured to live minimally. How strange, that society is dictating a simpler lifestyle to free us from stress, but the pressure to live that lifestyle adds stress! Minimalism has long been favoured by the Japanese and Scandinavians, driven by brands like Muji, Marie Kondo and others. And while there are certainly great merits in simplifying things to create headspace and free yourself from emotional clutter, it is often not practical to have this minimalist dream home. It certainly is not possible for me! And that is where Maximalism comes in – the movement that says, enough is enough, we can’t streamline things anymore! Ultimately, your home is just that: YOURS. We surround ourselves with the things that we love, that bring us comfort, and that make us happy. I will always be the poster child for the freedom that decluttering brings, so let’s not confuse clutter with maximalism. But where minimalism proposed less is more, maximalism says that it’s really okay to have more – so stop feeling guilty about it!

Here are a few of my favourite maximalist styles.

#1 // Modern Victorian

Oliver Perrott

I came across these images recently while researching a new design concept and oh my goodness; I fell in love! How deeply delicious and decadent is this?! A far cry from Scandi-inspired interiors, it celebrates old-world detailing and beautiful prints. Pretty pretty pretty! It’s all about bold colour, large patterns and really celebrating beautiful vintage furniture and decor. So, go big and go home with oversized floral wallpaper and rich velvet.

How totally gorgeous is this sofa by Anthropologie?

Uber sophisticated styling by the very talented Emily Henderson.

Rich colours and oversized wallpaper by Surface View

An industrial landing draped in vintage wallpaper by William Morris.

#2 // Chinoiserie

I have a special place in my heart for Chinoiserie. I don’t know if it is because I lived in Hong Kong for many years or if it is the colonial influence from my time in the UK, but I love the delicate patterns and rich colours. Not many people know this, but Dutch Delft was inspired by Chinese blue ceramics. Get the Chinoiserie-look with some pretty blue-and-white collections, colourful florals, elaborate wallpaper and pretty Asian prints. De Gournay have made modern Chinoiserie into the art form it deserves to be – have a look at their website for some serious Asian masterpieces!

Gorgeous tropical-inspired Chinoiserie by De Gournay

Hannah Cecil Gurney via House & Garden

A small Asian corner by Alex Papachirstidis

Bright cobalt floral wallpaper in a kitchen by Andrea Schumacher Interiors.

Another masterpiece by De Gournay

Even a walk-in closet can have a pretty focal – via Domino.

Fashion icon Tory Burch’s home via Vogue

#3 // Eclectic

I don’t like using the word because it feels lazy, like you couldn’t be bothered to figure out what style it really is. But even after a lot of research, there isn’t a better word to describe a style that draws from many inspiring sources and design eras. It’s when you like a lot of different things and choose to put them together. Most homes have an eclectic element to them because it’s quite rare for someone to decorate their home strictly in accordance with a single design principle. Eclecticism produces unique and interesting interiors that really embody the personality and taste of their creator, so here’s to your eclectic interior!

eclectic interior

A warm and inviting interior by Old Brand New.

eclectic interior

A wild mixture of prints, patterns and colours via Sara Hakwiscombe.

eclectic interior

Moroccan flavours with ranch and tropical elements, via Nuevo Estilo.

A fabulous collection of artwork and textiles, via Design Files.

I’d love to know what your favourite maxi style is – let me know in the comments below!

How to put together an interior design concept

One of the most significant challenges when starting a new interior project is getting the concept right. But where do you even start?! Use this handy step-by-step guide to put together a concept that looks good and works for your budget – without breaking a sweat!

Lets first look at what a concept is and why you need one.

An interior concept is the thought process or plan behind a room. Designers don’t just walk into a room and start throwing things around without a plan. There’s always something behind the look, and that is where your concept comes in.

A concept can be

a) a theme – tropical, ocean, stripes and florals

b) a look – vintage, period, midcentury, French, English cottage, minimalist, Scandinavian

c) a mood – laid-back, romantic, formal, playful

It could even be a combination of things, like a laid-back tropical vibe with mid-century touches 😉

Your concept will become your guide; it will help to create a cohesive design that works. You can of course also have a concept for your entire home, although I’ve never been able to stick to 1 thing throughout.

4 STEPS TO CREATING AN INTERIOR DESIGN CONCEPT

#1// What do you want?

Easier asked than answered, the first thing you have to determine is what you need the space to be. If it is a living room for example, how many seats do you need? What are your storage requirements? Are there any specific tasks or activities in the room like reading or gaming or movie night? Do you need a small coffee table or a large one? Do you need side tables and lamps? Whether you need new things or are reusing existing ones, list everything so that you can get a clear overview of the items required in the room.

#2// Be Inspired

Pinterest is a fantastic tool for grouping images. Don’t think about it too much, just pin anything that you like and pretty soon you’ll start to see a theme forming. Here’s my Pinterest board for a playroom that I’m the process of doing. I want to bring a travel vibe into the room, so I did a search for “travel inspired kids rooms” and started to pin away! The images gave me a great idea to do an oversized map on the wall and to use our old international currency as wall art. Love the globe-ideas too.

 

#3// Put things where you can see them together on a mood board.

Now that you have a few ideas it’s time to build a mood board. A mood board is a great way to get a visual of what a room will look like.  It doesn’t necessarily contain the actual items that you’re going to use, but it represents the look and feel of what you’re going to create. If you have things that you want to include, like an heirloom rug or vintage sofa, take pictures of it and include it on your board. You can also find images of new items that you like. Here’s a mood board that I put together for the playroom. Some things are existing, and others are ideas for new things that I think could work. You can either do it old-school with actual images and card stock or a pin board, or you can create a virtual one with an app like Roomstyler or software like Photoshop.

The great thing about using a mood board is that you will be able to start getting an idea of what the room will look like. Even if it’s not the actual items, at least you’ll see colours, textures, and combinations. You’ll also quickly see what is NOT going to work, so don’t skip this step! The other advantage is that you can source an image as inspiration from anywhere, even if you can’t afford it, and then look for something similar that fits into your budget. Save the image on your phone or take a picture of your mood board so that you can carry a copy with you and use for reference.

#4// THEN, start putting together the actual items.

The mood board serves as a roadmap for the design while a layout gives you guidelines for sizes and shapes of items. Whenever you want to buy something, put it next to the mood board and see if it’s going to work with the concept that you’ve created.

But before you buy anything, you’ll need to create a layout! A layout is essential as it will show you what you will be able to achieve in the space, without having to move heavy and bulky furniture items around. I’ll cover layout in a follow-up post, so make sure that you subscribe so you don’t miss it.

My playroom makeover is a project that I’ve been working on for a while, so I am really excited to share the big reveal with you in the coming weeks. I hope that this post has given you some insight into how designers do it and that you will start to build your home’s concepts with creative confidence.

Happy conceptualising!

10 Gorgeous ways to bring ultraviolet home this year

Of all the colours out there, purple and it’s relatives have to be my least favourite. I don’t have anything purple in my house, or in my closet. That being said, the first car that Joey and I bought together was purple, but that was more by luck than by choice. I have a shock every year when Pantone announces its colour of the year, and it usually takes me a while to accept it. Except for green – you can never go wrong with green. I know that I am VERY late to jump on this year’s bandwagon, but I really have been struggling with this one. But if you can’t beat them, it’s better to don yourself in purple and call yourself a fan! Who knows, maybe before the end of the year, I will also own a piece of purple something.

WHAT IS ULTRAVIOLET?

According to Dictionary.com, ultraviolet light has wavelengths shorter than visible light but longer than Xrays. UV is the harmful bits in sunlight that cause sunburn, as well as the helpful part that forms vitamin D. It is not visible to the naked eye, except when it creates a chemical reaction that enables substances to glow or fluoresce, which is what the colour usually refers to.

Pantone describes ultraviolet as “a dramatically provocative and thoughtful purple shade, PANTONE 18-3838 Ultra Violet communicates originality, ingenuity, and visionary thinking that points us toward the future.” After a dramatic 2017, it is supposed to invoke introspection, which is something we desperately need.

Here are few suggestions to bring ultraviolet into your home this year.

FURNITURE

ultraviolet

The Decorista

In my book, you can never have enough velvet upholstery. Do I own any? No. Do I have 3 (adorable, lovely but ultimately disastrously messy) boys? Yes. So my velvet days will have to wait a bit longer. Unless someone wants to gift me a green deep-buttoned velvet sofa of course (see my comment on green above). If then you must have purple, then I suppose purple velvet is the way to go. I can’t fault this room, purple chair and all: the soft tones, the messy but curated shelf in the background, the totally delish shaggy rug, and the combination of dusty pink and ultraviolet works magic. My favourite things? The teal scatters that add a bit of cool to the warm colours and the touch of purple in the potplant. LOVE!

ACCESSORIES

Hi Sugarplum via Doris Leslie Blau

A few scatters placed thoughtfully can elevate any room from blah to wow. Choose patterns that compliment your existing decor – I have a huge thing for flowers at the moment, so that’s where I’m headed. But the chances are that you’ll find ultraviolet in almost any pattern this year. This image is another testament to the beautiful combination that is ultraviolet and teal. This built-in unit is just gorgeous, and with the bright pops in the carpet, painting and accessories, it creates a stylish room that doesn’t take itself too seriously. STUNNING.

WALLPAPER

Traditional Home

This is a bolder move, but when you can create a corner like this, then go for it! I have to admit; it was this image that inspired this post. I found it on Instagram and thought, WOW! Maybe purple is not so bad after all! But then again, I am a total sucker for toile, especially Chinoiserie toile which had something to do with my excitement! My toile-philia stems from my days at Laura Ashley I think. This wallpaper is Shengyou Toile Iris by Schumacher Fabric.

A FEW OTHER BITS

Here are a few more ideas for bringing ultraviolet home.

1. Make a (small) statement with some pretty vintage glass bottles.

BHG

2. Use a throw to add some colour to a plain bedroom

Fantastic Frank via Doris Leslie Blau

3. Paint the inside of a plain wardrobe – SUPRISE! 💜

Claudia Pelizzari

4. Add colour with an informal pouffe or futon.

My Scandinavian Home

5. Paint the walls – isn’t the painted panelling in this pic JUST AMAZING??

Apartment Therapy

6. Have Your Cake And Eat It

Not completely ultraviolet, but this purple-and-white stripey cake is amazing and perfectly on trend! Click here for the recipe!

Happy Ultraviolet💜 Styling!

 

How To Get Your Home Ready For The Holidays

My bags are packed and I’m ready to go. Well, not quite. But there are numerous boxes and bags filled with Christmas presents and decorations on the dining room table.  And the kids have been jumping up and down in anticipation of going to the beach for the last 5 days. So while I am trying to wrap my head around the endless number of things that still have to happen before I can drive the bus through the farm gates and head to the coast, let me share my tips on how to get your home ready for the holidays.

SAFETY &  SECURITY

Studio McGee

While Santa may be welcome to sneak into your home at night, the festive season is also a peak time for those Santa’s with less-than-honourable intentions. When you leave for the holidays, either have your lights on a timer or leave some lights permanently switched on. And not only outside lights, also leave bathroom and hallway lights on to ensure that the interior is not entirely in the dark.

Let your neighbours and security company know that you’ll be seeking solace elsewhere. Also, have your alarm tested before you leave just to make sure that all is working as it should be.

WINDOWS AND DOORS

security shutters

Griffin Balsbaugh Interiors

Make sure that all windows and doors are snug and secure. Broken latches, hinges and locks are a security risk, so have them fixed before you go. Shutters are a fantastic security option that gives light control and prevent unwanted entry, all while looking awesome. They are especially rocking it with the botanical trend! Have a look at Finishing Touches’ range of made-to-measure shutters here. They come in 5 great colours and have a 10-year guarantee, which is sure to outlast your alarm system!

GARDEN

Period Property Store

Don’t leave things lying around! Make sure that toys, garden equipment and other loose item are safely tucked away in the garden shed or garage. And especially if you’re in the Western Cape: ask your neighbour to peek in daily to check for burst pipes or leaks, otherwise, you will be presented with a hefty fine for water wastage when you get back. Not the way to start the new year!

PETS

Do the responsible thing and take your pets with you, arrange for a pet-sitter or check them into a pet-care facility.

ELECTRICAL EQUIPMENT

Switch off the hot water geyser and unplug major appliances, just in case there is some catastrophic power surge during the holidays. You never know!

AND THEN, RELAX!

Here is a little checklist to help you remember what needs to be done. Then go and enjoy your holiday and relax. I am certain that Santa will only bring gifts and leave the rest of your belongings in peace.

Happy Holidays!

Feature image courtesy of Shutterstock.

Taking a long hard look at curtain hardware

Window dressing can make a massive impact on a home: it frames the windows and adds softness, colour, texture and pattern to a room. But window dressing does not only consist of curtains: the curtain poles have a huge impact on the overall look as well. There is a large variety of curtain poles, tracks and finials available and knowing what to choose, can be a daunting task. Let’s break curtain hardware down for you!

curtain hardware basics

Twofold Interiors

Poles

Curtain poles are perfect for both formal and informal rooms. They can be used with rings or with eyelet curtains that slide directly onto the pole. Curtain pole thicknesses vary from 16mm all the way to 93mm so that you can create a variety of looks.

Finishes include brass, chrome, pewter, dark and light woods, solid painted colours, beaten copper and cast iron.

curtain rail basics

You also get clip-on poles that look like a pole, but that has a track installed behind it. This is great when you want to use curtains without rings. The Alumina range by Finishing Touches has a track integrated into the pole itself, making it even simpler.

Finials

Finials are the bits that you fit onto the end of a curtain pole. Finial styles are practically endless: metals, glass, acrylic, wood. And they are fashioned into all kinds of designs and shapes to suit different styles of décor.

curtain rail basics

Brackets

A curtain pole will usually have a matching bracket, so there isn’t much to worry about here. If however, you want to hang a double layer of window dressing, like a sheer and a dress curtain, then you will need to choose your curtain pole based on the bracket.

There are lightweight cup brackets for 16mm poles, up to heavy-duty brackets for the thicker poles. For poles longer than 1.2m or heavy curtains like those with blackout lining, you will need to install a central bracket as well to prevent the pole from sagging. Ask your sales assistant to suggest the most appropriate one for your needs.

Also, consider whether your curtain pole will be installed on a back or a side wall. Not all poles have the option of end brackets, so if you require them, you will have to choose your bracket first.

Pelmet Pole

providence cottage

I have written about pelmet poles before, but they really are a great invention. It has the look of a wooden pelmet, with the functionality of a double track. They come in a variety of finishes to match the room.

Extendable & Telescopic Poles

curtain hardware basics

Fitted with spring-rods, these are perfect for when you have a bit of a space constraint and want to install a curtain inside the window recess. Extendable rods are perfect for non-standard window widths, and they don’t need to be cut down to fit.

curtain hardware basics

Serena & Lily

Happy Decorating!

This post is sponsored by Finishing Touches.

Why do you need a headboard in your bedroom?

I have recently been headboard hunting because, as you may have noticed in our cottage renovation project, we don’t yet have one in the bedroom. And it’s not for lack of trying. To be honest, I found the options a bit overwhelming and as it happens with overwhelm, proceeded to do absolutely nothing about it. This made me think: why do you need a headboard in your bedroom? Is it really essential and will it make a huge difference if you don’t have one?

providence cottage

Let’s first look at a few pros:

  1. A headboard is both functional and aesthetic: it gives you something to lean against and frames your bed.
  2. It’s a practical way to keep the wall behind your bed protected.
  3. It adds depth, texture, colour, or softness to your room – depending on the design of course.
  4. A headboard adds a finishing touch to your room.
  5. Its style can emphasize the style of the room.

So how do you choose the right headboard style?

There are so many different varieties of headboards available that it is difficult to cover all of them. A headboard also doesn’t have to be a solid piece of wood or upholstered item: it could be anything that frames the back of your bed. In terms of trending bedroom styles, here’s what you should be looking for in a headboard to complement the design of your bedroom.

 

1// BOHO

Sadies Lovely Life

The boho look is built on the layering of textures and natural materials. Go for carved wood, woven rattan or textured upholstery. And if you were into alternative style headboards, then this would be the style to explore.

 

2// SCANDINAVIAN

By Koczanska

The Scandi trend is still going strong! If simple, clean lines and great design is your thing, then this is your style. Blond wood or white headboards as part of the bed frame is the perfect choice to create this fresh fuss-free look.

 

3// MINIMALIST

Domino

Taking Scandi a bit further, minimalism strips a room of anything that doesn’t fulfill a basic function or that which we value most. Anything that detracts from that, is removed. Choose a headboard that doesn’t show off, in honest materials like wood or natural fibers like cotton or linen.

 

4// FRENCH COUNTRY

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Still popular for its coziness and nostalgia, French Country is all about dreamy linen, deep buttoning, and distressed finishes. Get the look with a linen or brocade headboard and beautiful lace bed linen.

SHOP YOUR NEW HEADBOARD HERE!

5// VINTAGE

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Design Collector

Vintage as really become popular over the last few years. It’s a style initially built on frugality and a sense of environmental kindness. But it has by now flourished into a style in its own right. It’s accessible, economical, and adds a wealth of character to any room. Like with boho, you can also really think out of the box here. Anything that can be positioned in a more-or-less upright way behind your bed, can work!

 

6// MID-CENTURY

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The furniture of the 50’s have really made a comeback in a big way and there really are just 2 things you need to remember here: tapered and wood. Tapered legs on beds, nightstands and dressers and natural medium wood finishes create the most amazing midcentury bedroom. Throw in some twill on an upholstered headboard with a wooden trim and you’ve stepped back in time!

 

7// JUNGALOW

Anthropologie

For those who live in urban areas but yearn for a bit of the outdoors. This is another style that plays with natural textures and materials, mixed with greenery. A LOT of greenery. The idea is to create a jungle, so don’t hold back!

Finishing Touches offers a unique approach when it comes to headboards. You can design your own headboard according to fit your style and personality in 3 easy steps:

Step 1:  Check the size! Standard bed sizes are:

Step 2: Choose your design and fabric. There is a wide variety of fabric options and 8 different designs:

Step 3: The Admin. Place your order, process the payment and collect your headboard in 10 to 15 work days.

Remember that you will get your 20% off made-to-measure designer headboards from Finishing Touches until 24 December, so hurry to your nearest Builders Warehouse and place your order!

Happy Sleeping!

This post was sponsored by Finishing Touches.

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