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  • Storage that adapts to your changing family

    Storage that adapts to your changing family

    Spring is the season for cleaning and decluttering, and for changing things up so your home feels fresh and revitalised for you and your family. One of the biggest problems when it comes to decluttering is finding a home for everything, which can often be made harder if you want stylish storage solutions for your kids’ toys, your linens, or even your good tableware.

    There is no reason your storage solutions can’t be attractive and also practical. The best pieces to invest in are those can be used in a variety of different ways and that are adaptable to the changing needs of your family.

    So here is a favourite piece of ours and some suggestions for how it can be used in different ways as your family gets older and your needs change.

    TOY STORAGE

    This stylish piece would fit in any living room and is easy to transform into practical storage for the kids’ toys. Add some woven baskets in colours that suit your style and fill them with Lego, cars and dolls. Choose some unique and fun bookends to separate colouring books and reading books. 

     

    FAMILY FUN

    As your family gets older the Legos and dolls might disappear, to be replaced by video games, board games and books. Inevitably, you will also accumulate cords, chargers and other electronic paraphernalia that is not only difficult to store but can also look ugly and messy. Repurpose the toy baskets, or invest in pieces that help you divide and organise games, cords and chargers. Your board games can look bright and colourful stacked behind the beautiful glass doors. 

     

     

    ENTERTAINING

    The kids have grown up and it’s time to utilise your storage for your own entertaining purposes. Whether it’s housing a collection of cookbooks, your beautiful platters or some gorgeous glassware, repurposing the cabinet that once held toys and games for entertaining will feel great. You can even upgrade your baskets, or else just use the ones you have to store your table linens and decorative pieces.

    When you’re decluttering this Spring, give some thought to your storage solutions and to finding a piece that can adapt and transition with you and your family over the years. Investing in a beautiful and stylish piece now could give you a lifetime of pleasure and practicality.

  • THE DON’TS OF DECORATING!

    THE DON’TS OF DECORATING!

    Whether you’ve just bought a new house, are redecorating or have a room that you’ve been waiting to style, it can be overwhelming to walk into an empty space and have to work out where to start. A blank slate can quickly turn into a disaster if you don’t know what you’re doing but we have a little advice to help make the process easier for you.

    These are our tips for what not to do when styling an empty room – our ‘Don’ts of Decorating’.

    DON’T RUSH THE PROCESS

    Believe us, we understand the adrenaline rush of homewares and furniture shopping. But buying everything at once can be a big (and costly) mistake. We recommend starting with one piece that you absolutely love. Choose a rug, a piece of art or a key piece of furniture in a style you like and colours you’re drawn to. Take your time deciding on this first piece and use it as the foundation for the room.

    DON’T OVERCROWD 

    If you’re like us, shopping for your house is a lot of fun and you can find a million things you love for that corner of the bedroom or shelf space in the dining room. Resist the urge to buy everything just because you can. Too much in one room can make even the biggest space seem small. Minimalism is the other end of the spectrum, and a style not everyone favours, but there can be a happy balance between the two.

    DON’T GO TOO BIG OR TOO SMALL

    Scale is really important, especially when you’re starting with an empty room. A chair that seems perfect at the shop can look like it belongs in a doll’s house if it isn’t the right scale for your space; a dining table that is oversized can dwarf a room, making it feel cramped and overcrowded. Take measurements before you go shopping and measure twice when you’re considering a significant piece. We recommend taking note of a piece’s dimensions and measuring it out in the space it will sit before you purchase it. At the very least, be sure to check the store’s return policies so that if you do get it wrong, you aren’t stuck with something you can’t use. 

    DON’T DO TOO MUCH AT ONCE

    Once you have a few key pieces in the room, stop! Leave the space alone and just enjoy living in it for a while. You may find that you don’t need anything else, or discover that you need one or two smaller items to style the room or another piece of furniture or art for it to feel complete. Spending time in the space after each addition will let you settle with and reflect on how you feel about each choice you’ve made.

    We love styling. It’s one of our greatest joys doing what we do, but we know it’s not everyone’s strength. Avoiding some of the common mistakes outlined above will help you avoid disaster, but if you’re still feeling hesitant and unsure of how to start or what’s missing, give us a call and we can arrange one of our In-home Styling Sessions to help you make your house feel more like your home.

  • Warming up your home for winter

    Styling to warm your home with Angie.
    Adding a bit of warmth to your living room or bedroom isn’t difficult and doesn’t require dramatic changes, such as building a fireplace if you don’t already have one. We have a few simple tips to add some winter warmth to your home, without doing a remodel.
  • 5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

    5 New Year's Resolutions for Your Home

    From gardening to simple decorating, your home can easily improve and become a more inspiring place to live. If you are looking for makeover ideas, here are some New Year’s resolutions for your home that could be a game changer. 

  • 6 Ways to Lift Up Your Home Style in 2019

    6 Ways to Lift Up Your Home Style in 2019

    This year be prepared to mix some new and exciting trends with old, yet enchanting looks, and give your home infinitely charming and stylish look it deserves.

  • Easy Decor Tricks to Create Focal Points in Your Home

    Easy Decor Tricks to Create Focal Points in Your Home

    Focal points are one of the most important interior design factors that can help you create a complete, harmonious and authentic look in your home.