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Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Interior Colour Scheme Trends For Autumn/Winter 2013

With the changing of seasons comes a whole new and exciting colour palette. We’ve definitely left summer far behind now and are ploughing through autumn. Before you know it, winter will be here, which will bring warm and cosy nights in by the fire, snuggled under a blanket, and steaming mugs of hot cocoa. There’s plenty of reason to be happy about the upcoming seasons – if nothing else, it gives you a chance to redecorate your home to match the change in weather and temperature. But what are the in-colours of the moment? Let’s take a look at the interior colour scheme trends for autumn/winter 2013.

If you’re looking for a classy, opulent finish for your home, then gold is the ideal colour for you. You can tone it down with a neutral earthy shade or bling it up by teaming it with bronze and silver metallic hues. It’s completely up to you whether you wish to use gold sparkly wallpaper to create a feature wall, or whether you’d prefer to pick out certain room features with gold accents. Of course, if you feel that a fully gold room is a little too much, there’s nothing stopping you from adding a touch of luxury to a neutral room with gold accessories.

Muted earthy tones are also big at this time of the year. Choose natural looking colours that are reminiscent of nature and you can’t really go wrong. As earth tones usually contain oranges and browns, this will add warmth to your home and help you to feel cosy during the colder winter months.

The all-time classic black and white will never go out of fashion. For some people, their home has to look like it’s come from the pages of a glossy magazine. Well, if you’re looking to recreate that effect, then black and white monochrome detailing will nail it perfectly. Keep it classic with a white backdrop and black accents or mix things up and reverse the colours. A black room will instantly be brightened with splashes of white. Use white in this case to draw attention to statement features of the room.

Bright and bold
At this time of the year, it can start to look a little bleak outside. Moods are generally blue due to the lack of sunlight and tempers can be frayed with the stress of Christmas. A great way to boost your mood is to invite plenty of bright and bold colours into your home. You don’t have to paint an entire room in a bright shade if you feel that’s too much. Instead, add colour with accessories and furniture. The best thing about doing it this way is that it’s fairly cheap and you can change the look of your room easily and as often as you like.

It doesn’t take much to change the look of a room – all you need is a few pots of paint in the colour of your choice and some matching accessories. Don’t worry if your budget is a little low either, as a lick of paint will not set you back by much and may be all you need to keep your room looking fresh for another year or so.

Guest article contributed by interior design blogger Rachael Blakewood on behalf of loft conversion and home improvement specialists Econoloft

Thursday, 14 November 2013


Its that wonderful time of year where the ever-talented Linda at Craftaholics Anonymous kicks off her Handmade Gift Exchange! I am very excited to participate in the International exchange again this year.

Last year, my giftee was a wonderful lady from England and this year I have a been paired with a gorgeous girl form South Africa!

So for my Throwback Thursday post this week, I thought I would take you back to last year's post on the Exchange.

handmade gifts

I'm starting my gift today. I've spent alot of time on Pinterest trying to figure out what to make. She sounds like such an amazing girl with a wide variety of tastes so I have alot to choose from...

Is anyone else participating in this great exchage? Or have you in the past? Would love to hear from you with ideas, stories etc. (I'd just love to hear from you really ;-)

Wednesday, 6 November 2013


Today is 9 years....9 years of a wonderful marriage. I can safely say I married the man of my dreams.

Sometimes there are moments but for the most part, life is wonderful.

He spoils me. Historically, he's always home the day of our anniversary and he's able to put together something fantastic to wow me when I get home from work. This year IM off!

It's my turn.

We have so many different little stories so I wanted to find a way to capture them in one place.

This is what I came up with.

handmade personal gift

There are special dates, words to "our song" and little snipets of our life so far. I could have added so much more but I only had an 8 x 10 canvas!!

Handmade Personal gift DIY

I was pretty happy with the way it turned out! It's a simple project once you have the words you want. Go to PicMonkey and "create a collage". Pick your background colour, then your fonts and type away! The site is so easy to use and you can create something absolutely beautiful in no time at all. Go and check it out if you haven't already.

What do you think of this as a little anniversary gift for your partner?