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Hopsack chic

Hopsack chic

Posted by on Mar 16, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Design memes | 4 comments

There’s something very satisfying about using natural materials and textures in design. Take this room, via Kika Reichart, for instance. A simple color scheme and sparse furnishing leap into life with the use of tactile surfaces and fabrics made from linen, wool, plywood, sisal and hessian. I’ve always loved this look and longed to have the...

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Maps and globes

Maps and globes

Posted by on May 16, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Design memes, Inspiration | 0 comments

There’s something so appealing about a vintage map or globe in an interior. It connotes travel, history, countless stories… A well-worn globe or map also gives even the simplest room a jolt of personality. Take a look at these examples. These home offices I found on Kamela Cody’s (from Modern Girl Style) Flickr photostream. This is from...

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Cool wallpaper alternatives

Cool wallpaper alternatives

Posted by on May 2, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Design memes, Inspiration | 2 comments

There are a hundred ways to use wallpaper. But there are also many ways to create a wallpaper effect or to introduce pattern to your walls. I’ve spotted a few interesting examples recently. I absolutely love the maps used as wallpaper in this bedroom, spotted on Apartment Therapy (where else?!). It’s not a new idea, of course, but this one is...

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Decor trend: plates as art

Decor trend: plates as art

Posted by on Apr 11, 2009 in Art, Decorating, Design, Design memes, Houses | 0 comments

Is it me or am I seeing displays of wall-mounted plates everywhere? I actually really like the effect, although it does remind me of an English country kitchen. It seems the trick is to use a mix of different styles and colors and avoid too formulaic a lay-out. The examples below almost look like clouds – the effect is quirky vintage rather than...

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