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Relaxing Outdoor Spaces

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Creating a relaxing outdoor space doesn’t take much effort. From a large open space to an inner city balcony, it is all about filling the space with things that evoke a sense of relaxation in you personally. It doesn’t have to be any more complicated than a comfortable chair and a side table to hold your drink/books.

Below are a few of my favourite relaxing outdoor images, each one works for different reasons and has different size spaces but they all end up with the same result which is a relaxing outdoor environment.

Traditional Exterior by Minneapolis Architect Charlie Simmons – Charlie & Co. Design, Ltd.
All pictorial content from Houzz


Valentine’s Day with Kids Attached

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For some of us with kids going out for a romantic Valentines dinner can sometimes be not an option. I must admit that I’m usually anti-Valentines Day because its so commercial and even when it was just the two of us I usually was happy to have a quiet dinner at home.

Having a four year old in the house now who is obsessed with “Love hearts” I thought that a Valentines dinner at home could be fun with her as well.

So in my house we will be having a casual outdoor dinner made a little bit special with some Neapolitan cupcakes, just chocolate cupcakes with alternate vanilla and strawberry flavoured icing (Betty Crocker icing is the best pre made icing and easy to colour and flavour) topped with a chocolate a Damask melamine setting from Urban Spice and some home made Valentine hearts attached to some straws in red paper cups.

The main meal is yet to be decided but something casual like home made burgers might be a hit, hopefully it will be a lot of fun from a kids point of view and a little bit special for the adults as well.

Picture sources: Urban Spice, Pinterest

Trust Your Own Style

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Moroccan Pouffe

There is no doubt that this is an exciting time for the homewares industry at the moment.
With an endless choice of online retailers offering anything for the interior and exterior of your home we are simply spoilt for choice.

As one of those online retailers I too see a lot of people buying certain products that are popular and splashed across every known homewares magazine and I wonder if people are buying these items because they really love the item or are they buying it because it is in all the magazines so therefore they MUST own it just because its popular and because everyone is promoting that item.

I don’t mean to pick on any one particular item but for the point of this blog post I will use the Moroccan Pouffe as an example. My apologies to the pouffe for singling it out as I have no ill feelings toward it, but here is an item that is featured everywhere we look in colours from bright pink to high shine gold. How many people I have to wonder have bought this because their own sense of aesthetic has compelled them to do so or because this is the ‘must have’ item of the moment.

I am constantly being asked by friends, relatives and customers my thoughts on what items would suit their homes and I am always more than happy to suggest something for them, but what a lot of people don’t realise is they already have the ability to pick something that is their unique style and their own instincts should be trusted.

Our sense of aesthetic is something that is totally unique and is formed over our lifetime from our experiences, travels and loves. Have you ever noticed that you tend to favour certain colours in products over others? that is one aspect of your style, you may be drawn to organic shapes rather than stylised forms and you can probably see a certain theme in the products you have surrounded yourself with over time. Trust these instincts.

If you see something that you love, really love, in a store or online you should never stop to think “but where would I put it?” because you will always find a place for something you love and be able to incorporate it into ‘your style’. Whether you realise it or not you already have a style, you may need some tips from magazines to help with your layout but the decor within that layout should always be your choosing. The worst mistake you can make is to buy something just because it appears in magazines everywhere, if you didn’t fall in love with it at first sight try not to let it grow on you just because you see it everywhere.

Vogue magazines Anna Wintour once stated “Create your own style‚Ķ let it be unique for yourself and yet identifiable for others” and even though she was referring to clothing style I cant think of a better rule that should be applied when it comes to our homes.