Category: Interior motives

GeneralInterior Motives: Knit Home Furnishings by Claire Anne O’Brien

Welcome to the knitty-pretty world of textile artist Claire Anne O’Brien and what should be the NEXT additions to my living room!! Recently awarded the Future Makers Award from the Crafts Council of Ireland, this textile goddess manages to corral chunky knits into artistic home furnishings where over-sized knots and weaves create a curious aesthetic that is both modern and grandma-chic.

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GeneralInterior Motives: How To Decorate Antique Eclectic

 
This week I’m celebrating my favorite style of interior design, Antique Eclectic, where vintage furniture and knick-knacks are mixed with modern pieces, and textures and color abound. One of the best things about this style is you can do it on a budget. Second-hand pieces can be brought to their full glory, and if you are at all crafty, you’ll have fun repainting furniture or making your own throw pillows or curtains.
 

 

 
 
Pick a Color, Any Color: Like any space, you’ll want to start by picking a color that is interesting but not overwhelming for you. You can take inspiration from a piece of art or decor that you already own. Below is a great example of working around an aqua blue. The color shows up on an accent wall, as well is in the painting, vase and throw pillows.
 

 
Create Space: You’ll want to start by adding interesting shelves and tables in solid colors. Feel free to choose interesting colors that tie into the room, maybe mint, red or cream. If you’re not sure, brown or white is a perfectly acceptable and neutral way to begin.
 
 
Containers and Trays: Now that you’ve got the big surfaces taken care of, you can start filling them in. Vintage apothecary jars and painted trays are great for storage as well as “layering” the eclectic appeal of your space.
 
 
Add a Granny Square!: Use the vintage color palettes in your favorite afghan to pull out other colors in your space, and don’t forget to add plenty of throw pillows!

GeneralInterior Motives: Decorating with Live Plants

 
The quickest way to liven up your living space is to add a little greenery. But where to begin? In general, you’ll want to start by choosing the sunniest locations in your house and attaining healthy plants, know that the most common death for houseplants is overwatering, and (since plants need to eat too) be sure to fertilize at least once a year. Now let’s start designing!

Work with the height of your windows: The tall plants pictured below work beautifully against the sparse white walls and lengthy windows. Smaller windows can be treated with a row of low-growing plants. 
 
 
Clusters: Because one really IS the loneliest number, you’ll probably gravitate towards clustering your indoor plants. You can choose a variety of sizes and textures, or find a nice repetition with similarly sized pots filled with the same species. A healthy plant will often reach a point when it needs to be divided; an opportune time to create this look!
 
 
Non-Traditional Looks: Sure succulents are an all-time favorite for indoors, but this colorful succulent wreath adds a new shape and allows you to hang it in a variety of places. Below is an apartment windowsill with a few potted plants, a sprouting pineapple and a cluster of dried chili peppers. The casual assortment adds an interesting personal touch.
 
 
Add a Terrarium: You need absolutely NO green thumb to care for a terrarium, just be sure to buy or make one that has a lid, and the atmosphere will recycle its own moisture. If it ever seems too dry, give it a quick spritz with a spray bottle. Mosses are the hardiest, and require very little light, making them perfect for the office, or any non-sunny location.
 
 
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GeneralInterior Motives: Color Trend Forecasts for 2012

You don’t have to be an interior designer to be interested in what’s going on in the world of interior colors. Color trends change just like fashion trends do, and thanks to companies like Farrow & Ball and Benjamin Moore, you can find out what’s hot (or in this case, neutral) for 2012.
 
My biggest surprise is how common grey is in these color schemes. Paired with warm neutrals and shades of seafoam green, grey and greyish-purple seem to be a recurring theme. I’m thinking about grey in a whole new way!
 
 

 

 
 
 
 
 

What is your interior color forecast for 2012?
What colors are your favs?