The Writing on the Wall

This week we wanted to share something DIY with you!

We have a little obsession with text. Scrawled across walls, furniture, art, fabrics….there is something a little non-conventional about it, and totally rock n roll which we LOVE! The great thing about text that it instantly updates anything, as well as creates some visual texture. Plus it costs next to nothing, and you can do it yourself!!

It can be as simple as one line of text or it can cover the wall or piece entirely – we all for OTT as it creates such an impact! With so many different font types out there, you can select one that best suits the aesthetic you are creating with the other elements in the room. it is also a fantastic way to personalise a room with your favourite short story, poem or lines from a movie or song. There is so much potential with this idea!

The only bit of advice we have to share is to start practicing your handwriting now! If your handwriting is not up to scratch though, never fear – there are stacks of vinyl decals out there that will do the trick as well as wallpapers.

Some pics below to inspire you:

image courtesy of Pinterest
bold and personal, it adds a whole new dimension to the space
a canvas with text that can be added to with phrases or sayings
a canvas with text that can be added to with phrases or sayings
fun and whimsical
fun and whimsical
an instant update to a chest of drawers
an instant update to a chest of drawers
this fabric has handwritten text printed onto it
this fabric has handwritten text printed onto it
counting steps...
counting steps…
text artwork - bold and graphic for contemporary interiors
text artwork – bold and graphic for contemporary interiors
the whole wall need not be covered
the whole wall need not be covered
text can work in all kinds of interiors
text can work in all kinds of interiors
even in a bathroom!
even in a bathroom!
fabric with text
fabric with text
text on multiple walls
text on multiple walls

Before + After

We just love before and afters! I think its one of the reasons we are so obsessed with interiors – the results are so transformative.  Sometimes it really does feel like we are part of the BBC Lifestyle’s ”Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”  – there really is nothing better or self-satisfying than seeing a clients look of delight and amazement (and tears, happy ones that is!) when they see their newly transformed space for the first time.

For the last month, we have been busy with a bathroom renovation. Just 5 weeks ago, it looked like this:

Before view of the shower
Before 1 – view of the shower
Before 2 - view of the maroon coloured Jacuzzi
Before 2 – view of the maroon coloured Jacuzzi
Before 3 - view of the vanity
Before 3 – view of the vanity

Stuck in the 70’s, and looking a little bit sad, it needed to be brought back to 2013!

Now it looks like this:

Taaaa daaaa! View of the new walk in shower with frameless glass screen
Taaaa daaaa! View of the new walk in shower with frameless glass screen
Out with the old Jacuzzi, and in with a new  freestanding spa bath
Out with the old Jacuzzi, and in with a new freestanding spa bath
the new vanity. floating storage with mirrored wall units
the new vanity. floating storage with mirrored wall units

Below are some of our top tips of how we turned the space around.

Texture

This was our number one priority. We wanted to bring some earthiness and soul to the bathroom. We didn’t want it to be tiled with porcelain from floor to ceiling and land up been cold and clinical. We used lots of different shades of warm earthy materials that all complement each other and make for a warm and inviting space to relax away in the bath.

Open plan

We wanted to streamline the bathroom and get rid of unnecessary walls that were all over the place! An open plan bathroom is definitely more contemporary and it makes the bathroom much more spacious and luxurious.

Be Bold

Our clients were initially hesitant when we told them we wanted to put stone cladding(usually reserved for outside walls!)  in their bathroom! But they trusted us, and went for it, and what a feature it is! Totally transforms the space and they love it!! YAY!

Thanks to our fantastic project team and suppliers for helping us create another successful StylEAST project!

 

 

 

 

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We ‘re a little pink obsessed this week!
Check out this gorgeous nail varnish colour by OPI….. it is called “Strawberry Margarita.”

Love the colour, love the name!

OPI - Strawberry Margarita
OPI – Strawberry Margarita

And on that note, we off to celebrate the weekend and a site handover (before and after photos to share with you next week!) with some frozen and shaken drinks to match our nails ;)

B+C

Think Pink!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we have decided to dedicate our blog this week to all things Pink.

We came across this great quote by Dianna Vreeland (fashion icon), who was famous for saying “Pink is the navy blue of India“. We love that!

In India, they are so unafraid of using this colour boldly and in copious amounts. Maybe they are onto something…..

image courtesy of David Hicks
image courtesy of David Hicks
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image courtesy of Pinterest

Pink is no longer strictly reserved for little girls rooms…..if you use the right shade in the right setting, it most certainly creates a space that is a showstopper.

There are so many shades of pink to choose from : from the more softer ballet-toned pink to vibrant hot pink; candy-cotton retro pink (think Flamingos in the Florida Keyes!) to dusty rose pink and salmon-coral pink. Delicious, uplifting, and dynamic – whichever way you look at it, the colour is fresh, fun and inviting. (and totally indulgent of all things Feminine!)

Pink with bronze. Metallics work fantastically well with this colour
Pink with bronze. Metallics work fantastically well with this colour
image courtesy of Pinterest
image courtesy of Pinterest
Hot Pink!  Image courtesy of Pinterest
Hot Pink!
Image courtesy of Pinterest

If the thought of emblazoning your lounge wall in a shade of Fuschia is far too scary, the colour works equally well as pops in accessories. Think cushions, Lampshades, artwork…a pink Smeg fridge perhaps! Pink in a patterned fabric is another way to bring in this colour.

pink Smeg fridge!
pink Smeg fridge!
pink cushion as accent
pink cushion as accent
pink artwork
pink artwork

Pink goes well with a variety of other different colours:

  • CHOCOLATE, BLACK + GREY will give it a modern maturity and really elevate the colour to something grown up and sophisticated
  • WHITE + pink is a timeless combination that remains eternally fresh and inviting.
  • CREAM + pale dirty pinks are evocative of French décor scenes..ala Marie Antoinette
  • ORANGE +brighter tones of pinks are great friends! This is a fun, fresh and vibrant combination.
  • METALLICS + pale pinks are a match made in heaven. Oh-so-glam!

 

Charcoal interior with pop of hot pink makes for a sophisticated but fun space
Charcoal interior with pop of hot pink makes for a sophisticated but fun space
Pink and Gold, classic combination
Pink and Gold, classic combination
this image shows pink combined with both white and orange, and makes for a very fresh and vibrant interior
this image shows pink combined with both white and orange, and makes for a very fresh and vibrant interior
image courtesy of Pinterest
another classic pink and gold combination
pale romantic pink
pale romantic pink

 

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Edition 5

It’s been one of those kinda weeks!! SOO…as an antidote to the week-that-was, we are sharing some light-hearted, fun interior and homeware products with you…Hope they make you smile!

  • Love these balloon pendant lights! Check out more from the designer at http://www.borisklimek.com/en/produkt/
Balloon pendant lights from Boris Klimek
Balloon pendant lights from Boris Klimek
  • Paper and metal laser-cut light fittings from Dutch extraordinaire designer Tord Boontjie! Me (B) and Carina got ours a few years ago in London and have moved with them all over the show! They make gorgeous shadows!

    ''Garland'' by Tord Boontjie
    ”Garland” by Tord Boontjie
Tord Boontjie lasercut lights
Tord Boontjie lasercut lights
  • A Magis ”Me Too Puppy” – how cute are they! And perfect for those wanting a ‘pet’ without the commitment!
Magis "Me Too" puppy, available in 3 sizes
Magis “Me Too” puppy, available in 3 sizes
  • Who wouldn’t want a ”Pig Table” to serve their guests?! Brought to you by another Dutch design powerhouse, Moooi.
Pig Table -Moooi
Pig Table -Moooi
  • The Alessi team never disappoint with their fun designer homeware products. A really fun one is this salt and pepper set called the “Banana Brothers“!
The "Banana Brothers" salt and pepper set
The “Banana Brothers” salt and pepper set

That’s all Folks! Hope you all have a great weekend

B+C

Home Offices we love

This week we thought we’d share some ideas on how to create a home office to die for! A space that inspires productivity, creativity and anything else you so wish. Whether you have a nook, alcove or even a dedicated office or studio, we believe that they need to integrate and feel as cool as any other area in your pad. Firstly it makes working way more fun and secondly it won’t feel disconnected to the rest of your space.

We’ve broken it down into a few steps, these aren’t rules (there are no rules when it comes to design) so tweak and improvise as much as  want.

Step number one is a practical point… Move your home office into an area away from noise, kitchen noise, and more importantly TV noise. You don’t need to dedicate a whole room to a home office – an alcove, nook or small area within a room all work – the important factor is not to have a lot of distracting noise going on or at least as little as possible.

Step 2:  Look for some interesting furniture. Move away from buying furniture that screams “office”. This might not make sense as it is a home office you are decorating, but all we are saying is there are so many options when it comes to desks and chairs, don’t go for something that is too corporate looking! If you already have a corporate looking desk ,never fear, you can transform the look of it with lots of accessories! Refer to point 5

Step 3: Up the ante with the lighting…. Obviously task lighting is fundamental but if you then soften that with something a little more decorative, it will take the attention away from the space looking corporate and create the most amazing atmosphere. (We can’t stress enough how important lighting is!!))

Step 4: Rugs. Rugs are so transformative in hallways, outdoor living rooms, home offices… anywhere! They add a layer of texture and create visual interest. We strongly suggest going for something with pattern, however subtle. Solid plain hues just don’t have same affect!

Step 5 : Accessorize!! Fill your space with personal items including art, pinboards, framed photos and other bits and bobs you collect or love; so when you walk into your home office you’re not clock watching, itching to do whatever you have to do and then jump ship to the TV room. The aim of creating the perfect home office is so that it feels just like the rest of your house – so that you love hanging out in it!

Hope these pics inspire you to create your perfect home office/oasis!

Home office inspiration 1
Home office inspiration 1
a contemporary office space
a contemporary office space
A trestle table desk, some fun prints and fur rug makes for a fun space!
A trestle table desk, some fun prints and fur rug makes for a fun space!
a pop of colour on the desk totally transforms this space
a pop of colour on the desk totally transforms this space
interesting pieces of furniture and patterns
interesting pieces of furniture and patterns
play with textures
play with textures
a more masculine space with interesting pieces
a more masculine space with interesting pieces
and to end off...some animal print!
and to end off…some animal print! Gotta love the animal print!

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Morning Cool Cats! It’s Friday!! Hi fives all round for another fun > busy > exciting week at StylEAST!

This week we LOVE:

This adorable DIY Sequin Pillow! (Thank you Pinterest!)

Love it!
Love it!

We came across this little gem and followed the link all the way to Holly’s blog www.sisterssuitcaseblog.com, where she tells the story of how a vintage party dress became a her new favourite sequin pillow. We love how she pairs bling and pattern. Go and check it out http://www.sisterssuitcaseblog.com/2012/12/diy-sequin-pillow.html

from dress to cushion
DIY – from dress to cushion
combine sequins and pattern for some visual texture
combine sequins and pattern for some visual texture

Have a great weekend!

B+C

The Great Outdoors

It’s a gorgeous warm day in Slummies today, the perfect backdrop for us to share some tips about creating amazing outdoor spaces!

 

The upcoming months of summer entice us to spend as much time as possible outdoors, so it’s no surprise that more and more homeowners are moving their living rooms outside. A patio is no longer just a place for occasional eating ,drinking and braaing – it’s an outdoor room and should be decorated as such, so why not do it in style?! Forget the days of folding camper chairs and ‘Skottel’ paraphernalia , the hottest trend is to transform your backyard or patio into a true extension of your home with chic furniture and design elements. With a certain coziness in mind, it’s about pulling together a cohesive collection of furniture and accessories to mimic what would be designed for an interior living room. Lucky for us, many well known furniture and home accessory manufacturers have jumped on board and created outdoor collections made to withstand the elements.

 

create an amazing outdoor space
create an amazing outdoor space

Every room begins with the floor. The use of an outdoor rug helps to define the space as a ‘room’ and not just a collection of patio furniture. Center an all-weather rug where you will be grouping your pieces.  The world of outdoor rugs has expanded greatly in the past few years, and we are now spoilt for choice by the quality and selection of colors and patterns available. Last Friday we showcased the gorgeous rugs that StylEAST is selling. These rugs are so versatile, they could easily be used indoors too.

 

StylEAST is selling these gorgeous outdoor rugs. Available in 2 designs, and 3 colourways
StylEAST is selling these gorgeous outdoor rugs. Available in 2 designs, and 3 colourways

There is so much on the market with regards to outdoor furniture- from contemporary to classical, urban chic to cape cod-there really is something out there to suit all styles. The type of furniture you go for sets the tone as to how relaxing you want your outdoor room to be as well as the function (loungey/dining room etc). Typically a sofa (or daybed), coffee table and a few chairs will provide the seating needed for a comfortable conversation area.  The furniture need not just be the typical cane or synthetic rattan, (ala-Dedon) but can be fully upholstered and oh-so-luxurious! Outdoor fabrics are available in a wide range of textures, colours and patterns, (so hot right now!) and are able to repel water, resist soiling and prohibit mildew growth.

 

outdoor space with gorgeous patterned fabrics
outdoor space with gorgeous patterned fabrics

We have highlighted in a previous blog entry how important lighting is and how it transforms a space. More than likely, you’ll be using your lovely outdoor space after the sun sets, so lighting is important to bring your festivities into the evening hours. The type of lighting will in large part be dictated by what ceiling (or lack therof) your outdoor space has. Solar-powered accent lights are not only very ‘green’ but simple to install along the edges of your “room”. Here at Styleast we are big fans of the Consol jar lights! Other options for lighting include lanterns, string  lights or else these really cool Glo balls that can be placed in or next to the pool.  (Tip: if you have a ceiling, using a pendant light!)

 

fun Glo balls, can float on the pool or be placed next to it
fun Glo balls, can float on the pool or be placed next to it

The biggest tip that we can give you to truly transform your space, is to add detail! This can be achieved by using clusters of interesting side tables for drinks or a good book as well accent scatter cushions in outdoor-friendly fabric that add a punch of color and comfort. Extra large pillows can be placed on the ground for aditional seating. A vase of flowers on the table, artwork on the walls or even  a mirror, all add detail, charm and personality and help create a great outdoor living space for entertaining guests or spending a quiet evening outdoors.

amazing outdoor space! image courtesy of SOATA
amazing outdoor space! image courtesy of SOATA

 

artwork, a pendant light fittings anrd combination of furniture really makes this outdoor space pop!
artwork, a pendant light fittings anrd combination of furniture really makes this outdoor space pop!
outdoor indoor space
outdoor indoor space