I recently finished planning and designing a house in the lower Galilee area. It’s different to my usual style but everything works beautifully together – a bit country, a bit ethnic and very colorful.
Recently I was contacted by someone who wanted to surprise his girlfriend with a full bedroom makeover. I loved the idea and we met to discuss some ideas. He decided to include her in the process (instead of surprising her) but we still completed the project in a really short period of time and the results speak for themselves! She asked for a beautiful and relaxing room and that’s what we gave her. After choosing a palette that included different shades of blues, and accents in red, we painted, and added wallpaper and accessories. Here are some before and after photographs.
A few months ago, I received an email from someone renting an apartment in Israel who asked for a “refresher” of the apartment. The first time we met, we discussed our options and step by step, we created a plan for transforming the dark apartment with heavy furniture to a light and breezy apartment. We repainted furniture in creams and different blues, and then added oranges, yellows, grays and hints of pinks to balance out the color palette. We added a lot of accessories (some purchased locally and some purchased online), textile and changed the light fittings. Remember, repainting and changing color almost always does the trick!
In this part of the world, we just entered Summer, but I’m still in denial so I decided to get some inspiration from Pantone’s gorgeous Spring colors for 2015. The selected colors lean more towards the colder colors in the spectrum, but these are balanced out with a few warmer and neutral tones to create a beautiful balance. Here are some stencil combinations for inspiration.
Flying Bird Stencil – background in Beveled Glass and birds in Classic Blue and Toasted Almond.
Cascade Stencil – background in Glacier Gray and drops in Aquamarine and Scuba Blue.
Aztec Stencil – background in Custard and shapes in Classic Blue.
Flower Stencil – background in Beveled Glass and flowers in Marsala and Strawberry Ice.
Star Stencil – background in Titanium and stars in Dusk Blue and Tangerine.
What’s the first thing you do when you walk into your house? Most people look for somewhere to put their keys. If you don’t have a designated place for your keys, then chances are you’ll spend some time looking for your keys every time you need to leave your house.
So why not look for a creative solution that adds a really cool designer edge to your entrance, and also plays a very functional role? Here are some really cool examples I put together.
1) Rackless – a magnetic key holder designed by a company called “Well Made”. It can be ordered from their online store: http://www.wearewellmade.com/shop/rackless
2) Honey I’m Home – this key holder and matching key chains was designed by Luz Cabrera and Malorie Pangilinan for First Things Firstcompetition/showcase – NYCxDesign 2014. Unfortunately I don’t think it’s for sale….
3) Magnetic Man – if you don’t have space on a wall to hang a key holder, you can always go for these really cute key holders and stick them on your fridge. They’re available on a lot of online websites including ebay and Amazon.
4) Lego key holder – this is a DIY key holder and is very easy to make on your own. For a tutorial, you can Google DIY key chain or go to http://www.minieco.co.uk/diy-lego-key-holder/.
5) Magnetic Cloud – this cute and simplistic key holder is available on http://www.suck.uk.com/products/cloud-keyholder/ (which also sells a lot of other really cool stuff!).
6) Knife Hooks – these hooks are designed by TC Studio and are available in red, white and black. Very cool! You can buy them on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Stuck-WALL-Hook-Knife-Black/dp/B00DHPF3WA
7) Fork and Spoon – these DIY key holders are easy to make and look gorgeous.