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A little bit of Interior Inspiration from… inspiring women!

My obsession with all beautiful things in this wonderful world of interiors has been put on hold a little at the moment and I am really neglecting this blog – Im sorry! Not because I don’t still LOVE it all, but because I am busy, busy, busy.  I’ve been working on a couple of great houses with some lovely people, and also working on the business side of things here at the The Soft Hub.  I’m doing an online course at the moment and being unbelievably inspired by a group of amazingly motivated entrepreneurial women.

So, thats what my inspiration for this post is, and how it relates to gorgeousness in your home. There is a whole lot of ‘life is too short not to go for your dreams and do everything you can to live the life you want to’ sentiment in this group, and I honestly believe that our homes are a reflection of this.  I don’t mean we should all be spending thousands of dollars on our homes just to make ourselves feel better, but I do think that you deserve to have that really special little piece of furniture, or those divine cushions, or that amazing bedhead.  And that you should just go for it!  Whatever you can afford, if it is a little piece of something super special that you are just going to love in your home – then do it, buy it, get it made – and relish in the sight of it every time you walk past it in the morning and at night.

It’ll give you a little bit of brightness where you spend so much of your time, in your home.

Kate xo

A little bit of Interior Inspiration from… the streets of Kyneton

The autumn colours in the trees right now are so inspiring and none more so than the streets of Kyneton where I was for my latest girls weekend – fun! These very warm colours are so gorgeous I just wanted to capture them somehow in my home.  Its not only the colours but the feel of the crisp, cool air in the Victorian countryside as winter creeps up on us (or hits us with a bang in Melbourne!).  It really makes me think about the warmth and comfort of my home, and with the prospect of another winter and more time inside than usual, what can I add to make things warm, warm, warm… blankets, throws, cushions.  Lovely, might be time for me to go back to bed now.  I wish!

Autumn Streetscape

Kyneton Street in Autumn

Thanks for visiting,

Kate

A little bit of Interior Inspiration from… London hotels.

Some delicious interior inspiration from just a couple of fantastic London hotels.  I did a post a while ago about New York Hotels so it would be remiss of me not to follow up with something from London… where would be next?!  Luckily for me Vogue Living recently did a feature on the 20 top hotels in London.  I could have put every single picture in here but had to narrow it down to soft furnishings, as opposed to just generally awesome interiors!

So firstly, have a look at this pic below of a room from the Haymarket hotel.  Designed by Kit Kemp this room is stunning in its simplicity. That magnificent upholstered bedhead, gorgeous white linen, complementing the contemporary art on the wall.  It is so understated this room would provide exactly the type of comfort we needs in a bedroom for general peace and recovery.

Haymarket Hotel

Interior brilliance from the Haymarket Hotel

Next is the absolutely gorgeous interior of the St Pancras Renaissance hotel.  The perfect combination of detail in this room is just fantastic.  The drapes, the bedspread, the cushions, the leather bedhead – not to mention that insane mirror!  A perfect mix of colour and calm in this wonderful room.

St Pancras Renaissance, London

The perfect mix at St Pancras Renaissance

Just writing about these rooms has made me tired they are just so perfect for sleeping in!

K x

A little bit of interior inspiration from… fashion

Interior trends have such close ties to the colours and trends from fashion, and so fashion gives us a perfect source of inspiration and ideas for your home.  These beautiful pics from the Sunday Life magazine on the weekend are such a great example of this.  This citrus palette in the first image is a gorgeous start to a mood board for any room in your house, add to that the brights of the green and plethora of colours in the skirt of the second image, and you would almost have a complete picture of what direction you want to head in.  Starting with a neutral palette of whites or linens you could add these colour accents with cushions, blinds, curtains and more to build this same striking look at home. So simple and so lovely. K x

Citrus crush is right!

Beautiful colours

A little bit of Interior Inspiration from… New York Hotels

Flicking through the Australian Wish Magazine on my holidays I found these divine interiors featuring a selection of New York Hotels.  The reason I wanted to share these images with you is to show you that you too can have a little bit of luxury and awesome style, like these superb hotels do, in your own home.  Am I sounding a bit over the top here with admiration… sorry, these are just so gorgeous and I love this traditional decorating style coming through again.  Firstly, look at these 2 rooms from The Lowell on the Upper East Side.

Feature Window

Simple but still traditional roman blinds & drapes

These rooms are so elegant, this gorgeous feature window here with all the elaborate trims and window can have – drapes, swags, tie-backs, thick luxurious fabrics and great big velvet cushions for added comfort and style.  And the next room, still in the same theme but a little bit more simple with roman blinds and more simple curtains, of course cushions to match. Secondly, some more elegance in a more contemporary interior design, at The Greenwich Hotel.

The living area of the N Moore Suite

A perfect outdoor bench

I want this living room in my house, or maybe just my country retreat… I wish! Simple, simple outdoor bench, but just perfect for a peaceful moment.

I’m sharing this with you because you can create the same look and feel in your own home, you shouldn’t feel intimidated by such gorgeousness! Its not just for a New York Hotel it can be for you too.

Kate x

Decorating with Tangerine Tango – Pantone’s colour of the Year for 2012

Cushions? Curtains? Blinds? Bedheads? At first glance you may be a little surprised by Tangerine Tango for interiors and wonder how you could possibly use it in your home.

It’s so bright!  Especially if you are used to the more minimalist or monochrome themes we have grown to love over the past few years.  But it is so beautiful, and you can use it as little or as much as you like.  Just to add a splash or makeover a whole room.

Tangerine really goes well with almost any other colour, which makes it even easier to use than you first thought.  I’ve gathered some images to give you some ideas (Check out my boards at Pinterest).

Interior Design Ideas Tangerine Orange

Designed by Nathan Turner with Lulu DK tangerine fabric...

 

interior design orange curtains

So many things to mention in this room but mostly check out those curtains - brilliant! (www.pinterest.com)

 

tangerine-orange-window-coverings

Fantastic roman blind in the background using this great colour just for the trim! (apartmenttherapy.com)

 

Decorating with Tangerine Tango Orange

Just some splashes of tangerine, beautiful palette in this nursery… (houzz.com)

 

beautiful headboard bedhead ideas

The whole bedhead or just the subtle trim on the white quilt cover... gorgeous. (pinterest.com)

The whole bedhead or just the subtle trim on the white quilt cover… gorgeous.

Thanks for reading,

K x

 

Happy New Year, I hope yours is a brilliant one!

I really just wanted to say Happy New Year! I hope 2012 is everything you want it to be and more… I’m a bit of a softie when it comes to sayings so here it’s the first one to begin the year, and I think its perfect for us…