It’s time to say farewell to my favourite Mid-century friends. It’s been a fun seven seasons hasn’t it? I truly feel like a better person after watching their messed up lives in their perfect interiors. Mad Men made Mid-century cool again, that’s for sure. Tailored suits to Eames chairs. Crazy perfect hair to bar carts. Oh my, I may have to start watching from the beginning…
Mad Men, thanks for showing us how to decorate our homes and offices. It’s been a pleasure learning to use wood panelling, crazy digital prints, chic furniture, sexy sculptural lighting, abstract art and plants indoors all over again. You have done well. But most of all I will miss the profound message of normality you bring each episode. The small moments in life we tend to ignore, yet impact us so greatly. Don, thanks for being you, so much attractiveness and repulsiveness in one man. You have forever changed the way I will say ‘what’. Rodger, your one liners will be sorely missed. Pete…. I will forever refer to you as slippery Pete, you know why. And Peggy, Joan, Megan and Betty, WHAT CAN I SAY I LOVE YOU ALL.
I wrote an article for Houzz on the 7 design lessons we learnt from Mad Men… click through the slide show below and prepare to tear up as we say goodbye to those interiors! To read the full article click here.
Do you have a tired piece of furniture that you are umming and arring over giving it away to a better home? Stop! All it may need is a coat of paint and some new knobs to jazz it up! Below are some inspirational knob ideas too get your creative juices flowing!
Here is the stone/raw crystal/gem category. Super cute with any solid colour really! They would also look good if you have a blonde timber piece from Ikea to up cycle (don’t we all?)…And please style with metallics!
To me, there is nothing sexier than a metallic knob especially in gold or copper. Gush. I would gravitate towards painting your furniture item a solid colour like a pastel or my favourite, white. Gold + white = heaven…
Another option is timber knobs. You can leave them raw, like the blonde timber ones below or you can paint them up with geometric pastel patterns. And they come in cool shapes, from stream line, to round, to faceted… oh the possibilities!
Concrete knobs. Need I say more? And because I’m a closet Star Wars fan I had to include this stormtrooper knob!
How cute are these leather handles? I’m in love! Again, I think they would look best on a white piece of furniture. And to keep the look current, I’d choose light tan leather over darker shades unless you are going for the old world look.
Now to finish off my knob inspiration how cute is this dinosaur knob idea? Simply spray paint the dinosaurs in whatever colour you want and voila, cute as knobs! And no, this isn’t one just for the kids… spray paint your favourite animal in a sophisticated gold like the pic below.
I hope this has inspired an update of perfectly fine but dated furniture… who knew knobs could be so fun!
Navy blue is one of my most favourite colours (after mint green and pastel pink of course). Using navy can add depth and sophistication to a room, it’s such an adult colour. The question I can hear you asking is, “How on earth do I work navy into a room so it’s not boring?” Well I have a few tips for you below!
1.Don’t be afraid to be dramatic
Don’t be afraid to be full on with using dark colours. It creates a moody and dark room, yes, but it feels like it’s about to swallow you up into a safe cocooning space. Navy blue gives off a sultry and rich feel in a dark room and pairs well with charcoal grey and chocolate leather. If you’re going for a dark OTT room, why not play with textures using thick luscious curtains or a sexy velvet couch. However, a dramtically dark room needs some balance so add lightness through accessories like a lighter floor rug, metallic lamp or tan leather couch.
2. Funk it up with bright colours
Funking up the navy blue with bright turquoises, pinks and mustards is a colour combo that makes my heart sing! It turns the navy from be sophisticated and moody like our last look to quirky and playful. If you want more inspiration google image search Emily Henderson, (MY HERO, I LOVE YOU, CAN WE BE BEST FRIENDS?) as she is the queen of using navy blue in eclectic spaces. While you’re at it google Jonathan Adler… cue drool. If you want to be daring use emerald green, it would make my grandma quite uneasy as she always said “Blue and green should never be seen without a colour in between” …well, in my opinion rules are meant to be broken… Sorry Grandma.
3.Gold + navy = mid-century sexy
It’s not moody like look one nor playful like look two. The marriage between gold and navy looks like something out of Madmen- classy, glamorous and elegant. Although this marriage lasts longer than any in the show… it’s a combo that will never age. Do it, buy that big mid century couch/armchair/bedhead, I dare you. The best way to bring the gold in is with lighting fixtures, side tables, chair legs and other small decorative objects.
4. Use it sparingly as a pop colour with white
Now this doesn’t mean go nautical which white and navy so often do. Add small splashes of colour and don’t go to heavy on the stripes. The rooms above work well because of the mostly white styling and feature pops of navy. This look ensues a light and airy feel in which its elegance comes from the depth of the navy.
Please don’t be scared of navy. It’s your friend, and looks good in so many different rooms. If you have any other colour questions please send them through to email@example.com
A few weeks ago I went to the Ikea Art Event which showcased 12 art works created by street artist from around the world. Yep, cool stuff. So cool in fact, that I now have two hanging in my own home.
I love that with the street style of these posters, you can be causal about hanging them with washi tape or bull dog clips, or you can stick with the traditional frame. And they are big…. 70x100cm. The best thing is they only cost $14.95. Yep, what a bargain! Get onto buying them quickly as they are limited edition and your favourite print may sell out…. RUN!