Metaltastic

We all remember the industrial interior decorating phase from a few years ago. Well it is still lingering, but in a much more sophisticated manner. We are still liking the industrial materials like timber, polished concrete and metal, we’ve just moved away from the rusty, broken down look. A great way to recreate this sophisticated industrial look in your home is brining in some metal pieces of furniture. I must say Ikea has hit the nail on the head with this look and it’s affordable too. I have the Ikea Vettre bedside table and LOVE it. It adds an edgy sense to my room and a much welcomed pop of colour. I also have the Ikea PS cabinet that my TV sits on, its pratical and has the locker cool look. Oh and most of them come in fun colours too, what a bonus!

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Ikea PS Cabinet

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Ikea PS 2012 Coffee Table

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Vettre Bedside Table

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Hjälmaren towel rack.

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Oh, and don’t forget outdoor furniture too!  Ikea PS 2012 Easy Chair.

West Elm has landed in Chatswood!

America is taking over! But I’m ok with this conquest. Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids, Williams Sonoma and best of all, West Elm have moved into Chatswood Chase.

Pottery Barn is very American, very conservative, you’ll find some cool pieces for your mum. It has a coastal feel, think Hampton’s. One of its most popular items is their flameless candles, which are pretty realistic looking. If you had coral, glass buoys or baskets on your shopping list, stop here.

Pottery Barn Kids is super fun, still very American. They have an amazing range of bedding thats not super tacky and their rugs are to die for. You could set up a really cool kids room or get some really cool baby shower and kids presents if you’re in that stage of life.

Williams Sonoma is such a great kitchenwares shop. They are affordable, but also have some save for your whole life pieces, all the while having rosemary and mint scented dishwasher detergent (your plates will smell like a sweet roast lamb). If you’re guilty pleasure is wooden utensils, look no further. And they also sell enamel cutlery, its like camping at home in Surry Hills, so chic. I love that they believe you should always smell something cooking as you walk into the store. You know what that means, you get try whatever they’re cooking and have a free coffee too. And then buy all the utensils to cook what you’re eating. And the coffee machine.

But West Elm is my very favourite. I love the loft feel of the store. I love the Brooklyn vibes. But most of all I love the mid century inspired furniture. I WANT IT ALL! They also have good prices on Moroccan wool cushions and agate coasters, which are all the rage at the moment. Here are some of my favourite pics from West Elm yesterday. Get your drool tissue ready….

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Ask Jacqui: Where can I find cool bedding?

Q: Hi Jacqui,
I’m wondering if you could help me…I am looking for some new bedding, doona covers in particular, that will be unique….can you recommend anywhere that does this apart from the big department stores?
Thanks,
Sally

A: Hi Sally! Here are a few options, all are online so you can have a peek!

Aura– Amazing Australian designed, good quality, fun colours and prints! Great for a more savvy kids quilt cover as an alternative to princesses and pirates.

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Kip and Co– Quirky, great for kids and playful adults. Really eclectic patterns and colours…I love!

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Country Road Home– I’m loving their new bedding range, just amazing, I bought a beautiful quilt cover there last year and still love it to death!

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I Love Linen– A Melbourne online boutique, amazing quality, they have a great eye for detail. I love the prints, mix and match with you pillowcases!Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 4.17.31 pm

 

H & M Home– Cute designs and quite cheap, they open in Macquarie Centre Sydney in October! And in case you live under a rock they have been opened in Melbourne for a while now.

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Castle and Things– Simple but amazing quilt covers, love the designs! Pair it back with one of her bright throws. Rachel has also collaborated with the launch of Gorman homewares last year,  she has a really unique style!

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Down That Little Lane– This is like a cool eBay, you’ll find lots of different brands on here, just type quilt covers into the search bar and you’ll find some cool designs!

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Hunting for George– Cute boutique store, there’s a video of the bedding range on the home page which makes you just want to jump in to their freshly made beds!

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Major Minor– Sydney based, mother and daughter run label, great simple linen quilt covers in beautiful colours.Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 4.33.57 pm

Hopefully these brands are something special compared to the big department store brands. Don’t be afraid to mix things up a little!

Jacqui

Monochromatic Madness

This weeks palette is brought to you by the hottest look right now (or the coolest). Monochromatic: whites, greys, blacks and natural textures. This is a look that evokes relaxation and even though the palette seems stark and lifeless it’s the natural textures that bring it to life. If you are scared of colour, this is for you!

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We want to keep this room light and airy so don’t be heavy handed with the black. I would use the blacks through accessorising, like a bedside lamp, or through the artwork. The greys would also come through the soft furnishings, think soft Mongolian wool cushions mixed with linen cushions and a chunky knit throw. As there is no colour to warm the room its best to keep the white warm and creamy  to make the space feel cosy. And then go mental on natural homewares, they will make your space unique and interesting. Add life to the room using plants, get some cute succulents or bring in a fiddle leaf fig tree.

Monochrome-bedroom

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This colour palette is cool, airy and fresh in summer while still being cosy and warm in winter. And it’s easy to add a soft muted colour or two if your heart desires!

 

 

Home Call: Brooklyn

Yes, that’s right. Stylelingual’s first  international home call! Ever wanted to see what a real Brooklyn apartment looks like? Well you’re in luck! Meet Tara, a gorgeous wife and mother of a human and a fur child, who has lived in New York for twelve years. I just love her “urban-natural” style. Watch the video and prepare for a sensory overload of the visual kind, and to find a crazy amount of inspiration for your own nest.