Thursday, 19 April 2012

Must-Have Mustard

Whether it be in your skirt, in your hotdog, or in your home, mustard is swoon-worthy. It gives yellow an edge that breathes new life, new possibilities and new combinations!

Contrasting it with gorgeous hues of raspberry and watermelon, a bland space is instantly revitalised.
  •  A feature wall such as this is great without any art or wall accessories. But make sure you liven up the ceiling with a funky light pendant.
  • When keeping the rest of the palette neutral, feel free to go a little wild with patterns and textures. See how the leopard print cushions blend beautifully with the zebra stripe mattress and cowhide rug. Creative, crafty and clever!
  • Check out Dulux Softsun for a punchy tone of mustard, or have a custom colour mixed from a favourite scarf, photo or fabric for an extra personal touch.
Want the look with Eco Chic? Why don't you try some feature cushions in mustard, such as
Jandals Yellow or the Poppy Cushion. Team it with a gorgeous sofa like the Coco, add a hint of watermelon with the Bamileke Painted Table and ta-dah! Just beautiful!

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Mid-Century Sophistication

 interior design blog march

Unusual, masculine and encompassing a natural and rustic style, this room looks lived in yet smart and casual at the same time.  So why is it that this room works so well?

  • Don’t be scared of leather. While an entire room in leather may be a bit much, a splash here and there adds a touch of luxe.
  • Nowhere to put floor to ceiling curtains? It doesn’t matter, do it anyway! We love how clever these curtains are, hanging them high has given the room a lofty feel, and keeping them minimalist in terms of tone and style adds sophistication.
  • Add some plants to your living area. Not only do they create carbon dioxide which is good for your health, but they brighten the space with their intense colour.
To get the look with Ecochic, try our Serengeti Weave Rug. For an eye-catching coffee table, you cant go wrong with the Carillo, which is Australian designed and made. 

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Oriental Persuasion

oriental 3 form luxury iHouse designs

Oriental is a style that can be beautiful if done right and this room uses slight hints throughout, resulting in a flow of these gorgeous eclectic pieces.

  • White couches are a perfect foil to colourful accents, such as this green coffee table trunk. The vintage style of the trunk adds so much character to the room, while its colour freshens up the space. What a perfect item!
  • Don’t be scared to mismatch chairs or mismatch styles. An accent chair is supposed to do just that – accent. Make sure the colours are in the right scheme - these ones are perfect as you can’t go past purple and green together!
  • Birdcages – the flavour of the year! In order for these to succeed, perhaps try a fresh way that’s not the norm – in this case they are grouped to add drama to the cupboards. Do you have birdcages? How do you use yours?
Want to re-create? Add some colour  with our gorgeous Erica Armchair. If you want to try the oriental twist, check out our Fiona Cupboard made from hand-carved bone panels. Stunning!

Monday, 9 April 2012

Best Exotic Indian Dining Room

We love the film Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and we love this dining room, too! The vibrancy of the colours and the individuality of interpretation are very eye catching – do you agree?
  • The yellow mirror frames and the red chair frames would normally be a match made at McDonalds, but here they work in tandem to give a fresh, bright tone to the room.
  • The delightful pendant light pulls the disparate elements in the room together, and anchors the theme.
  • The heaviness of the table is off-set by the crispness of the chairs, and we appreciate that the chair fabric is not ethnic in reference, as that would have been overkill.
  • The elephant art could have tipped the room over into kitsch, but the careful balance of the flowers on the console and the lightness of the dining setting keep it all in the realms of good taste. 
So what do you think – love it or hate it? Tastefully different or over the top? A tribute to India or a testimony to trashy? We’d love to hear from you!

Thursday, 5 April 2012

We just Adore Adore!

Attention Design Hunters...this online magazine is just gorgeous and Eco Chic is featured this month along with SO many other beautiful things...Hooray for colour!!  Well worth a read.