6 Ways to style your kitchen

With the Kitchen being the heart of the home, especially now days with many open-plan living, Kitchens take centre stage. It makes sense to pay attention to the styling of the kitchen, with all the time spent cooking and entertaining.

With just a few styling tricks, you can style your kitchen.

 1. Layered arrangement  The ‘go-to’ styling tip in the kitchen is to create a layered arrangement resting up against a wall or splashback.   Place a selection of chopping boards, salt and pepper grinders along with canisters or small jars. This creates a focal point but instantly adds style to your kitchen. While adding items think about adding different sizes, textures and colour, creating contrast.

1. Layered arrangement

The ‘go-to’ styling tip in the kitchen is to create a layered arrangement resting up against a wall or splashback.

Place a selection of chopping boards, salt and pepper grinders along with canisters or small jars. This creates a focal point but instantly adds style to your kitchen. While adding items think about adding different sizes, textures and colour, creating contrast.

 2. Fresh Flowers  I am a sucker for fresh flowers and find the perfect place to display them is on the kitchen bench. A high traffic area, and a place you can appreciate them the most.   Flowers can be expensive, by opting for Native flowers will last twice as long as other flowers.

2. Fresh Flowers

I am a sucker for fresh flowers and find the perfect place to display them is on the kitchen bench. A high traffic area, and a place you can appreciate them the most.

Flowers can be expensive, by opting for Native flowers will last twice as long as other flowers.

 3. Sink styling  Most of us will have dish soap or hand soap next to the kitchen sink — why not turn this area of the kitchen into a stylish arrangement with a few easy steps.  Start with a tray, look for soap products in beautiful packaging or place them in ceramic soap pumps. Add interest with an indoor plant and/or candle, and you can also add texture with an item such as a natural bristle brush, like a pot scrubber.

3. Sink styling

Most of us will have dish soap or hand soap next to the kitchen sink — why not turn this area of the kitchen into a stylish arrangement with a few easy steps.

Start with a tray, look for soap products in beautiful packaging or place them in ceramic soap pumps. Add interest with an indoor plant and/or candle, and you can also add texture with an item such as a natural bristle brush, like a pot scrubber.

 4. Canister with utensils  A functional and stylish tip we love is to place a canister or jug of utensils next to the stove.  To keep this looking stylish, stick to uniform utensils, such as only timber and stainless steel   This canister could be a standalone piece or incorporated into the larger layered arrangement mentioned above.

4. Canister with utensils

A functional and stylish tip we love is to place a canister or jug of utensils next to the stove.

To keep this looking stylish, stick to uniform utensils, such as only timber and stainless steel

This canister could be a standalone piece or incorporated into the larger layered arrangement mentioned above.

 5. Fresh produce  Wherever possible, we look to add ‘life’ to rooms. Fresh fruit or vegetables in a beautiful fruit bowel create a stunning focal point on kitchen islands.  You can place the bowl next to your vase of fresh flowers or create two separate arrangements in the space.

5. Fresh produce

Wherever possible, we look to add ‘life’ to rooms. Fresh fruit or vegetables in a beautiful fruit bowel create a stunning focal point on kitchen islands.

You can place the bowl next to your vase of fresh flowers or create two separate arrangements in the space.

 6. Bookshelf   Nowadays it’s increasingly common for people to have open wall shelves or a small bookshelf incorporated in their kitchen design. Place recipe books, beautiful ceramic pieces such as oil bottles or sugar bowls, art print, cake stand, teapot, salt and pepper grinders, or other items that relate to the kitchen.

6. Bookshelf

Nowadays it’s increasingly common for people to have open wall shelves or a small bookshelf incorporated in their kitchen design. Place recipe books, beautiful ceramic pieces such as oil bottles or sugar bowls, art print, cake stand, teapot, salt and pepper grinders, or other items that relate to the kitchen.

How to style a beautiful guest room

Whether you wish to create a luxurious guest retreat or start a Airbnb, a beautiful guest bedroom is a must to make your guests’ stay a joyful experience.

The spare bedroom is often the most neglected of all rooms. Its a simple space to style without breaking the bank. With these few tips for decorating your spare bedroom it will ensure your guests have a relaxing stay.

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The Basics.

Simple changes can make a huge difference. Instead of replacing an outdated bed, save money by investing in a soft mattress protector to create a plush feel and allow your guests a good nights sleep. Selecting gorgeous matching linen and completed with fluffy, comfy pillows create for a inviting and comfortable bed. Select a colour scheme of neutral colours with accents in calming colours of blue, grey and sage green will create a classic and restful room for guests.

WE ARE LOVING: In Bed Store | i Love Linen | In the sac |

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The Essentials

Its important for your guests to feel at home, to achieve this make sure your room has all the necessities. A bedside lamp is a must for those who like reading to wind down. Invest in matching coat hangers for the wardrobe to create an elegant look. Opt for a clothes rail, if the room does not have a wardrobe. Make sure you steer away from plastic and use materials like, dark woods or black materials. Placing a bench or ottoman at the foot of the bed, brings character to the room and added texture. Before your guests arrives place a selection of fresh towels in the room in luxurious, thick fabrics, preferably in crisp white.

WE ARE LOVING: Bed Bath n Table | Adairs | The Beach People |

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Luxurious touches

To create a luxurious retreat for your guests, its important not to forget the decorative touches. Add an extra layer on the bed with a textured throw or an accented pillow. Place a vase of fresh flowers on the bedside accompanied with a scented candle, creates for a hotel-at-home feel.

If your spare room has a ensuite, place a hand wash and selection of bathroom products like shampoo, soap, a toothbrush and toothpaste is a thoughtful touch. Its the finishing touches like these that makes your guest feel at home.

WE ARE LOVING : Hutwoods candle | Aesop | Ecoya | House of Isabella |

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Practical details

Practical details add an extra element that your guests will be thankful for. Place a spare phone charger and a power adapter in the small decorative basket, along with a spare ket and details of your wifi password. Opt for storage in natural materials like wood or rattan, this softens your guest room and create a warm environment. If your guests are visiting from overseas, by curating a local guide and placing some snacks, your jet lagged guests won’t go unnoticed.

Your spare bedroom should be a perfect balance between a hotel suite and a personal, relaxing extension of your home - so paying attention to the finer details will create a stay your guests will never forget.

WE ARE LOVING: French Knot | Sheridan | Cox & Cox |

How to layer rugs in each room

Layering rugs in each room for the home. 

The right rug is key to making any room look and feel complete. But when hunting for the perfect rug, remember that sometimes the answer is more than one. Whether it’s to fill a large space or simply to double up on texture, there are lots of reasons to go the more-is-more route with your rugs. Read on for a few of our favorite layered looks.

  Hide Rugs   Give any space a touch of fashion-forward flair by layering a hide rug atop a natural-fiber style. One of our favorite decor pairings, these pieces create an intriguing play of earthy textures and contrasting shapes—and let you add just a hint of pattern without overwhelming the room.

Hide Rugs

Give any space a touch of fashion-forward flair by layering a hide rug atop a natural-fiber style. One of our favorite decor pairings, these pieces create an intriguing play of earthy textures and contrasting shapes—and let you add just a hint of pattern without overwhelming the room.

  Pattern on Pattern   A clash of patterns adds gorgeous textures, colours and pattern to a room. Don't be afraid to go bold.   To make the look your own, start with a plush, neutral-color Moroccan rug that suits the size of your room. Then center a vibrantly hued Turkish flat-weave on top. We love how the tassels peek out from the bottom here, giving the whole ensemble a relaxed softness.

Pattern on Pattern

A clash of patterns adds gorgeous textures, colours and pattern to a room. Don't be afraid to go bold. 

To make the look your own, start with a plush, neutral-color Moroccan rug that suits the size of your room. Then center a vibrantly hued Turkish flat-weave on top. We love how the tassels peek out from the bottom here, giving the whole ensemble a relaxed softness.

  Go long   Need to fill a long narrow space such as a foyer or a hallway? Skip the conventional runner in favor of two small or midsize flat-weave rugs. Place one or both at a slight, jaunty angle, and make sure the edges overlap to create a unified look. When done with traditional rugs, as shown here, the effect is effortlessly elegant; try it with colorful modern pieces for a more eclectic look.

Go long

Need to fill a long narrow space such as a foyer or a hallway? Skip the conventional runner in favor of two small or midsize flat-weave rugs. Place one or both at a slight, jaunty angle, and make sure the edges overlap to create a unified look. When done with traditional rugs, as shown here, the effect is effortlessly elegant; try it with colorful modern pieces for a more eclectic look.

  Soft underfoot    A large area rug makes any bedroom instantly more cozy—and there’s nothing wrong with stopping there. But for even more softness underfoot, and to give the bedside an inviting feel, layer a flat-weave accent rug atop the larger one. We love the pairing of two muted patterns above, but the look works equally well with solid styles. 

Soft underfoot

A large area rug makes any bedroom instantly more cozy—and there’s nothing wrong with stopping there. But for even more softness underfoot, and to give the bedside an inviting feel, layer a flat-weave accent rug atop the larger one. We love the pairing of two muted patterns above, but the look works equally well with solid styles. 

How to style a fireplace

Fireplace styling

Add a focal point to any room with a styled fireplace. Picking the right design, materials, and mantel will ensure your fireplace demands attention while complementing the space.

 Framing a fireplace with shelving, allows for personal items to be on display. Creating an entire wall as the focal point. 

Framing a fireplace with shelving, allows for personal items to be on display. Creating an entire wall as the focal point. 

 Layering artworks with touches of greenery 

Layering artworks with touches of greenery 

 Painting your fireplace a bold colour, you can get creative. 

Painting your fireplace a bold colour, you can get creative. 

 Painting the brick and mantel piece all one colour, allows for accessories to pop. When picking accessories choose items that are meaningiful. 

Painting the brick and mantel piece all one colour, allows for accessories to pop. When picking accessories choose items that are meaningiful. 

 Adding coloured tiles creates a point of difference. 

Adding coloured tiles creates a point of difference. 

Ways to style your rental

A house is a home, and even if you are renting a house, you should be able to create a home, through showing your style and showcasing your most loved items. 

Working within boundaries of your landlord to style your home might feel overwhelming, but it can be simple, it's little things that will make an impact without costing a lot of time or money. 

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  Artwork :  Most landlords don't allow permanent fixtures on walls. Finding it difficult to hang artwork or precious items. You can simply add adhesive hooks, or get creative with the way you present your artworks. Artwork does not always need to be fixed to a wall, they can sit on a mantel piece, window frames or on top of console tables. 

Artwork : Most landlords don't allow permanent fixtures on walls. Finding it difficult to hang artwork or precious items. You can simply add adhesive hooks, or get creative with the way you present your artworks. Artwork does not always need to be fixed to a wall, they can sit on a mantel piece, window frames or on top of console tables. 

  Focal point :  Our eyes want to be drawn to something upon walking in a room, most rooms that feel underwhelming are because theres no focal point. A focal point can be a window, a fireplace, artwork or a piece of furniture. 

Focal point : Our eyes want to be drawn to something upon walking in a room, most rooms that feel underwhelming are because theres no focal point. A focal point can be a window, a fireplace, artwork or a piece of furniture. 

  Accessories:  Being able to express your own style is the easiest through accessorising. Accessorising with rugs, throws and pillows, is cost effective. Consider adding texture and prints through pillows, laying down a throw for some added texture to a bed and sofa. Rugs can add subtle patterns that can liven up a room.  

Accessories: Being able to express your own style is the easiest through accessorising. Accessorising with rugs, throws and pillows, is cost effective. Consider adding texture and prints through pillows, laying down a throw for some added texture to a bed and sofa. Rugs can add subtle patterns that can liven up a room.  

  Indoor plants:  A stunning display of plants help to bring the outside in and create a sense of freshness in any room. Selection plants in various shapes, colours. Also consider having a combination of climbing and trailing plants. 

Indoor plants: A stunning display of plants help to bring the outside in and create a sense of freshness in any room. Selection plants in various shapes, colours. Also consider having a combination of climbing and trailing plants. 

  Mirrors:  Mirrors are a great way to enhance a space, and they also trick the eye into thinking a space is bigger than it really is, which can be critical in a small apartment.

Mirrors: Mirrors are a great way to enhance a space, and they also trick the eye into thinking a space is bigger than it really is, which can be critical in a small apartment.