Inspiration for your decor colour palette

Inspiration for your decor colour palette

Floral print inspired colour palette1

Forget that green and orange combo

Nothing seems more daunting once you’ve decided to put some decorating effort into your living space than not knowing where to start. Right? It doesn’t get any easier when you go online seeking guidance and all you find is jargon on the colour wheel and tales of analogous colours and their cousin complementary colours. All this makes a seemingly simple task look like rocket science.

Out of despair, the only sane thing to do, save from throwing colour everywhere hoping something sticks, is seeking professional guidance. Kenya isn’t short of interior designers. They’re everywhere. They’re talented, very. The only issue I have with them is that they seem to have one rule which they follow with their lives; Paint everything Green and orange! Seriously! This seems to be the only colour palette permissible in Kenya and quite frankly it’s grown old.

I had previously shared a simple way to pick your wall colour and in this post I take you step by step through the method I used to pick my colour scheme right from the start.Continue reading

Hide ugly wall fixtures with Canvas Art

Hide ugly wall fixtures with Canvas Art

Wall art over fixture When everything falls in place…

You see that there? That’s my bathroom door. It’s a sliding door.

There’s a power socket underneath the art. It’s connected to my suicide shower. Now let me tell you why I want to find whoever designed this space and strangle him… {pretty sure it’s a dude }

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Decorating with African Baskets

Decorating with African Baskets

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You know the kiondo? That’s the one

Boy am I a big fan of African baskets.. I can’t help collecting them any time I spot some I like.

These baskets are so versatile, what’s not to love? Here are a few ways you can begin to introduce some of this Afro flair into your decor…

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DIY Painted cardboard storage box*

DIY Painted cardboard storage box*

DIY storage - painted cardboard

 

Oh my Geometry!

Can a girl ever have enough storage? We seem to be up to our necks in stuff most of the time. For me personally getting chic storage is an insatiable need I have. So far on the blog I’ve shared this post on jewelry on jewelry storage boxes and this wire laundry basket. This is the third diy storage post and I absolutely love how this painted cardboard storage box turned out.

I needed some extra storage but I didn’t want to build anything tedious so I opted for this easy super fast way of turning a plain boring cardboard box into a chic storage solution.

I picked up this box at Nakumatt Lifestyle in town. You’ve seen these boxes.. Look familiar?

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DIY Stencil – Geometric pattern

DIY Stencil – Geometric pattern

DIY Stencil - Geometric patternDIY Stencil – Geometric pattern

Nothing beats painting when it comes to makeovers and transformations, but a flat coat of paint can be so plain Jane. Add a little bit of creativity in the way you paint and now you’re onto something.  Stenciling is a simple way to have a lot of visual impact. I’ve also glued jewelry on my storage boxes with fabulous results.

I had this cardboard storage box that was in need of some colour. I gave it a funky paint job and love the way it turned out. I wasn’t sure what to paint on it but I knew I wanted a geometric pattern. Try looking for a geometric printable stencil online and you will quickly realise how frustrating it can be especially if you are looking for a free one.

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Use the crown colour app and pinterest to pick wall paint

Use the crown colour app and pinterest to pick wall paint

how to use crown color app

From your pin to your wall.

I guess for most of us picking out a wall colour can be a crazy task. This is one of those choices we have to live with for a long time. An investment worth taking time to think about.

So what happens when you want to drift away from the safe soft whites of wall domination into more adventurous options but you still want to be careful not to end up with a house that looks like a kids play den?

I’ve got the answer,

You read this post :)

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DIY Banquette bench makeover *

DIY Banquette bench makeover *

DIY Banquette

This banquette was almost thrown out.

We’ve had this banquette bench for years and it’s gotten its fair share of wear and tear.  But we’ve gotten even more use out of it. Having a banquette in your dining is worth the investment. You get more seating out of it and it just breaks up the familiarity of most dining rooms.

Mr banquette here was beat up out of shape as you can see in the picture below and was on the verge of getting thrown out. Can you believe the transformation? Reminds me of my first Chair makeover.

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Decorate with 3D wall panels*

Decorate with 3D wall panels*

3D wall panels in kenya

See all that drama!

You know this fireplace didn’t always look this awesome. It got it’s lucky break when someone got the good sense to slap on some 3D wall panels and hide the madness that was it’s past. 3D wall panels are an emerging trend in modern decor that has been sweeping across the globe and they are now easily available in Kenya.

Are you curious to see what this fireplace looked like before? Check it out, not so pretty ei?Continue reading

DIY Nail Trim HeadBoard*

DIY Nail Trim HeadBoard*

Interior design kenya headboard

Finally…

This DIY headboard project has been on my mind for over a year. It’s taken a really long time for me to actually focus long enough to make it. The last time I worked with thumbtucks on an art project I really liked the outcome so this time I knew the nail trim detail was a must on my headboard project, but it wasn’t easy I tell you.

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Painting tips cheat sheet *

Painting tips cheat sheet *

Painting ideas info

The untold paint stories.

Last week I sent out an email to the Pineconeshelf community seeking some company as I was planning to visit one of the crown showrooms. I got such amazing responses, It was really inspiring. Some people really wanted to come but since it was really short notice they had other plans. Finally I was able to round up a small group and boy did we have fun.

We visited Crown paints showroom on Likoni road in industrial area last Saturday. It was a great experience. We had lot’s of questions and our host, Carol was patient enough to answer all of them. I took notes so that I could pass this info to you.

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