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

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 Geometric paper orb*

DIY Geometric paper orb*

 

DIY geometric paper orbs

…Because everyone loves free decor gems.

I had a funny experience the other day.  As you know, I’m planning on opening a new decor shop in the coming future,  I made the announcement in our secret mailing group and the response was very positive. Thank guys.

So anyway as part of my due diligence  I have been asking a lot of decor shop owners and attendants which products have most demand and what gaps in the market needed to be filled. One time talking with this lovely lady I ask her if she would advice me to open a shop that purely stocked decor items. She looked at me squarely and said,Continue reading

DIY jewelry on jewelry storage boxes*

DIY jewelry on jewelry storage boxes*

DIY storage boxes-jewelry on jewelry boxes

Shoe boxes, earrings and crepe paper! who knew?!

I believe storage boxes are important for two reasons, one; they provide an out of sight place to store all those pesky little items that clutter your space, and two If they’re pretty enough they can double up as beautiful decor items.

The last time I did a storage solution post was this simple laundry baskets and some of the comments I got there assured me that I wasn’t the only one with a storage problem.

Here’s all you need to know for this simple project…

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The right books for your shelves*

The right books for your shelves*

pinecone shelf- books for bockcase decor

This goes for your coffee table books too. In case you’re wondering..

You already know that I’m no expert interior designer, nor am I an ex- librarian so all my self bestowed qualifications to lecture on books and shelves comes from my keen eye on Pinterest. Like really, pinterest is the absolute best guide for just about anything to do with home decor. At least for me it is.

So anyway, I am working on a book case project, 80% for decor, and a little bit for functionality, and I want to share this project with you as it unfolds. I have been all over wall art projects lately but that isn’t about to stop soon.

I find that I post more about pretty stuff over the functional stuff, like these baskets for potted plants, but I’m working on a better balance. Functional projects take more time and energy but hey, I’m up for the challenge.

Um, the bookcase.. let’s break this down into bite sized portions,

5 tips for picking the right books for your shelves

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Diy painted leather wall art*

Diy painted leather wall art*

Diy painted leather art

 

This turned out better than I Imagined.

 

If I could take a minute to explain where I have been all this time, this would turn into an annoying rant about my job and how it has taken over my life. But this blog isn’t about playing victim, it’s about grabbing stuff all around and creating prettier stuff, yes? Like these lovely wall panels painted with string.

 

Ok, so lets talk about today’s wall art piece and why I’m so excited about it, everything I used I have had for months, many of them, and it’s a shame I didn’t think of this sooner. The inspiration behind this was the knitted fringe wall art pieces that I have come to love, coupled with an equal longing for a leather art piece. Put together, this was the result, better than I expected and you won’t believe how simple this process was. Continue reading

Pulled string art wall panels *

Pulled string art wall panels *

Pulled string art - finished wall panels

How to decorate a large wall.

I had a wall that was covered in crayon doodles and it was badly in need of some growing up. I needed to do something to give it a breath of life so I settled on wall panels.

Wall panels  are a great way to decorate an expansive wall. They can be made from wood and covered with whatever covering you desire. You can use wallpaper, interesting fabric, crayon, or paint.

 

Of course these panels didn’t always look like this, they were pretty ordinary.

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My first chair makeover *

My first chair makeover *

 

chair makeover- after details

There’s nothing like a before picture to validate a makeover project.

The blog-sphere is full of furniture painting and upholstery makeover projects. These are my favorite kinds of home decor projects because not only is it great to see the beautiful finished product, one can also measure and appreciate the amount of work that went into the process based on the before condition.

This project was long overdue, I kept putting it off because I imagined it would take forever but much to my pleasant surprise I started and finished it in one weekend, sweet!

Let’s have another quick look at the before and then the process that got this chair into its current state.

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