I’m always on the lookout for inspiration to update my home and now I’ve completed the all the big changes in my living room, the sofa’s been replaced by a practical yet stylish suit, I’ve up-cycled the Mexican pine furniture and replaced the curtains. Now it’s just the finishing touches.
This is where I can really go to town and fine tune the over all look I’m trying to create. It’s also where I can’t make decisions, though! I’ve budgeted where ever possible but when you want to bring a touch of luxury into your home but done have a huge budget to play with, I compromise by mixing cheap and cheerful with some higher end wow features.
I’m starting with a dark alcove decked out with chunky wooden rustic shelves, this is one of the first things you see when walking into the open plan downstairs. While the ornate over mantel mirror commands centre stage, there’s an opportunity to bring in touches of opulence and colour to finish off the grey and white theme I’ve gone for.
With a plain backdrop, I’ve brought in some shimmer to contrast the rustic features which warm up the whole look. As the alcove sits in the dark towards the end of the day the antique silver etched vase and bottles from luxury living website Rooi reflect light back out of the gloomy corner.
Not wanting anything too modern, they ooze class, I’ve limited it to a couple of pieces so they don’t distract from the feature clock, a gift from my sister (don’t you love it when a gift shows how well someone knows your taste!) and some treasured photographs. I didn’t want it looking cluttered or busy as the general theme for the living / dining room is light and airy with a classy but contemporary feel. Which is easily achieved with many of the fabulous items available at Rooi (pronounced rui) and anyone trying to avoid copycat high street pieces.
One final piece in my home styling puzzle in the delicate flower topped glass bottle below. This doubles as one of the most beautiful fragrance diffusers I own. Durance scented flowers work in the same way as a reed diffuser, draws up the oil and releasing the aroma into the air. It gives a subtle but utterly devine hint of perfume. I love how it looks more like an ornament than a functional way of ridding my house of eau de dog!
And who doesn’t love multi purpose accessories!
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