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winter whites .. the warmth of white interiors

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Winter is officially here, the ski season has commenced and we have had our first fall of snow ... much to the relief of all.

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I may have said this before but ... white does work in winter. We have all heard the expression in the fashion world ... winter whites !! Well the same can be applied to the world of interiors.

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There is nothing quite as warming as white on white with the accent being on texture, line and self pattern. Mixing shades of white and cream adds a richness to the palette.

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A white scheme is enhanced by incorporating neutrals such as sisal rugs, hints of gold or other metallics and timber furniture and flooring.

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Bedrooms allow you to build upon a predominantly white/cream scheme with layers of bedlinen as we move from Summer to Winter. Don't feel the need to add colour for warmth.  There is nothing quite as cosy as cream mohair blankets, a cream silk eiderdown, cream velvet or quilted scatter cushions or a rich cream flannel bedhead.

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The elegance of white is transseasonal !!
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5 sleep essentials

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, May 02, 2013

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Of all the rooms in a house the bedroom is possibly the most important ... it is where we spend half our life !!!

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1.  A good mattress is essential to ensure a restful night's sleep.  The very best mattresses support our spines in their natural, neutral position.  The latest technology allows the mattress springs to mould to the shape of our body.

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2.  Mattress toppers are becoming extremely popular ... they add an additional layer of padding and comfort, particularly good where the mattress itself is too firm.  Reversible toppers with wool fleece for autumn and winter ... and cotton percale to keep you cool in spring and summer, are the ultimate.

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3.  Choice of pillow is critical to a good night's sleep.  The right choice depends on a number of factors including neck problems, allergies (non allergenic filling choices)and preference for firm or soft, one or two pillows. How soft or firm your pillow feels is determined by the ratio of feather to down used ... feather being firm and down being soft.

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4.  Beautiful bedlinen is a luxury and you really do get what you pay for.  Thread count (number of threads in a square inch of fabric) isn't everything and other factors such as the quality of the raw cotton (firmness of yarn) and the way threads are woven comes into play.  I love the softness and elegance of Cotton Sateen without the expense of Egyptian Cotton. 

5.  Your choice of Doona/Duvet is all to do with weight and seasons/climate,  however your first choice is natural or non allergenic filling.  The right choice of doona weight for your particular climate is essential to a good nights sleep.  The weight of doona for a cool climate will be vastly different to that where winters are mild.  Down doonas trap more air between clusters than feather fillings and are therefore warmer and incredibly light.  The greater the percentage of down and the higher the quality of the down, the more you pay. 

Yes, lots to think about ... however worth spending a little time to get it right.

 

 

10 tips for creating a black and white interior !!

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, May 02, 2012

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There is nothing as smart as black and white !! And you don't need another colour at all if you are clever with texture and pattern.  How inviting is the grey woollen blanket above, not to mention the rustic trunk .... the juxtaposition of the contemporary slick white walls with lots of texture, pattern and vintage !!

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Again, a simple white interior contrasted with the warmth and texture of the linen sofa and timber table.  Interestingly, it is the definite contrast of the black shade, television and other smaller pieces that create the statement. 

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This is an example of pure white on white with not a lot of black ...... however you don't need a lot to make the statement. 

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In contrast, the black in this interior is strong and bold and looks fabulous !!

The combination of the very definite black and white stripes with the softer lines of the sofa and armchair works beautifully. The detailed window architrave and rustic side tables soften the linear effect of the rug. 

So be bold ..... go forth and embrace black and white for its simplicity, its inherent style and its flexibility.

Some black and white suggestions ......

almost black walls with white ceiling, doors, windows, skirting and architraves, floors pale bleached timber

white walls, ceiling and trims with black gloss timber floor

bathrooms with white wall tiles, predominantly white tiled floor with small black tile in check pattern, black vanity as a contrast with white bath and basin

all white kitchens with a very thick black benchtop ... particularly good with black timber floor or even grey bleached timber 

staircases in white with black handrail and tread only

charcoal to black painted exterior for timber houses or sheds with white trim on windows, doors and shutters

black and white photographs framed in black on a white wall or framed in white on a black wall

a soft black fringed throw rug on a bed made with crisp white bedlinen and doona

thick black bath towels hanging or folded in an all white bathroom

a large vase full of fully blown pink roses in any black and white interior .... 

 

 

 

displaying your collections in style

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, February 12, 2012

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Displaying collections of what ever takes your fancy is a satisfying and pleasurable project.  It is giving a little glimpse of you and your favourite bits and pieces, old or new, precious or not to those who might admire them. 

It may be more personal.....a collection on a dressing table ..... or it may be hung on a wall in a living room for all to see!!!

Either way it is a very individual and stylish way to make a statement....bringing together beautiful colours, texture, like with like.

Create attractive groupings within your spaces.... that you have put together.....your favourite things for a myriad of different reasons !!!!!!

.  shells collected on your holiday on a white platter or in beautiful glass bowl (see Coty Farquhar's image above)

.  pretty china plates hanging on a wall or porcelain teas cups grouped on a sideboard.....take them out of the cupboard and display them !!!

.  silver tea set or silver bowls, platters or candlesticks and of course your silver picture frames......silver always lights up a room but polishing it all can be punishing !!!

.  cut glass or crystal is always so pretty... particularly if you do groupings of vases with a selection of freshly cut flowers from your garden .....just a sprig is all it takes.  These look gorgeous if spaced down the centre of a dining table. A collection of crystal wine and spirit decanters always looks warm and inviting with lamp light.

.  pewter has a special hue that seems to work with grey and white....it can be rustic or minimalist.

.  stacked wood in or beside a fireplace has a warmth and texture that can be a design element in itself.

. bookshelves are fabulous anywhere...the more the better.....whole walls of them !!!!  Books can be arranged randomly.....by subject or by colour !!!

.  folded linen sheets and pillowcases in an armoire or linen press....possibly my favourite thing !!!!  

 


 

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