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the new neutral interior ... how to create this look

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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The new neutral is really just a combination of black and white, grey and timber ... think Scandinavian and pared back design.

It is natural, organic and calming.

The perfect backdrop for vibrant colour, should you desire it.



To achieve this look, your first stop should be Ikea for wall hung storage in all shapes and sizes.  This helps create a sense of space and clean lines. 

For 'modern classic' timber and painted furniture, visit Thonet.  Bentwood always works and you can customise your colours.

The choice in pendant lighting is endless however Huset will give you an overview of the different styles.  Once you have decided on your look ... and budget, you can start shopping.

Koskela is all about thoughtful design ... rugs, fabric and homewares, followed by lunch at Kitchen by Mike, under the same roof.





  

displaying your collections in style

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, February 12, 2012

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image: coty farquhar

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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