Moving Home

I am moving!!

No, not moving house (yet) but I now have a new blog (with all old posts transferred over). You can find me at www.rhythmandgraceinteriors.wordpress.com

Also look me up on instagram @rhythmandgrace_

Hoping to start up some affordable interior solutions later this year including an e-decorating service! Stay tuned!

Thanks for your support!

x Kirsti

 

Baby Bonanza

A couple of weekends ago I helped plan a baby shower with a few friends for a new friend and her first baby!

We know it’s a girl so there was plenty of pink! Plus we had way too much food but a lot of fun.

Here are some decorations we made and games we set up – plenty of easy DIY.

 

Ready to pop! Popcorn jar.

POP

 

Handwriting is not a strong point of mine (I did all the printed materials) but my sister in law created this wonderful welcome sign. (She actually make the chalkboard too, a few years ago now.)

Welcome

 

Another friend made these beautiful rosettes with patterned paper.

Rosettes on wall

 

Here’s a few of the games, including babies frozen in ice,  jelly babies in a novelty over-sized baby bottle and guessing games.

Ice Ice Baby Baby BottleGuessing Games

On the signs, this chalkboard style font is a favourite of mine lately. It’s called fff tusj.

 

 

Moody Monday

I really enjoy creating a mood board and seeing how various items come together to create a space.

Below is one of the mood boards I did for an assignment. I wanted to create a neutral and natural base for an open and comfortable feel, with feature red and teal and various patterns and textures for some fun and warmth.

Living Room Mood Board

Before & After Film Office

This ones goes back a couple of years now, but in keeping with Before & Afters (see my last post Before & After Inspiration) here’s one I helped out with.

My husband is a film maker and he and his partner rent a small office in the city.

It certainly isn’t the creative warehouse space you might hope an up and coming film company would be in, like this one – ooh wouldn’t that be awesome!

Creative Warehouse OfficeSource: Inspiration Feed

But anyway… the guys and I had some cool creative ideas to liven the place up. We got to work and painted and they found some artwork and new furniture that fitted their style better.

BEFOREOffice Before (1)

Office Before (2)Office Before (3)

AFTEROffice After (1)Office After (2)Office After (3)

Before and After Inspiration

My husband and I both love a good transformation!

His favourite would be the kind you see on World’s Strictest Parent’s, Supernanny or Hoarders where someones life is changed for the better and they wake up to new ways of doing things.

I do love that too, it’s so great to see someone make changes for the better in their lives and it’s also great to see someone make a change for the better in their home. Which is, I believe, a change for the better in their lives.

Here a few great before and after pictures I found to help inspire you!

1. Before and After Kitchen.

A great kitchen revamp without getting a whole new kitchen.

Before & After Kitchen

See more at Design Sponge

2. Before and After Door

A very simple change that livens up this entry.

Door Before & After

Source: See That There

3. Before and After Bathroom

I especially love the tiles!

Bathroom BeforeBathroom After

Source: Amber Interiors

A Few Of My Favourite Things

We are well and truly into this year now but I have a few of my favorite things from Christmas to share with you. They make me love my home even more.

1. Red throw rug from House and Garden

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2. Vase from House & Garden. Perfect for my fake flowers ;)20140226-123926.jpg

3. Antique Key Hook from Urban Outfitters. A similar one is available here20140226-123947.jpg

4. String on holder with scissors (a present from New Zealand)20140226-123917.jpg

My Turquoise Chair

About a year ago I found this cute little chair on the side of the road in hard rubbish.
A year later I finally fixed it up to add to my mismatched dinning chairs.
Well actually I didn’t do much of the work. My sister-in-law wanted to use it at her wedding, so my parents, my sister-in-law and her mum are the ones really responsible.
The old seat was looking pretty gross and the chair was missing a few bits and had to be taken apart and glued back together.
While apart I sanded it down so that the paint would grip to the wood better.

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Once glued back together it was painted turquoise (a colour I’ve been adding into my house bit by bit lately) and rubbed back to reveal some of the wood and white undercoat – for that rustic look.

The seat was covered in some hessian, which was originally a temporary solution for the wedding and then I could decide what I wanted to use later. I really like the hessian though, so I’m keeping it :)

Here it is!

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You can only just see it down towards the end but here’s the chair at the wedding on the long tables which had random mismatched chairs mixed in.20140208-130937.jpg

And this is what it looks like around our dining table. Love it!

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Spotlight on Interior Design Styles: Contemporary

Some friends of ours are building a house and have asked for help in selecting furniture, fixtures etc. They told me they don’t know what styles they like (Although could easily tell me what they don’t like).

So I did some ‘pinning’ of some different styles of interior design to show them and I’ve been doing some more research into what makes an interior design style.

I thought I would share with you, over the next few weeks, some basic descriptions and some examples of a few styles.

Contemporary

Contemporary interior design is essentially whatever is current or up to date. Also often referred to as ‘modern’ (although this can also be referencing another specific style).

This is a style that is constantly evolving but generally contemporary interiors feature modern clean lines, smooth surfaces and mostly neutral colours such as white, creams, browns and blacks etc with bold colours as accents.

Contemporary interiors are uncluttered and can sometimes appear cold with smooth and shiny surfaces but some softer textures, patterns, natural elements and pops of colour can help warm the space. But remember to keep it simple and open with minimal accessories and bold or geometric shapes rather than intricate detail.

Here are a few examples.

Contemporary Living RoomSource: Architecture Art Design

Contemporary KitchenSource: Houzz

Contemporary Living SpaceSource: Houzz

Contemporary BathroomSource: Houzz