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£50 interior challenge / Konkurs – wnetrze za 50 funtow

Challenged by Julie from Most Wanted I created a moodboard with a selection of summer indoor/outdoor accessories from both high street and designer shops. All 10 of them for under £50 together!
The mix contains accessories from various shops, ranging from IKEA to Philippe Starck and Alessi. This just shows that with a bit of looking around (and helpful sale season!) we can add a bit of spark to any room, and on a tiny budget!
This set is designed to work perfectly for the summertime, and can be used both indoors, as well as for outdoor entertaining. Fresh and colourful!

Summer designer mix under 50 pounds
Summer designer mix under 50 pounds

Including, from the top:
– IKEA Superfin glass tealight holders, £0.39
– Argos Mimosa Cushion – Cream, £6.99
– Dwell Organic tubular vase, £13.95
– Homebase Mini Dried Bundles, £3.99
– Koziol, Bird napkin ring, £3.60
– Lux by Starck, Set of 6 Squares plates , £3.90
– Lux by Starck, Set of 10 Big cups, £2.70
– Cath Kidston, Spray Flowers Salt and Pepper Shakers, £3.50
– IKEA Legym 2-piece salad servers set, £0.99
– Ti – Coffee cup and saucer, Sentou Edition, £5.70

TOTAL: £45.71

I hope that inspires you to hunt for other summer bargains!

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Wallpapered ceilings? / Tapeta na suficie?

Wallpaper – finally made its comeback in the recent years. We see it in all kinds of places; traditional houses, modern flats, as kitchen splashbacks and all over bathrooms. We decorate cupboards with them, frame them, use for collages…

…and put them on ceilings, it seems. What do you think about this idea?

Source: Elle Decor
Source: Elle Decor
Lisa Bengtsson's custom made ceiling decoration
Lisa Bengtsson's custom made ceiling decoration
Source: ektalab.com
Source: ektalab.com
Green power!
Green power!
Source: Elle Decor
Source: Elle Decor
Source: Rhoney Design
Source: Rhoney Design
Yellow ceiling
Yellow ceiling

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Tapeta – w koncu powrocila do wnetrz. Widzimy ja w przeroznych miejscach; tradycyjne domy, nowoczesne mieszkania, jako ozdoba nad blatem kuchennym i w lazienkach. Dekorujemy nimi drzwi szaf, wkladamy w ramki, uzywamy do kolazy…

…i kladziemy na suficie, na to wyglada. Co o tym myslicie?

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Mission: complete / Misja: zakonczona

So, we’re finally back from Poland. I know, I said I’d be sharing pictures as we go along but things were changing so quickly, and we were literally working 24 hours a day… so instead, let me just share with you the video I’ve just created, I hope you’ll like it 🙂

A few details:
– I have managed to stick to my motto (design on any budget!) and have not spent a fortune on the flat!
– bedrooms are still unfurnished – we’ll see who will rent the flat and furnish according to requirements
– we had to compromise a few times – mostly due to funds, or lack of time. E.g. when we get to live there, I’ll change the window treatments, buy a proper coffee table etc. But things I cared most about are all there – my beautiful white high gloss kitchen, Indian-marble mosaic in the bathroom, and three built-in wardrobes… for all my shoes and bags!

More info and detailed photos will follow soon. All comments welcome.

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Nareszcie wrocilismy z Polski. Tak wiem, mowilam ze bede sie dzielic zdjeciami w trakcie pracy, ale wszystko tak szybko sie zmienialo, a my pracowalismy doslownie 24h na dobe… dlatego w zamian, pozwole sobie podzielic sie z wami tym filmikiem ktory wlasnie stworzylam, mam nadzieje ze sie spodoba 🙂

Kilka szczegolow:
– udalo mi sie podtrzymac moje motto (dezajn nie musi byc drogi!) i nie wydac na mieszkanie fortuny!
– sypialnie poki co nieumeblowane – zobaczymy jakie zyczenia bedzie mial wynajmujacy
– kilka razy musilismy pojsc na kompromis – glownie z powodu kosztow, lub po prostu braku czasu. Kiedy my sie tam wprowadzimy, na pewno kilka rzeczy bedzie do zmiany, kupimy porzadny stolik kawowy, dodamy troche wiecej koloru, zmienimy wystroj okien. Ale to na czym mi najbardziej zalezalo – jest 🙂 Moja piekna biala kuchnia na wysoki polysk, mozaika z indyjskiego marmuru, i trzy garderoby… na wszystkie moje buty i torebki!

Wiecej informacji i zdjec detali wkrotce. Wszystkie komentarze mile widziane.

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Cheap’n’chic design / Pieknie i przystepnie

I have just found a very inspiring blog / company / person: Betsy Head runs Affordable Interior Design in New York and writes her blog here. I admire her a lot that she managed to turn into a business the idea that made me start the blog – design on any budget. Her portfolio presents very lively, colourful and eclectic spaces, and the shopping finds on her blog are absolutely spot-on.

Dining room makeover on a budget
Dining room makeover on a budget
Beatiful elegant grey - blue bedroom
Beatiful elegant grey - blue bedroom

Great stuff, Betsy, keep it up! I can only hope to one day run a similar company, though on the other side of the ocean 🙂

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Wlasnie znalazlam bardzo inspirujacy blog / firme / osobe: Betsy Head jest szefowa Affordable Interior Design w Nowym Jorku, a jej bloga poczytasz tu. Podziwiam ja bardzo za to ze udalo jej sie przeksztalcic w biznes ten pomysl ktory zainspirowal mnie do zaczecia tego bloga – dezajn niezaleznie od ceny. Jej porftolio pelne jest bardzo energetyzujacych, kolorowych i eklektycznych mieszkan, a sklepowe znaleziska na jej blogu trafiaja w dziesiatke.

Betsy, trzymaj tak dalej 🙂 Ja tylko moge miec nadzieje ze kiedys zaloze podobna firme, mimo ze po drugiej stronie oceanu 🙂

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Bedroom in jewel tones / Sypialnia w kolorach klejnotow

As you know, we’ve recently bought a brand new flat, which now looks about that:

Flat 1
Flat 1
Flat 2
Flat 2

Here you see a pond that’s just being created (from our bedroom balcony):

View on future pond
View on future pond

Since we’re planning to have it liveable very very soon, I spend my every waking moment designing, planning, looking for inspiration, ordering, changing, and convincing my husband (that’s the most time consuming part).

So today, let me share with you what will (almost certainly – see above: husband problems) become the color scheme for our main bedroom:

Grey bedroom
Grey bedroom
Grey bedroom 2
Grey bedroom 2
Grey bedroom 3
Grey bedroom 3
Dark bedroom
Dark bedroom
Dark bedroom 2
Dark bedroom 2
Cappuccino bedroom
Cappuccino bedroom
Teal bedroom
Teal bedroom
Teal bedroom 2
Grey bedroom 2
Teal bedroom 3
Teal bedroom 3

Generally, we plan on jewel tones (turquoise, teal, jade), with background of grey, cappucino, gold and/or black, and possibly accents of rich purple in accessories.

What do you think? Do you have any experience of living in dark spaces?

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Jak wiecie kupilismy niedawno nowe mieszkanie, w stanie deweloperskim (zdjecia powyzej).

Poniewaz planujemy mieszkanie doprowadzic do stanu uzywalnosci juz bardzo niedlugo, aby je jak najszybciej wynajac, praktycznie kazdy swiadomy moment spedzam obecnie na wyszukiwaniu, wybieraniu, planowaniu, projektowaniu, zmienianiu, zamawianiu i przekonywaniu meza (to akurat zajmuje najwiecej czasu 🙂 ) w ten weekend planujemy zdecydowac sie i zamowic wiekszosc sprzetow, mebli i oswietlenia do domu.

Powyzej moje inspiracje sypialniane. Jak widac, glownie ciemne, glebokie kolory klejnotow (jak to po polsku nazwac? jewel tones?) – turkus, szafir, szmaragd. Do tego szary, cappuccino i/lub zloty. Ewentualnie czarny ale obawiam sie jak taki kolor zachowuje sie w eksploatacji. No i zupelnie w ostatecznosci ciemny fiolet / purpura, moze jako przeciwstawne dodatki do turkusow.

…..co myslicie? Moze jakies inne inspiracje? Macie doswiadczenia z ciemnymi pokojami?

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Yellow bedroom part2 / Zolta sypialnia-czesc2

Budget yellow bedroom - IKEA, Leroy Merlin and Allegro.pl
Budget yellow bedroom - IKEA, Leroy Merlin and Allegro.pl

Another design for the yellow bedroom – all in all (together will wallpaper not shown) I managed to keep cost down to minimum, not compromising on looks or comfort. We’ll see what the clients will say (after getting a cleaner version). I used the ‘Meduza’ lamp I wrote about after my trip to Poland.
Since I’m dead and really need some sleep, that’s it for now 🙂

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Kolejna wersja zoltej sypialni – z uzyciem lampy Meduza o ktorej juz pisalam. Poniewaz padam ze zmeczenia, na dzis tyle, chetnie uslysze komentarze 🙂

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Color scheme in interior design / Schematy kolorystyczne a projektowanie wnetrz

Oh my goodness… you cannot imagine how busy I was over the recent weeks – both at work and at home; then I was away; but most importantly, with my new school – the assignments are so extensive, I am basically spending every single free minute on them; at some point a few days ago I just could not look at my inspiration boards anymore, I saw them and edited them and reworked them so many times! I finally have submitted them though…

Anyway, one part of the assignment was to prepare color schemes and find inspirational images that work with the schemes. I was to prepare one board for each of the classic sets: monochromatic, harmonious and complementary, bearing in mind that one of them was to use a historical color palette.

So here are the results, and a bit of color theory you can use with your interiors:

  • Monochromatic color scheme – blues:
Monochromatic color scheme - blues
Monochromatic color scheme - blues

This monochromatic scheme was created using the family of blue tints, tones and shades; my foremost inspiration came from nurseries which I think look lovely in blue (generally bedrooms look pretty in monochromatic schemes too). Contrary to popular belief, monochromatic does not mean black&white, but simply of one (any) colour. In interior decorating and design, this is extended to mean all the tones, not just the pure hue.
Such a scheme is very safe, and can be pretty boring or even overwhelming (e.g. all-red room). To ensure the space is still interesting, one should use contrasting tones – if big surfaces are soft or pastel (even tinted white), it is worthwhile making the accents (cushions, throws, rugs, accessories) darker. Also, remember that color reception varies with texture – therefore use different materials, tactile fluffy or porous fabrics and employ luminosity of paint or objects, by contrasting matte and shine, transparent and opaque, and finally with design…

  • Harmonious color scheme, using a 19th period color palette:
Harmonious color scheme - 19th color palette
Harmonious color scheme - 19th color palette

Harmonious color schemes are probably the most popular. Easy to achieve with fool-proof rules, they provide more interest than the monochromatic scheme. However, because of its popularity, the scheme can now seem bland if applied without thought, and actually some neighboring colors get on better together than others (e.g. reds and violets is a pretty tricky combination…) and if you’re going as far as mixing colours from both sides of one main hue (like red purples and red oranges), you really should include that main hue (red) to make them work together!

This particular scheme was even trickier than the others as it required using a historical color palette. It’s good to know that there are companies which still manufacture paint, fabrics and wallpaper employing authentic historical techniques, materials and designs. It’s important not only to give the room an authentic feel; rather such materials work best when restoring old houses as they blend better and work properly with older surfaces (crucial for paint). They also often have visibly different finishes (you can order free samples to see for yourself) which add to the quality and authenticity of the restoration project. Just remember – such materials are never cheap, nevertheless worth their price.

The scheme on the board concentrates around a beautifully ornamental Lotus BP 2048 wallpaper from Farrow & Ball (a great company for authentic materials), drawn from 19th century French archives and influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement . I complemented it with muted tones and shades of paint such as Ball green 75, Green smoke 47 and Parma gray 27 in traditional finishes: limewash, dead flat oil, and eggshell (depending on location – interior or exterior, and surface – walls, woodwork, metal).

Put together, this scheme is very sophisticated and elegant, and adaptable to rooms of any function, as you can see on the inspiration photos (halls, living rooms, bathrooms). Interestingly, the scheme not only works well in period interiors, but also in modern ones, especially minimalist (see the bottom-right bathroom).

  • Complementary color scheme using purples and yellows:
Complementary color scheme - yellow and purple
Complementary color scheme - yellow and purple

The most dramatic choice, the complementary scheme marries colours lying opposite each other on the colour wheel. While a risky choice and demanding a lot of careful analysis and design, this scheme can be very rewarding through creation of outstanding statement interiors.

Yellow and purple, as used on this board, have actually made their way into many interiors nowadays (I love this match!), but the general rule is to carefully balance colours and tones, choosing one as a basis and the other solely in accessories. Also, for a more subtle and glamorous version, you could replace yellow with gold and shimmers. The strongest version (i.e. with both colours on big surfaces) will work well in halls, waiting rooms and guest bathrooms – but if you like it, use it anywhere you want – after all, rules are there to be broken :).

I will show you the inspiration boards later on…but in the meantime welcome comments both on these particular schemes, and also on your opinion on schemes and rules in color – do you follow them? How?

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Powyzej prezentuje jedno z zadan ktore w koncu ukonczylam i dostarczylam w piatek… zajmowaly mi doslownie kazda wolna minute w ciagu ostatnich paru tygodni! Celem zadania bylo stworzenie trzech tablic przedstawiajacych podstawowe schematy kolorystyczne – monochromatyczny (oparty na jednej rodzinie odcieni, np. fiolety), harmonizujacy (laczacy kolory lezace obok siebie na kole barw, np. zolcie, pomarancze i czerwienie) i dopelniajacy / kontrastujacy (wykorzystujacy kolory przeciwlegle, np. zielony i czerwony), a do jednego z nich miala zostac uzyta historyczna paleta kolorystyczna z wybranej epoki. Wyniki zobaczyc mozna zobaczyc powyzej, a paleta historyczna ktora ‘wystapila’ na tablicy to XIX-wieczna Francja z wplywami Arts & Crafts movement (ruch ktory glosil sztuke uzytkowa bedaca jednak absolutnie piekna, czescia tego ruchu byli prerafaelici).

Pierwsza tablica pokazuje niebieskosci ktore tak bardzo pasuja do sypialni dzieci, ale takze doroslych – takie schematy sa delikatne, ale pojawia sie ryzyko nudy ktoremu nalezy przeciwdzialac poprzec uzycie roznorakich odcieni, materialow, powierzchni, wzorow oraz matu i polysku. Kolory harmonizujace przestawione sa jako matowe zielenie i zolcie, mocno przytlumione dodatkiem szarego (podstawa do tego schematu byla przepiekna tapeta Farrow & Ball ) – te historyczne kolory dodadza kazdemu pomieszczeniu ponadczasowej elegancji, a pasuja nawet do nowoczesniejszych, zwlaszcza minimalistycznych wnetrz (patrz lazienka w prawym dolnym rogu). Ostatnia tablica pokazuje najbardziej dramatyczne i ryzykowne, ale jak wspaniale kontrastowe polaczenie zolci z fioletami, ktore polecam zwlaszcza do mniej uczeszczanych pomieszczen typu hol, poczekalnia, moze goscinna lazienka (acz to oczywiscie zalezne od preferencji).

Niedlugo pokaze rowniez tablice inspiracyjne ktore stworzylam do innego zadania, a w miedzyczasie zapraszam do komentowania moich schematow, ale tez schematow ogolnie – czy dalej je stosujecie? Ktore lubicie? Jak wykorzystujecie tradycyjna teorie koloru?


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