Bedroom update - Moody blues

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With winter upon us I decided it was time to have a bedding update and try to inject a bit of colour into my bedroom.

There's nothing like a beautiful floral duvet cover to add a punch of colour and provide some opportunities to have a bit of fun with different accent pieces.

From Logan and Mason's new 2018 collection, I selected the Montague Mint duvet cover set. The floral pattern is quite muted and has a painterly, watercolour effect with pale blues, minty greens and little hints of gold and purple.

Paired with crisp, white sheets it's the perfect base for personalising by adding some cushions and pillows in both the base colours as well as in contrasting colours.

Don't forget to add in some texture as well. For this I selected the Raffles Teal Square Cushion which features fun textured ruffles on the front face.

Next, I selected the Florence Broadhurst Heraldic Navy Quilted European Pillowcases for their quilted texture and detailed pattern. This creates a good contrast to the large floral pattern of the duvet cover. I like to mix up different prints and there are some key things to consider when you are doing this so that they work together.

Large scale prints and patterns work best on large pieces like duvet covers and small scale prints and patterns tend to work best on smaller items like throw pillows and cushions. Take that into consideration, but don’t be afraid to break the rules a bit.  

Remember, patterns don’t have to match, they just have to go.  By that I mean they need to have some element in common.  That might be colour, style, or scale.

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This particular duvet cover is reversible and the large, organic print on the front contrasts well with the reverse side which has a smaller geometric print in a similar colour-way. Fold the top edge of the duvet over to show a pop of the reverse side for added interest.

One Duvet cover, 3 cushions!

In the photos above, I changed the cushions to show how to easily achieve a different look. The European Pillows behind are the Logan and Mason Preston Gold European Pillowcases - these bring out the gold elements of the large floral pattern. Then simply change up the scatter cushions for a different look depending on how the mood takes you!

Cushion 1 is the Bowie Blush Square Cushion, with gorgeous tassel detailing around the edge.

Cushion 2 is the Octagonal Gold Square Cushion, with some contrasting geometric pattern.

Cushion 3 is the reverse side of the Bowie Blush Square Cushion.

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Finishing touch

Lastly, add the cosy Ombre Indigo Throw to anchor the colour scheme, and a cute fluffy dog on top! 

Glamorous in Gold

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Investing in new bed linen makes sense in so many ways. It’s a relatively inexpensive and easy way to update your bedroom. I decided to take the plunge and give my bedroom a stylish refresh from the extensive range of beautiful linens from Logan and Mason. 

A bedroom should be a dreamy, inviting room, free of clutter; but styled in a fashion that suits your space, makes you feel relaxed, and celebrates you with personal finishing touches. 

For this simple yet glamorous styling idea my starting point was the Preston Gold European pillowcases. I couldn’t go past these statement pieces in luxurious gold velvet with metallic stud detailing around the edge. They look good with my existing headboard and also the warm grey tones of the wall colour and carpet. 

I then opted for the Metro White Duvet cover set. This has a subtle woven chevron pattern which creates a classic base and is easy to dress up with some of the more luxurious items in the Logan and Mason range. The white pillowcases layer well against the gold and black and could easily be used for a number of different looks if you want to change up your bedroom look seasonally.

Adding a textured or faux fur black throw creates contrast and acts as a great anchor colour for the gold accents. A small black accent cushion helps to unify the look. 

Lastly, I added the stunning Octagonal Gold Cushion for some bold pattern contrast. This lovely cushion really draws the eye, and makes the arrangement more interesting as well as linking in with the gold of the Preston Gold European pillowcases. Some elements of repetition, be it colour and/or texture are important to make the room feel cohesive and balanced.

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For the final accent piece I recruited my dog, Poppy. Her colouring is perfect with all the gold accents and gives my bed that personalised finishing touch. I think she approves of the changes!

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For your finishing touches, don’t forget décor items and accessories. These are the accents that complete your room and reflect your personality, tastes and lifestyle. Items like pot plants in interesting containers or baskets, beautiful books, jewellery boxes, candles, flowers and vases. I chose one or two accent pieces in metallic to tie in with the gold linen pieces.

Mt Eden Bungalow Reno - the kitchen

The owners of this Mt Eden Californian bungalow undertook a major renovation project to bring this tired house into the 21st century. The back of the house was opened up to a sunny back yard and new in ground pool. With the owners having a particular love of mid century furniture, the design needed to work with all their existing pieces while still being contemporary and functional.

We decided on teak veneer for the island and open shelves, and classic subway tiles on the splashback. Gorgeous traditional lights from Mr Ralph hang above the island. 

The on bench pantry (pictured below)with bifolding doors has a Caesarstone bench running through to keep small appliances plugged in and ready to use. When the doors are closed everything is tucked out of sight.

The space is open and bright with plenty of personality thanks to the vintage pieces belonging to the clients. 

Kitchen materials:
Cabinetry: Arborform, Warabi White; Teak veneer
Benches: Caesarstone Raw Concrete; Stainless steel
Hardware: Blum; Hafele