Month: May 2016

My Dekko Loves for May

I was meant to be cheering my son on at his school sports day this morning, but instead I’m here, at the computer, a warming cup of coffee alongside me, writing up my Dekko Loves for the month of May.  The reason for this change of plan?  Three words: Northern. Irish. Weather. Always unpredictable, ever changeable.

Anyway, we have been promised several days of unbroken dry weather from this point on, so we’ll put today behind us and look forward to the first weeks of Summer proper.  First, however, I’m continuing with my new monthly round up post ‘Dekko Loves’ (read my April post here) and I want to round off May with some lovely little things guaranteed to put some sunshine into your day wherever you are…

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Current Colour Combo Crush: Charcoal + Blush

I am totally loving anything blush pink at the moment (did you check out my post on THE pink sofa?! Trust me, do, I defy you not to be converted to dusky pink…), not only because it’s such a contemporary, fresh, colour, but also because I think you can introduce it successfully into so many decor styles, from modern country to industrial to Nordic cool.  So, be it blush, rose, dusky or powder, there’s a pink out there for everyone…

I’m currently planning how to redecorate our kitchen/living area (you can read more about it here) and as we’re working around an existing mid-grey sofa and footstool (ours is this one from Next), I can really imagine pale pinks and a bit of monochrome working well with the charcoal grey sofa.

Here are some charcoal/blush looks I have been crushing on lately…

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Home Decor Trends 2016: Bring the Botanical Look Home

Following on from last year, the trend for all things green and leafy is still going strong, with homewares in Spring/Summer 2016 collections loudly emblazoned with botanical prints, lush foliage, tropical fruits and birds of paradise.  Never thought you’d own a pineapple shaped lamp base?  Well, think again!  This look is centred around bringing the outdoors in and embracing Mother Nature in all her beautiful forms.

However, even if this trend seems a little too ‘out there’ for you, it can be brought into the home, or indeed garden, in a subtle way, too – a few botanical print cushions can make a bright and cheerful addition to any patio set, as can some colourful picnic ware.  Indoors, how about using a softer print on a smaller scale, such as on a roman blind within a small window, or create an element of surprise with a patterned lampshade on a hall console table. It will brighten up any entranceway!

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A Rainy Day Make: Circle Bunting

I was recently inspired by a rather cute little product spotted on the lovely Rainbeaubelle blog, which was a circle bunting garland made from coloured and glitter card. It would be perfect to hang up for a birthday party or simply to add a bit of pizazz to an otherwise bare space of wall in the home.

As Julia suggests on her blog, it costs around £13 per garland, however it could be quickly and pretty easily made at home, too.  This got me thinking, until one day recently, when I was shopping in my local Sainsbury’s store and found myself dandering down the stationery aisle (is it just me?!), I came across some little gift tags that I thought would make for the sweetest circle garland!

I immediately got to work with a selection of the gift tags, a few rolls of washi tape and a length of string.  Find out how I did it here…

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My Dekko Loves for April

I hope you’re enjoying this glorious Spring weather we’re having at the moment! It really has been simply wonderful feeling the warmth of the sun once again and being able to spend all day outside getting jobs done in the garden, watching the children enjoy playing in the water sprinkler and having fresh food cooked outside on the barbecue and enjoyed in the last warming rays of the evening sunshine with a cold glass of wine.  Life is infinitely better when the sun comes out!!

I recently started up a weekly round-up feature on the blog called Friday Five, the idea of which was to share with you some lifestyle, decor related and other inspiring things I’d been loving over the past week, however I soon realised this would be much better as a monthly post, which I have called “My Dekko Loves”.  So, here we are with my first instalment for April, albeit a tad late as we are eight days into May… I promise to be better organised next month!

If you follow my Instagram account, I’ve also created an Instagram hashtag called #dekkoloves which I have been tagging onto some of my recent Instagram shots and I would love it if you could use it too!  I will then be able to share some of your favourite decor discoveries, as well as my own, when I write My Dekko Loves round-up at the end of each month.  It’ll be fun to see this monthly feature develop and I really look forward to seeing what pops up under #dekkoloves!  You may also use the #dekkoloves hashtag on Twitter, just make sure to tweet @dekkobird and I will always retweet you.

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Five Under £5 for May

How’s your weekend going so far?  I thought I would take a little time out of the usual Saturday morning running around to share my monthly Five Under £5 post with you.  It’s part of a lovely link up feature run by Julia who blogs over at Rainbeaubelle, where I share five things I have picked up for less than a fiver over the past month.

Last month, my post had a bit of a pink and grey theme going on, but this month I’ve mainly been inspired by my newly painted grey potting shed in the corner of our garden, which I’ve been spending a good deal of time pottering around in, potting up plants for our veg patch, mainly, but it’s also a lovely place to enjoy a good book with a cup of tea on those chiller clear Spring days.

Anyhow, here’s my round up for May:

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My Kitchen Makeover Update #1: Weighing up wall paint, window coverings & what to sit on

Before we had even moved into our new house, one of the things I had decided I would tackle first was the open plan kitchen/living space. We are now three months in and I’ve finally made some firm decisions on the decor, including what colour to paint the 1990s oak kitchen cabinets (I think this colour will be perfect to bounce some light around), as well as what shade to use for the surrounding walls (I’m loving this new colour from Farrow & Ball which looks great alongside the cabinet colour choice).

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A 1970s G plan unit brought up to date

When asked, I often describe my interior style preference as Scandi with a bit of vintage mixed in and it’s funny how when you look back at your Pinterest boards, there is inevitably a visual link between your pinned images that defines your style.  If you look at my own Pinterest feed, there’s plenty of old mixed with new, clean lines and varied textures, muted walls with pops of monochrome, a hint of the industrial softened with a vase of flowers or soft wool.  Definite Scandinavian influences there, but with a lived in, vintage vibe, too.

In particular, I’m drawn to a bit of Danish midcentury style and love old pieces brought back up to date.  I have a pair of Ercol carver chairs that are patiently waiting to be transformed with a length of wool fabric, possibly a soft heather grey herringbone weave or navy blue edged with a striking yellow.  I can’t decide which, but their time will come…

It follows then, that when a couple of weeks ago one of my lovely neighbours contacted me to say she thought she had a piece of furniture I’d be interested in, I couldn’t resist popping over for a peek (despite the fact that eldest daughter was imminently heading off to her Spring school concert and we were in the middle of a rather rushed tea – you know that situation when stress levels are kind of high?! – however, some things have to give when it comes to potential new decor finds!!)

For those that know me, I’m never one to turn down a preloved piece of furniture that has every potential to be made loveable once again and this piece was no exception, in fact it was perfect!  When I arrived at my neighbour’s house, I was delighted to discover the piece of furniture she was looking rid of was an authentic G plan teak sideboard/wall unit dating back to the 1970s. I just had to take it!  Needless to say, my other half immediately deemed it ugly and dated, however thanks to my addiction to the aforementioned Pinterest, I had other ideas…

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