16 May 2012

Red & white vintage style

I must admit it; I've got a home decor crush on Next. So much that I put together a little collage of some of my favourite items from their new collection. I've been thinking, and I think I'm smitten with these decorations because they remind me of my dear old Sweden. (Yes, I am a bit home sick at the moment) The red and white vintage style just screams classic Swedish summer cottage.
Here are some of my favourite items in close-ups:

 Ceramic Love Vase £12

Distressed Willow Heart £20

Rattan Heart Table Lamp £35

Time For Tea Sculpture £10

Vintage Calendar £9

Vintage style Wall Clock £70

13 May 2012

Make the most of your balcony

I used to live in a quite small apartment of 65 square metres, which I loved, but the first year when it came around to spring I got really frustrated. I wanted a proper garden to go out to! Somewhere to sit and feel the warm breeze, and where I could just soak up the sun. The apartment I lived in did have a balcony, but it looked absolutely awful. The only good thing about it was that it was kind of “boxed in”, meaning it had walls on the sides, and a roof – but it was open in the front. It was a big balcony for a small apartment, so obviously I wanted to make the most of it. The floor was made of concrete and it was way too cold to walk on barefoot, so I decided to put down an outdoor carpet. You know, one of those green ones that gives an impression of grass. I bought a few wooden barrel-like plant pots which I planted some green outdoor plants in, I decorated the whole balcony with big stones around the edges, I bought some black little garden furniture (2 chairs and a small round table), and I even invested in a barbeque (an electric one of course, since you’re not allowed to have fires on balconies). 
All of a sudden I had transformed my ugly and cold balcony to a cosy outdoor summer room. If you do have a balcony, make sure to make the most of it. If you’re not a fan of green carpet you can always opt for wooden tiles, which gives an impression of an outdoor conservatory. Plants always make a balcony more homey, and they give a feel of outdoor life. Try it, and you’ll almost feel as if you’re sitting in a garden rather than on a balcony. 
Now, as much as I wish these were photos of my own balcony, they’re not! These are only photos I’ve found to inspire you lot.
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