Four Beautiful Modern Kitchens

In North America holiday season is fast upon us, and many of us are thinking about our cooking and entertaining spaces. Some of us are even renovating before the season really gets into full swing!! Now, while we all love the perennial appeal of a white crisp kitchen whether traditional or nordic style, there is so much to think about when it comes to choosing a space with depth, character and layered hues. We hope you enjoy our gallery of sophisticated kitchens distinguished by elegant combinations of natural materials and mid century modernist classicism.

Stunning Kitchen #1: A Historic Space with Contemporary Flair

 

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This grand space takes historic architecture and marries it with the most au courant of kitchen style, Archetipo 10, courtesy of L’Ottocento.

 

Stunning Kitchen #2: Depth in Color -A Contemporary Aesthetic

 

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A gorgeously romantic and modern space with sable colored stone counters and dark wood cabinetry complemented with original BTC Cosmo Pendants, such a stunning picture of contemporary style and taste. Courtesy of BTC. 

 

Contemporary Kitchen #3: Go Black with Luxurious Texture

 

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This stunner of a space takes Nero Venato tile in the most beautiful of grays and mixes it up with gorgeously veined stone, offset with noir countertops and dramatic lighting. Courtesy of Original Style. 

 

Modern Kitchen #4 -Pared Down Modernism

 

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If using your kitchen table for parties and or a working and family space is a definite, then the choice of a farmhouse table is clear. But the rustic look is beautifully made unique and stylish with modernist lighting fixtures such as these BTC Fin Pendant lights, adding style and ambient lighting. Courtesy of BTC Original.

 

 

Extraordinary Walls by MOKO

 

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Today, innovative wall covering newcomer MOKO Interior produces 3D wall coverings made of real wooden veneers of 5 layers, all gorgeously designed and produced in Hungary. The creations are like sculpture and create stunning atmosphere and presence. The size of the panels alone are astounding  — one standard piece is 94 x 94 centimeters and as such the walls are architectural elements in of themselves, and the company often will design features for a custom space as well, a boon to designers. In fact, their panels inspired Marcel Wanders to design a new motif for MOKO -to debut very soon.

 

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The designs are not composed of solid wood but rather thin wooden layers, and one panel weighs only 10 kg, so they are easy to install and transport. As well inside the panel there is an empty space which can be filled with sound absorbent materials to create an acoustic version of each motif.

 

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It’s such a pleasure to be able to interview the people behind these amazing inventions…..

Can you tell us about the inspiration behind the creation of the company? What drove you to create the product?

We always had the idea in the back of our minds -the desire to see if we could create  bent 3D wall panels. At first, it seemed impossible to “force” the wood to this shape.

How long did it take to develop these wall panels?

It took us one and a half year to develop it and to push the boundaries of the material.

Can you share more about your staff and creative team?

We have a team of 50 people based in Hungary, including designers, production team and sales department. Zsolt Karajz is the lead designer, who invented the motifs of MOKO. The production team is led by Zsolt Szabó, wood expert. We have a showroom in the city centre of Budapest with 8 wall surfaces showing different MOKO solutions and a professional sales team led by Krisztián Szetei, managing director.

Where are the materials made?

We only use the best quality wood originated from forests planted for production purposes. Most of the veneers we use are custom made for us. Our team is committed to environmentally sustainable solutions. We work with FSC certified wood veneers only and make sure that the adhesives and surface treatments used are eco-friendly also.

 

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What is the process of manufacture and handicraft?

MOKO Interior deals with the design and manufacturing of mainly handcrafted multilayer structured wooden wall coverings. On the one hand the curved shapes and the visible surface treatments (grinding, polishing, staining and oil layers) require the highest handicraft that cannot be replaced by any machinery. The real value of the MOKO panels lays in the bare-handed craftsmanship. We intend to create the highest quality products, excluding mass production in the classic sense.

On the other hand, for some parts of the production process (molds of the patterns, bending the veneers, drying the surfaces) we only use high-tech computer-controlled machines for quality assurance.

What are the challenges of working with wood? We all know the story of making bendable malleable plastics to create organic sculptural furniture, such as the tale of invention for mid century modernist furniture like the Eames….

Bending an inflexible material was a big challenge, because the wooden veneers break very easily so we had to develop a special production technique to create the standard collection. The curved shapes we design require the highest handicraft and a long process of experimentation.

 

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As an extreme result we managed to manufacture the Volga Corner which is special because the panel itself is also bent and follows the shape of the corner.

A bit about the craftspeople who make the wall coverings?

MOKO Interior started as a family business, in some way everyone was connected to wood. The people working in the production have a special perspective and sense for creating wooden surfaces.

What are some of your most interesting and challenging projects?

We realized a project in San Francisco last year, in Dolores Park, where the client requested a completely customized solution, inserting a staircase between the panels.

 

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Other exciting projects?

At the moment we are working on two challenging projects, one is based in Canada and the designer is planning to put MOKO panels around an artificial fireplace.

The other project is located in Dubai. We produced a bespoke sized panel with a new motif designed by Zaha Hadid Architects for the lobby and the corridors of the Opus Hotel. The realization of this project is scheduled for the end of this year.

 

Learn more about the vision of MOKO. 

 

 

The Color of Ink -New Decor Trend

A new decor trend that has an enduring classicism – black and the deepest of charcoal greys, we might even count the inky blues in this category. Whatever the hue, dark moody colors decorate walls, fireplaces and even furnishings. You can select one area in your living room to create depth and elegance, and a bold swash of serious grown up beauty or you can go full in with a nigh sky wall…Enjoy our gallery of exceptional decorating ideas using these deep shades…

 

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This room makes me so happy, the herringbone wood floors, amazing lacquer like black details, and white woodwork. A traditional space that becomes contemporary and yet maintains a profound respect for the beauty of traditional handicraft and home building. Stunning use of black…

 

 

 

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Delightfully luxurious greys and green are perfection.. from South Hill Home, Toronto

 

 

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A view of Lotta Agaton’s amazing home..the luxuriousness of grey…..

 

 

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A beautiful black infused bedroom that combines opulence with simplicity….from DelightFULL

 

Natural Modernism -An Interview with the Australian Designer Kate Walker

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Kate Walker is an Australian designer who takes her cue from the vibrant and elemental colors, forms, and patterns of the natural world. Her commitment to well made materials and a lovingly designed space means that every project is just stand out gorgeous. Through a process of curated selections of unusual textures and fine hard surface materials, Kate beautifully combines historic detail with contemporary design to make livable and bright spaces.

It was super fun to interview Kate and learn about her process and dedication to craft and well made things the home. Enjoy Kate’s story, the beautiful pictures of her various projects, and learn about her very special approach.

 

 

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You grew up in a family that lived, worked and breathed design and artistry. Tell me about some of your favourite memories of this special upbringing. 

My mum created an amazing home. With seven children, home was always really busy.  We lived in very old 1900s Victorian house. It was a big original Homestead in Geelong called Chesterfield. So whilst my brother was climbing the Norfolk Pines at the front of our property, and mum was busy trying to make sure he didn’t fall and kill himself, she would leave my sisters and I alone. We would redesign our whole bedroom, and it would take us all day.  We’d move our antique iron beds, change doona covers, swap furniture around and hang things on the walls.  Sometimes the layouts worked and sometimes they didn’t but mum just let us do it. I think she enjoyed the quiet.

So she’s still one of your main inspirations? 

The pieces my mum has in her home all remind me of my childhood.  There’s such a difference between a house and a home, and that’s what mum gets. Inspiration came from my mum and our family. What she did enable us to do was to put looks together, often on a shoestring. As little kids we would be given jobs to keep the house tidy, but anyone could walk into our house at any time and it would always look beautiful. And I have kept that tradition in my own home.

In the 1980s when three colored cornicing was in, mum would have painted them green, pink and blue and then she would decide it wasn’t quite right and we’d come home and she would have changed it to shades of pink or shades of blue.

Even if mum didn’t have a lot of money to spend, she would spend what she could on making our home beautiful. Her house was on the cover of House and Garden years ago when stenciling was in.

 

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And she was one of the first people I knew to use the color blue in her interiors. Blue is my favorite interiors color now too.  I don’t know how she did it with so many kids but she always kept an amazingly beautiful home.  We were always told to go and play outside, so I developed a love for our garden.

 

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Do you have a favorite historic designer or architect? 

The Australian architect Marcus Martin without a doubt, 1930s architecture. His windows, his proportions, his staircases, and the entry ways. Really, Marcus Martin for me is heaven, so it’s no surprise that I bought a 1930s home.

 

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Let’s talk texture, great contemporary design often has a way of combining unexpected textures, and many of your projects exhibit this sensibility, there is such care and precision in the pairings. Tell me a bit about this process, how it’s determined by the design vision, the client and some of your inspirations? 

A lot of people are afraid to use color, so texture is a great way to bring interest into a beige color scheme.  We’ll often use tonal colors to create a lot of interest and depth.  I have become very adept at using texture because clients haven’t been adventurous.

I will always encourage clients to use natural materials where possible, because natural materials don’t date. Anything natural adds charm which modern finishes just don’t have.

 

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You can’t really clash natural materials. You can put a beige travertine with a grey Carrara and it works. Mother Nature just works. On my Instagram feed you’ll find lots of landscapes and seascapes because I see so much beauty in nature. It might be a photo of lichen on a granite rock, with greys next to the electric green and I’ll be inspired to use grey and green as a colour palette.  Browns, greys and greens work so well together.

 

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The Wright Project – this historic front with a modern back exterior is such a gem, I love the entire house, and wondered why we are seeing this kind of “renovation” more and more. It’s wonderful and reminds me so much of the best of the classic American mid-century homes, those who look out to greenery from the rear of the house. I grieve the demolition of these houses here, and celebrate the way this tradition is expanded in places like your Wright Project. 

In Australia there are lots of regulations to maintain the heritage of properties, but heritage doesn’t come with livability.  Today we need open plan living, and we need light.  Many of the old houses have small windows because there was no cooling or heating, so windows were kept small to minimise the loss of heat or keep in the cool.  Houses were generally dark and they weren’t designed for orientation, whereas today we always try to orient toward the north to make the most of natural light and get the best solar ratings.

 

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As a result we are seeing a juxtaposition of historical meeting modern to pay homage to the property’s origins whilst maximizing livability.  Residential land sizes in the city are so small that the best way to bring the outside in is by building a glass block on the back.

Whether I agree with such a stark juxtaposition or not, my job is to blend the old and the new internally by creating a seamless flow.  It may be having the same flooring throughout or connecting the look by using modern brass fittings in the extension to reflect the old brass fittings in the original house. Trying to use as many natural materials as possible is important to pay homage to the building’s origins, be it using old bluestone or reclaimed timber flooring or Shaker style kitchen doors to make it more traditional.  I am always advising clients to keep the historical elements of their home.

 

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Mathoura, absolutely gorgeous -tell me more about this palatial looking building! 

Mathoura holds a special place in my heart because my family actually lived in the classic Victorian house that was originally on that land.  We moved out and the property was sold to a developer (Kokoda Property Group who I have worked a lot with over the years) who built these amazing apartments.

They engaged Stuart Rattle to do the interiors.  He is a very well-known interior designer who was tragically murdered shortly after completing the build so it was a privilege for me to work with him on one of his last projects.  He did all of the internal finishes and it was my job to source the incredible natural stone which we imported from Turkey specifically for this project for all the bathrooms. And we sourced the bluestone for the paving.  I felt honored to be able to work with such an incredibly talented designer.

Favorite project? 

My favorite project changes all the time.  My current is an incredible, eclectic property where the brief is ‘Regency on Safari.’  The property is in Brighton (Melbourne) and is owned by a South African family.  The owner is an artist and she is amazing, and  so enthusiastic about using color and texture.  I’ve never had a client who is so excited about all the different elements we have featured in the design. We have a peacock-blue kitchen with chartreuse velvet banquette seating and animal print wallpaper with black and white marble flooring.

There’s multi-green scalloped handmade wall tiles and wallpaper with mountain-scapes by Pierre Frey.  And we’re also featuring Cole & Son wallpapers.  We’re using the most incredible quartzite bench tops which will be backlit. We have Scandinavian timbers and brass grills in the kitchen and a handmade brass and stainless steel range hood with Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances. There’s fluted glass in the bathrooms with slab marble and brass taps. The timber flooring is representative of zebra skin. For the outdoor loggia she has allowed us to use stone we are importing from Egypt. We’re doing cobblestones. Every single thing that I love in design is going into this home.

 

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Learn more about the wonderful vision of this Australian designer, special hard finish products and beautiful spaces by Kate Walker Design on her website or via Facebook | Instagram 

6 Great Summer Outdoor Living Ideas

 

 Getting ready for summer and want to maximize your outdoor space, lounge appeal and style? Enjoy our curated selections of beautiful high design pieces for your deck, porch, seaside abode and backyard gatherings.

 

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A place of total perfection, love the different seating areas, clean yet warm and welcoming style. Beautifully conceived by Adam Christopher Design, UK, the artist’s site is absolutely worth checking out, the combination of sculpture, and industrial design is visually gorgeous! We love all of the designer’s concrete planters because they represent a contemporary expression of the tradition of true artistry in furniture and decorative arts.

 

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Adam Christopher’s Femkant Garden Planter, Corten Steel Effect

 

 

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1. A Required Investment -An Elegant Outdoor Dining Table for Parties

Goodbye old-fashioned splintery picnic tables, eating outside is natural luxury. We love adjustable tables, high quality and durable materials. Ease of storage is always a plus.

 

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Nardi_Rio Air Lunch Table

 

The Nardi Open Air Lunch Table  is gorgeous…..and incrediably practical it can adjusted for size and stored easily but is also made of a super durable material, and if you have a beach house you know this is super important!

 

 

2. Add Gorgeous Outdoor Chairs + Sofas

 

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Minotti Modular Outdoor Fabric Sofa and Vincent Sheppard Leo Dining Chair, Lagoon

 

High Design is not only for your indoor dining room, chose something sturdy, durable and well designed.

This is definitely an investment worth making, however as a veteran beachside resident, I say put it away in the winter or during very intense storms. Also tie down your furniture during hurricane season!

 

3. Your Easy Outdoor Living Style Upgrade – Add a Bench

 

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No longer the stuff of public parks lovely benches are a perfect way to modernize your outdoor space, and provide extra easily converted seating. This fretwork embellished is actually a DIY project via HGTV.

 

 

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Elegant Retro Rattan Bench by PIB

 

4. Embellish with Beautiful Outdoor Modern Textiles

 

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We love the chilly nights by the sea, and think that Lenz & Leif has it right their color block style in merino wool, perfect for those who want to be cozy but love that modern look.

You don’t have to go designer or high-end for good-looking textiles, it’s pretty easy to make your own, you can try Spoonflower for fabulous fabrics, and the inserts are readily available at craft stores.

I am going to teach you how on the next blog!!!!

 

 

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5. Try a Contemporary Hammock

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This is a little different from the rope hammock of my childhood…it’s basically a bed to watch stars from –check out the new Taj Hammock by Lujo Living as it seems just perfect for beachside living, I can totally imagine this on our upper deck, it gets windy every evening and this is a great way to look at the night sky! The stand is Kwila hardwood and aluminum, so it’s sturdy but beautiful. Made in New Zealand, it actually ships free!

 

 

6. You NEED an Outdoor Bed

 

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Canopy Daybed from Nest, Fabrics from The Natural Curtain Company + the Camas Balinesas de diseño Daybed Vela

 

Amazing, this is the last frontier of my wish list ……how luxury…now the mosquitos definitely would have eaten us alive at my grandparents’ lake house but this is perfect for beach ocean side living….There is not an ounce of doubt that I need either of these absolutely immediately…..

 

 

 

Pillow via Las Cositas de Beach, Anabelle James Enamel Tray, Vitra Vegetal Chairs, Nest UK and a concrete Bon Planter.

Inspired by Spring -Easy Decor Upgrades

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Good morning beautiful…a few gorgeous finds to inspire your spring or easter time decor, with a modern touch, bright spring colors and sense of fun and play! Enjoy these tips + ideas for trending decor ideas! Easy upgrades to add new life to your space…

 

1.Minimalist Beauty -Neutrals and Floral Accents

 

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Image courtesy of Pixers, add a floral covering to plain black, and the gorgeous fun of a Pixer’s mural or go with that classic white we all know and love. 

 

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Rachel Ashwell Lloyd Chair

 

 

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Lovely muted tones, washed texture and minimalist decor with the cheer of spring. Pink washed linen bedding by Linen Tales on DaWanda.com

 

 

2. Amazing Wall Murals + Brights for Spring Time Joy all Year Long!

 

 

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Pixers definately is the winner here with their inspired designs and eclectic interior ideas that combine folk art inspiration, Scandinavian beauty + practicality and unique art murals. We also love the handmade precision and prettiness of the Casetta Living Line.

 

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Casetta Living, Table + Messy Posey Tablecloth

 

 

3. Vintage Style Details + Toys for Play or Decor

 

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Lewis the Hare, Image courtesy of Mira Mira

 

 

 

4. Handmade Inspired Touches

 

Whether it’s just a sweet vintage look with white wash, or handmade items, this is a sure way to go to add eclectic beauty to your interior.

 

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Sweet springtime sky blue colors…Light blue napkins Linen Home Shop on DaWanda.com

 

 

 

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Somerset by Rachel Ashwell

 

 

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Rebu Pink Ombre Fruit Bowl from Amara Home

 

 

 

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5 Easy Stylish Upgrade Ideas for Your Spring Decor

1. New Legs with Pretty Pegs

Add an easy upgrade with Pretty Pegs -Furniture Legs and Parts  — a Swedish company that makes beautifully designed table legs that make your renovation splendid whether it’s refinishing an old table, adding style to an Ikea piece or making that change from boring to stylish. Contemporary and streamlined  –these are gorgeous….

 

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2. Circu’s Fairytale  Decorative + Furniture Superstars 

 

Something special from Circu Magical Furniture? Looking at their curated selection makes me feel like I am a child in a grown up body –as if  I accidentally time traveled. Amazing stuff, from teepee bedrooms to air balloon sofas, and cloud lamps,  so many things that make you feel like you are in a dream. Delicious!

 

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3. Beautiful Home Decorative Accessories by Bermuda Living

Not ready to commit to a huge hot air balloon bed? Go simple with throw pillows. Loving these gorgeous things from Bermuda Living lately!

 

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So pretty and modern. More to come from LA based designer Meike Legler. All images courtesy of Meike + Bermuda Living. 

 

 

4. Wallsauce’s Murals

Undisputedly my favorite is the series by London-based illustrator and textile pattern designer, Gabriela Larios…she is a return to artisan wallpapers in a way…love the mix of traditional folk art via El Salvador and the contemporary touch! If you are looking for art the company Wallsauce has a wide selection, having teamed up with Bridgeman Art Library for some stunning selections.  Customized and delivered to your home as well.

 

 

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Images courtesy of Wallsauce.

 

5. Linen Sheets from Lithuania

Handmade beautiful cool and anti-allergen sheets…so lovely…my favorites come from Linen Tales

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Get Cozy -Winter Interior Decor Tips

 

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Looking at any of lifestyle photographer Gilian Stevens’ work you get the sense that cozy and warm is more than plaid and old rugs. Write down these ideas!

Think beyond the 1980s-90’s home decor look! Go north and warm it up with a reading nook, charming tea or coffee set, sheepskin, wall hanging, plush faux fur and cable knit throws. Enjoy your indoor time with beautiful tableware and beautiful throw pillows.

 

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Via Alchemy Fine Home, from their beautifully curated and hand selected Celebration Collections.

 

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Via Bo Bodre by Kahler Design

 

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Wood burning stoves are simply amazing, they save money and create heat and are beyond warm and cozy!!! Whites and grays add depth to the space in this lovely room.

 

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Get warmed up and read indoors, Photo by Gilian Stevens, Via Blissful B Blog Well..these looks like toasty bliss, cable knit blankets lined with faux fur, adorable! Via RH Baby and Child -their kids and baby selection has a lot of gorgeous stuff that can be used easily for adult decor -and they have amazing sales!

 

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More wood burning sweetness, and a sheepskin throw -remember minimalism and modern can be warm! Indoor time in winter is about returning to your home, and making it welcoming, warm and stylish. After a long hike, skiing or snow man building, host a small get together or just cuddle up for quiet time solo or with your family…

 

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How to Clean Naturally -DIY

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Toxic cleaners can make you sick. I like things clean, but I do not like being exposed to chemicals or listen to my kids coughing to the tune of a bottle of harsh cleaning supplies. I have become more and more aware because when I changed my children’s laundry detergent from commercial to organic non toxic handmade powdered laundry detergent  (via Etsy) my asthmatic toddler stopped coughing at night. In fact she improved massively.

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Okay so maybe just maybe your home won’t turn into a place designed by Nicole Davis, but it’s pretty gorgeous no? Plus who doesn’t like a little internet house eye candy? So talented!

 

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We never use liquid detergent, fabric softener or dryer sheets, all of which can leave a coat of chemicals on the fabric and make your respiratory system irritated. Many have mentioned they love the smell of clean laundry. Add a drop of lavender or other oil to your full wash basin to make your laundry smell fresh (we like lemon, clementine, mint, patchouli).

 

Use dryer sachets or wool dryer balls, these are so easy to make, buy old cotton fabric quarter remnant, add dried lavender and tightly sew up! If you need just rejuvenate with lavender oil.

 

 

 

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How to Make Natural Cleaners

All Purpose

  1. Glass bottle
  2. 1/2 cup of water
  3. 2 tablespoons of castile soap
  4. 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  5. Thieves oil, or tea tree oil 5 drops
  6. Lemon oil 3 drops

 

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Bathroom Cleaner

  1. Glass spray bottle
  2. 1 1/2 tbsp baking soda
  3. 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  4. 1 1/2 cups water
  5. 2 tablespoons liquid castile soap
  6. 5 drops of tea-tree oil, and 5 drops lemon oil, orange or mint oil

 

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Granite or Stone Countertop

  1. Glass spray bottle
  2. 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
  3. 2 cups water
  4. 1 tablesoon castile soap
  5. Essential oil drops (about 6-8) try orange or lavender

 

 

 

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Christy at 11 Magnolia Lane has made it simple for all of us with her pretty, and easy DIY cleaner labels with the actual ingredients on the label!!!

 

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Via 11 Magnolia Lane