How to Have Conscious Christmas?

It’s not a secret that I don’t like Christmas maybe, because nowadays it is oriented on buying… People buy a lot of cheap, plastic crap and all that ends up being dumped at the end of the season. Every year Christmas stock is displayed earlier and earlier and it ruins the festive spirit. However, I still celebrate a little with my family and decorate home and buy some presents and pack them.

I would like to show you that there are alternative ways to decorate your home and pack the presents in this festive season.

  1. Natural Wreaths. This year I made a wreath myself from pine cones. It took me a while but it was worth the effort (you can check it on my Instagram account). If you don’t have the time or will to do them yourself there is plenty to choose from on your local market. They can be composted so they don’t end up floating in the Ocean.

2. Repurpose and use what you already have the only limit is your imagination. You can change the look of your last year’s Christmas decoration like on the picture below. I also like the idea of using books as a Christmas tree.

3. Use natural materials like cones, nuts pine branches. They add texture to your Christmas table, look good and stylish without spending money.

4. Bake your decorations. Why not make the little gingerbread with your kids? Your house will smell amazing, children will have great memories… and they look gorgeous too. The Internet is full of recipes on how to make them so it is really easy these days.

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5. Pack your presents wisely. Wrapping paper is not recyclable so better to avoid buying it. You can still pack the presents using brown paper, newspapers or some leftover fabric.

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6. Potted Christmas tree. When I was a child we had few times a small pine trees in pots. After Christmas, we then planted them in the garden and they actually grew big (well then someone cut them and stole before Chrismas but that’s not the point here). I think it is a really sustainable way to have a Merry Chrismas in style.

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That was my few ideas on how to spend this festive time of the year more consciously. I hope you will have a really nice time with your family and friends without unnecessary pressure.

Merry Christmass Everyone! And thanks for reading my post,

Gosha

 

 

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My Top 5 Plants That Improve The Air Quality

In one of my previous posts, I wrote about the greenery trend which is evident in interiors this year. Placing plants in your living room not only adds more interest and texture to it but can also significantly improve the air quality.

In 1989 NASA was trying to find the cost-effective solution for the “sick building syndrome” which became a problem along with new energy-efficient buildings. Few of the symptoms of the syndrome were headaches, dizziness, nausea, eye and respiratory system irritations, skin problems and many more. They discovered that stagnant indoor air allows pollutants to build up and cause serious health issues. Adding plants to the rooms was one of the solutions for the problem and can be introduced in any interior, not only in spaceships.

In this post, I will give you my top 5 plants to use around the house that are relatively easy to maintain and hard to kill.

  • Spider plant– is very easy to grow and is a powerful filter that removes formaldehyde and xylene from the air. It likes bright and indirect light and requires watering 2-3 times a week depending on the season and humidity. spider plant.jpg
  • Dracaena– comes in more than 40 different kinds so it will be easy to find the perfect one for your room however if you have cat or dog you may reconsider buying it as it is toxic for them. It is able to remove benzene, formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from the air.dracena.jpg
  • Peace lily– prefers shady areas, in summer it produces white flowers that may contribute some pollen to the environment. Refrain from having too many of them around the room or place them outside in summer. This rather small plant can remove ammonia, benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene from the air. It likes moist soil. Avoid overwatering your peace lily though because it will die.peace lily.jpg
  • English Ivy– this very expansive plant is not recommended to use in your garden as it will take over it very fast but used indoors can purify your air from benzene, formaldehyde, xylene and toluene. Some studies have shown that it has the ability to remove also the mould spores. This plant loves well-draining soil, plenty of watering and direct sunlight (it will grow in the shadow as well).ivy
  • Snake plant– commonly called Mother-in-Law’s Tongue is one of the easiest to grow. Water it occasionally, it prefers drier conditions and not too much sun. It removes formaldehyde, trichloroethylene and xylene from around the house.snake plant1.jpg

Adding these five plants to your design can significantly improve your well being through cleaner air but this won’t solve your problem with pollutants in 100 %. You may consider improving air circulation around the house through a better ventilation system, opening windows to let the fresh air or buying the air purifier. Better choices as it comes to the furnishings, cleaning products and even reducing plastic can benefit your general health as well because they emit harmful gases to the atmosphere. Take care of yourself by taking care of your home and environment.

Thank you for reading,

Gosha

How To Decorate Easter Table?

This year I completely disregarded the Easter and am totally unprepared. Since I work in a coffee shop as a Barista (haven’t I told you that?) it may turn out that I will be working these days but as a designer, I was looking for some ideas for decorating the table for holidays. I gathered few inspirations for you that I find interesting and are a bit different from commonly used.

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Whether you plan a dinner for 20 people or just meet some friends, I am sure you can find something for yourself among this inspirations and be creative with what you have already. Mix and match items, add few Easter themed items or tulips, daffodils or branches with young leaves to create this festive feeling.

Thanks for checking this post,

Gosha

Texture In Interiors- Why Is It Important?

A texture is associated with the sense of touch. The Cambridge Dictionary defines it as “the quality that can be decided by touch: the degree to which something is rough or smooth” but by looking on something we can estimate the feeling of a material. The picture below shows four different textures and looking at them we can imagine how they feel without touching them. For example if we touch the blanket or the cat it will be nice and soft and the jute carpet will be rather rough, the wood- hard etc.

Texture is important element in interior design and without it the room often feels flat, cold and incomplete. Smooth and sleek textures- like metal, marble, glass are associated with luxury and rough and soft textures create cosy and homey feeling. It is necessary to add a bit of texture in interior but balance is important as too much of texture can be overwhelming and create the sense of mess and clutter.

The easiest way to introduce texture to your room is to use different fabrics like linen, faux fur pillows, high pile rugs or knitted throws.

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Different fabrics are perfect for adding texture.

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Without these cushions the room would feel cold and unwelcoming.

Another material that interior designers love to use is wood or wood-like materials. The wood warms up the space and and is always in trend.

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Neutral interiors would be dull without introducing different textures.

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Plants are perfect texture as well they add an instant update to the room. Being around greenery is good for our mood and health.

Without plants these rooms would feel cold and incomplete.

Throw some books around to add  texture instantly- plus you will appear smarter if someone visits you 🙂

When you are on the stage of designing it’s worth to consider architectural elements like moldings, columns and tiles in terms of texture.

 

I love texture in interiors and I always introduce it in my designs to create interesting rooms. I hope this post gave you a lot of ideas how you can make your beautiful rooms even more interesting by bringing in different textures.

Thank you for reading,

Gosha

How To Mix And Match Patterns For Beginners

If you’re fed up with boring plain block of colours and want to add a visual interest to your room, introducing pattern can be a good idea. Today I will give you few tips how to start.

Choose the colour palette first. Decide which colours you like and check if they go well together. Weather it be warm or cool colours, complementary or harmonious scheme. Now you can proceed to mix and match patterns.

Pick one colour that ties everything together. On the picture below we can see that mustard yellow ties two unrelated patterns in cohesive look.

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Photo credit: Ikea 

The image below shows beautiful tiles pattern which is only highlighted by small dots on the emerald green vases.

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Black and white pattern is perfect solution if you have other colours in the room it can be stylish and interesting update to any interior.

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Photo credit: Ikea

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One bold print as an accent wall gives this room a focal point. It is interesting element itself but could be paired with a smaller pattern with the same theme colour.

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Your personal style is the most important as it comes to decorating your home so I encourage you to experiment ant play around. Breaking the rules can have unexpected effect like on the picture below.

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I hope this post inspired you to do some changes in your houses. Introducing pattern gives an interest to your favourite rooms and will stimulate your brains which can lead to many more creative ideas …

Finally I want to share with you some mind blowing example how a German artist Lars Contzen combines bold colours with patterns in his work (click).

Thank you for reading,

Gosha

Free Online Resources For Interior Design

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When you’re designing your room you don’t necessarily want to spend money on a design software. Not everyone has a natural flair for interiors or trained eye for design, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot compose an appealing colour scheme or plan your space. There are free websites and softwares that can help you in doing this. In today’s post I will share the ones I was using or still use in my interior design projects.

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Monochrome interior mood board  created on Polyvore

  1. Polyvore is a website there you can create a mood boards for virtually anything: your outfit or your interior. It is an online platform where you can buy the stuff your used in the project, but you don’t necessarily have to and you can save your board or share on social media. I used to compose the boards on Polyvore for my college projects ,before I knew the design software.
  2. Room Planner by Pottery Barn is an online software where you create your floor plan. Put your room dimensions and use their ready-made blocks of furniture to plan your space. At the end you also get the full list with dimensions of furniture you used.
  3. Google SketchUp is a 3D modelling software to download to your computer (SketchUp Make version is free). It is quite simple to use and you can model your room in 3D which is very handy if you don’t have the ability to imagine how your space will look like. 3D Warehouse feature allows you to download already modelled furniture to your project. 
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  4.  Pinterest is an online source of inspiration where you create your boards and collect pictures there. You can simply create a board for your room and pin the images of inspiration there. It is really handy to define your style and to keep ideas for later. I have to warn you that it is very addictive though and can be a huge time waster as well 😉
  5.  BBC Design Rules on YouTube- I recommend to watch the whole series of 6 episodes if you’re at the beginning of your journey with decorating a home. It’s necessary to know the rules first to break them like a pro 😉
  6. Adobe Color CC will create a colour scheme for you wether it is analogous, triadic or complementary. Choose the colour from the wheel and choose the option in the dropdown menu. If you download an inspiration photo Adobe Color CC will pick the colours and create the colour scheme for you.

These six free design tools will help you to decorate beautiful rooms and create cohesive design, but that doesn’t mean that you will become an Interior Designer only with them… Designing for yourself is completely different than designing for others and there’s many restrictions and rules like building regulations, ergonomics or health and safety principles that have to be considered. Always consult projects that involve construction work with a professional.

Thanks for reading my post,

Gosha

Interior Design Trends For 2018. Part I

If minimalism and all white interiors are not your thing, or if you struggling to keep your house tidy and perfect, I have a good news for you. The 2018 trends in interiors forecast came to save you. In this post I will present few of them that I find interesting.

Imperfection or WABI-SABI trend is embracing flaws and accepts that the house is not a museum. This traditional Japanese aesthetics includes asymmetry, roughness, simplicity and modesty. Think of organic shaped porcelain, mismatched, creased linen pillowcases, uneven wood grain furniture or burn marks on chopping boards… There’s so many ways to incorporate this trend effortlessly.

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 Nowadays most of us live in a rush and we are surrounded by the technology but we still have a need to be closer to nature. Greenery trend respond to this need. It can be incorporated by placing live plants in the room. Green wall or few plants around the room, hanging baskets or stands on different levels will transform the interior completely, is inexpensive and you can never go wrong with it. this trend doesn’t have to be taken so literally, you can always use some printed accessories or artwork around the house.

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Photo by Judah Guttmann on Unsplash

Millennial Pink is another big thing in 2018. This colour can be overwhelming so it’s better to use it in accessories as an accents. It looks very good when mixed with berry. You can add some texture like fake fur or fringes to give it more personalised look.

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Tonal reds- this trend is apparent in fashion from which interior design often takes inspiration. Trend forecasters predict that this will be reflected in interiors in 2018. Combine different tones of red: coral, tangerine, wine. This is definitely energising combination.

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I find the greenery trend particularly interesting it brings fresh and cosy atmosphere to any interior and I like to be surrounded by nature. Also Wabi-Sabi aesthetics appeals to me because house is for living not for show. I wonder which of the predicted trends do you like. Please leave me some comments below and follow my blog if you want to know more trends for forthcoming year.

Thank you for reading,

Gosha