I Am Back With Some News

I haven’t been blogging for a while at first I was making a “career” in the coffee industry. In the beginning, I was really passionate about my new job and I enjoyed being appreciated and promoted but after a while, there was that voice at the back of my head telling me that this wasn’t what I wanted. When the voice became louder and I was overwhelmed with stress, I decided to quit. The stress triggered several health issues which happened to be an old Lyme disease. I needed time to recover and find the balance again in my life. All these things encourage reflection about what’s important and how I want to live my life.

I believe that everything happens for a reason. I have been working hard to save on a mortgage deposit but when I decided to let go and find another way to have my home I got a decision from the Local Authority that they will rent us a home. We got a beautiful tiny home in the countryside with a spacious garden. Everything is new and fresh, it is warm and sustainable… I couldn’t be happier. The rent is not killing us so I can spend more time with my family and be present… The time of the move has finally come and I had to face the ugly truth: We were hoarders! It didn’t look like in the famous TV show because we rented a large house and we had 2 spare bedrooms we didn’t use. How much clutter and things that “I might need in future” I’ve accumulated? This was a real battle with all the mess for weeks now. I ‘ve donated so much stuff and few sold for nothing but still, we ended with way more than we could fit in our new home. This was the point where I decided to become minimalist and very selective about things that come into my house. I’ve gotten a chance to start over and I will use it wisely.

So let’s decorate 😉

Take care Gosha

Michal’s bedroom 

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The mood board for the kitchen

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Few Snaps from Barcelona

When I started my current job decided to reward myself and spent my first salary on a trip to Barcelona. It was a low-cost holiday. We stayed in Hostal Nilo located in Gothic Quarter.

We arrived in Barcelona at 9 p.m. so we decided to get there by taxi… Our first impression wasn’t great because the driver added extra 10 euros to the fee for bags (!) That basically was the scum as it turned out later. We learn by experience right?

In general, people there seem very distant and cold compared to Ireland. They don’t engage in small talks, don’t reciprocate the smile or thank you for letting them pass or anything like that.

Another thing that I didn’t like was the small portions of food for a fairly high price but we found one place close to our hostel where for 10 Euro we got a very filling meal plus drink and a dessert so we usually went there.

What I really loved there was architecture and many palms everywhere. They really care about the design and have exceptional attention to detail. I enjoyed the guided tour of Park Guell designed by Gaudi.

We also went to Monsterrat. We travelled there by train and then we changed for the cable car. The view from it was amazing. The cable car took us to former monastery located in the mountains. There was also a possibility to go higher by funiculars. They took us to the upper part of a monastery where we could walk to the tiny chapel on the top of the mountain… It was the best place I visited during this trip and the view was breathtaking.

Here you have few pictures I took during this voyage… Definitely, want to go back to Barcelona someday…

We took the funicular to get to the upper part of Monsterrat…

A creative window display on a restaurant called “Ticket”. An interior was pretty amazing too…

Me- Hungry, waiting for food. I was hungry all the time 😉

Casa Batlo by Gaudi.

The Gat located in not a really nice neighbourhood, but we had to see it. It was pretty cool…

This was the most expensive meal we had there and we had to go to eat something after this lunch…

This building is beside the Casa Batlo. I liked the detail on it and the colour combination…

Here as well I liked the colours combined together. There is a beauty in this place even though it wasn’t very representative…

This lighting is amazing… We were just passing by and sneaked in to make a photo 😉

In summary, I was fascinated by Barcelona, especially by Gaudi’s creations. If you would like to see more pictures from that trip and see what’s going on in my life, please follow me on Instagram .

Thanks for reading,

Gosia

How To Add A Boho Chic To Your Interior?

Historical Background

The term Boho is a short form of Bohemian which is defined as a someone who lives and acts freely, disregarding conventional rules, usually an artist or writer. It has its origin in 19th century France where some artists and poets rebelled against an institution controlling the art market- the Salon. This movement died at the beginning of 20th century but influenced later art like surrealism or music like punk rock.

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Bohemian Style

Nowadays Boho chic in fashion and interiors is associated with free spirits like hippies, Gypsies, travellers and artists. This eclectic style has to express individuality and freedom. There is no rules here and you can be very creative decorating in Boho vibe.

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As there’s no rule and the style is as unique as a person utilising the space it is hard to define the style, but there are few characteristic elements of Boho chic. Combining few of them or even all creates Bohemian feeling in the room.

Tropical Plants

They remind us exotic places and travels

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Macrame

This technique uses different knots to produce textiles and decorations. There are tutorials available online that show how to create macrame decor like the pictured below.

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Hobbies

If you play the guitar or any other instrument or paint incorporate your interest in your interior after all Boho chic is associated with art and free expression. This will be a perfect topic for a conversation when someone visit you 😉

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Rug

In this style rugs are welcome even the old fashioned ones, patterned and vibrant- whatever you like.

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Fairy Lights and Lanterns

There’s something magical and artistic about them, they create ambient atmosphere- a perfect background for good music and long night conversations.

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Pattern and Colour

In Bohemian interiors there’s no rules how to mix and match patterns and colours be as creative as you want.

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Lace

This decorative and romantic element is used commonly in Bohemian style interiors.

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Succulents and cacti

They don’t need too much care and will survive without watering even if you travel a lot.

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Dream catchers

They are supposed to protect us from nightmares and are characteristic for Boho chic.

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I hope that this article was helpful and inspired you to add a bit of Boho to your beautiful houses…Writing this post made me think of buying a camper and travel around the World… Maybe, at least, I will learn to play the guitar?

Thanks for reading,

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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    A quick 3D model of a living room made in Google SketchUp Make

     

  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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Picture: Pinterest.com

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