Tuesday, 21 February 2017

My Beni Ourain Rug From Sukhi: Design With Social Impact!

Although they’ve been around in the world of interior design for quite some time, the distinctive Beni Ourain Moroccan rugs have recently emerged into the spotlight in the last ten years. A Beni Ourain rug is considered the most prestigious in Morocco and these versatile beauties are the perfect accessory to dress up any floor and accentuate almost any room décor. Soft and plush made from 100% undyed sheep's wool in the traditional criss-cross diamond patterns, the Beni Ourain makes quite the style statement!
All Beni Ourain rugs share a signature style featuring geometric designs or tribal symbols that are meaningful to the weaver. Originally made by the nomadic Beni Ourain tribes living deep in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, these heirloom borderless rugs are still handwoven from natural ivory sheep wool and feature a dark brown almost ebony, diamond pattern woven into the ivory background. Beni Ourain rugs are natural, organic and incredibly soft. The wool used to create these heirloom beauties originate from the Atlas Mountains where an ancient breed of smaller sheep are still bred. These sheep produce the exceptional high quality wool considered among the finest on earth that makes Beni Ourain rugs so luxe and plush, making these ethnographic pieces a precious design commodity. An original artisan crafted Beni Ourain rug starts from $450 and can range upwards of $25,000 for vintage pieces!
Traditionally, these rugs were made by the women in the tribes to shelter them from the cold. They were used as blankets, wraps and bed coverings to keep them warm. Today the popular trend of using these exotic beauties as rugs has taken over the world of mainstream interior design making these free-form patterned rugs almost a staple!I've been coveting the uber gorgeous Beni Ourain rugs for a very long time. In our master bedroom, there is a negative space between the dresser and our bed that was literally screaming out for a rug. When I came across Sukhi, there was no question in my mind, which rug I would love to have in my life. Since I love decorating and blending design styles, vintage with contemporary furniture and accessories, the versatility of a Beni Ourain rug was what I needed to complement and complete the bedroom.Sukhi works directly with the women who create these rugs.Their team of women all highly skilled artisans spend months weaving these traditional masterpieces in their special workshops located deep in heart of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. Since with Sukhi, you can buy handmade rugs directly from the artisans, which means that there is no middleman, no physical stores or warehouses, you can save up to 60%! You can order a rug in any colour combination, size and design to suit your specifications, style, colour palette and interior space. But Sukhi is so much more than just an organisation that sells rugs.Sukhi offers a vast collection of gorgeous, authentic rugs ranging from cut felt rugs, felt ball rugs, stone rugs, patchwork rugs, woolen loop rugs, felted woolen yarn rugs and my personal favourite Beni Ourain rugs in a range of sizes. But it is their ethical practices and social message of empowerment and fair pay that really made them stand out from the crowd for me. They work with talented craftswomen from Nepal, India, Morocco and Turkey to create beautiful handmade and unique works of art. Every artisan is paid fairly, provided with excellent working conditions and are more than just a cog in the process and the impact of their fair trade practices is making a huge difference in the lives of these women. You can see more on the social impact Sukhi makes here. On the Sukhi website, you can see who the maker of your rug is and also have the opportunity to thank them personally for their handcrafted masterpiece. How beautiful is that!I’ve fallen madly in love with my original and exotic Beni Ourain rug. I needed a custom size, and Sukhi was able to make a customised handcrafted rug for me. They truly represent tradition, skill and heritage, not to mention a very high level of personalised service and excellent customer care.For those looking to bring a piece of exotic and authentic Moroccan heritage and history into their homes, there is nothing more beautiful, lush and versatile than these traditional Beni Ourain rugs.

The genesis of the word ‘sukhi’ originates from Sanskrit and means happy. That is exactly how my beautiful, ethically made rug with a clear social message makes me feel... happy... sukhi!
Till next time... check out the gorgeous rugs from Sukhi here. Which one will you get?


This post was created in collaboration with Sukhi. Thanks again to Sukhi for providing me with a picture perfect rug! As always, all design choices, words, thoughts and opinions are all mine and genuine and I only ever work with brands that I love and I think you will too. To follow Sukhi on Instagram, please click here. Thank you so much for supporting the brands that support this blog.

Also a big thank you to the talented Samantha Gloster from Blue Canary Photography, for the wonderful and detailed photos. To see more of Blue Canary Photography on Instagram, please click here.


Monday, 20 February 2017

Free-spirited Ikea PS 2017 Collection with a little Aussie Flair!

Ikea PS 2017 is a fierce collection breaking all the rules!

It's designed for the free thinkers, the serial renters, the freedom lovers, the fiercely independent and the fun chasers. 17 metropolitan designers from all around the world were chosen by Ikea to design this new unconventional collection of furniture, lighting and textiles that includes over 50 products including limited edition items. Foldable indoor armchairs, side tables made from trays that can double up as stools, self watering plant pots and moving boxes that also work as stylish storage options, open up a world of possibilities without the usual rules.

If you don't belong to any of the above mentioned groups, don't be disappointed. There are a few pieces that will look amazing in your home too; like the glass vases, the candle stands at varying heights creating an almost 3D like sculpture, the beautiful throws and the floor or desk lamps that look so retro and fun. And everyone can use one or two of those self watering plant pots!

Available in stores from this February, take a peek at the curated photos below of the new Ikea PS 2017 collection and decide for yourself which piece you need the most! Oh! And did I mention that for the first time ever, two Australian designers, husband-and-wife team Joel and Kate Booy of Studio Truly Truly based in the Netherlands have contributed to this urban collection with a futuristic slant that challenges you to think beyond the usual!
So what do you think? Share with us in the comments below.

Till next time...all I can think is... I need those candlestands!
Images sourced from here

Friday, 17 February 2017

5 Tips To Decorating Your Home Like A Pro!

Decorating your home is not as easy as just lumping furniture, art and textiles together. To create cohesive, livable and beautiful spaces in your home, there are a few principles of design that need to be followed. Here are five of the most important fundamentals of design that will have you decorating like a pro!

Seek Inspiration
Before you start painting the walls, create an inspiration board. Seek inspiration from things you like. Since inspiration has no boundaries, seek so from nature, flora, fauna, art, food, clothes, colours, shoes, textiles, travel, family, friends and anything else that moves you. And then put them together on a moodboard. Creating a moodboard will help to put together your ideas to find colours, styles, and themes that work for you.

Consider the Architecture
Consider the architecture of your home and decorate accordingly. If your home is an old Victorian terrace house, ultra modern furniture will look out of place. If you live in a modern apartment, shabby chic may not be the way to go. Mix old with the new but remember every interior needs to have flow!

Use the Whole Room
A lot of people tend to push all the furniture up against the walls when it comes to furniture placement. Instead of backing all the furniture up against walls, create hubs and nooks and use the whole room. Move away from the walls!

Art It Up
Walls need art, but choose carefully. Here's a great article on how to choose the right art for your home. Art is an integral part of interior design. It is an ingenious way to add colour, depth, interest and panache to any interior. A common mistake that a lot of us make is treat art like an afterthought. Instead of treating artwork as something to fill a blank wall or empty space with, it should be celebrated as the focal point in a room at par with wall colour, furniture and lighting.

Take Your Time
This is the most important tip of them all. There is no need to rush and do all the decorating at once. This is your home and it's not going anywhere. Choose furniture pieces carefully, consider your lifestyle and how you and your family use every room. The best spaces are those that have evolved over time and are a labour of love.

There you have it - 5 fundamental tips to decorating your home like the professionals! Decorating your home is a personal journey and sometimes we tend to second guess ourselves. Hopefully, these tips will help you cover the basics of styling your home. Just remember to take your time and have fun decorating!

Which is your favourite tip? Share with us in the comments below!

Till next time...move the furniture and give your walls some breathing space!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

House Envy: Mish Lilley's Glorious Colourful Abode!

Home to professional cook and food stylist Mish Lilley of Mish Delish, her husband Ben and three beautiful girls, Ruby, Bo and Sunny, this airy four bedroom two storey Victorian era home is the epitome of fun with bright injections of colour and laid back style.

Their home has a vibrant colour palette and plenty of spaces for celebrating with family and entertaining friends. Bold features like that orange sofa, the sunny yellow bathroom subway tiles, black runner on the stairs and graphic wallpaper patterns certainly create enviable interiors, while street art dominates the walls and pops of orange and vintage furniture create a livable yet luxe space!

Take a tour of this glorious home and see for yourself if these unique interiors are making you green with envy!

What an incredible home...I'm literally orange with envy! That moose head....so fun and playful! I want one!

The bold and vibrant pops of colour is so on point without being OTT! And that kitchen ...SWOON!!! Just goes to show that there is no need to be afraid of colour! So do you have house envy too?

Till next time...inject a pop of colour into your home!

P.S. Happy Valentine's Day people!
Images sourced from here.

Tuesday, 7 February 2017

5 Feng Shui Décor Mistakes You Don't Want To Make!

According to Feng Shui experts, the chi or energy of a space and the objects in it, have the ability to influence our life patterns and outcomes. By getting the Feng Shui in our homes right, we are able to create a happy and healthy environment that bring positivity in our lives and homes and help us succeed in our work and personal lives. Feng Shui is easy to incorporate and costs next to nothing to follow. A simple rearrangement of furniture or getting rid of objects that can trap or introduce bad energy are also easy fixes.

We've put together 5 décor faux pas to avoid to get rid of bad Feng Shui to create a positive and happy home.

Cactus or any thorny plants displayed in your home according to Feng Shui attracts negative energy and brings bad luck. Which is such a shame since this décor trend is so popular right now. However, instead of cactus, look at decorating with succulents and ferns indoors to attract positive energy and good vibes.

Old calendars and calendars hung in the wrong place such near the front door of your home can usher in negative vibes and affect health and longevity of the residents according to Feng Shui experts. Move the calendar away from near the front door and get rid of old calendars. If the old calendars have pretty prints that you like, cut them out and frame them and discard the dates.

Any painting or artwork depicting distress can negatively affect personal luck and happiness such as paintings of shipwrecks and boats in tumultuous seas or animals being hunted. Best to avoid buying them or just get rid of them.

Dead Flowers
Useless objects that create clutter are bad Feng Shui and dead or dried flowers is one of them. The concept behind this theory is that once these plants were alive and now they are dead which reflects negativity into your home. However many of us have hung on to a few tokens, such as dried flowers from wedding bouquets or from Mother's Day. If you do wish to keep dried flowers in your home, ensure that you have a special place for them. Dried flowers are al right to decorate with so long they are dust free, cared for and there is a special meaning and positive energy of love and affection attached to it. The minute they start gathering dust and get lost in clutter they lose their special place and it is better to let them go before they become a source of negative energy.

Broken, Damaged or Chipped Objects
Broken, damaged or chipped objects create bad energy in your home so just get rid of them. Many like collecting vintage plates, bottles, crockery and decorating with them, however if there are a couple of chipped ones, it is recommended that they be discarded to avoid negative Chi. 

Following these simple Feng Shui tips, you can avoid creating negative energy in your home and make your home a happy and healthy sanctuary. 

Till next time... create positive chi in your home!