Sunday, 31 March 2013

STARBURST INTO THE UNKNOWN

I have a new obsession - the starburst mirror.


I need-want-must have one for my new home. Do you think I can find anywhere in Australia? No. I have found so many online but they are all on US online stores and do not ship here. I even found a gorgeous little one at Home Depot for only $34.97!!! Yes under $50, unheard of here - you Americans are so lucky when it comes to variety, choice and price! I am green with envy right now. 

I could buy one, when I am over there but I'm not sure it will fit in my suitcase, but where there is a will there is possibly a way?

Here's some varieties of the starburst or sunburst mirrors. I'm not even that fussy, I'll take any of them!

GREG NATALE DESIGNS
VIA PINTEREST
VIA HOUZZ
VIA SLICES OF BEAUTY
GREG NATALE DESIGNS
VIA SARAH BARKSDALE DESIGN
VIA O.CANADA
VIA OPAL DESIGN GROUP
VIA SARAH BARKSDALE DESIGN 
VIA SAVVIMA
Seriously, can anyone tell me of place that I may find one of these gorgeous mirrors? Either in NSW or Australia. Otherwise my suitcase is going to have some serious excess baggage charges! 

I am desperate for one to give my living room the star power I am envisioning for my perfect dream home.


xoVR

Saturday, 30 March 2013

BEAUTIFUL LIVING BEGINS AT LA MAISON

La Maison is one of my favourite stores and they have just launched their beautiful new website.

If you love beautiful classic interiors, you'll find a huge selection of inspiring french style interiors and products. 




I can vouch that La Maison's quality is excellent and their products are simply beautiful - I have so many of them in my home! I can also order any of the items you see through my company Beaumont Interiors so feel free to send me an email if you have any questions or see something you love. You can browse and shop online HERE

Here's a few gorgeous and inspiring images from their Pinterest page.





So many ideas and styles to chose from but one thing is certain, if you love beautiful living you'll love La Maison.


xo VR


Friday, 29 March 2013

EASTER DECORATING INSPIRATION

I'm off to Melbourne today to spend Easter weekend with my family. DRM will be heading up to Sydney to spend Easter with his family.

I guess that happens in relationships sometimes, doesn't it? You have to spend holidays apart or you have to compromise. I figured, I was away in Ireland with his wonderful family for Christmas so I really am having withdrawals from my big, crazy, family get-togethers. DRM has family coming home from overseas for the holidays so he really wants to be there with them to celebrate in their traditional way. So we agreed to spend it apart. 

How do you spend your Easter? 

Ours is normally spent at my parents, out in the garden. We have a big lunch and always have an Easter egg hunt. It doesn't seem to matter how old we all get, we still love the family games and we always loved decorating eggs and the egg and spoon race! 

I'm about to board the plane so I'll leave you with some Easter decorating inspiration!













Have a perfect happy Easter everyone.

xoVR


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Thursday, 28 March 2013

ADD SOME ATMOSPHERE

I am in love with Atmosphere Interior Design.

This is the inspiration for my new home.

Trevor Ciona and Curtis Elmy are a talented duo from Canada. There style is Hollywood Regency which is my favourite style at the moment. 

Just like Kelly Wearstler, Jonathon Adler and Greg Natale, their work is bold and graphic with amazing colour combinations. 

The use of fabrics, wallpaper, dark paint and fabulous lighting have me drooling over the images of these glamorous spaces all day long.

Have a look at some of their designs. Do you love it as much as I do? What are your thoughts?












I love, love, love these rooms. I'll have to improvise and change the yellow for the green I am planning to use but still I am in love.

These are definitely images for mood board. My perfect dream house is starting to evolve - (in my mind, but not long until we are in our new house!)


xoVR






Wednesday, 27 March 2013

10 TIPS FOR AN EASIER LAUNDRY DAY


No one really likes laundry day, do they?

Hopefully after looking at yesterdays, beautiful laundry rooms in my Dirty Laundry post, you will now feel inspired to create an organised and efficient space that will be a pleasure to be in. Ok, pleasure may be pushing it, so I'll rephrase....that will make your laundry day a lot easier. 

Here are 10 tips to help get you started. 


1. Create a laundry schedule.
Think about the best time for you to do the laundry because unless you live in a small household, you probably don't have enough time to do it all from start to finish in one go.


So, you could schedule the laundry into 'type'.  Schedule loads of laundry (type) throughout the week. You might want to wash sheets on Monday so you can clean the bedrooms. Then do the towels on Tuesday, darks on Wednesday, and so on. This system works well for allowing you to be completely done with laundry by the weekend... a laundry free weekend!

If the thought of doing laundry five days out of seven is too much to bare, here's another option for breaking your laundry chores into smaller tasks. 

Laundry is often accomplished whilst your doing other chores or if you're lucky, watching a little television. I'm the queen of multi-tasking so I am doing a million things at once (not always a good idea but mostly it works) 

Is the television on? Commercial? Then take five minutes to sort laundry into white, light, and dark loads. 

Ready to do a load of clothes? Plan for 25-35 minutes per wash load, enough time to unload the dishwasher and sweep the kitchen floor. Allow 30-50 minutes per dryer load. This is enough time to remake the beds. 

Cooking dinner? Waiting for something baking in the oven? Take five to 10 minutes to fold or hang laundry.


2. Sorting laundry. 
Make sorting easier on yourself by setting up a laundry cart on wheels. Ideally, keep the cart near the bedroom or bathroom so you and the kids can toss dirty clothes  into the appropriate bags; whites, darks, and delicates.

Remember to sort carefully before tossing into the washer as you want to avoid ruining clothing. New clothing can bleed and stain other clothing, I'm not sure about you but I have many a white shirt turn pink! Wash new coloured clothing, especially red, by itself the first time!


3. Make some money and avoid a breakdown.
Empty pockets before washing garments to save items and prevent damage to your washing machine and dryer. Coins can get stuck and ruin your machines - best bit, you usually make a few dollars.


4. Organising with open shelving, baskets and boxes.
Stash overflowing laundry baskets into open shelves. They'll look neater, and the air circulation will help prevent mildew and odor problems.

Now using matching baskets to organise laundry room bits and pieces will create a pretty streamline look. Removable cloth liners protect the baskets from spills and can be washed to keep them looking nice and clean.  Boxes are a great idea for a cheap, yet practical storage solution. Label the boxes so you can find what you need without lifting a lid.


5. Open shelving.
Plastic-coated wire shelving from Howards Storage World puts wall space to good use and all your necessities are in open view for easy access. The clothing rod is perfectly positioned for drip-dry items.


6. Hang some hooks.
Air drying racks can take up lots of space. You can increase the convenience factor of your laundry room by adding some coat hooks. If you hang items as they come out of the dryer, you minimise wrinkling and the clothes can go straight to the closet.


7. Add a folding and utility station.
Folding items as they come from the dryer saves precious minutes and can help minimise wrinkles, saving you the time you'd spend ironing. 

To give yourself some extra work space, build a central table or better yet, buy a little table from a store such as, IKEA and paint it in a fun colour. This is not only a great table for sorting laundry it is perfect for cutting flowers and other hold hold chores. 



8. Delegate laundry chores.
Delegate chores to children based on their ages. Most preschoolers can put away clothes that have been washed, dried, and folded. Primary schoolers can fold and put away their own clean clothes. High-school kids can handle all the responsibilities related to their own laundry. (So can significant others.) For older children and all adults living in the household, divide laundry by person. Simply assign each person his or her own hamper. When the hamper is full, or that person is out of clean clothes, a load is washed, dried, folded, and put away. Sounds to easy, right? 

9. Clear jars and canisters.
Giant, economy-size boxes of laundry powder and detergents save you money. However, pulling out the massive box every time you wash clothes can be a chore in itself! Find some nice clear jars or canisters that are of a manageable size. You can keep those on your open shelves or in an easy accessible place for daily use. Keep the large money-saving boxes hidden in the garage or cupboard. They look much prettier, and a prettier laundry room is much nicer to be in and they are easier to handle.


10. Brighten walls with wallpaper and paint.
Warm the walls with a coat of paint or some some wallpaper. Paint is more affordable, and will instantly give your room a new lease on life. Choose a wall treatment that you love. You will be spending more time in there than anyone else, so make it yours. The laundry room is the the perfect place to experiment with colour as guests rarely walk into the laundry!



Hopefully, these tips will help you get through laundry day.

Now, do you still need some inspiration? I am going to show you a Blogger's real life laundry room make-over. Debbie from Me and my DIY has created a dream laundry room, and I do not say dream, light heartedly, this is just brilliant! I honestly cannot believe the before and after photos. If Debbie can do this, there is hope for us all, yet.

Seriously, click HERE to see this amazing Laundry room make-over. 




Then you can start on creating your perfect laundry room - maid not included. 


xoVR

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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

DIRTY LAUNDRY

Isn't doing laundry such a fun activity? 

I am kidding. It is not fun, that is why it is called a chore. Most of us spend more time than we'd like doing laundry. If you have kids, multiply laundry time by a hundred! Yet, when it comes to the laundry room, it is often a boring, messy, neglected area of the home. 

The laundry room is actually the perfect place to take risks because it is the least likely to be seen by guests. So why not choose a style that you love. You spend all the time in there, right? Why not try a bold wall colour or a fun wacky wallpaper? Just do it, take a risk. Make it your space and have some fun with this practical space.

Here are a few images to get you inspired. Tomorrow I'll give you some "How To" tips.











xoVR


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