A TOUCH OF WHAT YOU FANCY AT CHRISTMAS

EB Interiors have been getting into the festive spirit recently and have been lucky enough to write some Christmas bits for the Fine and Country blog. The magazine wanted some tips, tricks and product recommendations to help make this a stylish Christmas. I was more than happy to help! 

Have a read of a few of my classic, natural and metallic festive ideas.

If you enjoyed them, here are a couple more ideas for those who of you who after after something a little more different. 

In the meantime, EB Interiors wish you happy decorating, a wonderful Christmas and an amazing new year! 

A COLOURFUL CHRISTMAS

Red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue…. I can sing a Christmas rainbow. Now heres one your kids (or even the kid inside you) will love. If I left my daughter to decorate the house at christmas i know i would be met with all the colours from the rainbow, and I ask myself why the heck not (the colours I mean, not ask my daughter to decorate the whole house!) You can have such fun with this theme and the great thing is it even gives your kids a chance to do some decorating of their own. Have a little read below to get your on your rainbow making way;

  • POMS POMS!!! - thats all I need say. Go to your local craft store and raid their pom pom section. With said pom poms, you can do so many things such as bauble creating, garland threading, wreath making and turn those cold/rainy days into christmas craft sessions. 
  • As well as pom pom, you can use sequins also to create unique decorations. Just buy some clear plastic baubles (which are made up of 2 halves so you can put your own design inside) and pour some sequins or tiny pom poms in. Another idea, not so child friendly, is to take some glass baubles, tinted or clear but as long as you can see through them, and carefully take the metal clip out the top, then pour the sequins inside. Reattach the metal clip and then hang them on the tree, twigs etc… 
  • Try decorating cardboard letters http://www.hobbycraft.co.uk/home-crafts/paper-mache/mache-letters-and-numbers with pom poms as well. These look great in creating word garlands over fireplaces. Or if you prefer a slightly more traditional garland, why don't you take a faux christmas garland and decorated with different coloured pom pom or baubles. 
  • Another idea for garland making is to draw round some cookie cutters onto felt, you can buy this for about 50p a sheet from your local craft store, cut out the shapes, and then sew them together. Try multi coloured dots, christmas trees of different green tones, stars, fairies etc……. These look great in a kids room and if you choose not so christmassy shapes, you can use them all year round. 
  • If your also an 80’s child, I'm sure you will all remember the multi coloured lights on the tree. Well, now embrace the multi coloured look, you have my permission but be careful not to go to OTT. Maybe treat the tree like your make up - its either the eyes/lights or the lips/baubles never both at the same time or we are right back in the 80’s!
  • Try making multi coloured strands or shapes out of paper, birds, trees and hang them from your window. 
  • Gift wrapping is another way of adding colour to your decor. Use solid bright colours, metallic patterns, or brown paper. The have some fun with different ways to decorate whether it be a big colourful bow, buttons or even some more pom poms. 
  • If like me you love this theme but don't want to use it throughout the house, why don't you go crazy in the kids room. I have done just this. My little boy loves green and my little girl loves rainbows, fairy lights and a lot of pink, so we had fun creating their own christmas rooms to impress Santa when he visits!
  • Key materials for this look are; pom poms (ALOT), sequins, baubles (preferably block colours), felt, ribbons, string, cardboard and other craft making pieces, block coloured/patterned wapping paper

AN ECCENTRIC CHRISTMAS

Now heres where it gets interesting. For this look to work with maximum impact you need to pull out all the stops, literally go for it! Modern colour meets vintage ornaments, meets glitz and glamour, meets peacock feather meets butterfly and birds… you name it, it will work. The more dark and mysterious a backdrop the better.Have an absolute ball with this theme and heres a few ideas to create it;

  • Dark back drops, limited light and velvet work perfectly with this look as they create the luxurious back drop. All you need is candle light to set the mood
  • Amongst this back drop, colour is a must and the more glamorous the better. These colours include deep purple, emerald and olive green, electric blue, seres pink, gold, ruby red, mustard yellow… you get the idea.
  • Jewels, jewels, jewels in abundance - you can fill jars, cocktail glasses, vases, pudding bowls with them along with baubles in different sizes
  • Candelabras for a show stopping centre piece, surrounded in foliage, sprayed or natural, peacock feathers, baubles etc….
  • Wreath made up of peacock feathers, jewels, baubles (the more pieces the merrier)
  • Vintage pieces work so well in this theme. Use different coloured ribbon to tie them together and hang them from trees, mantle pieces or stairwells. 
  • The tree, much like the wreath can be filled to the brim with elaborate details. And feel free to go faux or real… the ornaments should literally cover it!
  • Why not try spray painting animal figures/ornaments once again found from the charity shop for an eclectic look… or even go shopping for some pieces already done. Rockett St George have so many weird and wonderful pieces which look great all year round. 
  • Flowers, amazing elaborate flowers teamed with sprayed foliage and eucalyptus
  • Golden or dark finished bowls filled to the brim with luscious ripe fruit
  • Why not try making your own honeycomb and/or tissue paper pom poms. There are so many how to tutorials online… They are so easy to make and have instant impact for very little money
  • Have fun with wrapping and don't just stick to one look, try different papers, ribbons, ties, labels, ornamental decor on each present. They will look amazing on mass placed under your tree. And if you don't have enough, why not wrap some empty boxes up or even smaller ones for dining and side tables. 
  • Key materials for this look are; Velvet, Ribbons, gold spray paint/decorations, dark flower prints or patterns (dont worry about too many patterns as long as they keep to a dark tone they will work), tissue paper of all shades, collect baubles, ornaments of all shapes and sizes throughout the year in charity shops, end of season sales etc… 

Hope I have given you some ideas and inspired your Christmas decorating!

See you in 2017 x

EB INTERIORS FEATURED IN HOUZZ IDEABOOK

I had a very nice surprise as I woke this morning. EB Interiors has been hand-picked by one of their writers to be featured in an editorial idea book on the homepage of Houzz – home of all things interior design. An idea book is a place where you can store ideas, save your favourite home design photos and inspiring interiors along with other details to help you create your own amazing interior.

See the children’s bedroom idea book, featuring EB Interiors, here

For those of you (like me) who aren’t literate in French, my piece translates to 

11. Mountain

If your child loves landscapes and want to keep it simple, the "mountain" pattern (or volcano) is THE good option. A large triangle before a smaller, and here you are top of the slopes!

Tip: Enjoying more cozy, place the decoration on an angle and, if possible near the corner bed Match the rest of the decor in a Nordic spirit in a modern cottage style plaid blanket, light wood and shades of blue ... Have fun!

I hope you guys enjoy the article and come back soon to read all about my next blog “CHILDREN’S ROOMS BLUE OR PINK – LET’S THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX “

 

EASY ART - 7 WAYS TO CREATE CHEAP, EASY ART FOR YOUR HOME

Somehow a room never looks quite right until you’ve put some pictures on the walls, does it? 

You can spend hours painting, arranging furniture, and picking out little bits and bobs. But until you’ve hammered in that nail and carefully hung a piece of artwork on it, your room just doesn’t feel finished. 

But what if you’ve run out of budget? Or what if you fancy a truly unique bit of artwork that no one else will have? Something you just can’t find, no matter how hard you’ve tried.

Well, why not make it yourself? DIY art doesn’t have to be difficult, and it certainly doesn’t have to be expensive. To give you some inspiration I’ve pulled together some great ideas for creating easy art for your home.

You won’t believe how satisfying it is to hang something on your wall that you’ve made with your own fair hands. Go on, give it a go...

1. Put your kids’ artwork centre stage 

Grab a big piece of paper, paints, brushes, sponges and some newspaper to cover the table if you’re of a nervous disposition. Then let the kids loose. If yours are anything like mine, the less direction you give them the better!  But once you’ve cleaned everyone up and waited for the ‘masterpiece’ to dry you’ll find you have a mass of abstract artwork just crying out to be put on display. 

Next, choose some frames – a variety of sizes works well. IKEA has a great selection of cheap ones. Then, take the mount from the frame, or just use the frame if there isn’t a mount. Move it across the paintings until you find a section that could rival Picasso. Cut it out, stick it in the frame, and you’re done, easy art for your wall. You may even get several bits out of the same picture that will look great when hung up together. 

Who says you have to have children to make this work? Why not channel your own inner child and get painting?

TIP: If your budding artists are into particularly ‘colourful’ creations, you might find a simple one-colour frame works best, perhaps in white or black.

2. Picture postcard art

I love postcards. When I’m out and about I can never resist picking up a few, even if I’m not sure what I’m going to do with them yet. It’s a family joke that I pop out for a birthday card and come back with six (not all saying ‘happy birthday’ obviously!).

Simply framing a few pretty picture cards or funky patterned postcards is a super quick way to inject a bit of artwork into your room. They look great whether you put them in a tiny frame, or add a mount to make more of a statement. You can hang or stand them up individually or create an inspired picture gallery by mixing and matching with photos, kids paintings etc.

The best bit is that cards are cheap as chips, so there is no excuse not to keep stocked up and swap them around whenever you fancy a change. 

And as an added bonus, if your organisation skills let you down and you’ve forgotten that all important birthday card, you’ll always have emergency ones on standby! (Obviously I’ve never done this!)

3. Artwork all wrapped up

It’s amazing where you can spot the perfect art solution. The other day I was in a local scrap store and a lonely piece of material was staring at me, begging me to buy it. And even better it was dirt-cheap. Now it has taken pride of place in my gallery wall, framed and looking very special. And I love it. 

You can do this too. Seriously. All you need is a scrap or offcut of material that fits in with the scheme of your room. This can work brilliantly with a leftover piece of wallpaper, or I’ve even been known to use wrapping paper - you wouldn’t know – there are some gorgeous ones out there. 

Have a little play, add a frame and maybe a mount, and see what you think. 

TIP: If you fancy trying a mount but your frame didn’t come with one, you can always cut one out yourself. All you need is a piece of card, a metal ruler and a craft knife.

4. The writing’s on the wall

Calligraphy is everywhere. 

You can find typographic wall art in every colour and style you can possibly imagine. Independent seller sites like Etsy and Not on the High Street are full of inspirational quotes and personalised messages. But it’s really not that hard to do yourself, so why not have a go before you splash the cash?

All you need is some good quality paper in whatever colour you fancy as a background, and a thick (ish!) pen in your chosen text colour. You can buy specialist calligraphy pens from somewhere like Hobbycraft if you want to go the whole hog. But at its simplest, a paintbrush and some black paint works perfectly.

So, browse the ‘tinterweb (I love Pinterest for this kind of thing), find some words that inspire you and turn them into a beautiful piece of artwork for your home. Or if you can’t find the words you’re after, why not make up your own quote for a truly personal touch?

TIP: If calligraphy isn’t your thing, cheat (shhh!) by using a computer. Choose an interesting font, type out your quote and arrange the words across the page. You could even vary the font-size of some of the key words. For the quotes bove and lots of other inspirational images click here 

5. Start a collection

Make an impact by collecting lots of items and making your own art installation. Or maybe that sounds a little scary – it’s not meant to. Artwork can be made from anything, from tissue paper to feathers and buttons. So raid your children’s craft supplies (or even better: the shelves of a local craft shop!) and see what you can come up with.

I love this DIY wall art made with painted lollipop sticks – it’s so simple, but would make a striking addition to any modern room. Click here for this and other ideas. Release your inner artist and go crazy! There’s one in all of us, I promise.

 

6. Washi tape geometric art

Washi tape? What’s Washi tape? Well what can I say? It’s Japanese, it’s like masking tape but way cooler, and it comes in the biggest array of patterns you can ever imagine. Check out <WHERE WOULD YOU BUY IT?> online and tell me you don’t want to buy it all. Immediately. Sorry, I got over-excited!

So what can you do with it? Well I love this idea of using it to create a simple geometric pattern. Take a sheet of plywood or very stiff cardboard (a plain colour works best.) Cut to whatever size and shape you fancy. Then take your chosen tape, and cut and stick it in repetitive geometric patterns. It’s worth taking your time to measure the pieces and make sure you cut the edges straight. And if your feeling really creative (or brave), why not apply this idea straight to the wall.

TIP: If you only have boring old masking tape to hand, don’t despair. You can create a similar effect by sticking the tape on and using paint to fill the spaces. Peel off the tape and voila. Hang your artwork and enjoy! Click here for these and more ideas 

7. String Art

Now this one requires a little more time and patience but we have plenty of rainy days, so here’s the perfect way to fill them! 

Choose a background such as a free standing, wooden back board, plenty of nails, a hammer, a pattern like the one below, and some coloured string. Then hammer the nails into the wood and start winding and weaving as the mood takes you.

The great thing is if you make a mistake you can just unwind and try again. How satisfying. Take a look here

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So what do you think? Can you picture any of these easy art ideas on the walls of your home? Let me know in the comments below if you decide to give one of them a go. Or pop over to the EB Interiors Facebook page and post a photo – I’d love to see your finished DIY artwork.

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