A small living room to love

Hello all! I spotted this living room last week and I had to share it. This cutest-of-all space is owned by Brittany Robertson who also runs a lifestyle blog and is a lover of all things charming. I’m really impressed by the way she used every inch of this space.

Pretty small living room designed with style and functionality

Ever since I saw this simple and elegant living room featured in Style Me Pretty Living, I just loved it! It has both style and functionality packed in a small square space. Just in time when I’m gathering up ideas and inspiration for our own living room; and you guessed it, its a square too, and that too by the window (welcome natural light), calling for a redo job!

Living rooms are the busiest in the house, whose isn’t? And they are super multifunctional with just about everything happening in there, which makes it really important to design them that way but it sometimes become a little tricky to make everything fit in a small space while making them stylish too. Here’s where inspiration comes into play.

Pretty small living room designed with style and functionality

Pretty small living room designed with style and functionality

Pretty small living room designed with style and functionality

I dream of a small and sophisticated living room in neutral tones and soft blue and grey, with little and subtle pops of color carefully used around the space. But most of all, it’s the ease in traffic, flexible seating and smart storage solutions that I care. Well, what can you say, it’s living room where living happens all day and even when the architecture allows, you can keep track of all other happenings around the house from there. Even better.

Pretty small living room designed with style and functionality

Pretty small living room designed with style and functionality

Pretty small living room designed with style and functionality

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Warm Yellow Inspiration

Hey and hello! Hope you had a warm, shinny and happy weekend and now ready to start off a brand new week with the best of plans and happiest of intentions. Ask me and I’ll tell you I’m most happy to see a happy, round, yellow sun shinning in blue sky with all the greens greeting down here. Its been weeks since the Sun and we met and and seriously, as I am soaking up all the warmth after cold and grey weeks, I’m loving the palette even more. Warm yellow along with soft blues and greens are inspiring me right now. And when I looked around I found food! Most obviously. Food can be so inspiring in terms of colors…before it goes down someone’s throat! It has the super power of making you tempt till you drop. Whether it’s raw, being prepared or presented, it has the most beautiful colors and in even better combinations. Food for eyes! Y-U-M!

Food colors inspiration

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Food colors inspiration

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Food colors inspiration

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Food colors inspiration

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Food colors inspiration

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Crush: Neutrals and blue

Hello and happy Friday! Another amazing week is just about to end and another great one awaits. Life passes by just like that. Day in and day out. And my, how fast that day just ends leaving us wondering; did I give my best shot today? Well, we don’t always do so but sometimes, isn’t it necessary to improve everyday; not doing the best…? I guess it makes us dream big in life and make plans and work hard on them to live the life we love. Just wondering.

Living room in neutral tones and blue

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This makes me wonder about neutrals. Elegant! I’ve always loved neutral tones in design, mixed with soft blue with a touch of fresh flowers, warm woods and a little brass. I know, I just joined the party of half a million people who adore this classic scheme but it has always been on my mind, makes me calm; brings in a sense of a lot of comfort. It’s currently on my wish list for our living room.

Living room in neutral tones and blue

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Living room in neutral tones and blue

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It’s the kind of style you’ll find a lot of inspiration about in every other magazine and blog and its kind-of hard to go wrong with it. But even then, its a perfect canvas to mix in elements, add your personal style and add in colors that speak to you in your life…and make you happy being around.

Living room in neutral tones and blue

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Living room in neutral tones and blue

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Just out: OYOY Living Design Spring/Summer 2015

Warm woods, geometric shapes, pastel tones, happy colors! The latest catalogue of OYOY Living Design is released and is SO full of inspiration (bingo!).  Its a Danish company that produces beautiful homewares and accessories that are highly inspired by Scandinavian style with a focus on functionality and simplicity which I love, because simplicity is what brings comfort and happiness.

OYOY Spring/Summer Collection 2015

Since we are about to welcome spring in a couple of months and summer is not that far too, its time to start planning and imagining and dreaming of all things beautiful, bright and light at home.

OYOY Spring/Summer Collection 2015

OYOY Spring/Summer Collection 2015

Geometric shapes are go to go big this year. I’ve been noticing them quite often lately and the pastels; well, they make statement appearances everywhere around summer; in fashion, design, and art.

OYOY Spring/Summer Collection 2015

OYOY Spring/Summer Collection 2015

OYOY Spring/Summer Collection 2015

Whenever I see beautiful catalogues and product lines launched,  it makes me think of the ways a home can be updated with what’s new but also what can be given away to make room. That means finding new homes to things that you no longer need. I once read somewhere that giving two things away for every one new thing that you bring home can make your life a lot easier. How true. It cleans your home, makes your mind free and that sense of satisfaction that is associated with it brings sweet sleep.

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Mismatched Dining Chairs

A lot has been said in praise of mismatched dining chairs all over the internet by designers and bloggers and where I do love the idea of having different chairs around a table, I still don’t find myself doing this in a formal dining room(!). Many designers and home owners have done it keeping perfect balance, and I’m totally inspired by them, but I would love to try them in a more informal way – like an eat-in kitchen or a patio or on lawn maybe because when you have different chairs, they might vary in comfort level which is something that concerns me. But the bottom line is – this idea of having mismatched chairs around a table is something worth trying to create an eye catching interest in a small space, and not to mention the visual texture it would create is amazing.

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Mismatched dining chairs

Mismatched dining chairs

Mismatched dining chairs

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Color Inspiration: Warm Blues

Green is my favorite color but I can live in a blue room forever more. Actually, a room decorated with neutral tones and natural elements with touches of blue because blue goes very well with neutral tones. The more you live with it the more you fall in love with it. Its so calm and cozy and works perfect with all seasons. I mean you don’t have to make huge changes to a room to fit for the season – a little will do more. And there are unlimited things that could be done with this scheme. As the days are grey and cold outside, warm blues are what I love right now.

Decorating with warm blue

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Decorating with warm blue

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Decorating with warm blue

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A note from a notebook

I have been a huge fan of keeping journals, of list-making and note-taking since my school days. Back then, I used to have a journal to keep track of all the things that needed to be done. Still do so – and generally I make my to-do list for the next day at night and also take notes (if any) for work. When I was in University, we were taught a technique to prioritize things on that list and it has stuck with me since the day. It keeps me sane calm and organized, and especially helps with the time management. Last night when I was taking notes for a post, I realized how we have all become so much enslaved by the technology that the happiness and satisfaction of writing by hand has gone away.

Inspiration for writing a journal

Can you relate too? Yeah I know. Keeping a journal is such a blessing. You don’t have to remember all at once and then feel like you’re brain is heavy like a sucked-up sponge. It feels so much lighter to put everything in a notebook and then refer whenever you need it.

But, its not just about making grocery lists and sticking them up on the fridge, its about that connection between heart and hands that many of us had when the apps were not around. Journals were kept to record the days and put our hearts out on paper with all the details that we need to remember and even for the kids to look back and remember in the times to come. They were even our best friends, things that couldn’t be told to anyone were recorded in journals and hidden them away in a drawer. Times have changed. Few people still keep journals today for different purposes but I think this is something that everyone should do (even in their own way) and most importantly, inculcate this idea in kids to make them more visual and creative. Yes, writing by hand, whatever is in your heart wakes up that lazy creative being in you and makes you see things with the third eye; your heart’s eye.

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In black and white

Though monochromic designs are on trend (read big hit) these days and every other space that you see has a scandi vibe in it, I’m more drawn towards black and white art or photographs on walls. Well, why not, walls come to life with art and well decorated walls in a home can tell amazing stories… even in just black and white, and shades of grey. Seriously!

Inspiring art in black and white

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Those vintage photographs of family ancestors and moments captured from last vacation bring back all those memories… times that have passed but still alive in hearts. And as the art that makes a statement in a home; truly depicts the richness in taste of its owners. So inspiring.

Inspiring art in black and white

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Inspiring art in black and white

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Inspiring art in black and white

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Inspiring art in black and white

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