HOME INSPIRATION #1 ZARA HOME

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I am always searching for something to make my house look more like a home, whether its online or in the shops. This week I passed by ZARA HOME’s new outlet at Pama Shopping Mall. If you love Zara go and check out the store its beautiful. 

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How incredible are the marble style vases? I also love the sparkling table mats.

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Are you a skull fan? I find it fun and quirky but the style is not really me. Loving the dark Martini glasses. 

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My dishes are all white, while it might be a bit boring to some I find it practical and timeless. Plus if one breaks its also easier to replace. I would definitely rather add pops of colour to my table with flowers, candles, or with linens.
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I like the mirror trend thats going on with furnishings at the moment. Those jewellery boxes are stunning. 

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My house is very monocromatic, my walls are white, kitchen and doors are an espresso colour. A rich black brown. My furniture is also mainly white. We have silver accents. So this all appeals to me. Slowly I will start introducing pops of colour and if you havent guessed it im obsessed with lots of greys. 

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I find these citrus colours so fun, especially for summer. They can really brighten up the kitchen and work perfectly within the bathrooms. My style is much more muted overall, but I love the glass displays. We were given some Mdina Glass items for our wedding and they make a great touch and cheer up a room.
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As I mentioned earlier we have silver accents, so this display is sooo me. I love the bathroom soap dispensers. I bought mine somewhere else but they are actually very similar to these. Would you put shells/corals in your bathroom? 

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I like the leaf print candle. I bought some gorgeous plants today I will post about them a bit later 🙂 

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You can’t go wrong with white. Crisp and clean always.

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Coral and gold go so well together. Beach lux, when I see these colours it makes me want to buy a gozo summer home, peacefully overlooking the sea.

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Those silver crackle vases! They are a total must have. I also didn’t realise until I looked closely at this photo that there is a glass mirror bottom tray. I have been looking online for months for one. How did I not see it in the store??? That’s it this weekend I need to go to Zara again!

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I LOOOVE those light barely tinted blue tumblers.

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Please don’t blame me for any damage that will be done to your credit cards as a result of this post.
Love Steph x

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DECOR DIARY

Hey beauties.

So this is my first post in the “Decor Diary” series of the blog, basically I want to share with you some more house related ideas and include some progress reports 🙂

I have had this crazy obsession recently with olive trees! (thank you Pinterest), actually I found out my olive tree addiction spans back further than I thought when I found some saved photos in my phone for home ideas.

I think that this tree is so simple and chic and this is why:

The leafs have a beautiful pale silver & green colour and I love that they grow so tall. They can be pruned like a bonsai tree which is interesting and can offer an elegant and unusual design element into the interior. Of course when grown indoors they wont fruit (as there will be no way to pollinate the flowers) but I’m okay with that.

So I went to the garden center and bought a olive tree last weekend. I am still waiting for it to be delivered since its not something I can just pop into my partners Smart car. I did excitedly take a photo to show my mum, so mine will look like this:

my olive and pot

I wanted to keep the pot very simple and chose this square faux slate style. I am hoping that this tree will help fill some of the emptiness from where my Christmas tree was.

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My tree arrived and now looks like this:

my olive tree

Covered in fairylights ooooh soo pretty!!!

We have a really long way to go, but I have also ordered a few items from Ikea (using MaltaShopper) they come directly from Catania since Malta doesn’t have a full Ikea store yet.  They will be delivered next week. Yay!

Nothing too exciting for the majority of you, just a couple shoe racks for our hallway and a chest of draws for the bedroom. I don’t really like buying online so much since you can’t see it in person. However the Malm dresser is really popular on pinterest and the shoe racks are soo well priced that I couldn’t resist.

The items I bought was in the black cherry colour similar to my doors and my kitchen. Even though we haven’t received them yet I have already decided that I will order another 2/3 chest of draws just because they are so versatile. I love them in the black but I also really like how fresh and clean the white looks.

I am still finding it difficult to find curtains for a good price. I have to go and get some more quotes maybe if I have time this weekend.

I just want something very simple and very fresh looking. Plain white sheers. I don’t want anything too fusy. Kinda like these:

So that’s basically where I am at!

We still have a really long way to go, but now everything is fun. Since we have been living together in the apartment since the end of October the pressure of doing stuff is soo much less. The first month was just unlimited trips to the supermarket to buy literally everything from washing baskets and pegs to pirex dishes and wooden spoons.

Now its a matter of ok this month we need X Y Z and its fun to look at things and say “I want this one”.  🙂

Wishing you all the best!
Love Steph xxx

 

MONDAY MUSE #21

I’ve got kitchen fever!

The floor tiles are all white, and the kitchen layout is in a U shape and opens into the living / dining room. I think I will use the space by fitting in a L shape kitchen and using the free wall which divides the kitchen from the hallway for either a mirror to give the illusion of space or artwork.

At first I wasn’t sure if I wanted a all white kitchen and now thanks to Pinterest I am lusting after dark / black wood. I would like to use white tiles and then have splashes of colour. The walls throughout the house will be in neutral tones.

Hopefully in the next few weeks I can show some photos to a carpenter and take it from there… Gosh it seems like there is soo much to think about… One room at a time!
Love Steph x

MONDAY MUSE #20

Although I am not really the type to make New Years Resolutions (A new start doesn’t need to wait) I do like wishing for the next chapter to be a better one for me and my loved ones. 2014 had quite a few lows but there was also some pretty intense highs. I am hopeful that 2015 will bring us the changes we crave, bring new possibilities so we will prosper. Most importantly I wish us all good health.

December has ended. January started off with a new year, a new year with new beginning and new hopes. A new year hoping to be successful and hoping all your efforts and hard work to be paid off. This is a chance of a lifetime and a chance to starts all over again. – Wazim Shaw

This is my wish for you: Comfort on difficult days, smiles when sadness intrudes, rainbows to follow the clouds, laughter to kiss your lips, sunsets to warm your heart, hugs when spirits sag, beauty for your eyes to see, friendships to brighten your being, faith so that you can believe, confidence for when you doubt, courage to know yourself, patience to accept the truth, Love to complete your life. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

May 2015 hold everything you desire.
Love Steph x