Quick Tip #42: Scrabble Tile Rack Turned Display Shelf


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I simply adore this brilliant no-fuss DIY shared by Present & Correct, a London-based stationary supply company who specializes in “office sundries” with a vintage twist…

#42  Old wooden Scrabble tile racks make great miniature display shelves – just attach a few re-purposed racks to your wall with some glue. Now you have an ideal space for displaying greeting cards, beautiful post cards, small unframed prints or artwork, even your Instagram snaps.

P.S. You can pick up some Scrabble tile racks from Etsy: here.

[Images via Poppytalk]

Plascon Colour Forecast 2016


Plascon has once again unveiled their annual Colour Forecast. As always, the Forecast has taken its inspiration from global colour trends and interpreted it into four themes. Each theme takes the form of a colour palette and décor direction, encompassing not just what the theme looks like, but also the mood and energy evoked by each one.

Colour Forecast 2016:

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“ELEMENT is as a theme that uncovers geological inspiration to explore our relationship with the landscape around us. A palette of soft neutrals, raw surfaces and tonal colours, Element is both luxurious and tactile. Its design expressions include mineral geometry, chalky colours and gradated finishes.”

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“HEIRLOOM looks to that past for indulgent luxury. Rich colour and texture inspires a new classicism in design, with a sensual palette of neutrals and moody tones. Design expressions here include colour treatments that mirror Old Master paintings, a careful balance of light and dark tones, and artful decay in textures.”

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“DISCOVERY looks to the skies around us for inspiration, with colours that reflect our astronomical fascination. This palette features cool colours complemented by soothing neutrals and bright colour pops to recreate night-sky starscapes. The design expressions include weightless ombrés, powdery effects and interstellar bands and stripes.”

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“CONNECT is bold and bright, taking the energy of the Memphis design movement and channelling into unpretentious and exuberant interiors. A palette of upbeat colours is used here to create lively patterns and surface treatments. Design expressions include geometric motifs, sculptural colour treatment and all-over colour.”

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The 2016 Colour of the Year:

Plascon also announced their chosen Colour of the Year for 2016. Atlantic Beach B5-B1-1 is an intense blue that is inspired by the coastal energy of Brazil. It is a stimulating, refreshing colour that promotes focus and commands respect.

 

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I can tell you the themes I really like are “Element” and “Heirloom”. Element is beautifully soft and dreamy while Heirloom is rich and warm with beautiful depth…

What do you guys and gals think of Plascon’s 2016 Colour Forecast and the Colour of the Year?

Check out the Plascon Trends website (here) for more Colour Forecast awesomeness and to take a peek through the online Forecast booklet…

Glass Display Cabinets in the Kitchen


Want to know what we here at Design Monarchy are currently crushing on? We absolutely love the idea of using glass-fronted cabinets or vitrines as additional kitchen storage. While the concept seems rather traditional, these type of cabinets can easily fit into a style of interior – anything from farmhouse to contemporary. As one blogger described it, “they are as versatile as jeans or a white t-shirt”.

A cabinet with glass doors allows for practical storage – you can immediately see what dishes you have without having to root around in the cupboard.

It also allows your dishes to become part of the show – a focal point. So much character is added to a kitchen if your gorgeous collections of china, glassware and vases are in plain view. In fact, with the current trend focus on more individual, lived-in interiors and décor, your crockery doesn’t have to be anything special or expensive. It just has to be you.

So whether they are loose-standing or fitted, that is why we have a big ole furniture crush we on glass-fronted cabinets in kitchens. How about you, do you like the idea too?

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I absolutely adore the rustic Scandinavian simplicity of this soft grey kitchen vitrine of Tine Kjeldsen owner of the Danish homeware brand Tine K Home. | Image Source: http://myscandinavianhome.blogspot.se/2012/11/the-danish-home-of-tine-k.html

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Don’t you just love the punch of blue in this beautiful rustic glass fronted cabinet? It looks perfectly at home in this gorgeous Industrial-style home located in Cape Town. | Image via http://www.vtwonen.nl/binnenkijken/vtwonen-binnenkijkers/industrieel-jaren-zeventighuis-in-kaapstad/

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Blogger & interior stylist, Anna Truelsen, designed this lovely glass door cabinet on castors for her Scandi Country kitchen which her grandfather then made for her. | Image via: http://mylovelythings.blogspot.com/2012/04/att-gilla-lite-av-varje.html

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A whole wall of glass cabinets? Yes please! Can you believe this is from IKEA’s kitchen range. I especially love the splashes of warm light emitting from the cabinets! | Image via: http://7thhouseontheleft.com/2011/01/ikea-kitchen/#.Vbi_KvkprKB

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When Lynda Reeves renovated her contemporary country kitchen she incorporated this dreamy full-length glass fronted cabinet to show off her prized crockery. | Image Source: http://houseandhome.com/design/kitchen-cabinet-design

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Can you say Vintage Farmhouse Chic! What a statement this oversized wooden cabinet makes. | Image via: http://www.srgambrel.com/six-swans-hous/#.VbjF5_kprKB

SuzelleDIY: How to Make a Loadshedding Survival Kit


Surviving Load-Shedding:

In this video, SuzelleDIY shows you how to make your very own load-shedding “survival kit”. It is a clever idea – keeping all you necessities in a handy toolbox that you can easily find without stubbing your toes in the dark.

The kit includes various lamps, lights and candles for all your illumination needs.  I also love the idea of storing your favourite card or compact board games in the toolbox to keep you busy while the power is out. Suzelle even illustrates how you can make a temporary phone charger with a battery!

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