Take A Scent Journey This Mother’s Day


By Marica

Want to spoil your mom or wife with something completely out of the ordinary this Mother’s Day? Well, this year we have got just the thing!

Every year Rose and I try to source a different activity or gift to feature for Mother’s Day. AND every year we get stuck for ideas! I mean, flowers, chocolates, breakfast in bed… been there, done that. BORING.

Not this year! Gift your mom with a unique and unforgettable “scent experience”. And before you ask – I’m not talking about shop bought perfume (how passé) – this idea is all together more exciting and individual. A Mother’s Day perfume MAKING workshop!

During the 2.5hr perfume making session, hosted by Diana Rankin of Perfume Power, you and your mommy dearest will be able to choose from exotic fragrances and essential oils to create your very own bespoke signature scents. How exciting! I would love to do this with my mom.

Perfume Power also sell these awesome perfume gift sets called “Scent Journeys”. Rose purchased one of these and they smell SO lovely – I can always tell when she’s dabbed some on. It is really an interesting concept – each kit contains 12 perfume vials which each fall into various fragrance families. This way you can wear a different scent every day and easily identify which fragrance best suites your mood, personality and lifestyle. I think I am also going to purchase one of these babies for myself.

You can find out more about the Perfume Power workshops: here. Additionally you can purchase their Scent Journey Perfume Kits online: here.

Bunked: Siblings That Share


By Marica

For many families the option of a separate bedroom for each child is a rare luxury. Homes are getting smaller, budgets are getting tighter. Even here in South Africa most of the newly built homes have tiny bedrooms. This means we most likely have to stuff two or more siblings in one room.

Sharing a room is not easy.

Organizing a shared room for two siblings can be quite challenging. Not only do you have to accommodate two personalities in one room but also the belongings of children that probably have vastly different interests. The last thing you want is kids stumbling over stuff in a too crowded room.

Bunk beds are amazing space savers. To quote the movie Step Brothers, it really opens up some much-needed floor space to do “SO many activities” (language warning).

To me though, bunk beds can often come across as a little tacky – a big clunky wooden / metal frame taking up half the room. I feel bunk beds should either be tastefully nondescript or otherwise a cool and unique feature. I found some images of really awesome bunk bed rooms which I will share below.

I also saw brilliant examples of rooms with loft beds – that is where the bed is on top with a desk or activity space below. Another interesting concept is that of multi-bunk rooms – rooms that contain four or more beds – I can only assume these are for vacation homes or really large families. I think we should have additional posts about these in the not so distant future.

10 Awesome Bunk Bed Rooms:

What little boy wouldn’t adore this “lumberjack” themed bunk bed room. The L-shaped positioning of the beds allow for additional space below for a reading nook. Even though the beds have cool contemporary lines, the wood has been treated with vinegar to give it a more aged look – love the texture. By the way,  if you want to make this bed yourself, you can follow the image link above for DIY instructions (it’s got plans and everything)!

The staggered design of this built-in bunk bed creates a sense of space. I’m sure the kid occupying the bottom bunk feels less crowded. And, I bet you that bottom bunk contains an additional pull-out trundle bed…

This tiny bedroom would never have been able to fit two beds, however the addition of a second platform bed above solves the space problem. I love the chunky wooden ladder that serves as a textured contrast against the white bed. This little boys’ room has a slight beachy / nautical feel.

Another staggered bunk bed setup. This tasteful bunk bed room could easily serve the needs of two teenage girls. It also has quite a bit of built-in storage which we know is a must in shared rooms.

This is so cute – a house-shaped bunk bed with a cubby-hole for each child. The drawer steps, while allowing for adorable storage, are perfect for younger kids and toddlers that might have difficulty climbing a ladder.

Gosh, I love this suspended rope bunk beds. I think it’s the coolest thing! The wooden bed platforms hangs from the walls with thick rope which are threaded through metal hooks. Each bed is also bolted into the wall for extra support. I’m also nuts about the grey and yellow colour scheme.

Want something a little more rugged? The these bunk beds are for you! The bed frame is made out of hollow steel pipe and matching cast fittings and joints. This bed would be perfect for a rocking Industrial-styled boys bedroom.

Now here is something you don’t see everyday – a bunk bed with a deep-buttoned (tufted) upholstered headboard and foot-end. Talk about luxurious! If you are creating a feminine and elegant girl’s bedroom fit for a French princess then this bunk bed is just what your little girl’s room is missing.

This bunk bed would not look amiss in a teenage bedroom – it will even do as adult sleeping space in the guest bedroom of a vacation home or beach house. The nondescript white painted bed frame and ladder fades into the white wall creating the illusion of space and light. The pops of bright blue in the décor accessories makes for a beautiful and fresh contrast.

Here’s an interesting idea. If you are tight on space with no possibility of a separate nursery for baby or toddler, bunk them in with their big brother or sister. In this image the bottom bunk of the bunk bed has been removed to make room for a cot. When baby is old enough remove the crib and replace it with a bed.

DIY: Copper & Suede Wall Display


Video DIY: Copper & Suede Wall DisplayWe here at Design Monarchy love DIY videos – nothing gets me more excited than a cute and easy DIY project. It is, however, difficult to find décor or home related craft projects of a decent quality online. I don’t know, maybe I’m just not searching in the right places – any suggestions? Perhaps Rose and I should make our own!

Until then, I’m sharing this HGTV Handmade DIY project in which they show you how to make a trendy wall hanging! Organizing and displaying your favourite things can look a little cooler with this wall hanging made of copper pipe and suede loops. It can be used in the kitchen, craft room, or entrance foyer. Oh, and I just LOVE the planter option – who wouldn’t like a mini wall garden!

Quick Tip #39: Painting Hack – Nail it!


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Here is another time and effort saving painting hack recently suggested on the Prominent Paints facebook page. This brilliant “why didn’t I think of that” décor trick was originally featured by Martha Stewart (clever, clever lady!). See it below…

#39  If you are about to paint a lightweight furniture item, like a chair or small table, gently tap a nail or push pin into the bottom of each leg. This will lift it from the ground ever so slightly and allow you to paint the whole chair in one go – no more flipping, no more sticking, no more crusty uneven edges. When painting smaller décor objects the pins will also serve as a no-hands way to hold onto your item while painting the edges.

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