Creating Your Own Zen Space | Kismet Decals

Creating Your Own Zen Space

As a full time mom (read 'Jane of All Trades' and attempting to master them all), it can sometimes get too much. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do and everything that comes with it but sometimes I need some time to breathe and just gather my thoughts. I used to burn out so easily because I wasn't able to have some alone time to recuperate and re-energize before going about my daily routine. Sometimes we're so busy taking care of everything and everyone around us, we tend to forget to take the time to take care of ourselves. This is why I've made it a point to always have some 'Me-Time' because it's so very important to be able to just relax.
Initially I used to have to go out to find some peace of mind, but then I created my own zen space at home. A safe and sacred corner for me to think, meditate and just be. Now whenever I feel flustered and overwhelmed, I just take a time out and go to my little space to zen out. I think its so very important for everyone to have their own zen space, so I'm going to share how I created mine and how you can put yours together as well.
Firstly, you'll need to find a quiet corner or space in your home. It can be anywhere, as long as it allows you to be undisturbed. The idea is to see if the environment is one that relaxes you and helps you unwind. Now that you have your own space, you can add these elements to it (which I personally found helpful in my own space).
COMFORT IS KEY
I have a huge futon and a bunch of throw pillows on it as I laze around attempting to recollect my thoughts. Some people opt for meditation and create an environment based on that (as I do when I meditate as well) but for just a space to calm my nerves, I like having a place that focuses on comfort.
 
INCORPORATE NATURE
Studies have shown that looking at nature and being init can help reduce stress. Plants are a great way to create that vibe and are aesthetically pleasing and also helps keep the air clean. If you'd like to keep the space cleaner and use the walls instead, a framed image or a decal would look great too.
SOOTHING SCENTS AND SOUNDS
Now that you've got your comfortable place to sit on and some beautiful features to look at, add some incense or essential oils such as lavender with properties that help with relaxation. If you aren't someone who likes complete silence, a water feature would be great or an easier alternative would be to put on a playlist of soft sounds of the rain or waves crashing —my personal favorites!
WARM LIGHTING
Light makes all the difference when setting the right mood. If you're reading a book or indulging in some art, you'd obviously need a brighter light setting. However if you're looking to just be in your own company then dim lights and some candles flickering would be a great touch.
How Pantone's Ultra Violet Is Being Used In Luxury Houses Around The World | Kismet Decals

How Pantone's Ultra Violet Is Being Used In Luxury Houses Around The World

Pantone colour of the year 2018 is Ultra Violet. When it comes to shades like violets and purples in home decor; you'll either love it or you'll never warm up to them. A reason for this is that violet and its related shades are not quite common and are pretty dramatic, especially in interior design. When designers do use violet, they do so subtly in patterns on fabrics, cushioning, flowing velvet drapes or as single purple chair in a living room. While many may think a deep violet is melancholy, it can also be playful in its references to science and space travel. For example, pair ultra violet with metallic to elicit a whimsical and celestial atmosphere. To show just how versatile and protean ultra violet is, let's take a look at how the color purple and its varying hues has been used to decorate some of the most beautiful rental homes around the world!

 

1. PARIS, FRANCE - Rue Paul Valéry, Paris

It is true that many of the homes in Paris have retained their centuries old character but even then, the homeowners have found a way to add in colored furniture and sparing touches to add in personality and a modern take for chic living.

 

2. PARIS -  Boulevard Raspail IV, Quartier Latin, Left Bank 

Modernize your classics by adding a touch of violet in your living space for a trivialize yet elegant and sophisticated touch.

 

3. PARIS - Rue de Chantilly, Montmartre Sacré-Coeur - South Pigalle, Right Bank 

Ultra violet is not only made to be used in main rooms of the house but also children's rooms! It's a modern trend and trust me when I tell you that your lovely kids will love this shade in their playrooms.

 

4. ROME, ITALY - Via della Scala, Trastevere-Gianicolo, Rome

As you can see from here, Ultra Violet furnitures can actually make a really huge statement! Especially when you fins a rug that is in a similar shade that will perfectly compliment everything.

 

5. ROME - Via dei Volsci, Monti-San Lorenzo, Rome

This is a quote by Eleonora Valle who says: 'Italy has produced some of the world's most accomplished creatives, and our homes in this region take care in celebrating the work of artist's past and present. Whether that's in an oil painting or a quirky take on garden steps, in Rome ultra violet is a color medium for artistic expression.'

 

6. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Duncan Terrace, Islington, North London

The matching of the plush sofa and the majestic chandelier in differing grades of the colour purple works so perfectly well in this quaint English home.

 

7. LONDON -  Park Walk IV, Chelsea, London 

The color Ultra Violet is so daringly used here to cover the walls in this narrow dining hall which is beautifully complemented with gold accents for a whole regal look.

 

8. LONDON -  Priory Road, West Hampstead, London

A bold, velvet couch is the perfect statement piece for a home in the middle of an incredibly social and fashionable city like London where stylish meets comfort.

 

9. NEW YORK, UNITED STATES -  Park Avenue Mansion, Upper East Side, Manhattan

The quirky color combination of dark green and violet works perfectly in a lounge that is full of character for the bold and audacious! 

 

10. NEW YORK - Finn Place II, Tribeca, New York

What a better way to stand out than to add a dramatic flare by using unusual colored tiles for your lovely bathroom while also incorporating an intricate design? A bathroom, which in most cases is left stark and white, can be instantly sublimed with a bold tile and color accents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trendy Tile Options To Get Excited About! | Kismet Decals

Trendy Tile Options To Get Excited About!

There’s a lot of talk going on in the flooring industry right now and you and I both know that tile is where it all begins as it has always been a huge part of the interior design world.

There's not only tons of modern, chic tile trends to choose from, but tile itself is trending in a big way. The best way you do it is to choose something well-made and stylish that will stay in style for the lifetime of your floor. Here's just a few of my favorite floor home tile trends that I wanted to share with you all!

 

Chevron Tiles

The chevron pattern is a fabulous yet bold pattern that has a significant upshot on any room. It is very much like a herringbone pattern which is like a zig-zag of v’s on the floor. The pattern is almost mesmerizing in appearance and gives off a retro vibe too! Even with its bold and daring design, it'll fit right inside the most serene of homes.

And you're probably aware, it is not approved to install wood flooring in wet and warm areas as it can damage the material and ruin your floor. So by using the chevron effect tiles you can be right on trend to imitate or create a wood effect for your interior and sleep easier at night having the knowledge that your floor isn’t going to expand or become warped one day when you wake up!

 

Matte Tiles

Now you've known about matte colored cars, matte phones and even matte lipsticks but here's the new thing: matte tiles! These tiles shows sophistication, modernism, and keeps the dirt hidden - an all round winner.

Matte tiles also provides great grip and traction and blend in really well with the increasingly popular industrial trend. They’re perfect for bathrooms and wet-rooms and are the perfect combination if you’re looking to create the traditional/rustic infused with a splash of contemporary appearance within a room.

 

Marble Tiles

The tile nominated for the most classy, timeless, and elegant look award. Natural marble is soft and porous, susceptible to rings and challenging to keep clean. That’s the reason so many homeowners and interior designers choose tile for their floorings instead of natural marble.

Marble tiles have a great way of allowing light to bounce around a room, almost like a mirror effect. This is basically the reason why they’re so customarily used in bathrooms as they make the space seem bigger and lighter than it is!

 

Patterned Tiles

This is definitely my favorite type of tile and if I ever want to remodel my flooring, you can bet that patterned tiles are gonna be my absolute go-to tile! Patterned tiles have gone from strong to strongest in adding substance and color to the floor in a room. With an endless amount of patterns and designs available you are given total free reign when it comes to making a room your own. But just what is the right way to do it without it being “too much”?

To be honest, I really don't think there is such a thing as "too much" when it comes to patterned floors. Making a statement and showing off your personality with your home decor is all the rage and it definitely shows the real you! One of the best ideas I've ever gotten with utilizing patterned floors is to install them right at the front door area of your house. That way it will surely be the first focal point for your guests and it'll up the wow factor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Match Your Flowers With Vases | Kismet Decals

How To Match Your Flowers With Vases

So you just got yourself a fresh bouquet of gorgeous flower arrangement from the farmer's market, only to come home and place it in a vase that doesn't do it justice at all! While it's fun to pair, mix and match different types and colors of blooms to suit your taste and liking, the real deal come from the vases and containers that the bouquets will be living in. I've recently read up on how certain blooms pair best with certain vases (safe to say that I've experienced the struggle too) and here's the matches that works best together! So the next time you take home one, you'll know precisely the perfect way to showcase it.

 

1. SUNFLOWERS

Mason Jars

A mason jar is a simple and quirky way to showcase the bold and cheerful sunflower! Plus you can even decorate your mason jars beforehand for a flair of creativity!

 

Tall Cylinder

If you're a sunflower lover, you'll know that actual sunflowers are known to grow up to 12 feet tall! So using a tall vase not only shows how stunning they are but also ensures that they won't topple over.

 

Galvanized Pot

These containers give it the perfect rusty feel which pairs nicely with the carefree, laid back sunflower. If you're looking for farmhouse cottage vibes then this pairing is definitely for you!

 

2. ROSES

Fit and Flare

The fit and flare is the best vase to stylishly show off a slightly fuller rose bouquet. Works best with different coloured roses!

 

Trumpet vase

Roses are definitely statement flowers, so pair it with elegant shapes like the trumpet to up the luxe and wow factor.

 

Vintage Cut

Nothing shows off the timeless grace of roses more than an old fashioned vintage vase that you've uncovered from the basement.

 

3. CARNATIONS

Bubble Vase

Carnations are perfect for a small bubble bowl for its short and sturdy stems that can be cut to any length without harming them!

 

Short Cylinder

There's only one lone carnation here but a short vase actually adds more control to a larger bouquet of carnations.

 

Vintage Patterned Vases

It's a quirky match of the retro carnations with a beautifully patterned vase.

 

4. LILIES

Square Vase

The square vase is the perfect vase for lilies to blossom into a full bouquet that is sure to intrigued your guests.

 

Tall Slender Vase

Lilies are known to require fresh water daily and a tall and slender vase allows for easy refills and less spillage.

 

Bubble Vase

For those of you who prefers or have a smaller bouquet, this vase is perfect and looks super cute for the full blooms!

 

5. Orchids

Square Vase

A tall square vase will show off the elegant stems of your fresh orchids!

 

Oval Round Vase

The rounded shape at the bottom of the vase encourages the elegant curve of an orchid stem.

 

Bud Vase

By placing these stunning flowers inside a small, slim vase, the flowers do all the talking!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pet-Friendly Stylish Houseplants | Kismet Decals

Pet-Friendly Stylish Houseplants

What do you do if you're a pet lover but also want your home to be a greenhouse because of your love for plants? Are you afraid that choosing the wrong plant will create toxic vibes for your furry friends? Or worse, get them sent straight to the ER?

Well fret not for all it needs is just a lil' bit of know-how and label-reading to give you an idea on which plants are safe for your furry friends. And the best thing of all, these plants look so chic they fit right into your stylish home!

 

Staghorn Fern

Staghorn Ferns are large, bifurcated fronds that shoot out dramatically from the center of the plant and it really is an amazing vegan alternative if you're not the type to hang innocent dead animals up on your walls. These fuzzy ferns look best mounted on wooden boards finished with vintage burlap to give it a rustic, farmhouse feel. Or just put it in a quirky pot for an au naturel vibe! They’re neat and are completely safe for pets and are absolutely stunning. They also like high humidity and medium light, and not direct sunlight and caring for them is just a simple misting 1-2 times a week or if it's in a pot, water it once a week.

 

Spider Plant

Don't worry, just because it's called a spider plant doesn't mean it's going to turn into a big hairy spider at night and crawl into your bed! This foliage with long, spiky leaves just demands to be noticed. Think dramatic but without overdoing it. More mature spider plants have small white flowers that looks super cute. If you want your spider plant to thrive, give them access to bright light and water them generously through summer. Just make sure you dry them out between waterings. The spider plant’s ability to produce dangling ‘plantlets’ also makes it ideal for hanging baskets. Plus points: your pets can actually play with its "dangly fingers" when they run out of squeaky toys!

 

Grafted Cactus

These are definitely one of my all time favorite! These colorful, tufty little buddies just look so bright and cheerful for the soul. They might look spiky but they actually work pretty well as scratching posts for those itchy paws! They’re super cute, and look best  when they're paired up with other pet safe succulents or grouped together. Basic care is pretty, well, basic so they're probably going to be the easiest plant you'll ever take care of. Let dry out completely and water once or twice a week. Remember, these usually live in a desert so they are pretty hydrated.

 

Lemon Button Fern

Also known as the Fishbone Fern, with its delicate arching stems lines with tiny leaves and button-like foliage, the Lemon Button Fern is the perfect accent piece for a shelf or tabletop. It is also said to smell slightly lemony when you crush the leaves hence the name. This dainty, yet eye-catching plant makes it an ideal houseplant as it does not appreciate direct light and it's also super pet friendly! Best to keep the soil moist without over-saturating the plant.

 

Areca Palm

Surely all you ever wanted to do is to add some tropical greenery into your interior, but obviously a quick internet search attempt reveals that your tropical plant of choice is malignant to your furry family members. Well search no more for the tall, lanky Areca Palm is a safe option and makes the chicest houseplant ever. Notable for its air-purifying effects, it is relatively easy to care for. Just try not to over-water the plant, but it’s a good idea to hydrate it when the soil below the surface begins to feel a tad bit dry. 

Areca is the kind of plant you can flaunt with joy in a big pot such as a colorful patterned one for a fun effect or a metallic one for that modern look. Talk about an instant focal point for the room, one your guests will surely marvel at!

Easy DIY Decor Projects For Girls | Kismet Decals

Easy DIY Decor Projects For Girls

When it comes to home decor, the options are endless and of course, depends on what your personal preference is. Trends always pop up and leave which is why spending on decor can be quite expensive in the long run. However the thirst and need for an aesthetically pleasing space is so very appealing, especially for girls who want to up their social media pictures game. It is intact a reality and it can't be denied how important having a place that looks good, can make one feel good too. Fret not if you're on a budget because these easy DIY decor projects will upgrade your aesthetic game without leaving a dent in your wallet!

 

 

 

 

Plants can really light up any room, but some of us aren't very blessed with a green thumb and plants more often than not die in our care. The usual alternative to this is using faux plants but how about taking it up a notch with something a bit more personal and handmade? This idea of a potted rock cactus plant is adorable! All you need to do is get some smooth rocks and paint them in shades of green or any other colour you'd like, then add cactus-like details on them such as thorns and mini flowers. It's cute, crafty and make great gifts too!

 

 

 

 

As girls, we often collect a lot of small things. In fact we need these basic things such as bobby pins, hair ties, and so on. Mason jars are a great way to store these things effectively while making them look neat. Take it a step further by using plastic animals on the jar lid and spray paint them a metallic hue so they look like chic designer jars. It's so simple and truly makes a huge impact!  

 

 

 

 

Weaving a dreamcatcher can be difficult as it requires some level of skills and patience, but this easy tassel hanger makes equally an amazing impact but saves up on time and effort! Tassels are fairly easy to make and require almost no skill, but they are trendy and look amazing hanging from the hoop as shown above. Definitely a must have for those looking for a creative wall hanger, and the best part of all, it can be customised to suit whatever colour swatch you like.

 

 

 

 

Spray paint is a crafter's saviour! With its many different colours to pick and choose from, its easy to transform normal every day items into pieces of art. With the consistency of being able to work with plastic. metals and other materials, as well as play around with tones as each coating of spray paint creates a different shade, I truly love that it's easy to create decor pieces like those plastic pineapples from a thrift shop shown above.

 

 

 

 

Washi tape is another one of those craft items that are really versatile. You can create so many different styles of items by just wrapping the tape around them or even create wall murals like these mountains by cutting pasting them on the wall.  

Teen Room Decor Ideas for Girls | Kismet Decals

Teen Room Decor Ideas for Girls

Sugar and spice, and everything nice, that's what girls are made of! At least that's how the saying goes. That however isn't entirely the truth anymore. Girls are so much more than that and they're not afraid to explore, learn and show it off! I love that girls are so empowered these days in it resonates in everything they do, from their attitude, to their sense of fashion and even style of their room. A teen girl's room is treated as a sacred sanctuary of her secrets, dreams and all that she needs which is why it's so important to have the room designed the right way. Here are some teen room decor ideas for girls, that will definitely up their sense of style.

 

 

 

 

The bed is the most essential part of any room and definitely the focal point as well. Besides the obvious of having a really comfortable mattress to help with your slumber, the right decor is vital too. Having a nice comforter (in this case quilted) and a throw blanket, like the knit one here, can really up the aesthetics game. Add a bunch of multi designed throw pillows in a similar theme and you've got yourself a bed that looks like it was styled by a professional.

 

 

 

 

Faux fur is all the rage! I like how it adds texture and contrast to the room, making it really stand out without much effort to it at all. You can use it as a rug, or even as a bed feature to give it an Instagram-worthy appeal. In terms of practicality, a rug or throw over your chair would definitely be the more appropriate choice but if you really want to go all out and have that drive in you to do it daily, an extra on the bed works too.

 

 

 

 

Fairy lights are amazing and I vouch for them over and over again. They immediately light up (pun intended) any room and give it a face lift effortlessly. Stringing fairy lights around the room can also add the right ambience to the look you want to achieve.

 

 

 

 

Wall decals add a personalized and unique look to your room, making it truly yours and how you want it to be. This look for example, not only gives you positive reinforcements to when you start your day but the polka dots also add the designer flair that easily achieved with minimal work. The best part? It can be removed and replaced with a different design just as easily.

 

 

 

 

Feature walls are such a fantastic addition. It shows off your personality and if you love crafting or art, you can use it as a showcase of sorts to put up your work in your own space. The options are endless and that's what makes a feature wall so great! You can constantly switch up the look and themes to suit your mood. Basically like a mood board, but on a bigger scale. 

 

The Secret to Walls for Storage! | Kismet Decals

The Secret to Walls for Storage!

There is a quote in the interior design world that says 'Interior design is making the best possible use of the available space.' And with that in mind, I began to reminisce about the days where I used to live in a one bedroom apartment. I've always had a knack for designing spaces, - mostly on a budget.

With the cost of living constantly on the rise, now more than ever, people are living in spaces of a smaller scale. That doesn't mean you have to live with minimal possessions. With the right solutions added to your own space, you can have the world at your fingertips in the most organised possible ways. Here are just a few ideas I think will help you organise your space tremendously. And I'm talking about functionality, aesthetically and emotionally. The solution is pretty simple:

 

Images from Skona Hem, via French by DesignNordic Bliss &  La Maison d'Anna G

Wall spaces should never go to waste if you're working with a small space. Wall shelves are the best way for one to maximise space whilst storing and displaying items in the home. These shelves come in all sorts of sizes and colours suited to your preference. They are also affordable. You can use a whole wall or place them on a desk or dresser. 

 

Images by Ingrid Weir, Annagillar.se & Houzz

All you need is a hammer and a bunch of nails to set the spots. The rest is all up to you. This functionally aesthetic idea is great for all corners of your home: bathrooms, kitchens, bedroom closets and more. Carefully nail the wall for your hooks. Or if you are feeling lazy, there are hooks with built-in tape so you can just seal it to the wall! You can hang many things, starting from your coats, pans, to mugs and bags! If you are feeling a little bit extra, you can always add on container baskets where you can fill and hang many more other miscellaneous objects you have laying around the house!

 

Image by Felbyen, Decorusa, Alex Carpenter & Tiny House Tiny Foot Print

Watch your head because it is another wall shelf hack! Although this time you make sure that you place it above your head, and closer to the ceiling. This way, it is out of people’s eye-view. Solely for the things that you possibly wish to hide but also at the same time, you can get away with people thinking you have put in the extra mile to make your small space looking tidy!

 These are just three ideas and tips to help you organise your space. No matter the size, there's always room for design! 

Fun Wall Ideas For The Nursery | Kismet Decals

Fun Wall Ideas For The Nursery

Coming up with a theme for your child's nursery room can be fun but the hard part? - sticking to one idea. When I was expecting my first child, I was overwhelmed with the number of nursery room theme ideas I came across. I knew I had to either narrow them down or actually come up with my own ideas. Being a busy mum, I chose to narrow them down. 

 

KEEPING IT NEUTRAL

If you're planning to surprise yourself by not checking your upcoming baby's gender, or you're planning to have your toddler and your baby share a room, or maybe you're just not into the generic "girl" or "boy" themed nursery, you could opt for a neutral themed nursery room. Green is a common color used for neutral themed nursery rooms, it works well for both genders! 

 

GO FOR GROWN UP COLOURS

If you're not into the generic look of a nursery room, it's completely okay to go for a more sophisticated color scheme, with shades of gray and black, or even beige, similar to the picture above. You could add some colorful toys to bring that playful pop of color. Plus, this theme is perfect as your child grows up, you don't have to change much.

 

 

CREATE A STATEMENT WALL

Create a stimulating environment with a statement wall. It will give that umph for the nursery room and won't be too much if you're going for simple, neutral themed furniture. These little pandas make the perfect statement for the wall, adding color to the neutral themed room.

 

INCORPORATE ABSTRACT ART

I love having some beautiful abstract art around my home and rooms as well. Adding a beautiful abstract art wall sticker makes you stop what you're doing, just to look at them and think of the different ways you can interpret the stories behind them. It'll be a fun way to stir up bed time stories for your kids. The above picture is one of my favorites from Gemma Capdevila's collection and could be a great addition to your nursery room.

 

PLAYFUL CHARACTERS

Add some playful characters to the nursery room. Works well to help get your child's imagination started. The Forest Five from Aleksandra Szmidt's collection is the perfect example of how togetherness would feel like. Showing your child that people or in this case, animals, of different kinds can get together and be friends.

 

I hope you like the list I've compiled together for the Nursery Decor Ideas guide. Remember that inspiration comes from within you, you don't have to follow a step by step guide of how your baby's nursery should look like- for you are the one that knows your little one the most. 

If you're looking for furniture ideas for the nursery room,you can find it here.