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 To Style Your Bedside Table! | Kismet Decals

How To Style Your Bedside Table!

Raise your hand if your bedside table is actually your dumping ground for whatever things that you have on your hand when you get ready for bed. Well, more often than not we take for granted just how necessary it is. Your bedside table should really be an aesthetic decor for the eyes as it’s one of the first things you see when you wake up and the last thing you see before hitting the sack at night! Show some love towards it and transform your bedside table into a reflection of your personal classy, chic and elegant or even quirky style, giving it the attention it so rightfully deserves. Trust me, it makes a difference to how you start your morning and you'll be happier about it.

 

 

COLOUR PLAN

Most rooms already have a colour scheme or a specific look to follow e.g. contemporary, rustic, vibrant. Plan out what kind you’re going for, what sets your mood, what theme you’d like and vibe you want to project and from there, create.

 

 

SIZE MATTERS

Tables come in many forms so pick wisely based on your needs. Sometimes you may need extra storage space so an ideal table would be one with drawers or space that allows you to store items like your favourite books, pens and notebooks to write down last minute ideas, snacks although snacking in the middle of the night is never ideal but sometimes you just get hungry! Either way, make sure you check the sizing to suit the look you want for the room and for yourself!

 

 

NIGHT LIGHT

A lot of people, including me like having a night lamp (I love those weirdly shaped ones which intrigued me) for when I want to finish reading or jotting down last minute ideas and dreams that I want to remember when I wake up in the middle of the night while still in bed. Here's when a bedside table comes in handy as we're half blind in the dark anyways. Gone are the days of lamps being just you know, functional and bland, they now come with fashion and flair. From different colors and designs, there's tons to pick from.

 

 

KEEP IT SIMPLE

Travel back to basics and try not to overdo the entire set up for the beside table. The idea is to keep it minimalistic, chic and still serve its purpose as a space to keep your bedtime necessities. A cluttered table is never ideal and never let's be honest, aesthetic, so arrange your items to create a more neat and simple look.  

 

 

ESSENTIALS

There's always a few must have items by your bedside that calms you or help make life easier for you. For me, it's always my really loud alarm clock so that I won't snooze it and drift back into dreamland, a bottle of water in case I get thirsty in the middle of the night and a selected indoor plant to bring in some fresh air. 

 

 

ADD-ONS

The actual best part of decorating anything at all is being able to add my own personal touch, making the space my very own! In this case, scented candles and fresh flowers are a great way to add fragrance as well as fill up the space with something beautiful to look at. If that's too feminine for you, step it up a notch by adding a sculpture or artwork that inspires you to be productive every morning when you wake up. Either way, the goal is to create a look that you'd love waking up to and feast your eyes on. 

Orange For A Pop Of Colour! | Kismet Decals

Orange For A Pop Of Colour!

Orange, the color of sunsets and tropical fruits is undeniably cheery and bold while being one of the most versatile colors. Whether as an accent color or the foundation of your color scheme, orange is a color that can lend itself to both formal and casual settings for an unexpected dash of personality and warmth! 

Orange is a close relative of red, and sparks more controversy than any other hue. There is usually strong positive or negative association to orange and generally induces a stronger “love it” or “meh” response than other colors. Fun and vivacious orange radiates warmth and energy. Interestingly, some tones of orange, such as terra cotta, rust, and peach have very broad appeal. It stimulates activity and appetite and encourages socialization.

 

Why orange?

Orange is a warm color that can truly go a long way to help warm up a space. Unlike red, which the color orange is often compared to, orange is delicate and astute, while still being a warm color. Many shades of orange also have strong yellow undertones, which also help to keep spaces light, fresh and fun.

Chairs covered in pumpkin orange set the tone for this contemporary dining room. The mahogany table and minimal decor in the middle of the spacious room, offers a cool counterpoint to the warm and zesty orange.

 

Orange colour pairingsOrange is the new black in the sense that it can be paired with a number of colors. You can pair orange with cooler colors such as blue and charcoal grey and in fact, it goes really well with blue!

As well as neutral colors such as white, brown and taupe for a more toned down vibe.

Introduce color (in this case orange!!!) via beautiful fabrics for a look that's subtle, yet fetching. Accessories in vibrant orange can help add vintage whimsy to an interior, like in the bedroom of a cheery beach house.

 

Orange as a accent colour

It may sound daring or even impossible, but orange can also work well as a paint color either all over a room or as an accent color!

When using orange as a paint color, one of the most victorious techniques is to embody the art of high contrast. You can definitely pull this off this by introducing high contrast colors such as white, light grey or cream.

 

 

 

Your Indoor Guide to Plants That Love Shade | Kismet Decals

Your Indoor Guide to Plants That Love Shade

Indoor plants is totally an essential element of every interior furnishing. Green flora and fauna enhances and brightens up indoor spaces and are known to have mood-boosting qualities.

Indoor plants are popular choices because they are honestly really quite easy to take care of, provide health benefits, clean fresh air and can also be used in a variety of indoor décor themes, or if you're looking to have a little celebration or fun for your friendy without splurging on overpriced decorative theme pieces! Indoor plants are a significant alternative for those who have a tiny yard space for an outdoor garden or for those who live in climates with brutally cold winters.

So, if you’re caring for indoor plants for the first time or thinking of getting a few to freshen up your home space, then this quintessential guide will totally provide you with the mandatory enlightenment to allow your beautiful green friends to flourish and thrive!

 

What exactly are indoor plants?

Indoor plants are plants that grow indoors. There are a variety of tropical plants, like palms and ferns, that thrive in indoor environments.Fill up your home with all these stress friendly foliage!

 

How do you plant indoor plants?

Generally, indoor plants already come in containers and cute mini pots, so there really is no need to plant them. There are typically only one reason you need to plant an indoor plant which is when your plant is getting too big and needs a new comfortable home. Here's a guide to replant it into a larger container.

 

What qualities make for a good indoor plant?

There are a number of qualities to look for when choosing the ideal indoor plant.

  1. A good root system – This is incredibly important when picking out a plant. Of course it’s not practical to pull a plant out of its home to check its roots but if it is a small plant, this can be done. Healthy roots should be thick and light in colour.
  2. Foliage - Here’s a good rule of thumb when it comes to plant’s greenery: if you can’t see through it, the foliage is definitely thick and healthy enough.
  3. Check for disease – Some signs plants with pests or contagions are: sticky residue, white spots on the leaves and a bad odour.

 

What are the easiest indoor plants to take care of?

Here is a list of indoor plants that are super easy to take care of:

  • Arrowhead Vine
  • Philodendron
  • Snake Plant
  • Peacelily
  • Peperomia
  • Succulent
  • Cacti
  • Pothos

 

Which plants are considered indoor plants?

Plants that require a low amount of light and water to thrive are typically known as indoor plants. These plants are examples of common indoor plants:

 

How do you care for indoor plants?

Here are some tips and heads up that will help you give the maximum care for your indoor plants:

  • Keep the potting soil moist- It’s important to make sure the soil is not too wet nor too dry but just nice to act as a comfy home for your plants.
  • Make sure the plant pot has drainage holes in the bottom of the pot so that your plants do not drown and suffocate.
  • Place your plant near a light source, as indoor plants do need a tiny amount of light be it natural or artificial.
  • Determine the species of plant you have so you can more accurately care for it.

 

What are some of the typical reasons indoor plants die?

Some of the most common reasons plants whither away are:

  • Watering the wrong way; Most “brown thumbs” call it bad luck when a houseplant dies so suddenly from being dry.  But it’s that they're watering the plants wrong. They buy a plant looking pretty and lush, pay it lots of attention and give it a sprinkle of water every day. And when the novelty wears off, they water the plant less. The poor plants adjust to the sudden drought by shedding leaves, but their caretakers assume they’re dying and throw them out. If potting soil gets bone-dry, water will pass through without soaking in, and plant-keepers see the drainage and assume the soil is saturated when the opposite is true.
  • Light Levels (either not enough light or too much light)
  • Neglect

 

How do indoor plants affect people’s mood?

People are always surprised when I tell them how beneficial indoor plants are. Not only do plants clean the air and give you new, clean, fresh air, but they also reduce noise levels and stress in the workplace! If you want to learn more on how plants can affect people's mood, just click here!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ground Trends For Serious Style | Kismet Decals

Ground Trends For Serious Style

While a piece of art or furniture tends to serve as the interest point of any room, what's beneath them can make just as much of a statement.

Whether it's an animal printed carpet in an fresh tone for modish appeal, or a brightly colored rug that gives some serious punch, these usually neglected design elements have the capability to completely transform a space. And well, here are my few takes on an unforgettable space from the ground up.

1. All About Stripes

Did someone say stripes?!?! From the modern to the classic, and you can’t get more classic than black and white stripes. But you can give them an edgy vibe with a geometry or maze-like pattern that pays homage to the power of all the right angles. It is recurrent but undoubtedly timeless, in fashion and decor which is why it’s fun to place it in a totally modern setting for sleek touch!

2. Go Bold Or Nothing

Well I'm no stranger to expressing my love of bold patterns on the staircase. If you have an ordinary staircase at home, any staircase at all, challenge yourself with an exciting example of the confidence on display by those brave enough to go graphic with bold styles on staircase flooring! Allow for some creativity and dare to do something fun!

 3. Mad For Morrocan

Decorating your interiors with Moroccan carpets and rugs is a great way to up your style. Their minimalist, tribal designs complement most interior styles. They make any room cozy and laid back while creating warmth and depth. The term tribal or nomadic rugs immediately conjure up images of exotic Middle Eastern or Central Asian ethnography. In terms of design I tend to think of nomadic rugs as having a complex ornamental repertory of intricate geometric patterns, expressed in a palette of dark, deep colors. 

4. Suit It Up

This Prince of Wales checkered pattern is a classic that would never go out of style. And I think it would look great in both contemporary and minimalist settings!  I love menswear suiting-inspired designs for home decor and it makes a great statement piece, especially when used in unexpected ways, like this.

5. As Graceful As An Antelope

Sorry, cheetahs and leopards. There's a new king of the jungle, in homes, at least. Peek into any number of professionally decorated spaces and you'll find antelope carpets and rugs gracing the floor. Not only is it a great pattern, contemporary and classic, the antelope pattern has proven to be so versatile as it is also kid-proof by being so forgiving with traffic and spills.

I think I might just decide on an antelope carpet or rug for my next home decor!