Quirky Cool Candy

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Quirky Cool Candy

How to bring a quirky character into your home that’s cool, contemporary and fresh

Another first edition to the blog. Yay! This new subject revisits previous home stories and look at the styles and elements that make up those creative spaces. Our first story is the curiously curated home of artist Marguerite Nel from November’s Round House feature and how to find inspiration from her quirky cool style.

“Nel has done an incredible job at curating the space. Every detail has been carefully thought out, every piece telling its story. Old iron hospital beds, -trollies and -lockers add to an industrial theme that feels surprisingly warm and modern thanks to accompanying second-hand, mid-century pieces sourced at great length by Margaret.”

What makes this room so striking is the surprising mix of colours: grey-green walls are paired with bright candy-pink hues and pale grey blues. The spots of brilliant orange and vibrant greens in the decorative elements really brighten up an otherwise cool space.

Dark grey walls and quirky artwork in this quirky artist's bedroompale blue, bright pink and grey green walls for a quirky cool space | sitsitso lookbook

The warm wooden mid-century furniture and vintage hospital trolly or bedside lamp combined with modern items like the candy-colour-block bed throw creates a contemporary look. Another way to add interest is through the creative use of quirky but well chosen deco pieces like the antique manequin and hand-made sculptures.

Grey green walls and mid century pieces | sitsitso lookbook
Grey green walls and mid century pieces | sitsitso lookbook

Style-step-by-step

1. Choose complementary colours

Here the green and reds are complimentary colours. Choosing different hues that fall into a complimentary spectrum creates a fun and unusual colour scheme. Like the different hues of green combined with spots of bright reds (in the painting) and pale pinks (in the art pieces and bed throw.) Blue and orange are also complementary, which is why the bed spread goes so well with the artwork as well as the golden yellow orange tones of the wood.

2. Combine warm colours with cool colours

Here the grey-green walls and dull blue hues creates a cool, tranquil and calm feeling. Combining this with very warm colours like pink and orange in selective areas not only creates focus but adds a dash of energy and warmth to the room.

3. Use old with new

Combining good quality vintage pieces like the mid-century modern furniture brings a timeless quality to the space while pairing it with modern pieces like the colour-blocked bedspread and artwork makes it instantly contemporary.

4. Don’t forget to breathe

It’s important not to overfill the space with too much decor. Carefully select your pieces and rather go for a few things that says more than filling the space with ornaments. Adding bright white also adds a freshness and allows the spaces to breathe.

5. Create a focus point

A focal point can be anything from a very striking chair to a brilliant piece of art. In this case the artwork by Margaret pulls the entire scene together. The bright colours draw you in while the rest of the colours set the tone and mood for the entire space. It’s often easier to choose your focus piece first and then allowing the piece to inform your decision making when it comes to choosing colour or determining a theme.

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eco-friendly christmas with plants and lights

Candles in my home made christmas wreath

 

PLANTS AND LIGHT

for an eco-friendly christmas

 

This year, in honour of tip number thirteen on Plastic Free Friday, I decided to create a festive atmosphere without buying any plastic or cheaply made christmas decorations. My aim was to keep it as green and eco-friendly as possible and to try and use plants wherever I can. Combining them with lights and candles also meant that my christmas-plant-ensembles were perfectly suited for this months Urban Jungle Bloggers theme; Plants and Light

 

Christmas Wreath

My mom used to have advent candles and this year I wanted to partake in the tradition by making my own. An advent wreath is a Lutheran tradition where four candles–that signify the four weeks leading up to Christmas–is placed in a circle (often combined with an evergreen wreath) to symbolise the eternity of God. The candles are then lit every Sunday, starting with the first candle on the 1st advent and finally lighting all four on the final Sunday before christmas.

 

eco-friendly home made advent wreath with real plants

 

For my own advent wreath, I wanted an eco-friendly option that was made from real plants, so that I could use it every year or use the plants elsewhere once christmas was over. I decided to get four small plants that I could later repot. I positioned them in a circle with four candles and filled the open spots with chestnuts and pine cones. For the base I used a round baking tray and placed it in this pretty copper bowl – a previous christmas gift from my mum.

 

Christmas Lights

Maybe you’ll recognise my glass jars from last month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers post on plant pots. Well, I decided to give them a christmas spin by wrapping some christmas twine around the brims. Since the plants in here don’t need water I added the battery operated fairy lights to make it even more christmassy and added a white candle for a bit of warmth.

 

December's Urban Jungle Bloggers theme: Lights and plants.

 

Christmas Trolly

I found this trolly on the street back when I lived in London. It’s not very slick but works great for displaying plants, which gives it a rather bohemian air. I wanted my bohemian nook to look christmassy too, so I used old cardboard to create a fun mountainous backdrop (I saw this clever idea on pinterest a couple of years ago). With some candles lit, the setup looks undoubtedly festive, albeit a little unusual. I love it.

 

My eco-friendly christmas with plants and lights

 

Christmas Dinner

For our annual Berlin-family christmas dinner I wanted to create a super simple table setting that would be elegant but also a little striking. So I combined lots of candles in bottles and terracotta holders with cypress cuttings in glass jars. The table cloth is simply unbleached cotton linen to compliment the earthy tones. To add to the festive ambiance, I created a hanging “christmas tree chandelier” with home-made paper pendants that could hang above the table.

 

Simple table settings for an eco-friendly christmas

 

I got the idea for the hanging branches from this neat idea for an advents calendar. The pendants I folded from paper (using this tutorial) and just added some beads to round it off. I had so many paper corner cuttings from the folded pendants so I decided to turn them into little paper “leaves” to go with my wooden beads. It was really hard to get a good photo of the hanging branch, so I hope you can get a slight idea of what it looked like in the end.

 

Green christmas decor: plants and lights

 

Creating an eco-friendly plant-based christmas theme turned out to be much easier than I expected it would. Somehow the restrictions I had placed on myself (like not being allowed to buy any plastic or ready made decor) forced me to be a little more creative then usual and I had so much fun making it all.

 

I hope you enjoyed my contribution to this month’s Urban Jungle Bloggers post! Be sure to check out some of the other Plants and Light posts on Urban Jungle Bloggers and if you haven’t been there, both blogs by UJB creators Igor Josifovic and Judith de Graaff are well worth the visit!

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

 

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