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Penelopetom regularly scours the press for inspirational interiors news articles . We specifically search out articles relating to contemporary styling and the use of unusual but tasteful home accessories to accessorize your home.

Refreshing your Home in 2017

Thursday 30th March 2017

1. Don't Hurry to Choose the Colors

Many people start their interior design planning with the choice of a color scheme. Well, this approach seems understandable, but home designers agree on the fact that there is no need to hurry with the choice of a color palette. There are so many colors that differ in density and shades that it's really hard to make the best choice right from the start. Colors that look great in one home may not suit the interior of a new house. This depends upon the style, lighting sources, furniture and even decor elements. Consequently, you should select the color palette of your new home after you decide on the rest of the elements.

2. Don't Buy Many Furniture Items

If you dream of making your home cozy and functional at the same time, there is no need to buy too many furniture items. Rooms that are overwhelmed with furniture, don't have enough space for moving. Select only those furnishings you will actually use every day. This will also help save your budget.

3. Hang the Pictures Properly

Do you know that all the masterpieces in galleries and museums are hung on the eye level of visitors? This is around 145-152 cm from the floor. Follow the same rule, when hanging pictures in your home. If you are not sure about the choice of a right place, take a photo of the wall. You can't even imagine how informative it may be. You can mark the place, where you are going to hang a picture or even several of them to see, where they will fit better.

4. Highlight the Key Points

When it comes to the interior, there are always primary and secondary items to be placed in a room. It's important to select a piece of furniture or several of them, which will be the focal points of your interior. The rest of the elements will be secondary, helping create the impression of unity with other furnishings.

5. Review Your Collection

One of the first things you should do when planning home renovation is reviewing the collection of furnishings and decor elements you have at your disposal. Remember that those items that looked great in the previous interior, may not fit the new one. Thus, don't hang a picture, which does not combine well with the rest of the decor elements, even if this is a present from someone special. It's better to find another place for this item than to make it a part of the interior it doesn't match at all.

6. Add More Light

The more light there is in a room, the more spacious and comfortable it looks. This is the rule, which doesn't have the exceptions. There is no need to add extra lighting accessories, if there is enough natural light in a room. However, if your home is located on a shady street or you just wish to make it more spacious, then it makes sense to buy extra lighting fixtures. Many of them, by the way, may contribute to the general atmosphere of your home.

7. Be Brave!

Regardless of all the interior design ideas and tips, there is only one thing that can give your home stylish and unique look. This is the individual touch. Define your idea and design principles long before you actually get involved into home renovation. Don't be afraid to experiment. This will give you the understanding of what works well and what doesn't. Create unusual combinations that may seem awkward at first. Experts underline that such ideas often prove to be the best and the most unexpected solutions!

Hopefully, the design ideas provided in this article will help you avoid the necessity to hire a professional home interior designer. Take your time to browse through the website to find out valuable tips and recommendations on how to enhance your home design.

Making a Statement in 2017

Thursday 30th March 2017

New year, new trends! From vibrant, sunshine yellows to stunning, statement lighting take a gander at these inspiring design trends that are sure to make strong statements in 2017.

Mismatched cabinetry has gained traction in kitchen and bathrooms with two tones of colors. Also, be on the lookout for different textures to add bold contrast to the "mismatched trend."

EXTRA-LARGE format tiles make a massive push. Whether in bathrooms, flooring or adorning a fireplace surround, these extra-large tiles pack a serious punch and are low maintenance. Think beyond 12" x 24" and focus on feet, maybe even 3' x 6'! Also, keep an eye out for these extra-large tiles in bold patterns, colors and contrasts.

Fireplaces are beginning to take center stage again. New advances in gas and electric options are hassle free, cozy alternatives to wood burning fireplaces. And as Mid-Century Modern design continues to thrive, natural stone will be a hot finish for this fabulous feature.

Large scale lighting is taking statement lighting up a notch. If the scale of the room accommodates, go big and bold with a focal lighting piece that portrays personality. Don't be surprised to see the pairing of metals with raw, natural materials such as wood, cloth or clay.

Moderated modern is taking shape with a return to softer lines with an eclectic, artisan feel. This comfortably, stylish design is an innovative fashion (not fad) that has a broad market attraction and timeless quality.

Architectural elements created by 3D printing give praise to advances in technology. Whether in tiles, or now even in concrete forms, 3D printing creates waves of opportunity to make architectural art.

Dusky blues and sunshine yellows bring accent colors to life, while grays keep gracing paint palettes, accessories and finishes. And, of course, PPG's color of the year, Violet Verbena, will start making a strong appearance.

A nod to our need for relaxing and recharging, bathrooms with high design are in serious demand. Accent walls, statement lighting and seamless spa showers turn these spaces into zen-like retreats.

Black matte finishes keep the matte trend standing strong while adding a clean, confident element to interiors. Keep an eye out for this trend, particularly in lighting as well as kitchen finishes and fixtures.

Take a try at these chic and stylish interior design trends and, of course, don't be afraid to have some fun and let personality prevail within a space!

What's Hot for 2016

Thursday 28th April 2016

While 2015 was the year copper became ‘the metal of the moment’, we predict that this will start to wane and brass and gold will take over as our chosen metallics. Golds and brass warm up a space and reflective surfaces bounce light around a room and using a few well-chosen pieces as accents create a glamorous and affluent look no matter what your individual style. 

 Artisan goods are getting more popular as buyers are consciously driven towards purchases that support small businesses. Locally made and sourced globally, artisanal products can be mixed with mass produced items as well as with vintage finds.

Bringing nature into the home will be a strong trend in 2016 – from the use of plants and living walls, to horticulture inspired fabrics and wallpapers. Another major trend will be combining natural materials such as wood, stone, cork, metals (in particular brass and copper).  Combinations will vary from classic ones such as wood and marble to more unconventional ones such as raw concrete and gold. Simplicity of form will be key in the way each material will be mixed together.

2016 is the year of Organic Glamour: artisanal objects, natural materials shot through with metallic, botanical themes, and a mid century modern furniture style incorporating some oversized pieces. Gold features highly but mixing your metals remains a key trend, and a softer, pastel paint palette is sneaking in. Loving the old-world glamour!

Interiors Trends for 2016

Wednesday 20th April 2016

In The Pink 

Pink is the new neutral. No, really. Not bubblegum pink, obviously, or princess, but soft grey-pink, the colour of calamine lotion, flamingo feathers, early signs of a sunset. On walls, sofa fabrics or textiles it becomes grown up, sophisticated, subtle. And the best way to pair it is with metallic. Not the flashy glint of copper but the soft glow of bronze, gleaming next to blush with an expensive-seeming shine.


Turning a New Leaf 

You can’t have failed to have succumbed to the succulent trend, little spiky plants popping up in corners, sprouting on mantles, spikily architectural. But the new vogue for softer shapes makes ferns the feeling of the moment, their long fronds waving dreamily out from terracotta pots. Hazy and gentle, they speak of afternoons spent lazily in sunlit glens.

Gardening not your thing? Then fern motifs works equally well. On plates, cushions, or prints they’re proof that green is the warmest colour.

Getting Minty with it

Working well with both Bronze and Blush and ferns, mint comes straight off the catwalk and into the home. Popping out as a chair against a white wall, or ceramic egg cup on a country table it feels fresh, inviting, a lot like the flavour of the same name.

Think of this as an accessory rather than whole-room palette – dot it in against paler colours and  softer tones to provide a zesty hit.

Wood from the Trees

  Almost everything looks smart against a dark surface, and the sooty polish of rich brown wood helps the most inexpensive accessories glimmer. Dark wood furniture is cosy and intimate, creating a private member’s club vibe of total, utter refinement.

It feels more right for the season than blonde wood, with its airy lightness and Springy notes – this is a material to hunker down with, cover with quilting, and fire up Netflix for. It speaks of joyful hibernation.


 Clashing prints are a riot of colour, but nothing beats the quiet pastel temperance of an ombre fade. Hanging on a curtain pole, going from white to green, or blooming on a vase from blue to grey, it’s like sorbet for the soul: soothing to be around.

Use ombre fabrics to cover sofas or cushions, or go for two-tone decorative pieces to dot on shelves and surfaces. An easy way to introduce colour, flair and style.


Tips to Styling your Home

Tuesday 11th November 2014

The way our home looks says a good deal about who we are and more about our individualities - that's why the way in which we organise our home interiors are very important in how we live our lives. We live in a fast moving world where we are bombarded with what we should wear, eat and place in our homes, yet hardly ever do we have enough time to ponder the facts that perhaps how we lay out our rooms just could have an effect on our moods, creativity, vitality levels and who knows what else. Perhaps it's time to have a considerable look at ourselves and our home interiors.

There are a couple of helpful ways in which we can spruce up our home life and our home decor by working on some elements that are very important.

- Focus Points - Spaces that have a centre focus point that engages your focus will likely flow better. Things like your art displays, an architectural wall creation or even figurines are decent ideas.

- Harmony - All the rooms in our home should possess a strong sense of compatibility to them.

- Colour - This ought to be an obvious one. Using positive colors are able to shift energies around and produce a world of difference. A candle or two might be used to impressive impact.

- Balance - This is properly accomplished by balancing the room's visual weight and discreetly dispersing it out to the other areas of the room.

- Rhythm - Develop the illusion of visual excitement through motion by laying out your space in such a manner that the viewer's eye keeps moving from point to point. This should not be confused with spreading items all around.

- Proportion and Scale - Use only furniture and pieces that suit the total size of the area, not overshadow it or throw it out of symmetry.

Home interior decor and design is oftentimes a highly sensitive matter as many people feel that they really understand what they are doing but the outcome is quite the contrary. Things that you currently have like candles and figurines can possibly be effortlessly re-arranged and placed on shelves and corners to fashion excellent dramatic results plus improve lighting in places that are often overlooked caused by obstructions.

The right application of lighting in the home has the ability to practically completely transform any old lounge or study into a dynamic and stimulating room. Experimentation is the key and you will not likely know if you do not try.

If you would like to try and copy popular styles then think of looking at some alternative ideas for home interiors inspiration. Some of the most prevalent home decor would consists of; Asian, Gothic, Traditional, Mediterranean, Tropical, and obviously contemporary interior designs.

A quick look into a couple of these styles specified will completely transform your home interiors and unveil several doors of opportunities for re-inventing your home and infusing it with new life.

Autumn is on its way! Declutter your home with our handy tips

Tuesday 12th February 2013

We tend to spend a lot of time in our homes and this can either be a good thing or it can be rather frustrating. If your home is a safe haven where you can comfortably move about and enjoy the environment, it is going to be relaxing and allow you to prepare for the stresses outside the home. On the other hand, if you tend to have a lot of clutter in the home that can add to your stress in some cases and may even provide a health hazard. Fortunately, there are some things that you can do to get a handle on the situation and to see yourself safely to the other side.

The first thing that you need to do when you're going to de-clutter the home is to have some type of a plan in place. This is the most important step, as it is going to help to give you an overview of what needs to be done to the home. It is important for you to make sure that you set goals during this time that are obtainable. The last thing that you want to do is to discourage yourself by constantly falling short of your goals.

If you're going to be decluttering a single room, start in one corner of the room near the doorway and work around the room in a sweeping motion. This is going to have several different benefits. First of all, it is going to allow you to systematically clean the room and to get rid of the clutter that is present. It is also going to help to motivate you to keep going because you will be able to see what you've already done. Use the one touch rule when decluttering a room. Once you pick something up, make sure that it is put in its own place and not simply put aside to take care of at a later time.

If you have a lot of clutter, you may want to consider hiring a company to come haul some of it away. These companies are often classified as junk movers and they handle debris clean-up, as well as removal of items from homes that are getting a thorough cleaning. In using one of these companies, you're not only going to save yourself time but you're also going to say goodbye to a lot of the clutter so that it is not a problem at some point in the future.

Enough is Enough!

Wednesday 2nd May 2012

Enough is enough! I have finally had it! I cannot work in this kitchen anymore! I need a new one right now! stop wait.Are you tired of your kitchen? Have you had enough of the cluttered workspace where you can’t even boil an egg anymore? Are you thinking about kitchen renovation? Then you need to ask yourself a few questions before you really put your head into the project.What do you need and what are your desires?Need and desires have a hairline difference between them in our minds but they are miles apart according to the dictionary. You may need a new oven because your old one got fired up and cannot be fixed in any way. You know this because you have TRIED fixing it in every possible way before making this statement. You may desire a new oven because your old one looks ugly. It’s old and wouldn’t look good in your new renovated kitchen. You have to draw a line there. Give first priority to the things you need then move on to the things you desire.

Can you take all the hassle?Kitchen renovation may seem a fairy tale project at the start. You look up a kitchen of your dreams in a catalogue, workers work on your kitchen and voila. You have the kitchen you wanted all your life. But reality is far from it. When you plan on kitchen renovation, you must be prepared for all the workmen going in and out of your house all the time. Your household routines get disrupted. You have to plan beforehand about how you plan to cook your family food and what will you do about all the breakfast in the mornings. If you have toddlers at home, you need to be careful they don’t go near the kitchen while it’s being remodeled. Your house is going to get real messy and dusty so be prepared.Do you want your kitchen redesigned from the scratch or just apparent changes?Kitchen renovation can mean a lot of dimensions.

You may require a whole revamped kitchen or your kitchen is in a good condition and it just needs few surface changes to suit your needs. This is really important to keep in mind when you buy stuff for renovation and hire staff. It is nothing to be ashamed of if you decide on surface changes. Your kitchen may have all the appliances in working condition, you have a lot of working space and you may just have a chipped marble countertop that needs grinding or cabinets’ polish has waned. In that case, the optimum solution is you opt for resurfacing, refacing or refinishing.How can you reduce the kitchen renovation cost?Kitchen renovation can dent a huge hole on your savings. You need to be very much aware of the market costs and how much you can afford. All the designs may seem to be calling your name from the catalogue but they won’t be affordable. You need to make the best decision while keeping your resources in mind.

Best Deal Decor Finds at Flea Markets

Thursday 26th June 2008

Most savvy bargain decorators know that there are treasures to be found at flea markets. Knowing that treasures are to be found and knowing what to look for are two very different things. Here is our list of top picks to keep your eyes open for when browsing a flea market.




Vintage fabrics can be plentiful at flea markets. Look for unique patterns to give your home a custom flair. Use the fabric to make throw pillows, bedding, chair pads or draperies. Be sure to examine the entire piece of fabric before purchasing to make sure there are no holes or stains.


Framed and unframed art can be found quite easily at flea markets. Look through the stacks of art, towards the back of the pile, to find the best bargains. Buy only what you absolutely love and do not be afraid to negotiate as art is the most subjectively priced item at a flea market.

Suitcases / Trunks:

Old suitcases and trunks can be stacked together and used as a side or coffee table in your home. When searching for two or three to use together, do not worry about matching colours or styles as that can be an impossible feat. More important is to look for suitcases that are in good condition, are visually appealing, and at a rock bottom price.

Table Linens:

Old tablecloths and napkins come in a wide array of colours and patterns. The best bargains are found on items that are not part of a matched set. Use your creativity to make your own set by finding linens all in one colour family but with different patterns.

Antique Spools:

For just pounds a piece, antique spools and bobbins can be purchased at flea markets. These spools can be turned into lamp bases or stacked and used as inexpensive and unique candle holders.

Wooden Crates:

Interesting old crates can be used as a magazine rack, or a firewood box, or be placed on their side and used as a table. Look for crates with writing or logos painted on the sides for a bit of colour. Crates are typically found in abundance at flea markets, and were made as a utilitarian item rather than as decor, which gives you lots of negation room.

Cabinet Hardware:

Hardware for your Kitchen, Bathroom, or a piece of furniture is a great thing to hunt at flea markets. Just like with table linens, matched sets are at a premium, so if you can pull together several knobs that work cohesively as a group, you will achieve an interesting look at a bargain basement price.


Just about any type of vessel can be used as a flower or plant pot in the garden, and the choices at a flea market are truly endless. Consider purchasing old cooking pans, serving bowls, coffee mugs, wood boxes, and other types of container to be used for visual interest in the garden or on a porch.

Decorative Frames:

Search for old frames in different shapes, sized and materials at the flea market.  

Typically the glass from the frame is missing or damaged, allowing more room for negation on the cost of the frame. Take your new treasure to a framing store and have new glass cut for just a few pounds.


Postcards / Maps:

Postcards and maps are colourful, educational and just plain interesting to look at. They can be snatched up for mere pennies at flea markets and used in your home. Consider framing postcards for inexpensive vintage art. Large maps can be used as custom wallpaper when applied to walls.

Flea market shopping can be both an exhilarating and exhausting experience. The trick is to know what you are looking for before you go, always keep your budget in mind, and remember to keep your eyes open at all times.

Small things make a big difference

Thursday 26th June 2008

Small Items That Pack a Big Punch

Who says good things don’t come in small packages? Sometimes a small item can add a lot of style impact to your home. Small items can be great looking and budget friendly; in fact, some of these items are even free. Check out these undersized items that deliver big decorating impact.

A Tassel: Use tassels in unexpected ways. Add a single tassel to the end of a pull cord on a ceiling fan or light fixture for a touch of color and instant sophistication. Tassels can also be hung over a knob on a dresser or armoire to freshen the look of an existing piece of furniture.

Produce: Yes, you read correctly, produce. Display colourful, fresh fruit or vegetables in a bowl in the Kitchen or Dining Room. When used as an edible accessory, produce adds color and a delicate smell to your home and is great for your waistline. Some varieties to try include pears, apples, lemons, limes, pomegranates, artichokes, and eggplants.

Three Way Light Bulbs: Replace a standard light bulb with a three way light bulb in a lamp that accommodates such a bulb. The smallest wattage can be used for soft lighting to create instant ambiance. The highest setting can be used for task lighting and reading.

Throw Pillows: Use throw pillows as a small yet effective way to add colour, pattern and texture. Adding a throw pillow in the season’s hot colour, this spring the colour is yellow, instantly updates a room.

Door Mat: A new doormat welcomes guests to your home. Rather than the basic green or tan colour mat, look for a brightly painted mat to add colour and warmth to your entrance. First impressions last, so make yours representative of the details inside your home.

New Cabinet Knobs: Replace your old cabinet knobs for a quick and effective transformation. New knobs can transform the look of Kitchen cabinets from old to new. A modern knob on older cabinets can result in an instantaneous updated look.

Lamp Shade: A tired looking lamp becomes new again with a fresh shade. Seek to change both the shape and colour of the old shade, and you will feel like you purchased a new lamp. 

Fresh Flowers: Flowers add colour and smell to your home and help to brighten just about any room. Pick flowers from your garden or purchase stems from growers at local farmer’s markets for a fresh and budget friendly alternative.

Hand Towels: Perk up a Kitchen or Powder Room with hand towels. These objects of necessity can do much more than simply dry your hands. For just a few pounds, coloured or patterned hand towels add a bit of interest in these utilitarian spaces.

Paint: One gallon of a new paint colour can dramatically change the look of a small room or piece of furniture. Drab walls can instantaneously change to stunning and a piece of furniture can be given a whole new personality with paint colour.

Child’s Artwork: Nothing adds character and colour to home like a picture made by your favorite child. Simple artwork can be transformed to look like a masterpiece when placed in inexpensive frame. You can even commission your child to colour a picture for you to fill a specific place on your wall or add a needed touch of colour in a room.

These ideas are simple and inexpensive. Go ahead and give one a try, you will be impressed with how big of an impact the addition of one small decorative item can have in your home.

Go for something different on your walls

Thursday 15th May 2008

For some of us, plain walls and minimalist furniture just don't hit the spot. If it's painted or bronzed walls you're after then talk to a specialist decorator.

Doing something different doesn't have to mean stencilled patterns along your corridor or round the doorframe, which can look dated and unstylish. You can go for something much more sophisticated.

Limewashed walls are classic and elegant and in years gone by many homes would be limewashed annually. The colour tends to mature and mellow with age and moves with the structure of the building, so doesn't crack like modern paints often do. If you are going to use limewash bear in mind that it is designed to soak into the plaster so it can't be applied over existing emulsion on your walls - it needs to go straight onto fresh plaster or exposed bricks. Basic limewash is white, but pigments can be added to achieve the colour you want.

If plain limewash isn't enough of a departure from the norm, you may need to look further and find a really artistic decorator. Someone who can create a scene in your room. And not a kid's mural or superhero frieze.

Fresco is an antique, classic form of wall painting originally dating from ancient Greek and Roman times. It was most famously used on the ceiling of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel by Renaissance artist Michelangelo. Usually subtle colours are used and can be further mellowed by rubbing with sandpaper to "distress" the painting. Traditionally the whole room is decorated, taking people into a different world - often a mystical setting or other beautiful landscape. But if that seems too much then one wall or even part of a wall can be used to introduce some permanent art into your home.

An alternative to a fresco scene is to create a "trompe l'oeil" effect. This is where the artistic decorator may create the effect of stone or wood on your walls. His skill and subtlety will be needed to achieve the correct effect of contours and texture to make the walls really look like they are made from a different material. But if it's well done you will have a very unique and interesting interior.

If you want to incorporate an existing picture onto your walls then "decoupage" may be the answer. Paper cut-outs are stuck to the surface and then given a protective layer of varnish or lacquer. Once you have chosen the pictures and worked out the best layout, which an artistic decorator with a good eye can help you with, it is very easy to do.

You can get pictures from specialist decoupage books. These often have classic images and motifs such as cherubs, bows and architectural details. But if you want a modern version then any cut out pictures can be used. Just watch out if something in a magazine or book appeals to you - if the page is thin then the printing on the underside may show through once it is glued to the wall, so check first with a small piece. You will also need to decide on the background colour for the wall. This may depend on the colours of your decoupage pictures, but choose carefully - once the decoupage is on you won't be able to change it!

Another old but interesting effect is verdigris. This is a blue-green sheen over copper, brass or bronze caused by corrosion by air and seawater over time, and the same effect can be achieved in your home! It's done by applying paint or other chemicals over a copper leaf background, or for larger areas bronze powder is often used. The effect can be stunning and even in a really modern setting a wall decorated like this, surrounded by stark white could look very striking.

Plain paint or patterned wallpaper is the easy options in interior design today. But there are other choices if you want to make a style statement. And a specialist artistic decorator can help you achieve it.

Decorating with Retro Vintage Ads

Thursday 15th May 2008

Do you ever remember the "Good Old Days"? Everyone can get a little nostalgic but how about expressing that nostalgia through some of the most creative art ever created? With the recent growth of vintage nostalgia and collectibles, a new trend in decorating includes the collecting and display of vintage magazine ads.

For example, if you have a home bar, you may be interested in framing some old Ballantine ale, Schenley, Smirnoff and other beer, wine or liquor ads. If your first car was a 1969 Chevelle, you may want to frame a vintage Chevrolet ad. I have seen a number of car dealers that like to put these up in their showrooms. It really makes a statement to potential car buyers

Many banks have created some truly classic ads and it is interesting now much life insurance and credit was promoted years ago.

Colorful full page ads seem to spark the most interest although there are some really classic black and white ads. These ads from days gone by contain some truly classic looks that you just don't see today. There are many obscure artists that have created these ads...some not so obscure such as Norman Rockwell. Before the advent of computer graphics, most of these ads required an artist rendering, the likes of which are rarely used today. The attention to detail in the artwork of many of these ads is simply amazing.

More than the classic looks, they provide a glimpse into a different time as well as how society viewed the world. For example, many of the cigarette ads from the 1940's - 1950's feature prominent actors, actresses and sports figures. Ronald Reagan, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby to name a few. This is something you would never see in today's "PC" (Politically Correct) world.

At the other end of the spectrum, many of these past ads portray American life at home.

An ad for Campbell's soup features a brother and sister coming in out of the cold to find Mom with two steaming hot bowls of soup. Families eating meals together, traveling together and well....just plain being together are more examples of how times have changed. In these days of fast food, it surely is a rarity to see this sort of home environment.

This trend lead me to start collecting and eventually selling these classic ads. I have heard some really great ideas. Many of these ads adorn home bars, garages and playrooms. The best story to date is a customer that was going to wallpaper their bathroom with vintage soap and perfume ads. Truly creative!


About the author

The author collects and sells vintage tools and vintage magazine ads. The antique tool collecting has come down through the family and their ties to different industries and occupations that involved a wide range of different tools.

The vintage magazine ads evolved by stumbling upon some examples at a flea market while hunting for tools. Since collecting some tool related ads, the collection began to grow and soon enough, the ads went up for sale.

After some time dabbling with Ebay, a dedicated website was created and continues to grown.

Current items can be found at the following URL http://www.vintage-ads.com/