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    Interior Chatter — interior trends

    What's The Difference? Farmhouse vs. Shabby Chic

    What's The Difference? Farmhouse vs. Shabby Chic

    You hear the words "Shabby Chic" and you think soft cottage style with distressed, vintage items. This can also include new items made to look old, or reused materials turned into something different (such as using old doors or shutters as a headboard). 

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    You hear the words 'Farmhouse Style" and you picture a rustic, country look with earth tones and natural textures (such as wood and greenery). This includes other organic items like burlap and twine, as well as cottage style items like mason jars and linen

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    When you start hunting for either style, you begin to see the line between the two blurs. Shabby chic is a term that was created in the early Eighties by a British designer in an interview with the American 'The World of Interiors' magazine. But it was Rachel Ashwell that created the movement.

    She used shabby chic as well when she described her style in the early Eighties. It then became so popular that she trademarked the term in 1989. She started the shabby chic, french country chic on the west coast and it spread like wildfire.

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    More recently, you see the words "Farmhouse Style" being used to describe what looks like, in many ways (to us), shabby chic style. With the immense popularity of Joanna and Chip Gaines, the "Fixer Upper" style took over in the past few years, creating a new way of looking at both shabby chic and farmhouse style. 

    Joanna loves to use shiplap, rustic wreaths and greenery, as well as linen and burlap and industrial farmhouse items. It's almost as if shabby chic has evolved into farmhouse style. Or perhaps farmhouse style took what it liked from shabby chic and added it's own twist? farmhouse style, joanna gaines, fixer upper

    We don't know exactly how to pinpoint it, but either way you look at it -  farmhouse style can be shabby chic, but not all shabby chic interiors are farmhouse style. Just a little interior chatter this week as we search for our own interior inspiration. What do you lean towards when designing your interiors? Farmhouse or Shabby Chic? 

    Xx, 

    O&F 

    Setting The Table - Easter Style!

    Setting The Table - Easter Style!

    We love a good dinner party or brunch, and we love hosting them even more! It's so much fun setting the table and decorating for a special occasion, especially in the Spring. Easter is just days away and we could not be more excited. It's the best season for linen (our favourite!) and of course muted pastels, creating the perfect opportunities for shabby chic interior lovers. And the perfect opportunity to gather friends and family for a celebration of fresh starts, new beginnings and renewed life! 

    LAYERS

    Layers, layers and more layers. Use the entire table, from plate ware, cutlery and napkins, to table runners, tablecloths and placemats, the more the merrier! And you can be a little adventurous and crafty with Easter. Bunnies, eggs, flowers, really anything goes when it comes to celebrating the Spring holiday.

    The key to layering successfully is introducing different textures to the table. Mix and match metals, natural textiles (like linen), colour (pastels) and white within the decor. Add fresh flowers and, of course, the food to tie it all together. 

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    CENTERPEICES 

    The centre of the Easter brunch (or dinner) is where it gets really fun. Boxwood wreaths wrapped around candle holders full of pastel eggs, fresh bouquets of spring flowers and pastel coloured eggs are just the beginning! Get creative and mix and match texture. Look at what you have in the house let the kids join in the fun. 

    Start from the middle of the table and work your way out. The centrepiece should set the tone of the table, and help tie together the colour scheme. If you're using natural linens, try a splash of coloured eggs in the centre, or an O&F boxwood wreath to help bring a touch of the outdoors inside. 

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    SEATING

    Too often the seats at the table go forgotten. Even if you have beautiful chairs and benches, it never hurts to add a touch of decor to each one. Our ruffled linen seat covers are, of course, among our favourite seating accessories. As well as our boxwood wreaths. 

    Ribbons, linen ties and name tags are just a few ideas. If your hosting a large family including children of all ages, seat covers are always a great option for gorgeous easter decor, as well as functional option making cleanup and messes easy as pie. 

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    LITTLE EXTRAS 

    Last, but never least, the extras. Accessorise the table and the space with your favourite Easter decor. Maybe it's your mother's old china, or your child's best Easter art from school. Whatever you choose, tie it into the table with our theme of the season - mixing and matching textures and colour. 

    We just love Rae Dunn Clay and anything homemade, as well as Easter trees, wreaths, banners and floral garlands. And of course, as awlays - bunnies and more eggs! Just have fun with it and enjoy the day celebrating with your loved ones. 

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    Home Decor Trends For Spring 2017

    Home Decor Trends For Spring 2017

    Spring is (almost) here and you know what that means, it's time for major cleaning and redecorating - our favourite time of year! Throw those warmer textiles in storage, break out brighter colours and gear up for the season of blooming. 

    We're exploring some of the best trends heading into 2017, from colour palettes to new materials, we can't get enough of this years top notch style! 

    1. PANTONE COLOUR OF THE YEAR - GREENERY 

    Pantone's colour of the year could not be any more perfect for spring interiors. While the "Greenery" shade is stunning, you can have fun and play around with all shades of green. From kitchen cabinet accents to rugs and cushions, it's an easy and comforting touch of rustic charm for any room. And it pairs perfectly with organic textiles such as linen, hardwood and flax. 

    2. MIXED PATTERNS AND PRINTS

    Mixing patterns and prints does not have to be hectic or overwhelming. For the perfectionist, you may find it difficult to mix and match to your liking. Our advice is to stick with a 3 piece colour palette (within the prints) and to choose only a few interior items for the patterns. Our favourite part about this trend is implementing vintage pieces like upholstered chairs, curtains and cushions - it's our heaven! 

    3. THE NEW GO-TO NAVY BLUE 

    We've been longtime fans of navy blue for just about everything, from clothes to interiors, you can never go wrong with a bit of blue. This year you'll find more navy blue accents than black, and just a touch is all you need. From lighting, seating and plating, to cushions, artwork and wall decor, it's easy to find the perfect accent for your spring space. 

    4. NATURAL WHITES

    We can't say enough about this classic and timeless trend. All white everything is an everlasting mantra for spring interiors, and the more natural and imperfect the better! Raw and chalky whites are a staple of our favourite shabby chic style. They brighten up any room, from bedding and textiles, to pottery and artwork, you can never go wrong with white. 

    5. BET ON THE BRONZE

    Bronze may be third place in sporting events, but it's first place in spring trends. We love the vintage and industrial appeal of bronze accents, especially when it comes to lighting. From bathrooms, bedrooms and hallways, to the kitchen and living room spaces - the bronze adds a bit of fixer upper style and class to any home.