• Are you a Mid Century Minimalist or a Bohemian Jungalow Maximalist?

    Did you jump on The Minimalists or KonMari bandwagon?  How are you feeling about it now?  Is more stuff coming into your life to replace what you got rid of?  Or are you actually sticking to a clearer, tidier, less materialistic life...  Hows it working out for you?
     
     
     
    Just as the Minimalist trend started, I discovered hashtags such as  #boldbohemians and #jungalowstyle on Instagram.  Its the total opposite of minimal, shopping at all the op shops to take home what you just dropped off. 
      
    I just can't get enough of velvet upholstery, big cushions, snuggly throws, persian rugs, millions of plants, op shop knick knacks, vintage art, books, a mix of antique and mid century modern... its an all-over-the-place style and I love it!
    Give me all the stuff, Retro Bohemian and Vintage!
     
    #boldbohemians
    This room!  From the Instagram page of whatever_happened_to_miss_wolf 
     
    Check out this article on Lifehack, it will help you decide if you are a Minimalist or a Maximalist... 
    "Minimalism is all about clean lines, empty spaces, plain colors and patterns, the ridding of clutter, the clearing of surfaces and the simplicity of having only what is necessary. It is about minimizing visual noise so that the focus is drawn to only a handful of items that are useful and practical. Minimalist decor embraces storage. It doesn’t mean you don’t have things; it just means they are organized and put away so that they are not constantly accessible and seen."
     
    "Maximalism, while being completely the opposite to the minimalist style, isn’t necessarily about clutter or excess. It is however visually and spatially busier. Maximalist style is about bold colors, patterns and creativity. It fills a room with interest and variety. A space is brimming with life and history; it tells a story and gives priority to diversity of  functionality. -  for Lifehack
     
    From The Workshop
    Restoring furniture has made me really appreciate good workmanship, and I do love the great clean lines of mid century design, the wood is best sanded back and oiled/waxed, it is normally soft and easy to work with, and always comes up like new. 
    This fireside chair was destined for the dump but I have restored the wood and recovered it in a cosy wool/alpaca fabric, it sold within an hour of hitting the website!
     
     
     
    There is something extra special in the wear and tear of an antique chair. though... These ones below for example, are in my "to do" pile, however I cant stop admiring them just as they are.  They have a wonderful air about them, so historic and vintagey.  I never strip back the wood in  old chairs like this, instead I use a very fine steel wool and boiled linseed oil to polish it up, this is without disturbing the beautiful natural patina that has come about over what could be 100 years!
     
     
     
    If you have been following me on Instagram or Facebook, you would have seen the last few items I have completed... including this Queen Anne Couch... by far the most difficult but also rewarding item I have ever completed... and
    it is has been marked down by 20%! 
     
     
    I have been doing a lot of commission work too, so while there may not be that many items available for sale, I am busy working on loads of other stuff.  (The only reason I am not in the workshop right now is because it is bloody freezing in Wellington today!)
     
    Heres what I have been up to:
    Click through the photos below to go to the full before and after gallery.
     
     New Stuff!  BOOKS!!
    So for ages and ages I have been thinking of other things I can offer you from my website, while I am restoring, you may remember me talking about Vintage linen and textiles, home wares etc etc...
    Well I have decided to trial  books... Interior design inspo, you know the type of books you love to flick through for ideas over a coffee, well now you can buy them from me!
    These awesome titles are available for preorder now!  This is just a start, it is a trial though, so if it goes well I will expand this section! 
     
       
      
     
    Use the code "PREORDER" at the checkout to get 10% off!  this is just until Sunday 15 April 2018 only.
     
    Stay Warm!
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