Home Deco

Vintage Wallpaper – How to choose?

It’s interesting how trends and fashion is circular. The various stages are – avant-garde, trendy, mainstream, cheesy, totally out of fashion… and then about 10 years later – vintage. Vintage is all about nostalgia and rehashing various past trends charged with sentimental value, and wallpapers are no exception to this.

You’ll have seen it everywhere, retro style wallpapers are making a killing on the home deco scene. Whether its vintage prints, worn building materials or just plain old school wallpaper, here are a few which might inspire you!

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Extra large brushes on this wallpaper! Perfect for a bathroom.

 

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Vintage gold prints on this bedroom wallpaper – perfect if you’re already in the gold tones.

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Vintage boxing prints on this one, low key but catchy at the same time.

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Office inspired retro wallpaper.

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This flower and bird print wallpaper will bring back souvenirs of your (or maybe your mum’s) childhood! Very typical vintage.

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This wallpaper’s design mimicks old and worn tiles.

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Floral and nature themed vintage wallpaper – heavily charged, keep the rest of the deco simple.

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Worn tiles are printed on this wallpaper for a very special effect.

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This wallpaper is printed with a 3D effect of embedded stone wall in black and white.

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Not the easiest to put up in terms of taste and combination, this one lives up probably the most to the retro name as it is particularly representative of that vintage style.

Amazing Design Home in Costa Rica by Joan Puigcorbé

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The INOUT House of San José, on the island of Costa Rica was recently finished and as we discovered it, there was no question that this is an architectural and design achievement. The main target was to blend modern design with the surrounding lush natural environment, and to have a smooth, almost invisible indoor to outdoor transition (INOUT.. IN-OUT.. ok we got it.).

The project is headed by Joan Puigcorbé, an renowned architect who also designed the Casa Altamira in Costa Rica. This time, the home covers an impressive 651 square meters and it is with high quality Melina wood that it takes shape, aligned by horizontal planes. MKBstudio provided the furniture for the interior, where the bedrooms are all placed towards the outer part of the home, while the inner part is composed of the regular rooms such as living room, kitchen and swimming pool (not sure if a swimming pool is a “regular room” but you know what we mean). Read More

Large Summer Tables – The Mediterranean Style

In the delicate Mediterranean summer light, there are two styles you can be inspired by for eating in the shade…

A great menthol white table

If you’re looking for a distinctive Maghreban style touch for your home interior this year, then our design expert suggests a roof made from bamboo thatching for a outdoors, summer fresh dining table. The table itself is glazed tile with aqua tints, perfect to keep it’s crisp cool touch and aspect.

The Mediterranean region is one that is rich in history and in diversity, but almost everywhere you go, from the eastern Greek area to Morocco in the West, the dominant color theme is blue and white. White is an incredibly suitable color for here because it reflects the light which makes surfaces get less hot.

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For the plates and glasses, ceramic is a superbly stylish accessible option, and ideally white in white and brown match the regional style.

White-Blue Combination

Alternatively, if you’re looking for a more traditional Greek touch, then white and blue is the obvious choice.

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Imagine yourself on a roof terrace. If you have the space, but no table, then do as above, stick a couple of tables up against each other and boom, you just got yourself a large 10-12-14 person dining table! Keep it as simple as possible, with blue and white polates and glasses. Throw in a few plants around and a sofa for a touch of sunbathing while digesting and you just may have found yourself the dream dining room for the summer!

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3D Liquid Floors take you away

 

Do you ever catch yourself dreaming about being on a beautiful virgin beach, with tropical palm trees all around you? Or maybe you wish you were in turquoise blue seas, swimming with dolphins instead of waiting to catch a cab for 30 minutes in the rain in your city center?

Well, your dreams can (almost) come true, thanks to a Dubai-based interior design company. Imperial Interiors decided there was a market for taking people to the beach, to the sea or to wild parks while being inside their very home! Nature inspired and calming, their latest creation is dubbed 3D liquid floors and it involves covering your floors and walls with large mural prints of paradise-like beaches, wild natural reserves and even a koi pond!

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Teak Chairs – Comfortable Seating Perfect For Your Outdoor Space

When it comes to your outdoor space, probably the one thing that you
use it most for is just sitting back and relaxing. However, if the
seating in your space is not all that great, then it makes doing that
kind of difficult. So, make sure that you have some comfortable places
to take it easy and teak chairs are one of the best options around.

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An exotic touch to your Home Deco

If you are the kind of person that likes to have a touch of exotic at home, then we’ve prepared some great tips for you! We recently collaborated with a company that manufactures traditional African fabrics such as super wax, dutch wax, brocades and other such cotton based materials on a project of home deco design with an african touch. We are usually pretty contemporary and like to keep it conservative here at Great Upholstery, but every now and then, stepping out of one’s comfort zone is a great way to discover more about yourself.

The project we worked on was for redecorating someone’s house who lived about 20 years in Cote D’Ivoire and wanted to have a modern and contemporary theme but also with a recall of Africa. We got to work straight away and contacted a company which provided us with lots of beautiful fabrics called “wax prints” and they were absolutely stunning. Here are a few that we got from them:

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Folding Chair Slip Covers – a Hot New Trend

folding chair slip cover is the perfect solution in bringing to life those old, dull looking brown folding chairs you have sitting around the house.
These types of slip covers are becoming hugely popular for several reasons.

1. Folding chair covers are inexpensive – For only a few dollars you can put some fun and excitement into any folding chair.

2. Easy to make yourself – You can quickly and easily make your own folding chair covers if you have even the most basic of sewing experience.

3. These covers add style and some color – chair covers give these old folding metal chairs some nice color and styling. Instead of having them hidden away you can bring them out year round!

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Chairs And Weight Limits

Just about every person in the entire world owns at least one chair. Even if it’s an upside-down milk crate, we have to sit somewhere, right?
I happen to be a person who thinks a lot about chairs. I like the way they look, the amazing varieties in which they are made, the way designs cross cultures and time.

I’d like to take a moment to discuss an issue that’s been on my mind lately. It might seem a bit odd or off-center, but I think you’ll see the logic behind my concerns.

For good or ill, we live in a very litigious society. People sue each other all the time, whether they have good cause or not. Millions, possibly billions of dollars are spent every year paying legal fees and settlements for these lawsuits, especially in personal injury cases. I guess a lot of people see these cases as get-rich-quick schemes. Sadly, they’re right.

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Folding Chairs: When Do I Need To Use Them?

Folding chairs, as the name implies, are lightweight chairs that fold to lie reasonably flat to allow for easier storage and transport. Folding chairs are generally inexpensive to buy or rent. They are simple to operate and can be set up and taken down quickly, even by people who are physically challenged or who don’t have much stamina.

Folding chairs may be made of plastic, metal, aluminum, or wood. Some of them even have padded seats for extra comfort. Folding chairs have many uses.

Many people keep a couple of folding chairs around their home to provide extra seats for company. The chairs can be set up when the need arises and stored conveniently in a closet or even under a bed when not in use.

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Getting Creative! How to Make your Own Twin Sofa Bed

Do you live in a small dorm or studio apartment? If you do, you are probably familiar with the difficulties of trying to combine style with functionality. This may be a particular problem when you want to add a little pizzazz to the central piece of furniture in your dorm, studio or efficiency apartment.

However, just because you have limited space doesn’t mean you can’t add style. In fact, this is where you could allow your creativity to shine through. With some imagination and forethought, you could have a living space that is perfect for both day and night. This could be accomplished by turning your twin bed into a sofa. In the evening, you could switch your sofa back into a twin bed.

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