Saturday, 7 February 2015

15 creative ideas using wood in your interiors

Image from improvised life

I have fallen in love with all things wood this week!
I have been spending a dangerous amount of time on pinterest exploring different creative ways to use wood in your interiors, and today I am sharing 15 of my favorite pins.

From simple and rustic coffee table ideas , like the wood-slab table , above, and the easy Pallets-on -castors idea, below for your living room...

Image via vtwonen

To this neat little bedside table from one of my favourite DIY bloggers, Francesca from Fall for DIY:
Image from Fall for DIY
Wood is such a stunning and versatile material: Perfect for DIY projects!

Use it in it's rawest form; Bring in whole branches and twigs....

Image via living vintage co

...make a lamp stand, like above....

Or suspend a branch from the ceiling for a unique take on wardrobe storage, like the branch clothing rack Rae of one of each made, above!

image via wabisabi style

Or how about making use of some tree branches, and make some useful wall hooks, like the ones above?
Image from luxurya ccommodations

In the bathroom , pictured above, they've used a tree-trunk to create a little stool, they've made a ladder from branches to hold towels and used a slab of wood across the bath tub to keep lotions and potions on....ingenious!! Not only is the use of wood here very practical, but it also adds a natural warmth to the whiteness of the room!Beautiful!!

I just love the organic shapes of these stools from Nordic house, and if I ever come across a fallen tree, and happen to have a chain saw on me....I will most definately try to DIY one of these....
image from Petit and small

In all seriousness though, there are inspiration for DIY's to be had everywhere!!
How about these gorgeous and simple wooden table lamps, above? Sand back a log, hollow it out using a drill and add a cord kit and a fabulous bulb....and Bob's your uncle!!

Or these wooden coasters by anthropologie, also easily DIY'able...maybe using Plywood??
Image via An ordinary woman

As mentioned in my previous, wood-inspired post HERE, Plywood is very useful when it comes to DIY projects: It's relatively cheap and extremely versatile, but it also possesses that beautiful wood grain effect...Use it to build your own furniture, like those cute hexagonal shelfs ,below, or even just attach some on to the wall, like they've done in the picture above, for an instant and simple  statement with artistic flair!
Image from Luona shop

Raw timber is also an easy option for DIY projects:
Image via apartment therapy

How about making a fun floor-bed/play house for the Kids room!??
Image from Maria Nichols

If yo don't feel confident enough to take on any such structural DIY's, the easiest thing to do, would be to use something you already have,Or a junk shop find, like an old crate or wooden box: Turn it on its end, stick some castors on, and you have made yourself a nice little side table, like the one above!
Image from Carolyns homework

Lastly, I had to include this cute little photo holder from  Carolyns homework....with valentines coming up, this would be a perfect little make for the one you love, non??

If you'd like to see more creative ways to use wood in your interiors check out my Pinterest board's packed full of inspirational images and links to handy DIY tutorials, so that you can get creative using wood in your home!!

I will be back with a tutorial on a little wood -based project I've been working on next week, so please pop back then!!

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Interior inspiration: Wood

Image from Marsipan og smilefjes
This week I've been exploring the use of wood in interiors!

There is something about wood that adds a certain naturalness and warmth to a room...It can transform the most minimalist and modern interiors into something more authentic and organic!
Now, most of us are not blessed with homes that boasts beautiful wooden wall paneling or even floors, like Norwegian blogger Marthe from Marsipan og smilefjes, above, or those amazing high ceiling spaces with wooden beams, below:

Image via Sheer luxe
But with wood, a little goes a long way: And just a few little touches here and there can really add depths and warmth to a room:
Image from No home without you

An old wooden stool, the legs on a table or a chair, a shelf in the corner...even display some stacked wood for the fireplace (below ) or lean some pallet wood up against a wall with a light-chain for a statement, like Finnish blogger Kaisa from No home without you, above!

Image via Home Edit
 In fact, using wood in your interior creatively really packs a punch:

Image via lushome
Why not stack some old wooden crates to make a shelf for storage, like in the image above...
Or for a truly budget friendly option: Use some wooden pallets to make a seating area, like below:

Image via vtwonen

Making furniture, or even used as flooring, plywood (below)is another great way to add some wood into your interiors....not only is it cheap, but also extremely versatile and easy to DIY with....and that blonde wood look is bang on trend at the moment!

Image viaScandinavian deco

Just painting some (ply)wood in a simple geometric pattern, like Diana from house tweaking did, below...will make a huge statement as well as adding that wooden touch to your decor!

Image from house tweaking

And do feel free to mix it up: Old with new , dark with light wood....
Kat Hertzler of maple leaves sycamore trees 's dining area via design mom

....Rustic and industrial with antique....

Image from weekday carnival

...retro with modern....
Its all good! All wood (bar that yellowing pine stuff from the 90's.... UUUGH!)is in fashion right now!!

There really is no rules...whatever appeals to you: If you love a piece of wooden furniture, it will work in whatever style of interior you choose, as it is YOU: Your taste and personality that shines through, but just that little touch of something wooden will elevate the feel of your room and add a certain "je ne sais quoi"!
Stylist: Emma Persson Lagerberg. Photographer: Petra Bindel. For Åhlens. Via 79 ideas and Nordic Design 

...A simple rustic bench in the bathroom will add an instant SPA feeling!
Image from The merry thought
...And an old plank of wood suspended from the ceiling, as seen on The merry thought,  will not only be a functional bedside table, but also a statement with artistic merit.

Image from The Design files
I love that earthiness that wood brings to your interiors, weather its old or new, rustic or just adds something that speaks to my heart...maybe it's my Norwegian roots??!!

And I am oh'so glad that the fad of painting everything wooden with shabby chic chalk paint is finally veining, and all those gorgeous Mid century modern pieces of furniture can breath a sigh of relief, as they are now back in fashion....veneer finish and all!

I mean , just look at the living room, pictured above, from Aussie artist Carla Fletcher and her musician partner Brett Langsford's home in Melbourne: Perfectly eclectic and bohemian, with tons of personality....and with just the right amount of wood in form of that MCM sideboard,the rustic wooden gem stool and the pale wooden frames on the artwork....perfection!!

In my next post I will show you some more ways to get creative with wood in your interiors from around the web, then next week I will show you a little DIY using a piece of wood I found in the road the other day! LOL :)

Until then, have a great week
....and if you'd like to see some more inspiring interiors using wood, check out my pinterest board wood!