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Your Very Own Shabby Chic She-Shed

Thursday, April 14th, 2016


Just as men can have their own “Man Cave”, women have created their equivalent with the
“she-shed”. The she-shed is designed to give the woman of the house a place of her own, and
there are many stunning examples of how a little imagination (and no little conviction) can help
create a wonderful new garden feature.

You might use it as a summer retreat, where you can get lost in a good book, or perhaps as a
greenhouse for growing fruits and flowers all year round. Shabby chic she-sheds in particular
can lift an entire garden, they give us the opportunity to get really creative, providing an
attractive space for relaxing activities and pastimes.

To create that serene shabby chic space, consider these ideas and tips and you’ll soon be able
to have the perfect place for your well-deserved alone time.

1. Take ownership the garden shed or build a new one. This is the perfect opportunity to
clean out that cluttered shed. Rather than allow it to be a graveyard for unused tools
and furniture, go through it all, be prepared to throw a lot of junk out, and create a
space you can really make use of.

2. Give it a fresh coat of paint. After the rain, snow and sunshine, your garden shed could
probably use a fresh coat of paint. For that shabby chic vibe, go with a cornflower blue,
rose pink, mint green or buttercup yellow. These are perfect colours for the garden and
will instantly turn your she-shed into a shabby chic paradise. For extra points, go ahead
and weather the wood using sandpaper.

3. Define the purpose of your she-shed. The whole point of this garden shed is to create a
quiet space for yourself, whether it’s to embrace a hobby, or to use it as a much-needed
retreat. Turn it into a craft space, a gardening interior or add a big, comfy chair and floor
lamp for a nice reading nook.

4. Antique finds. Give your space some personality. Rather than hunting around for costly
antiques, we have what you are looking for to complete your she-shed, from shabby
chic sofas to display cabinets.

5. Surround yourself with nature. Nothing says shabby chic like wildflowers. Fragrant,
colourful flowers, such as wild carrot, masterwort, and nigella make for a gorgeous mix.

6. Make sure it reflects your personality. Add those special finishing touches that reflect
you are. Make it your own with family photos, paintings, books and crockery – whatever
is true to you.

A space to call your own might be just the ticket. Take that old garden shed and give it a shabby
chic design makeover. Slap on a fresh coat of paint, add some personal touches and you’ve got
yourself your very own she-shed!

The Modern Shabby Chic Design

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Typically, shabby chic design is all about antique furniture and vintage collectibles and an
overall eclectic vibe. But with the right tips and design ideas, you can keep your modern style
while adding some shabby chic into the mix. The great part about the shabby chic style is that
it’s endlessly flexible and leaves you open to more design ideas.

A new area of shabby chic interior decorating integrates modern elements with distressed
pieces. It can often soften the appearance of modern architecture, which can be cold. Here are
5 ways to take your modern home and add some shabby chic-ness.

1. Keep it warm and white. White is very popular when it comes to modern design and
architecture. Keep it simple with a warm shade of white for paint and fabrics. Add
pillows of check or stripes for that geometric, modern style but with a touch of French

2. Add grey. Grey has become the go-to neutral for many styles. If your home has a lot of
dark colours, adding fog or pebble grey can brighten it up. Light grey paired with rose
pink, buttercup yellow or gold will keep your spaces modern and simple while adding
subtle shabby chic touches.

3. Add natural elements. Nature provides the best accessories when it comes to shabby
chic. Shells, ocean glass, acorns, pinecones or succulent plants are shabby chic but blend
well with modern décor. With these pieces, you can add texture and shading and most
of it you can find for a bargain.

4. Pick a tartan. Tartan patterns are very popular when it comes to shabby chic, French
Country design. The pattern can help balance overstuffed cushions, lace and feminine

5. Integrate clean lines with distressed pieces. Comfortable ottomans and oversized
chairs are inviting but they also help balance the appearance of weathered furniture and
other hard furnishings. For something a little more modern, add some furniture with
clean, hard lines.

Shabby chic doesn’t have to be all about vintage finds or distressed furniture. You can easily
incorporate its elements into your modern home by simply creating an accent wall with mint
green, by freshening things up elsewhere with light greys and other soft tones, or by using clean
lines with weathered pieces. Whatever your preference, we at Homesdirect365 have what you
are looking for.

The Essentials of Lighting and Colour

Friday, March 11th, 2016

So you fell in love with that dramatic, velvety teal your friends had on an accent wall, but
when you used a similarly dramatic shade in your own shabby chic furniture-inspired living
room, the place felt like a cave. We’ve recently discussed the difference between ambient,
task, and detail lighting, but the colour of your lighting is just as important as its purpose.
Lighting can profoundly affect how colour is perceived, so if you’re in the process of
selecting paint, don’t neglect to test its appearance with a variety of lighting types and at
different times of the day.

First, spend the time and money to get samples of the colours you are most interested in
and create samples on walls in the rooms you plan to paint. Also, buy a variety of bulbs –
halogen (use a desk lamp if you don’t have the right wiring yet), compact fluorescent,
incandescent. To help direct your planning, keep a few things in mind:

Don’t judge a light by its watts. The wattage of a bulb is not a good gauge of how bright it
will be – instead, go by the Kelvins. Natural daylight measures between 5,000 and 6,000
Kelvins and, contrary to what you might assume, it is colder than lower measurements. So if
you want to add warmth to a colour, select a temperature of 2,700 Kelvins; if you want to
cool it down, try 4,000 Kelvins or higher. If your colour looks best in daylight, you might
want to go with halogen as it mimics daylight the best.

Get directions. Natural light is different depending on the direction it comes from, so
choose possible colours according to where your windows face. The short version: northern
exposure will give off a blue tone; southern, a yellow and white tone that can wash colour
out; western, a warm orange tone; and eastern, a green tone.

Be comfortable with change. The most common shades seen in rooms with shabby chic
and French country furniture – such as lavenders and pale blues – tend to benefit
from southern exposure. They are also the colours most prone to change according to the
light, a phenomenon called metamerism. A lavender wall can turn a muddy grey if not lit
correctly. These décor schemes are stylish yet comfortable, and you don’t want that inviting
feeling undone by your paint colour.

Throw some shade. If you’re stuck with a certain type of lighting, try different color and
material treatments over it  to change its tone. A simple change can quickly turn a room
from harsh to cosy.

The Case For Customising

Friday, February 26th, 2016

Bespoke and Shabby Chic Furniture

A vision for the look of your home can be accompanied by the frustration of trying to find
exactly the right furniture. The more particular the need – storage for a tiny hallway or an
awkward corner – the greater the potential dilemmas. It could be time to consider a piece or
two of bespoke furniture. Here are a few common problems that made-to-order pieces can

Working with Heirlooms

As much as we love them, common family heirlooms such as armoires or sideboards can
dominate, determining the direction of a whole room. Customising allows you to design around
these pieces to create a harmonious look. Even something as simple as reproducing that
armoire’s finish on a few end tables can bring unity and keep items from competing with one
another. Not having a mish-mash design scheme also means that you will have an easier time
adding colour to walls and small accessories.

Arranging the Home Office
With today’s mass of cables and devices, an office can be a challenge to decorate elegantly.
Contemporary furniture is being designed to accommodate more of our electronics, but often
without sufficient space for a computer and printer, work area and papers. A custom desk is the
answer to a cluttered office.

Tidying a Small or Awkward Space

Entryways are one of the greatest challenges. Schoolbags and laptop cases often have no place
to call home because standard storage benches are often just too big and shelves are too
narrow. If you’ve ever thought, “I wish we had someplace to hide these items near the
doorway,” you should definitely consider a customised storage solution.
Our designers can modify anything from our current collection or build from the ground up. Get
inspired by browsing our broad selection of furniture in styles from contemporary to shabby
chic furniture, or bring your ideas to us. We will work you with to create an elegant piece that
suits your needs and sensibilities.

Organising Small Spaces with Shabby Chic Furniture

Thursday, February 11th, 2016

Organising Small Spaces with Shabby Chic Furniture

Unless you have your own personal Mary Poppins making the tidying-up seem fun, odds are
you have at least a few things littering your living space. In a small house or apartment,
though, the clutter can seem to take over. Here are some tips on beautifully organising
within a few square metres.

When looking to rearrange a room, consider where your functional space is and where it
should be. Hooks are great, but if they’re in the middle of a wall that could otherwise be
holding shelving or an armoire, you’re losing space. The same goes for mirrors, which can go
on the back of a door instead of a wall. In a small room with a closet, consider removing the
closet door and putting up opaque curtains over the opening. You can gain precious inches
around and in front of the closet by not having to allow for the radius of a door. Choose a
fabric that will disappear against the wall colour to make the room appear a bit larger.

Storage that doubles as seating is ideal, and our antique French–style storage bench is the
perfect addition to the foot of the bed. Its trim design and raw-linen colour make it easy to
incorporate into almost any colour scheme, while its lightly textured fabric and brass-stud
detailing lend it style. This functional gem pairs well with rustic and shabby chic furniture for
a matched look or with contemporary items to add an organic feel to some hard edges.

Keeping the lines clean in a small room is key to maximising both visual and physical space,
so use color, not shape, to make things interesting and get the most out of your shabby chic