2018 Autumn/Winter Mood Lifters- Plush Throws, Cushions & Opulent Interiors

I hope 2018 started well and positive for all. It is natural to feel like hibernating in the first two months with winter at its peak and its right after the December blowouts.

There are quit a few activities one can take on to either turn around or improve your mood during this period. In my case I took up some light exercises and detox to increase energy, clearing up my closet, giving to charity and my favourite is updating my interior space accessories.

According to Maree Louise, Project Manager at Little Home Renos in Sydney, Australia, minor improvements to your home can improve comforts; Raci- an interior designer from GDC interiors journal suggests that decorating your interior can make you happier and consequently healthier and more productive. So there you have it- a beautiful and cozy interior can positively improve your emotions.

I came across these interior design deco ideas for autumn winter. What can be more cozy than plush velvet textures, fluffy cushions, and warm throws. With all the trees, outside, naked from their loss of beautiful lush leaves, the indoor plants can be really inviting and cheerful reminding us of spring and summer hence enhancing our moods.

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Via Elle Decor

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Chintz and Chinoiserie

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Via The Decoristor

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Timeless Boho Chic

Warning you better get your glasses on; it is about to get pretty, colorful, and cheery in here; It’s all about Boho chic people.

There is something about Bohemian style that tends to wake up my senses, from fashion to interiors. It so earthy, and for a girl who loves nature and all its glory, we all should not be surprised.

Bohemian aka Boho culture was started by the maligned perception of Bohemian aka Boho culture is that they are rebels and are against the bourgeoisie- middle class lifestyle. Known for loathing capitalism and are pro- collectivism. I associate Today’s Boho lifestyle with spirituality.

To cut the story short and leave the gravely bits a side, you have to love the earthy tones in the style. The mode really reminds me of beautiful colors and vibes from Africa like the famous Morocco, Kenya, or South Africa; Its easy to spot those earthy tones on South American prints as well.

Here is a quick glimpse:

Images credit: Word nomads, Muungano blog, Isuwanne blog, Culture trip.

My last holiday was in Kenya, where I visited the sunny, vibrant towns of Nairobi and Mombasa. The atmosphere there is addictive; so many places to tour. However, my trip would not be complete without a visit to the markets where I was able to haul some fabric treasures. My favourite market is the Masai market which moves around Nairobi on different days.

Image credit: Ninara / Flickr, Wikipedia

If you have read my other blogs sewing bees have a few cheeky habits. Another one is to ‘see fabric, buy fabric, think of project later’. Just like in my Traid charity shop visit!! This was me …

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Only went to get 4 types of fabrics, Max. Ps- the picture is a tard exaggerated, just think a quarter of that. Back to London, I was very excited to try out some ideas with the fabrics. So here we are, at a quick glance of the first batch I made , tell me what you think. I will add to this as I go along

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Bohemian style interiors tend to be beautifully colourful and envokes feelings of comfort and happy moods. Have a look at this beautiful interiors from Harpers Bazaar and Atlantis Homes.

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Harpers Bazaar

I had a super delightful time making these. Let’s add to the fun, if it was a collection, what would you call it.

Jijjy’s Personalized Cushions

Hey pals, what are you buying your loved ones this year? It’s been a long-awaited Christmas season? I am sure you have spotted many gifts options and offers around shops and online. I did not even realize that the sales had already started guys. Shopping mayhem is on its way.

Last year I remember thinking that I am bored of the same old cheezy gifts I keep buying for my cronies and my family. Question was, what unique, unexpected gifts can I find, for them, on their birthdays and Easter, baby showers, weddings oohh my goodness. The list is endless. I was tired of the usual pair of socks, hat, cheeky cup.

One of my friend’s birthdays was nigh; I was looking through the party pictures, and how much fun and laughs we have shared. I realised I would be sad if one day she decides to leave to another country for instance dues to career or go back to her family or even get married and move away.

Then it dawned on me, I could make something. Now for those of you who have watched friends season 6 episode 17, please don’t take you mind there, come back to the blog deary, as funny as that episode was.

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Phoebe makes her Firends Sock bunny present 😀

It had to be something she will never leave behind and always remind her of her buddies and fun we shared.

As one does, I researched online; straight for some online shopping – much needed supplies y’all; and this is what I came up with.

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Jijjy’s Maison Customized Cushion

Since I love sewing and vintage lifestyle, it is no surprise that my design idea turned out to be the above.

It was one of my very first customed gift for a friend, but I have been perfecting the finish with each customised cushion I have given to each of my cronies. But I tell you what, I have loved making each and every cushion. All unique from the next. I do get surprised when they taken a back by the gift. This is what I tend to say “really? You actually like it, honestly?” smiley face. It runs through my mind that, maybe they say that since they are friends LOL.

This has motivated me to make more of them, and think of more innovative ideas for gifts along the way.

At this point I am still loving the ‘customized Jijjy’smaison-cosy-cushys’. My aunties, and siblings order for their friends, friends order for their work mates and family members. It has been all round fun.

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One of cousins, our little beauty is all grown up and has been blessed with her Love, to get married in December. I am super excited to surprise them with one of my ‘customized Jijjysmaison-cosy-cushys’. Hoping the blessed couple really like it.

I will share a “how to” blog post to show you how I made this lovely gifts, and what materials I used on another blog post.

AND….Let me know what unique gifts you have made for your loved ones, even cheeky ones. In the past or present. It will be a good laugh.

Any queries, or if you would like a #jijjy’spersonalisedcushion for yourself or for a loved one, Email: jijjysmaison@gmail.com

 

Shabby Chic Interiors with a Retro touch

Oh my goodness, I found this beautiful -‘vintage chic french rose cotton linen fabric’, whilst shopping for my sewing accessories. You know that feeling when you spot the perfect beauty of a shoe and you leave the store without it? Then it plagues your mind all night day? That is the feeling us sewing bees get. Evidently it was not left behind.

Vintage Chic French Rose Butterfly Retro Cotton Linen Fabric

Purple, pinks and grey; some of the beautiful interior colors that are trending at the moment. Shabby chic interior style is another of my favourite interior looks. It has been  trending for years since its emergence. The vintage community has been coming up with chic and innovative recycling /upcycling ideas. Other interior designers caught the lovely bug and the trend evolved over the years. Its one of the most loved styles out there, inspired by the antique look.

The fabric pattern and colors already make a statement, but I wanted to challenge myself in terms of sewing as well as design. Let me know what you think, It would be lovely to read your views on them.

 

The shabby chic idea is to making furniture pieces look like they have been around for centuries, yet stylish, giving the feeling of nostalgia of the yester-years. It also involves restoring old furniture and giving it a new life, whilst still retaining the wear and tear.

In term of fashion and fabrics, its all about that classic look. The 1950s and over are termed as ‘Retro’. This is upcycling in style; trust me its all fun fun fun.

You might discover a few shabby chic styles; for instance- country shabby chic which has a cosy country cottage feel, and french shabby chic.

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I find that when I constantly redefine my interior style from time to time or add a few pieces to vamp up the look can be exciting and gives that fun, playful and positive vibe especially in a repetitive rat race world. Imagine its end of Christmas and a new year is neigh; that hollow empty feeling at end of the festivities, creeps in. Setting your self some new goals, re-inventing oneself, gives you that positive vibe, something to look forward to; like an unbroken chain of excitement.

A few ideas I had in mind for the cushions

The gorgeous green side dresser and the stunning wall clock are examples of upcycled lovely pieces of shabby chic furniture from Fifi’s Furniture.

With Christmas round the corner I decided to use the fabrics, to make friends and family some lovely gifts. Of course I end up keeping some for myself; additions to my deco piece collections. I usually make the gifts depending on the individuals personality; as you might figure out, I have in mind who is going to benefit from these gifts.

There are quite a few vintage fairs coming up this season 2017 that I am looking forward to. I am hoping to find some vintage or antique pieces to add to my collection. You could also give them a try and see if the experience might spark a new hobby for 2018. You never know…..

One of my favorite Shabby chic recommendations:

Clock and Side dresser from –

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Get your hands on similar cushions by clicking on this link:

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Cosy Log Cabin Interior ideas

Do you have a cosy interior style dream for your home that you wish you could come back to after a hard days work?

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Willow Farm, Image: Cool places.co uk

In my case it would have to be the log cabin look. This affinity started after an exciting hiking trip to Hadrian’s wall where my friends and I stayed at the lovely Willow Ford Farm .

Including a weekend in Brecon beacon where we slumbered each day in the  charming Log-cabin-esq cottage – the Wern Watkin after long walks and tours.

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Wern Watkin, Image: Bland photography.co.uk

I loved the earthy bare wooden walls and interior. Remarkably tranquil and surrounded by endless green space. These cottages gave me the feeling of staying in a log cabin surrounded by nature away from the buzz of the city.

First thing that comes to mind when I see a log cabin is an avid traveler staying at a stunning cabin in the romantic snowy mountains in Scotland, Switzerland, or Canada. Picture yourself sheltered in an all wood cosy interior, warm fire with the smell of burning wood, comfy soft cushions and hot cup of Earl grey tea or mulled wine, away from the noisy city. NO internet (eerrmm we can take a reign check on that).

Perhaps, to quench my yearning for Log Cabins, I could book myself into a cabin holiday like Wingbury Farm Glamping  and immerse myself in the romantic earthy interiors.

In the mean time there is the options getting rich and buying a log cabin as a holiday home or  transforming your home into something similar.

Have a look at some of my favorite Log cabin interior designs.

 

The exposed wooden beams and stone walls conjure up the natural environment of trees and the mountains surrounding the cabin.

A few gorgeous interior pieces that would complement the cabin look:

 

Antique Pink chair: From Antiques atlas

Handmade rug: From Design emporium

Antique Cream chair : From Antiques atlas

Atlas Cushions: Jijjy’s Maison Handmade designs

Brown leather chair; Vintage french

Chunky knit blanket: From Calaways Gallery

Vintage suitcase: Evieb young at heart

 

 

The Beautiful Historical Tulira Castle

I was browsing round for some juicy Saturday news when i came across this article on A Historic Irish castle which is on sale for £5.5 million for the first time in 20 years. I just could not help myself, i love history, the architecture and Art Deco of the by gone eras. The article definitely didn’t disappoint.


The castle happens to be the only one in Ireland, never to be invaded.  The lucky new owners saved Castle and restored it to its former glory after buying it at its worst state ever. The castle is one of the most significant ever to be built and has rich architectural and cultural heritage.

What i love about the Castle are its Stunning Gothic architecture, Beautiful historical 15th to 19th century antique furniture giving it an exquisite interior Deco. Every room has its own different colour theme, the stone walls which are left bare together with the curved wood and beautiful rugs really complement each other beautifully. And the castle’s location and grounds, ooh who wouldn’t want to wake up to that everymorning. If you love attending church, the castle actually has its own mini church inside.

George Ashlin- a celebrated architecture and designer of a few of the the well knows neo-gothic churches in Ireland, -designed a castellated house and added it to the tower house in 1882. This Tower house was the original structure built in 15th or 16th century.

The Castellated house was commissioned by Edward Martyn  who was the owner at the time, he was also the first president of Sinn Fein. It is known that after joining the Irish nationalist cause he called for all Irishmen who joined the British army to be flogged, he also refused the song “God Save The Queen” to be sung at the castle after a party. Edward Martyn had great wealth which gave him the opportunity to play an important role in the revival of the Irish Literary scene and the arts as well as the establishment of the Irish state.

Lets hope his spirit does not come to haunt the new “Brit Owner” for occupying his lovely Tulira Castle. If i was the new owners i would call in the poltergeist experts after the surveyors just to make sure.

Lovely Pictures courtesy of MSN (Ganly Walters)

Daisy Blu Wedding Guest Books and Accessories

I love surfing the net for extraordinary handmade, vintage or antique items. Whilst browsing i came across Diasyblue-JUST STUNNING; these are hand crafted, Custom Photo Albums/ Guest Books / Journals.


The inspiration for Daisyblue designs comes from sheer elegance and fine detailing of vintage linens & embroidery.

The individuals behind this mastermind are Diana and Susan- sisters who have always had a taste for arts and crafts from when they were very young. They get pleasure out of creating things with their hand, crocheting, embroidery, sewing knitting was always a favourite past time; Painting, They also loved Interior design and Re-purposed Art.
At some point in their creative journey they started creating hand beaded note cards which they sourced to local retail shops. 
Personalized Petite Photo Album Keepsake
This went so well the sisters started including Photo albums, Photo keepsakes, Guest books, Pen sets and Journals. Each Daisyblu product is hand crafted with love and exquisite attention to detail. 
Guest Book Vintage Inspired Beaded Black Lace on Ivory
With the Christmas holidays swiftly upon us, we do not have to look far for unique gorgeous gifts.
Every Customer is purchasing a beautiful and great quality product that may one day turn into a cherished heirloom.
To browse or purchase Daisyblu’s products (click here)