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My favorite fall decorating ideas

Hello! Fall, even though it is not one of my favorite seasons, has something wonderful to offer. The abundance of great colors and forms is just amazing and it is very easy to get inspired by nature when decorating the house. Personally, I love the foliage, which basically changes its colors on daily basis. I also admire rowan berries, which hang so beautifully from leafless branches. Today I wanted to present you several different fall decorating ideas which I spotted around the web and which I really liked. I hope you can find something inspiring for yourself!

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How are you going to decorate your home this fall?

//photo credits: BHG, BHG, BHG, BHG, BHG, BHG, The inspired room, The shabby creek cottage, Houzz, The budget decorator, HGTV, Pottery Barn, BHG//

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Mood board challenge: wine and coffee

Hello! Are you ready to welcome fall? I am still struggling with the thought that summer of 2013 is gone (at least in the Northern Hemisphere) . Goodbye summer! It was great having you here, but now it is time to embrace new moods and feelings. It is time to get cozy and cuddly. I am slowly seeing some changes in the landscape: from leaves turning to rich red, yellow and browns, acorns falling on the forest pathways down, shorter days and the growing need to stay inside and light a candle. I was even quite surprised that I subconsciously prepared a very autumn-like mood board for the second DIY mood board challenge by Claudia from DesignClaud.

This month Claudia suggested to create mood board and color palette based on a picture of food! And when I think food, I think…deserts!  On my recent trip to Paris, I had many opportunities to photograph some delicious, mouth-watering patisseries (there is definitely no shortage of those in the City of Lights!). So this time I had no problems with choosing the right picture, which would set the color scheme for the mood board. I photographed this raspberry tart in a pastry shop Le petit Mozart, which was located in Auteuil, a very beautiful part of Paris with many Art Nouveau buildings. Delicious, both the pastry and the beautiful architecture!

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Look at the color scheme that I created based on the picture of the raspberry tart! These are the rich colors of autumn, don’t you think? When I saw the color palette, I knew instantly that the mood board should be themed around warmth and coziness. Take a pillow and a blanket, light a candle, relax on the sofa next to a fireplace and enjoy the beautiful bouquet, surround by rich burgundy and brown hues. Don’t you feel ready for fall? By the way, burgundy is a very trendy color right now, if you want to know about this trend, take a look at the recent post on Decor8 blog, where Gudy Herder from Eclectic Trends does a great round up of trends she recently spotted at Maison et Objet.

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If you are interested in taking part in Claudia’s link party, check out her website for more details. It was my second time taking part in this fun and creative exercise (you can check out my first mood board here), and I can assure you: you can get addicted to creating mood boards!

//photo credits: Pastry – Magda; 1. Houzz, 2. Pure home, 3. unknown, 4. Design Love Fest, 5. Zest Candle//

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Color of the year – modern meets vintage

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Hello! I am back today with another pretty bedroom styling featuring emerald, the color of 2013. What I like most about this vignette is the marriage of modern and vintage, which is expressed through perfect combination of different elements. The bedside table is a vintage, Baroque-style piece, but the lacquered finish gives it a modern kick. The very organic modern wallpaper creates a great backdrop for more traditional upholstered bed headboard. The contemporary lamp above the emerald table is another piece which brings the room up-to-date. Look how the designer used vertical lines (the wallpaper pattern) to add visual height to the room. If you law ceilings,  this is definitely a great trick that you can use to make the room appear higher!

So tell me what you think about this style for a bedroom. Would you style your room like this?

//photo credits: unknown//

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Moodboard Challenge: Citrus delight

Hello! Yaay, I am happy to be back blogging on nice&nicer!. In my first post after a looong summer break, I decided to take part in a landscape moodboard challenge organized by Claudia from a lovely design and travel blog Design Claud. The rules of the challenge are very simple. First, you take or choose one of your landscape photos. Secondly, pick the most beautiful colors from the photo and create a color palette. Thirdly, based on your photo and color palette, create a moodboard of your interest!

You might ask, what is so fun about making a moodboard? Well, it is a great way to collect different images that are linked in a certain way. The whole collection becomes a unified source of inspiration. Very often, creating a moodboard helps to define a vision for designing an interior (or a website, graphic, logo, clothes, you name it!). It is a one place, where different images that appeal to us meet and become like a beacon in the design process.

My landscape photo is in fact a tiny part of a bigger picture. However, I liked the colors so much that I decided to take the cropped version. I took this picture of lemons in Lisbon in summer of 2011. The color palette that I created based on the image is very juicy! I like the combination of yellow, green and blue, with some touches of orange. It is a very vivid color combination and I was really curious how this scheme will be mirrored in my moodboard. I also wanted to stay organic with regard to forms and shapes. The goal of creating my moodboard was to capture the feeling of an exotic summer garden.

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As you can see, interiors and accessories in in this color scheme are full of life and engery. They shout “summer”  from far away. When I look at the moodboard right now, I see many organic elements, like shapes, patterns and textures.

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It was a great creative exercise and I enjoyed it a lot! If you are interesting in taking part in Claudia’s challenge, stop by at her website for more details. But hurry up, the deadline is tomorrow!

//photo credits: Lemon tree image & color palette – Magda; 1.Style at home, 2. Dahlilafound, 3.Marimekko Unikko Mug  ,4. unknown, 5. Batik by Timeless Treasures

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