Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tuesday Tips - Trend Alert Grids

Have you noticed a few grids lately?! The grid trend is here and it seems to be everywhere in both fashion and interior. You can call it grids, plaid, check or squares.

I made this DIY this morning. I used a sheet of plywood, painted it white, then measured out my squares and with a black marker pen. I used a larger sheet of plywood as a ruler and managed to get straight lines and created a grid. It was actually a lot easier than I had thought. Now thinking I should have used a larger piece of plywood and made it into a headboard. Maybe next time.. 

"grid trend black and white interiors"

So where else have I spotted grids..

"grid trend black and white interiors"
photo by A Merry Mishap

"grid trend black and white interiors"
photo by Elv's

"grid trend black and white interiors"
photo by Hotel SP34

photo by Ferm Living

"grid trend black and white interiors"

"grid trend black and white interiors"
photo by Ferm Living

"grid trend black and white fashion"
photo by Charlotte Wales

I've also seen grid sheets, grid trousers, grid blouse,  grid dress and of course grid paper

Do you like this trend? 


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Monday, 1 September 2014

Hello September

It being September the air has definitely changed, saying that we're still enjoying a lot of good weather here. It's nice to be able to go for walks in the sun. I've deliberately been avoiding the laptop for the entire weekend. It's refreshing! I've noticed other bloggers have started to do the same. I find it highly depressing sometimes when I see all three of us on three different screens doing completely different things. I'm sure I'm not the only one being aware of this. 

Just now I'm searching for the perfect cactus. How you noticed how trendy they are? I haven't found the one I'm looking for yet, but I'm sure I will soon. As well as succulents, cacti plants are now everywhere!

photo by Fantastic Frank

photo by Husman Hagberg

photo by Planters Group

Tomorrow in my Tuesday Tips post I'll be talking about a different trend that I'm seeing everywhere just now. 

Happy new week!

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Grey bedroom

It was time for another little make over in the bedroom. I painted the wall light grey a while back and now the new dark grey linen sheets have arrived it's all grey. Even the cactus print by Polly Rowan is grey. I think it's really cute and fits in nicely. 

Have you noticed how trendy grids are lately? I see them everywhere. I've hung up a piece of grid paper from my notebook with an old photo of Magnus and I. I seriously need to have some new photos printed. Can't remember last time I did that. 

cactus print grey linine sheets candle white desk lamp bedroom

wooden hand white desk lamp grey linen sheets bedroom

marble cushion grey linen sheets green flowers rusty tray

Grey is such a peaceful colour, don't you think?!

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Tranquil grey living room

This is such a tranquil space with really nice tones of grey. It's been my favourite colour for years. It goes with almost everything. See, I do like colours! 

First I thought this was a half painted wall, then I realised it was wood. It's a good way of making the TV blend in. I like the way you get the reflection from the garden outside. 

In addition to the large and gorgeous furniture especially the large sofa, the room has amazing ceiling height, light and windows. 

 I love the bench below the built in TV. Looks like a perfect place to enjoy a magazine. 

photos found on HomeDSGN by René Gonkel

Would you leave it like this or add a some colours?!


Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Tuesday Tips - Pinterest

So today's Tuesday Tips post is all about Pinterest. After last weeks Pinterest event in Glasgow I thought it was a good idea to share on my blog some of what I talked about. 

I've been busy on Pinterest since I joined in November 2012 (a year after I started my blog). You kind of get addicted in the beginning.. With close to 20 000 followers most of my blog traffic now comes from Pinterest. When I first started I had no idea how quickly my following would grow. 

As you'll have followers in different countries and on different time zones it's imporant to pin at different times of the day. I pin either when I look for inspiration or when I have five minutes to spare and want to be inspired. If you don't find Pinterest inspiring - you're following the wrong people. 

I think there are several important things to consider when you try to grow your following. A pin it button on your site - blog or shop, is really imporant. This basically makes it a lot easier for people to pin from your site and in many ways they help you promote your blog or products, so it's a really good thing to have. Think of it as free and effortless advertising! 

I'm not very good at this myself, but describe your pins! It makes your pins come up when people are searching. 

Always pin to your own Pinterest account from your blog. In the beginning I felt a bit strange doing this as it kind of felt wrong, but your Pinterest followers won't be the same as your blog followers. It's important that you share your blog content with your Pinterest followers too.

Some photos do better than others on Pinterest. I would say that when it comes to interior design photos or product photos (which is what I mostly pin) they do better if they are styled. A photo of this black chair on it's own won't perform as well as a styled chair. Here's the example I used last week. This styled photo will be put into totally different folders to the photo of a black chair on it's own. 

This photo might be put in folders like poster, words, styling, lamp, corner, brick wall, chair, seat, monochrome, black and white, green plants, rustic floor, cushions, feather... That means that this photo will reach more people on Pinterest as it will end up in lots of different folders. This is of course really imporant if you have a shop, but also if you're a blogger as it will give you more traffic. 

I also think it's really important to link to old posts that you have written. For example every time I write a Tuesday Tips post there will be some new people visiting my blog, so I always include the link Tuesday Tips. This links to all Tuesday Tips posts I've written (of which there are many!). Because of the pin it button, every Tuesday, I see lots of images pinned from older tips posts. All I had to do was include the link in my new post. Make Pinterest work for you. ;)

Hope you've enjoyed today's tip! 

ps! I recently found out that hashtags don't work on Pinterest, so no need to add hashtags to your pinterest descriptions! 

Thursday, 21 August 2014

My first Pinbassador event

It took a lot of organising, but it was worth it! My first Pinbassador event yesterday at lovley South Block in Glasgow went really well. I've had lots of nice feedback on Instagram and Twitter. I was so nervous!

I think I have a little addiction to spray painting pineapples. This one was Pinterest red with Zoë from Pinterest UK is in the photo. Here's my black version. I love them!

We had a relaxing evening creating moodboards and chatting.

As everything was so colourful I had to do a black and white corner. This was a part of my example on how we can make images more pinnable by styling them. 

We all went home with goodie bags with gifts sponsored by Pinterest, Ferm Living, Farrow and Ball, BloomingvilleBodie and Fou and B&Q. Thank you all so much for sponsoring! 

It was great fun and I got to meet lots of lovley people.
Hopefully we'll have more events coming up in Glasgow.


Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Pinterest event at South Block

Today I'm hosting my first Pinterest event in Scotland and I'm of course very excited (and a bit nervous!). We've had a really great response and lots of people wanted to attend. We've got a nice group of pinners / bloggers together and I'm really looking forward to meeting them all. 

I'm hoping we'll be both creative and lively South Block tonight. I've got the car full of goddies and I'll show you more tomorrow.

Thank to you Pinterest for making this happen. I'm really proud to be a Pinbassador.

I would also like to thank our goddie bag sponsors Bodie and FouFerm LivingB&QFarrow&Ball, Pinterest and Bloomingville!!!

Let's hope it all goes to plan!

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