Inexpensive beauty interiors and exteriors

You can achieve beautiful environments indoors and outdoors without a big budget by using pieces with character and charm. Natural materials, colors, and textures generally look good, and plants and foliage always add beauty. Be true to your taste. A place with a heart and soul is always pleasant and nothing can create that like pieces that are well-used, well-liked, and personally meaningful. Avoid status symbols. Because an environment that displays the virtues; like resourcefulness, efficiency, creativity, honesty, and modesty is a lively and inspiring environment -a place that intends to display wealth and status cannot achieve the same.

^ It's not flawless craftsmanship, perfectly pruned plants, or luxury furniture that makes this area so cozy.

^ Inexpensive colored glass marbles and a little creativity and can turn a standard wooden fence to something lovely.

^ Sometimes an "un-fresh" coat of paint adds charm.

^ Lots of foliage can make any place beautiful and relaxing.

^ A varied collection of unpretentious, simple, and honest items are more welcoming than matchy-matchy  status symbols.

Cozy, rustic, industrial...The eclectic mixed style of Hotel Emma

There are many benefits to having a mixture of styles; it is truer to life and more compatible with it, usually we end up with loved-pieces of various styles over our lives and they get to coexist in our homes. Such a mixed style is visually more interesting and more stimulating to the senses than a mono-style set up. It also allows you to more easily introduce new furniture or replace pieces without having to worry about them perfectly matching what's already there. When you make those mixed styles also consist of items that age well and gain patina and character from daily use, you get additional benefits like ease of use, livability, and a timeless look.

The Hotel Emma in San Antonio is a great example of these ideas being put to use. They achieved a beautiful timeless look that is sophisticated yet casual, elegant but cozy and comfortable all at once.

Photos by Casual Casa

European Front Doors

Part of the charm of a house, a space, and doors, is character. A front door with some color and character adds to the property value and the curb appeal but more importantly, it makes the place a cozier, a more welcoming place.

Here are some pictures I took around Europe of home and apartment building doors. There are some old, some new, some modest, and some fancy options as inspiration but they all have plenty of character and charm. Enjoy!

All pics are taken by me.

Colorful tiles

Color is a good addition to life and our environments. Most often we are more likely to have a lack of color and patterns rather than an excess of them, so brighten up your spaces with some color and patterns. Colorful tiles are a great way of making spaces more lively and chevron patterns are easy way to add a good dose of character and visual interest.

Image sources: image 1, image 2, image 3

Simple DIY furniture: Benches

Substantial solid wood benches look great, are easy to live with, and have a cozy appearance. Here are some examples that you could DIY relatively easily. ( has good instructions on building the bench in first two images, and the rest are for inspiration.) I especially like ones that are a bit rough and rustic. Those age even better and the wear and tear you might cause just adds to their character.

Want more ideas for DIY benches? Check out this post or this one.

Sources: Images 1 & 2, image 3, image 4, bottom image

Colorful window shutters of Mediterranean homes

Add some casual color to your life. Mediterranean coasts are some of the longest inhabited parts of our world and that collected wisdom taught them how to live a casual, easy-going, colorful life. Painting a whole house a wild color may be too much, but colorful shutters, window frames, and/or doors seem to be just the right amount of lively color.

^ These top two pics are from Alacati, Turkey.

Sources: images 1 & 2, image 3, image 4, image 5

Casual & natural backyard pools

As with most things, backyard pools also benefit from a generous dose of natural materials, shapes, and textures. Such a look is also easier to maintain and therefore more relaxing to be in and around.

If you're interested in poolside landscaping you would probably enjoy my previous posts here, here, and here as well.

Sources: image 1 (Helena Christensen’s home near Woodstock, NY,) image 2,  image 3 & 4,  image 5


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...