Guest Edit - A taste of summer with Tamie Freier

Thursday, October 11, 2012

This week we are very excited to welcome Tamie Freier as our guest editor. Tamie is an Australian Interior Designer & Stylist - one of our favourites - who bestows upon us some flawless styling tips to inspire the perfect summer makeover.

If you are anything like me, the hint of the approaching Australian Summer makes me want to pack away the winter woolies and create a fresh splash of summer in my home.

There are many ways to brighten up your space to showcase the current season and colour trends of pastels mixed with neon hues. Focus on changing a few main items and areas in your home so that you can inject a taste of summer, without having to blow your budget.

Create that fresh feel that you are after by displaying your everyday summer items such as woven baskets, bright beach towels and coloured throws for an instant summer vibe.

x x Tam

Freshen up your bedroom by replacing warm winter layers with crisp white linens and current summer pastels. Left: Eileen Fisher Washed Linen Collection for Garnet Hill Right: The Aura by Tracie Ellis Bed Linen Range

Don't be afraid to mix brighter colours and textures with softer pastel hues to make your bedroom feel vibrant and current. Above: Beni Ouarain Rug by Kulchi. Image by Gaelle Le Boulicaut.

Create a mix of cultural elements with a colourful patterned kilim rug or runner. You can revitalize and lighten up a space with a unique natural hemp rug or inject a splash of summer into a space with a new coloured natural woven rug. Left: Yellow & white aztec patterned rug via Amanda Rodriguez Details from Styrsjöbo Middle: Vintage Kilim via Pinterest. Find similar from Kulchi or Table Tonic Right: Zig Zag Rug from Urban Outfitters.

Create the ultimate summer paradise by adding or replacing a light with a wire or bamboo framed pendant covered in sheer white fabric. Left: Koushi Lamp by Mark Eden Schooley available at Serendipity. Image via Bodie & Fou. Right: Nelson Sepulveda Pendant light available at Ayilluminate. Image via Ladossa.

Group together pendant lights to create a visualise feast for the eyes and keep the pendants simple so that there is a lightness to this new summer space Above: Enoki Cumulus Pendant Light available at Les Interieurs.

Create your own summer colour palette by selecting your choice of cord and light shade colour way with this clever wall light. Above: Wall fixture Klimoppe with paper lamp Moth by Studio Snowpuppe available on Etsy.

Make a feature of a found or favourite object by hanging it on a bare wall to create a very simple but clever impact that can be changed to suit each season. Left: Skull Image by Hanna Lemholt Photography Via Lisa Madigan. Right: Shoe lasts - Image via Emmas Blogg. Source similar from Izzi and Popo.

Use wall hooks as a way to display your special summer treasures to add a decorative element to a space. Stick to items that are relevant to the season and current colour trends. Or have fun with wall stickers - they are a great way to add a feature to a wall and can easily be changed and removed without needing a coat of paint!! Left: knobs with bags, beads, scarves hanging on them.  Image by Lotta Agaton. Right: Black polka dots stuck on wall with black knobs. Image by apieceofcake28 on instagram via Emmas Blogg.  Muuto timber dots are available at Great Dane Furniture.

Left: Large metal trays on wall in the home of Tine K. Right: Collection of baskets on wall via Leibowitz and McLachlan Source similar from Livedin Coogee and The Country Trader.

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