3 easy ways to decorate your kitchen wall!

Hi everyone, so finally got time to write this post. This is the last post as a response to one of my Instagram followers, who asked me to share ideas on how to decorate a kitchen wall. We all know food brings people closer together and it’s not shocking finding that the kitchen or dining area is always a busy place. Despite this, kitchen spaces are always forgotten when decorating. So below I show you 3 easy ways to decorate your kitchen walls.

  1. Shelves – I have said it before, I LOVE SHELVING! Put up a few layers on your wall with nice detailed hooks and you immediately transform your kitchen. These shelves can have anything on them from decor, books or your favourite crockery!

 

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picture source: Earnest Home Co.
  1. Framing- frame up anything from art pieces to kitchen oriented pictures or family portraits! An easy DIY project would be to take pictures or literature from old books and place them in your frames! It adds character and definitely a conversation starter!

Another option is to frame cutlery! We all have a lonely spoon or fork left from an old set. This is a great way to upcycle!

Family pictures are also a great way to add personality and make the area feel warm! My suggestion would be to place random, fun and easy family pictures as opposed to pictures!

 

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picture source: http://www.bystephanielynn.com

 

  1. Plates and pottery- this is an amazing way to spruce up your kitchen wall! I particularly love the traditional Turkish plates; they are mostly handmade and slightly expensive but definitely worth it.

Another way is to hang pots and pans, the best here are the traditional brass ones. These will definitely give your kitchen that chic boutique hotel look in an instant.

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picture source: allthingshome.ke

There you go guys, easy,  simple and perfect ways to use up some of what you already have in your homes! Have fun decorating and as always, like comment and share your pictures and ideas with us!

Back soon,

Salwa 🙂

5 Tips when choosing curtains!

I believe everyone would agree that curtains make a room! It is the first thing I buy in a house. It is therefore important to know what to do when choosing curtains for your homes. An Instagram follower requested me to share how to choose curtains for her new apartment. The following are 5 things I look at when buying curtains:

  1. colour

This is purely dependent on your choice. Some go bold with prints and colours. I prefer neutral colours because of two reasons. They blend well with almost every other colour on your furniture and don’t fade quickly or rather don’t show the appearance of fading as much. A tip here is not to go too bold with print and colours in small rooms as they make them look smaller. To enlarge a room, get lighter colours best with longitudinal stripes imprints, this gives an illusion of extra length.

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picture source:www.diy.com

 

  1. Fabric

We are lucky we live in a country with good weather throughout and therefore no need to change curtains based on whether it’s winter or summer unless you want to. Of course I would like to have silk curtains but those are expensive and quite difficult to maintain when it comes to dry cleaning. I prefer sticking to cotton or linen and one of my favourite Americana. Lighter fabrics make a room feel large and airy, heavier fabrics should be placed in larger rooms preferably. Very important to lift, gather and have a look of the fabric from the store before buying.

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picture source: http://www.overstock.com

 

  1. Length

This is very important if you want a chic look. Otherwise you end up with culottes for curtains and everyone is wondering what’s up! For an illusion of longer windows, set your rails a few inches above your window, 4-6 inches above usually makes a big difference although you can go as high as you like (check picture below). For the bottom part having it half an inch above your floor should do for a modern look but if you like the rich draping you can increase by 2-3 inches (check picture above).

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picture source: http://www.crateandbarrel.com

 

  1. Lining

Never underestimate the value of lining your curtains. It keeps them lasting longer, gives a more full look and let’s it drape better and of course helps in reducing amount of light. Normally I use simple cotton fabric as lining. For those concerned about light especially in areas like the bedroom, a special lining called black out can be found in any store even Nakumatt have it. It’s more expensive but will do just that; black out your rooms.

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picture source: coverscanada.ca

 

  1. Gathers

Many have heard the words 100% gathers and so on but what do these mean in regards to curtains. Percentage of gathers simply means how full you want your curtains to look. The higher the percentage, the more the fabric and more fullness. I believe for a simple proper set, curtains should be minimum 100% gathers. Anything less will make your curtains look ironed out, which is not good. More gathers means more draping and is better in larger rooms with longer windows.

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picture source: http://www.curtainsmarket.com

 

I’ve really tried to keep it simple, so next time you go out curtain shopping, I hope it helps!

 

Back soon.

 

Salwa  🙂

 

 

My first DIY project!

 

I posted something on Instagram and asked you guys to tell me what you’d like me to write next that would interest you. One of those topics was a DIY project. First I need to say I am no DIY expert, I know how to put up designs together but I was surprised to find that I have actually done one simple DIY project. When I say simple, I mean very very simple.

So my first ever DIY project was spraying an empty olive oil bottle and reused it as a flower vase and later opted to clean it and store my fancy straws in my kitchen! It’s such a pop of colour on my counter tops and definitely exciting for all the family kids that come around! For those that live in Nairobi, you must have seen some guy along Ngong road selling the same colourful bottles. You can easily do those at home.

All you need is;

  1. Empty bottles- I prefer glass bottles with any form of engraving because it gives so much character.
  2. Spray paint- I have not tried many but the one I did are from Blazer spray paint that I bought in Nakumatt. I used flourescent pink 1002.
  3. Plenty of newspaper to cover your spray surface

 

Procedure;

  1. Make sure you do this outside, somewhere airy preferably. would help if you wore a simple mask.
  2. Wash and drip dry your glass bottles thoroughly.
  3. Layout your old newspaper and cover up as much area as possible. You do not want paint all over your other things around.
  4. Shake your spray paint canister, hold it a few inches away from the bottle and spray away. Let the first coat dry up. And repeat for the second coat. I only did 2 coats, I guess the more coats the more colour intensity you get. Your choice. Let the bottles dry outside overnight and you have your brand new bottles ready for anything your heart desires to use them for!

I hope this works as a DIY for you guys. As always share your stories in the comments, pictures are encouraged!

Back again soon,

Salwa 🙂

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notice the engravings on the bottle! comes out beautifully!

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