my dream dressing room!

Hi

I hope you are all doing well. I was given an interesting challenge by one of the leading companies in furniture to create a mood board for my dream dressing room. Now most of you must be seeing mood boards everywhere but honestly I never knew how hard it was doing one on the computer considering I am not so tech savvy. That was until I discovered Morpholio, his app which I randomly came across on Instagram saved my life!!! It’s so easy to use and you can do so much on just the free app, although I’m sure for high tech guys, you might need to upgrade!!

Moving on to why we are here, I have tried to come up with one mood board that would define my dream dressing room, although I felt I should have 2! Despite many people wanting grand rooms, I am more of a cozy functional room kind of person. I prefer rooms that have exactly what you need without creating too much space for unnecessary clutter. I’d rather have a larger bedroom than changing room!

With that said, I would want a room that can fit a walk in closet, a chaise chair and a long standing mirror! Simple and practical.

Getting into the details, living in Kenya, we all know it can get dusty at times, therefore the fantasy open closets you see are not really my preference. As shown on the mood board, I would aim for closets with sliding doors ( to save on space ) plus keep my things protected. The sliding doors with glass panels give the same feeling of openness to the room achieved with open shelving. If you notice, I went for a natural wood look which I love, gives character and class to any room.

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A large enough dressing room should have a seat, for changing shoes among other things, and my perfect lounge seat would be a chaise seat in tufted fabric! Goes beautifully with the rich wooden look of our wardrobes and adds to the overall elegance. Throw in a nice cushion and place a throw on the edge and you have yourself the perfect relaxation spot too. Add a side table and you’re done.

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Third on the list is a long mirror and instead of going for the contemporary mirror on the walls, I decided a standing vintage looking mirror would be perfect, makes you feel like Cinderella!

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The lighting I chose is not a chandelier but Pendant light, its minimalistic compared to a chandelier but yet gives off a statement. The gold of the brass goes beautifully with our rich decor!
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Last but not least, the handmade Moroccan rug brings in the whole room together adding warmth and bringing in some culture into the whole room.
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If you notice I didn’t talk about the island most dressing rooms have these days, that’s because in my opinion, they take up too much space and give off such a kitchen look!

So there you have it guys, my dream dressing room!


As always, feel free to share your ideas and pictures below.

Back soon;

Salwa 🙂

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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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