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Gorgeous Personalised Gifts- Luvi Shell Business Showcase

Luvi Shell, Personalised cushions, Print Ark Blog

At Print Ark we LOVE  celebrating the businesses we are so lucky to partner with, and this week we are showcasing the gorgeous Luvi Shell!

Luvi Shell has created a range of personalised birth details cushions,  name cushions, gorgeous designer floor cushions plus a seasonal range including personalised special delivery Santa sacks, stockings and more.

We recently sat down with Lindy from Luvi Shell to talk about her business and her amazing cushions.

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Easy Winter Styling Tips for Your Home

Easy Winter Styling Tips for your Home, Print Ark Blog

Winter Styling for your home can feel like the time to get out the heavy drapes and extra blankets, while all of the fun brightly coloured items get put away until summer comes around again.

Winter styling doesn’t need to be sombre or heavy though, we think it should be no less bright, with soft furnishings and little décor touches to celebrate in the warmer months.

The idea of winter styling is to fill your living space with things that make you feel comfortable, warm and happy, and that kind of wrap you up in a lovely big embrace when you trudge in after a cold or dreary day.

Here are some of Print Ark’s favourite winter styling tips for 2019 (that we think will last much longer than just one season or one year!)

Winter Styling Tips for Your Home

Wrapped up in Pink

Pink is not just for spring and summer – it totally rocks in winter too. Some of the seasons most popular colours are pink – including Millennial pink Pink which fills Instagram with its warmth, and Living Coral which fits in beautifully in most homes.

Pinks bring a gorgeous romantic vibe to bedrooms, so you might like to add some textured cushions or a luscious throw to your bed, or a vibrant print to your wall, such as this one:

Pick A Pear Creative, Marrakesh Mandala Print in White and Fuchsia
Image Source: Pick A Pear Creative, Marrakesh Mandala Print in White and Fuchsia | Available HERE |

Tactile Textures

You will feel a wonderfully warm embrace in your home this winter if you fill your space with rich textures and furnishings. Think chunky, hand-knitted rugs, and plush cushions in faux fur or even velvet.

We also love the addition of a furry friend like a cat or dog to snuggle up to, but this might not be easy for all homes to include!

Easy Winter Styling Tips for your Home, Print Ark Blog, featuring Elemental Prints
Image Source Left: Elemental Prints, Layers A2 + Reflect 50 x 50cm | Available HERE |

Day Spa Luxury

We love a home that gives you the relaxed and luxurious feel of being in an expensive day spa or the lounge of a five-star hotel.

Decorate with colours that feel calm and soothing such as greys, creams, and mauves, and then add some living plants for fresh air and a scented candle or oil diffuser for ambience.

Build a space that encourages you to slow down and live in the moment, to take a deep breathe and connect with yourself or your family.

Easy Winter Styling Tips for Your Home, Print Ark Blog

Vintage Pieces with a Story

We are seeing a move from the mass-produced pieces from larger department stores to handcrafted or vintage pieces in the home. People love pieces that tell a story, and that are one of a kind, because our homes should be as individual as we are.

Original, one-off pieces need not break the bank to be something special, however, as you will see from the bespoke artworks we sell in our online store. You are certain to find a piece that speaks to you and that carries with it a story you will love to regale to your visitors.

Easy Winter Styling Tips for yor home, Print Ark Blog, Featuring A Simple Meandering
Image Source: A Simple Meandering, left: ‘Sea of Solitude’ right: ‘Dawning Clarity’ & ‘Salt of the Earth’ | Available HERE |

Winter Coastal

Coastal and beach-inspired décor is not just for the summer, and you can beautifully embrace a winter coastal theme in your home.

Think natural textures such as raw wood, grass or bamboo, pieces that look like they’ve been collected from the sand such as shells and starfish, and relaxed colours such as blues, yellows, and whites.

Easy Winter Styling Tips for your home, Print Ark Blog, Featuring Oju Design and Elemental Prints
Image Source: Left: Oju design ‘Ocean Waves’ right: Elemental Prints ‘Windswept’ .

Moroccan Influences

Moroccan colours and patterns are being celebrated in winter homes this year. You can get this look by adding more permanent pieces like tiling in your bathroom or kitchen, but can also get it with simpler touches like patterned rugs and throws or Moroccan inspired art.

We love the effect of a few vintage-look lanterns scattered around your room, lit with gentle dappled candlelight.

This influence also embraces warmer metal colours like rose gold, bronze and copper as well – look for picture frames, vases and other ways to add a hint of rich yet weathered metal to your space.

Sustainable Plants

Even in winter, we need to conserve our water stores. Indoor plants are always a great touch both aesthetically as well as for your general mood, but you don’t want to have to spend all your time and money keeping them watered.

The trend for plants is still for environmentally conscious options like Australian natives or alternatives like succulents. If you can get the real thing indoors you can add some gorgeous prints to bring that life and greenery to your space like these ones below.

Easy Winter Styling Tips, Featuring State of Eden and Pick a Pear Creative
Image Source: Left: State of Eden ‘Native Series’,  right: Pick a Pear Creative – Available Here [photo credit: @scandilane_ ]

Curves

We are seeing the addition of curved edges to every piece of home décor, moving away from harder corners and abrupt ends. Curves are showing up everywhere, from circular mirrors and rugs, to lamps and vases, to edges on countertops, bed-heads and photo frames.
This offers a softer, gentler feel to your space and again fits in with a mindful moment in a calmer sanctuary.

Be confident in your Home Decor

Winter décor, and any home décor really, is whatever you want to make it. Trends in interior design are moving away from generic pieces that look the same as everyone else’s house to personal and individual touches.

You shouldn’t be afraid to show your own flair in your home décor this winter, and throw in what you feel is beautiful and what really makes you happy.

More than anything, in winter your home needs to be welcoming to you, so make it the wonderful space you want to be in.

xx

Check out our collection of artists to find pieces to warm up your space  HERE

Want to know How To Inspire Creative Kids Through Room Styling? READ MORE HERE

 

Easy Winter Styling Tips for your home, Print Ark

 

Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas that really make her feel special

Mothers day gift ideas

It is true, Mum’s deserve to be spoilt with the most expensive  gifts you can afford, but I’ll let you in on a secret – Mum’s don’t mind how expensive the gift is, as long as you have put love and thought into the present they are sure to love it! .

Here are some awesome ideas for Unique Mother’s Day Gift Ideas that really make her feel special, and that aren’t actually all that costly.

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Easy budget tips to refresh your home for the New Year

Refresh home wall arts on new year

There is just something about a new year, isn’t there? Filled with renewed energy and good intentions, this is a great time of year to refresh your home and give your living spaces a whole new lease on life.

But if after Christmas your bank balance is looking a little lean, you will love our tips for home improvement on a budget.

To bring luck, joy and prosperity into your home for 2019, let’s get started on the right foot. You don’t have to follow all of our suggestions, but even a tweak here and there will help to refresh your home for the new year.

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Spreading The Christmas Cheer, All The Way To Tanzania

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This year Christmas feels more than a bit special to us. It's our second Christmas at Print Ark and we've had a great year helping  creative businesses be discovered by homeowners looking for unique wall art and decor.

But, this Christmas is particularly special because we're doing something different.

For someone different.

Over the last couple of months I've been gathering donated gifts from Australian small businesses (and an awesome New Zealand business too!) and last week we launched our first Print Ark Charity Auction, with 100% of the proceeds going to The Bandari Project, a charity in Tanzania.

Why them and why Tanzania I hear you ask?

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Unique Gift Ideas For Everyone On Your List

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Giving gifts, wrapping them up carefully and watching people as they open them, is the best feeling, but sometimes trying to find a unique gift idea can be a challenge.

Between the crowds at the shops, the search for an awesome deal, as well as the search for something that little bit different and thoughtful, it can leave you overwhelmed.

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The Secret to an Awesome Kids Bedroom

Print Art Blog- The Secret to an awesome kids bedroom feature image, kids bedroom ideas, kids wall decor

Coming up with kids bedroom ideas isn’t difficult. A quick search on Pinterest will have you flooded with inspiration, but what is the secret to executing a truly awesome kids room? We think there are a few special ingredients and to start we’ve gone straight to the source- the kids!

What kids want for their bedroom decorations

Childhood is short and precious, a time where imaginations run wild and everything is possible. Start by talking to your children and seeing what they think would make an amazing kids bedroom.

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How to create a beautiful gender-neutral baby bedroom

Print Ark Blog- How to create a beautiful gender neutral baby bedroom

Designing a nursery or baby bedroom makes some people all sorts of gooey and excited. So many gorgeous Pinterest pics to check out!

Others might be a bit more cynical – will your own nursery end up looking anywhere near that good? Do you need to have some incredible natural creative talent, or can regular people come up with stunning nursery décor ideas too?

Just because you don’t know (or don’t want to let on) what gender your baby is going to be, you don’t have to be restricted in your baby décor ideas. A gender-neutral baby bedroom can be anything but bland and can instead be modern, individual and very beautiful.

Designing your baby’s bedroom in preparation for that precious bundle to join your family is one of the most fun and exciting things that you can do. With baby décor ideas there really are no rules, except to maybe stay true to yourself.

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