Category Archives: Colours

Happy ‘Tangerine Tango’ New Year!

A very happy new year to you, my lovelies!
May it be better and brighter than ever!

I hope you have had a wonderful, joyous time over the holidays and are feeling recharged and excited about the possibilities and opportunities in the year ahead!

When the clear up of the holidays is done, I like to add little invigorating touches around the house to get me energised for the year ahead. So I am feeling quite happy with Pantone’s colour of 2012: ‘Tangerine Tango’, a deep radiant red-orange that is vivacious yet friendly; quite a feel-good cheery colour. Even if you’re not one for bright colours, a tiny amount of this colour in the form of flowers, art or even a bowl of tangerines will energise your surroundings.

If you want to use this colour in your decor, here are a couple of examples I adore that may inspire you:

I love this room for its bright breezy feel, casual atmosphere, *gorgeous* rug and vibrant tangerine pops… a perfect room to beat the January blues!

Window treatments like this excite me. I love how this dramaticises the high ceiling, and being a sheer curtain, it doesn’t block any light thus keeps the space feeling breezy.

Will you be tangoing with tangerine orange? Whether you love this colour or not, I hope you’re having a peppy start to 2012!


Images 1 Serenity in Design | 2 unknown



Filed under Design, Living rooms, Orange

Cheery contrast: blue & red

Drake Design Associates

The weather has turned dreary and rainy in this part of the world so I am looking at a perk-me-up colour combination: turquoisey blue (think blue sky and sea) teamed with bright vibrant red.



House of Turquoise


Homes & Antiques


La Maison Boheme

It even works for a cosier, more romantic look.


Apartment Therapy

Aren’t these just the prettiest little girls’ rooms? SO much better than a sickly pink overload. (Speaking of which, can somebody please explain why some parents insist on surrounding their girls in pink? Because I really don’t understand it.)

Little Green Notebook


Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh


Conversation Pieces

Looks like the most fun wedding ever, yes?


Do you have colours that you turn to when you need perking up? Or any other tricks for a dreary grey day?



Filed under Bedrooms, Blue, Design, Dining rooms, Living rooms, Red

Home tour: mixing old and new in an urban setting

Few home tours get me as excited as this one which I came across on the Mix and Chic blog recently. I’ve had the image above in my inspiration folder for a while so I was thrilled to see more of the house and find out about the owner, designer Jimmy Stanton, who has a knack for re-purposing cast-off objects as well as mixing old and new to gorgeous effect.

Jimmy and his partner Patrick have done wonders with their 2-bed urban condo in Atlanta, Georgia. The eclectic style is as comfortable, homely and cosy as it is smart and gorgeous.

The industrial and rustic elements are beautifully balanced by softer colours.

A free standing fireplace in an unused alcove… why not?

The brightly striped bed cover offsets the grey walls and rugged rusticity of the headboard.

Fabulous way to re-purpose an old scale!

Sexy inky black walls in the bathroom.
10 points if you noticed the submarine light sconce!

In the category of urban condos, this one is by far my favourite. It is chic without being ostentatious, and homely rather than overly precious. I could very happily cosy up here! My love for industrial and rustic touches probably plays a big part here. : )

What do you think of this place? Is this your kind of style or is it too masculine for you? If you could move in, would you change anything? (I would add a bit of sparkle while still keeping with the style.)


Images from Atlanta Homes



Filed under Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Design, Grey, Home tours, Living rooms

Coral crush

Shades of coral: stunning natural beauty

If you read my Interior Moods post, you’ll know that there is something in this spring air that has got me completely besotted with the cheery sweet shades of coral.

Being a mix of pink, orange and yellow (all happy colours!), it’s no wonder coral feels so uplifting.

Coral shades range from light, delicate and soft…

Feminine and BEAU-TI-FUL

to vibrant coral-reds…

Fab way to add red!


On to more coral loveliness for your viewing pleasure…

Nuevo Estilo
Mediterranean, eclectic and charming


via Elements of Style
Fabulously feminine


source unknown (please let me know if you know where this image is from and I’ll credit it)
Gorgeous accent with black and white chic


Elle Decor
Sitting pretty with other happy colours


House Beautiful
Light aqua and coral – possibly the chirpiest combination


Nuevo Estilo
OMG a coral rug!


1st Option
Love how the lampshade pops against the cool silvery blue curtains


Massucco Warner Miller


via House of Turquoise
Such a peachy nursery


Black Crow Studios via La Maison Boheme
Swoonilicious watercolour wallpaper… YUM


Give me a woop if you also think that coral the most delightful and cheerful accent colour! 🙂



Filed under Bedrooms, Coral, Design, Dining rooms, Living rooms

Lavender loveliness

I am feeling rather seduced by the pretty lavender accents in this glorious Madrid loft.

In fact, I am seduced by the whole space. It is such a perfect balance of rustic industrial and contemporary with soft sumptuous textures, beautiful colours and a laid-back vibe. Swoon worthy, I say!

Images: micasarevista


Filed under Design, Home tours, Purple

Rustic AND turquoise!

Graham & Green

If you ever need to bribe me, give me a distressed rustic turquoise item. I will be putty in your hands. It doesn’t matter what it is, as long as it is rustic and turquoise.

No, I’m only joking, no bribery here! (shh, remember, something rustic and turquoise)

Graham & Green

Kikette Interiors


Kikette Interiors

Superior Interiors

House of Turquoise

House of Turquoise

My name is Meera and I am a rusticturquoisoholic.



Filed under Blue, Design

Decadent loo

Imagine you are given an assignment to design a loo (WC, lavatory, comfort station… whatever you want to call it) and the key phrases to guide you in your design are ‘feminine with a twist’, ‘indulgent’ and ‘a little bit over the top’.

Could you beat this??


More like ‘feminine with a tassel-twist’ 😛

Happy weekend, my lovelies!



Filed under Bathrooms, Design, Pink