Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Inspiration No.7 Neutral Theme - Upcycling, Sweet Treats, Interiors & More

In a recent post "Boring Beige, Never!"I featured a fabulous neutral interior in an interesting Manhattan apartment. Continuing to steer away from colour for a moment, this weeks inspiration starts with a great idea from "An Oregon Cottage", a plain drum lampshade has been cleverly upcycled using natural twine. With a little help from Pinterest, keeping to a "neutral" theme I discovered more crafty ideas. Some free labels from Vinnie Pearce a fellow Kiwi blogger, a few recipes with earthy colours but definitely sweet tasting and some inspiring interiors.

Quick links to recipes and projects can be found at the end of this post.




4. Ferrero Rocher Brownies

5. Sea salted chocolate caramel tart

6. Chocolate & Cinnamon Meringues

7.  Free labels for your eco friendly home made products




Quick Links:
1. Upcycled Lamp from An Oregon cottage ...Instructions here
2. DIY sweater pillow how to by Brassy Apple...DIY instructions here
3. Great idea for upcycling crates into an innovative bookshelf, image via...Pinterest
4.Ferrero Rocher Brownies from Sky Blue's Kitchen....Recipe here (scroll down page for  English)
5. Sea Salted Chocolate Caramel Tart from Sprinkle Bakes....Recipe here
6. Chocolate and Cinnamon Meringues from Carnets Parisiens....Recipe here
7. Download these free label templates from Vinnie Pearce Blog...See details and download link here
8.Image via Pinterest
9. Image via Pinterest
10. Image via Pinterest

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We hope you've been inspired, if you love neutrals, you can visit my Pinterest board to see lots more inspiring images.


  1. I definitely think the key to neutral interiors is lots of texture, which these spaces all have. x

    1. I agree Vic, I am currently removing my blue and white summer cushions from my living room to replace with a neutral beige/natural colours but in lots of different patterns and textures. I have this fabulous vintage fur coat of my mothers I am thinking of having made into a throw if I can find anyone to do this for me.

      Lee :)

  2. I love last two pictures, definitely my taste:)

    1. Mine too Anna, I am gradually turning my little Kiwi cottage into a little bit of France. I love anything with a French feel and I love "natural" textures and colours.

      Lee :)

  3. Oh I love all of your inspiration! That lampshade is so fabulous! What a great idea! Thanks so much for the eye candy!

    1. Thank you for your comment, I agree about the lampshade it caught my eye immediately I saw it.

      Glad you enjoyed the inspiration.

      Lee :)

  4. Oh my, i love the wall treatment in the last photo!


    1. Isn't it wonderful Cindy, I think its possibly a "faux" paper but not too sure. There is a wallpaper you can obtain now which looks just like weathered boards and is so convincing that you have to walk up and touch it before you realise its not the real deal!

      Lee :)

  5. So fabulous! Love it all! Thanks for linking up.

  6. Great photos! Thanks for the inspiration!! ;)


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