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Decorating For Halloween

If you’ve walked into any grocery or department store, you’ve no doubt seen the splashes of black and orange and caught the aroma of latex in the air.  Decorating for Halloween can be a fun activity and there are so many directions a person can go.  From scary and horrifying to playful and cartoonish, you’ll find everyone has a unique take on the spooky holiday.  We’ll take you through some of the most common ways people bring Halloween to their homes and also some of the ways people create a more year ’round permanent solution to satisfy their inner ghoul.

PUMPKINS!

There probably isn’t a more iconic symbol of Halloween than the pumpkin.  Native to North America, pumpkins are used in all sorts of recipes for Thanksgiving and typically represent bounty.  But for Halloween, they are carved out to make jack-o’-lanterns.  Make them devilishly frightening or go the more goofy route.  For the more talented and patient, entire works of art have been carved into pumpkins.  Nowadays, you can buy stencils from the store or even download templates online that can be traced right on to the pumpkin.  The PumpkinLady.Com is a great resource.  But don’t be put off by the effort.  You don’t necessarily need to do any carving to create the Halloween vibe.  After all, a carved pumpkin will start to rot after a couple of days.  You can always leave the pumpkin untouched and display them as they are.  An uncarved pumpkin can last anywhere from two to three months.  Check out these cool carved and uncarved displays for inspiration.

decorated pumpkins for halloween including carved, painted and uncarved

SKULLS

An easy way to put a little fright into your Halloween decor is to play on our sense of mortality.  Nothing does that more effectively than seeing a skeleton.  It only takes a skull or two to change the aesthetic from playful to a bit creepy.  If they are properly displayed on your lawn, you can make it appear as if the skeleton is busting it’s way out of the grave.  Some people can DIY these things with paper mache but you’d be better off getting some cheap stuff from the Halloween section of your local party shop.

spooky photo of bat wing potion and skull on a book

GHOSTS

If we’re taking our mortality to the next logical step beyond our bones, then the spirit world would be next.  One of the easiest ways to dress up for Halloween is to toss a white sheet over yourself and you’re an instant ghost.  Similarly, it’s very easy to create some ghosts on your porch or in your home by simply hanging some small white linens.  Cheesecloth is a great options for that transparent effect.  There are a couple of very clever ways to go about this.  One easy method is to use a spherical object, preferably a styrofoam ball and toss some cheesecloth over top.  Then,attach a string to it, either by tape or pin and needle through the cheesecloth.  Then, pin the other end into the ceiling.  Give it a pair of eyes and a mouth but even that isn’t necessary.  Another very clever way to create a ghost is using a white balloon.  Some black permanent marker can be used to create the eyes and mouth.  Then tape some white tissue to the bottom and you’ve got a couple of friendly ghosts flying around.  The DIY Network has a great tutorial on making ghosts.

Ghost Halloween Decoration Hanging From a Tree

CREEPY CREATURES

When you think of creatures that tend to give you the creeps there are probably a few that would instantly come to mind.  Oddly enough, snakes are not a Halloween character but bats and spiders are.  Black cats have also had a reputation of being a bad omen.  However, they are much more revered than feared nowadays.  Bats’ association with Halloween may have something to do with migration habits in the Fall in North America.  But a bat is also associated with one of the forms which popular vampire icon, Dracula can take.  The easiest way to add some bats to your doorway is cutting them out of black construction paper and hanging by a string.  Not much else is needed.  There is no shortage of fake spider webs that you can purchase from any grocery store’s Halloween section.  Grab as much of this and spread it out to heart’s desire.  Spread it over the bushes outside, across windows or span it at the top of your doorways.  It’s always an easy and very effective decoration.  Check out this example of someone using creepy creatures when decorating for Halloween.

Spider Halloween Web Decoration with webs spread across outside brick wall and across bushes

WALLPAPER

What do you do if you’re so into the Halloween aesthetic that just having a day or even a month doesn’t satiate your craving for the macabre.  There are solutions that can turn a room into something that expresses your ongoing gothic tendencies.  Wallpaper has a history that harkens back to the Victorian age which is a popular aesthetic for creating a haunting vibe in the home.  The Haunted Mansion at Disneyland is popular template. But there are modern options too that can create an amazing backdrop when you’re decorating for Halloween all year ’round.  A few of our favourite wallpapers are pictured below.  From the sexy, sophisticated gothic look of Huntington Lace, the dark creepy farmhouse effect of Black Wood Boards or the dramatic impact of Amityvillve, any room can have strong dark overtones and create a canvas for all your furniture and accessories.  If black cats are your thing and you want to be a bit more playful with your decor, Meow would be right up your alley.

Huntington Lace Wallpaper.  White floors and black lace wallpaper with a short black dresser Huntington Lace

Black Wooden Boards Wallpaper.  Wallpaper with black faux timber look with black lamp shade, black lamp stand, black wall clock and black chair and yellow blanketBlack Wooden BoardsAmityville Wallpaper. white Skull wallpaper with a smokey skull in a mirror with a brown chairAmityville

White Wallpaper with Black Cats called Meow from Milton & King.  In front of the wallpaper is a striped tent, letter blocks on the ground a black crochet stool and a black cat. Meow

For more eerie wallpaper designs, check out everything that Milton & King has to offer.

Halloween has it’s history rooted in the meeting of religious and pagan traditions.  Today, it’s largely bereft of any serious connotations.  Now it’s all about the fun.  What will we dress up as?  How will we decorate?  There are no rules when it comes to transforming your porch or your home.  There are definitely some easy options if you’re stuck.  Pumpkins, ghosts, spiders, bats, and skeletons are all easily identified with the holiday when you’re decorating for Halloween.  If you desire to dress up your lair for more than an annual occasion, wallpaper is a great way create a haunting backdrop that any soul would find to suitable to dwell in.

Designer Spotlight

Ayana House: A Project by The Designory.

Ayana House is an immaculately designed family home.  It is finished down to the finest detail. This is just the latest project by The Designory, a Sydney-based design studio with a team of talented designers, draftsmen, decorators and consultants who specialize in end to end transformations of residences, small-scale commercial and hospitality projects.

Ayana House was designed for the Director of The Designory, Melissa Bonney and her family. It was a complete renovation from the front exterior to the backyard pool and everything in between. Walls had to be removed, redefining living spaces both downstairs and upstairs to create a haven that was filled with light and custom-made with signature natural materials and finishes.

The team at The Designory used high end appliances, bespoke joinery, solid walnut, luxe wool carpet, natural stone, sheer linens, plantation shutters and so much more throughout the home. These features helped to create the relaxed tropical vibe that the family was seeking. Upon entering the home, one would find a new stacked stone and timber clad facade. Then there is a custom designed outdoor shower and seating area. The design team did a beautiful job creating a secluded relaxation space.

A second living area was created and crucial for the family of five.  Their teens needed different zones than the toddlers.  But there also needed to be a space for everyone to be together. Separating the front of the house from the rear is a cavity slider. When opened, it reveals a massive open space where the kitchen becomes the main hub. The living areas have skylights and bi-fold and sliding doors allowing for maximum natural light. The backyard has a tropical inspired pool and leafy garden with a built in BBQ.

However, when retreating upstairs where the bedrooms are, it’s all about serenity. The bedrooms are finished with beautiful bespoke joinery, luxurious wool carpets, built-in desks and mini walk-in wardrobes. There is a stunning curved wall featured in the master suite as well as a walk-in wardrobe and a balcony surrounded by palms.

The toddler’s room continues the sense of calm with cool blue colours coming off the Shibori Stripe wallpaper from Milton & King.  The Designory cleverly hung the wallpaper with the stripes vertical rather than horizontal. This creates the illusion of a room with higher ceilings. See a few of the photos from Ayana House below and for more details and photos of this beautiful project by The Designory visit the-designory.com.au/ayana-house

Boys bedroom with Shibori Stripe Wallpaper hung vertically with a basket of stuffed animals and a bookshelf full of childrens' books.
Boys bedroom with Shibori Stripe Wallpaper hung vertically shelving
Interior Tips

5 Ways To Style Marble Wallpaper

No doubt one of our personal favorites from our entire wallpaper collection is the gorgeous “Marble” wallpaper by Kemra. This unique wallpaper makes the most of the popular trend of marble everything (there is no such thing as too much marble, right?!). We’ve come up with 5 ways to style marble wallpaper, from color techniques to decor choices, these ways will ensure you ace the marble trend effortlessly in your home without going OTT.

Gold Detailing

Nothing goes better with marble than luxe gold detailing. Whether it be with subtle trims of gold around the room, gold homewares or bold gold furniture, gold and marble are a match made in interior design heaven. These two materials work well together as the warmth of the gold metal helps to counteract the coldness that comes from a stone such as marble and helps to create a much more cozy feeling in the room. If gold isn’t to your taste you can always opt for a different warm metal like brass, copper or rose gold, and if you want to avoid metals altogether, timber works well in its place.

White Furniture

If you love the look of the white-on-white-on-white interior trend that is everything on Pinterest right now, then you will love pairing our  stunning Marble wallpaper with some classic white furniture. To avoid a completely stark and clinical feel, accessorize your white and marble features with subtle accents of color or with a contrasting pattern or texture to create contrast and interest. White and marble with a splash of leather, fur and industrial textures are the perfect way to style your marble wallpaper.

A Pop Of Color

On the other end of the spectrum, colorful furniture works really well with marble wallpaper. As the marble wallpaper is only incorporating the colors of white and gray, it is a very neutral wall choice that can easily be styled and changed over time to cater for changing trends and tastes.  So, if you are a lover of bright pops of color, this wallpaper is perfect for you. Some of our favorite combinations that make the marble pop are pinks, teal and yellow for a fun and super fresh interior style that gives you an energy boost every time you walk through the room.

Bring In A Touch Of Glamour

Anything marble has a feel of being luxurious and high-end. Complement this by adding some plush decor items within the area. To achieve this look, a soft, fluffy rug works wonders and singular chairs in a room always ooze sophistication and style.

Pastels

If you don’t want to jump headfirst into the bold colors we mentioned above, pastels are a wonderful option. Not only do you get the fresh, fun look, but pastels work very similarly to neutral tones as they are soft, delicate and often blend in nicely with a simple, chic decor. Opt for a pastel rug or lamp for a soft touch or a pastel sofa or table for more of a statement.

What would our ultimate marble wallpaper look like in a lounge room? Here is soem inspiration for our dream styling:

5 Ways To Style Marble Wallpaper | Milton & King

If you’ve been struggling to think of ways to style your a Marble wallpaper, we hope these 5 tips and tricks will help you achieve the room you’ve always wanted. For more inspiration, check out how Yvette from The Stylish Splash accessorizes her marble wallpaper on a weekly basis in her master bedroom here.

Interior Tips

10 of the Best Kids Wallpapers

Choosing a wallpaper for your child’s room is a difficult task, especially when there are so many designs, patterns and color palettes to choose from! Here at Milton & King, we have a large selection of fun and exciting kids wallpapers for your child’s room or family playroom regardless of age, gender or interests.

Wallpapers for your little one’s bedroom is a great choice over paint as it is super easy to clean and can be changed whenever you or your child desire, which is great as they get older and you want to transform the room from a nursery to a kids room, and then a teen bedroom. If you are interested in choosing a particular theme for your child’s bedroom and styling it to match, you can take a read of our recent blog post on 6 of our favorite kids bedroom themes here for a dose of inspiration.

Here are our favorite kids wallpapers:

Bow Ties and Moustaches

We love this super cute and simple wallpaper pattern that is an adorable collage of bow ties and moustaches. This wallpaper can not only be used in a child’s bedroom but also in other rooms around the house, so there are lots of options when it comes to installing and styling this design. This wallpaper is a popular hit with various ages as it is inspired by the hipster trend and isn’t an overwhelming statement with its monochromatic colors.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Floating Feathers

Float away with this gorgeous feather pattern wallpaper. Coming in two colorways – pink or teal – this wallpaper is great for a nursery and won’t age as your child grows up. This soft pattern is a beautiful choice to help calm, soothe and relax a child of any age. This is a great option if you’re in the market for a cute feature wall that is not overbearing.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Tonka Tough

Have a little builder in your family? Then they will love this tonka truck inspired design! A mix of various trucks and excavators, this design is great for the little bulldozer in your life who loves to move the sand around the sandpit and play with building blocks. This design is best for a nursery through to the younger schooling years, and even makes a great feature in the playroom if you have a house full of boys. The bright colors are perfect for a fresh and energetic feel.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Pink Elephants

Who doesn’t love pink elephants? This super girly and adorable design is perfect for a newborn babies bedroom. The soft colors and cutesy pattern are a great feature in any little girls bedroom, and would be gorgeous when styled with pink accessories and some fluffy pillows. This design is one of our hottest wallpapers at the moment, so get on board and make your kids room pretty in pink.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Robots

This robot design is a one of our favorite kids wallpapers simply because of the inclusion of so many fun colors and different types of robots! We love the fun colors and the awesome robots that are featured on this wallpaper and we know your little one will too. This design is super fresh and funky and it will keep your kids entertained for hours on end.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Planes & Helicopters

This white and blue wallpaper is a great choice for any aspiring pilots bedroom. Let your child soar high into dreamland with the cute plane and helicopter illustrations. The simple pattern means that it will be perfect for your growing child and be suitable for various ages, so you won’t need to update the wallpaper for years.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Monkey Wall

What is better for your cheeky monkey than a complimenting cute and fun monkey wallpaper? Available in two colors, your little monkey will love this pattern and the bright hues will bring life and energy into their room. This is another of our popular kids wallpapers, and with such a cute pattern it is no wonder why!

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Hello Berries

We think this ‘Hello Berries’ design is absolutely precious! Perfect for a nursery or a little one’s bedroom, these soft colours and cute animals are pleasing to the eye and work at sparking imagination in young minds. The stunning and intricate design has been beautifully created and is sure to be the perfect choice for many bedrooms.

 

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Run Away & Join The Circus

Roll up! Roll up! This wallpaper features all your old favourites from the circus including lions, clowns and elephants. If your child is a lover of visiting the circus when it comes to town, this will be perfect for their bedroom. The bright colors and cute cartoons will captivate them and keep their play time inspired for hours on end.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

Sentiments

While this isn’t specifically a kid’s bedroom wallpaper, ‘Sentiments’ is bright, fun and quirky and would be perfect for the bedroom of a growing little boy or girl. It’s colourful, bright and super funky, so it’s perfect for the middle years right through to teens and can be styled a number of different ways.

Best Kid Wallpapers | Milton & King

 

Do you have a favorite from the kids wallpapers above? We’d love to hear your thoughts!

Interior Tips

Are You Making One Of These Mistakes When Installing Wallpaper?

When renovating and refreshing your home, chances are you will run into some roadblocks and have to make some head-scratching decisions. Whether these be with materials you’re choosing or the furniture you are picking, renovations usually never go smoothly! But that doesn’t mean they can’t! So before you jump straight into re-doing your home, avoid making one of these common mistakes and enjoy a far less stressful reno experience.

Measure, measure, measure

Don’t be caught off-guard with the incorrect sizing for materials and furniture you’ve ordered in. Ensure your measurements are exact and re-measure multiple times before ordering to guarantee the correct size arrives on your doorstep. Make sure you measure your actual space and don’t forget extra inclusions such as fridges, washing machines and dishwashers.

Visualize

Before beginning the process, take a moment (or several) to really think about and plan your new room. Consider different layouts and designs and determine which one you like the look of as well as which ones are the most practical for your lifestyle and home. This will help throughout the renovation to always know exactly what stage you are at in renovating and what is happening in every instance, keeping you organized and less stressed. You don’t want to get halfway through an intense renovation and decide to change your ideas and preferences. Have a solid idea and try and stick to it as much as possible.

Not ordering enough

Whether this is tiles, carpets or even wallpaper, always order more than you think you will need. This will allow for any problems that you may encounter in application and installation. It is always a good idea to keep extra of these things, particularly tiles, for any future accidents or damages that require replacement. Usually, tiles will go in and out of style and the particular style you’ve used could be retired, meaning you’ll never be able to get an exact replacement again.

Wallpaper Mistakes | Milton & King

 Know your limits

Be prepared to have to call in professionals to help you tackle your project. If you have never done a project like the one you are undertaking, chances are you will struggle and require the assistance of a trained professional. It is always better to request the help if in doubt to avoid any costly mishaps or future consequences.

Think classic

While it may be tempting to deck your home out in the latest and greatest trends, it is wise to stick with a classic style if you aren’t willing to refresh the space on a regular basis. Think of it this way: the more adventurous your design is, the quicker the design will start looking outdated. So opt for something that is classic, and style it with the latest trends to get the best of both worlds.

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Inspired By The Industrial Interior Trend? Read Our Top Tips!

Loft styles and industrial decor trends have been gaining momentum as the interior trend to covet in the last couple of years. Elements such as exposed bricks, polished cement floors and exposed wooden and metal beams have become highly sought after features in homes, cafes and office spaces, as the industrial interior trend takes the design industry by storm. We aren’t all lucky enough to be living in a gorgeous refurbished loft, so we have to fake it until we can make it when it comes to home styling inspired by the industrial trend! Here are some handy tips and tricks on how you can achieve the rustic and cozy homes we adore on Pinterest in your own home…

Lighting

A big feature in industrial styled homes are the lighting choices. Aim to get something warm and moody to complete the atmosphere of your space. Choose specific lights that don’t feel complete or polished, something like loose hanging lights and copper hues work really well for this particular trend. Particular lights are even styled to look like naked bulbs hanging from the ceiling and these are a perfect choice for over your bed or within your kitchen and dining space. Additionally, lofts tend to have a lot of large windows so mimic their effect and get as much natural light into the space.

Metal

Using metal accents throughout your home is a great way to mimic the industrial trend. Aim to have metal or wired chairs, furniture and decor knick knacks to add that rustic edge that is loved by industrial interior enthusiasts. Depending on your personal preferences, you can aim to have gold, silver, rose gold, copper or even wrought iron for an added vintage touch. Remember, they don’t always have to match to achieve your desired effect in the room, so get creative and mix and match furniture items and tones until you get the perfect industrial look.

Exposed Bricks

It’s hard to get the exposed brick look if your home doesn’t have any or if you don’t want to start renovating, so look into one of our popular brick wallpapers that look exactly like the real thing minus the hard work! We love ‘Old Brown Bricks‘ for a warmer atmosphere or ‘Clubhouse Bricks‘ for a more Nordic inspired vibe in the space. Using a wallpaper is the easiest and the quickest way to achieve that sought after industrial trend in your own home or business, and these wallpapers are some of our most popular!

Get The Industrial Trend | Milton & King

 Wood

Wooden furniture pieces tend to add warmth and character to a home, so look to add some beautiful wooden pieces like tables, TV stands, and bedside tables to really complete the look. These will pair beautifully with the metal accents and the rustic exposed brick walls (or wallpapers) previously mentioned. The great thing about wood furniture is that they are completely unique and the wood grain isn’t replicated with any other piece of furniture, so you can often find something that is truely unique.

Frames

Give your home that personal touch with some beautiful, vintage frames for artworks or personal photographs. These will really complete the look in your room as it adds a personal and intimate touch, and additionally, a sense of depth and texture on your walls. Think about purchasing some lovely intricate wooden frames or a type of metal frame in different sizes to help tie all your styling efforts together. If you love a spot of DIY, why not make your own from recycled materials or hunt at your local thrift store.

Interior Tips

Creating A Home Office

While it might all be convenient and easy to simply put a desk and a comfy chair into a room and call it a home office, more thought should be put into the creation of a study room to ensure productivity and focus. How you choose to decorate and style your home office is completely up to you and should support what you plan on doing within the space, but if you are struggling to plan and design your home office, have a read through these 8 tips to help you create the perfect home office space.

Incorporate Art

Consider adding a piece or a couple of pieces of fun art to your study. The inclusion of artworks tend to evoke creativity within a person and are a great way to break up an otherwise structured and clinical room design. Go with something colored blue to instil calmness, efficiency, and focus, or a fresh yellow to improve energy and optimism. Seeing a gorgeous piece of art every time you enter the room will be refreshing to the mind and give you a moment to relax and be reinspired.

 Make It Comfortable

Ensure the room has a sense of comfort and doesn’t feel sterile. Think about adding a soft, fluffy rug to add a touch of softness and texture to the room or a throw blanket and pillows to the chair to ensure maximum comfort while you are working. These additions also help in giving you moments of relaxation between business, and ensure you are sitting in a comfortable and productive position that doesn’t cause you to slouch.

Don’t Keep It White

While the white study rooms are all the rage on Pinterest, they may not be the best for your creativity or your emotions. Consider breaking away from the cliche of white home offices for something that energises your mind. While you don’t want to go intense with the wall, choosing a simple motif  on a white background is the perfect compromise between chic and practical. ‘Gold Diamonds‘ by Muffin & Mani is a beautiful, simple wallpaper that could be easily used in your home office without being overwhelming or obnoxious. Bonus, if you have a smaller room, the white background of ‘Gold Diamonds’ will help to trick the mind into believing the room is larger than it actually is!

Creating A Home Office | Milton & King

Avoid Clutter

Keep your home office clutter free and relatively organized to allow for fewer visual distractions and a better working environment. Additionally, keeping the space tidy will keep your stress levels down and make it easier for you to complete your work, without becoming overwhelmed. You’ll be surprised at how this single tip will improve your productivity and keep you focused throughout the day.

Have Good Lighting

The difference some good lighting has on your work and productivity is impressive to say the least. Ensure you have fantastic natural light during the day, and some great lamps or indoor lights that will keep the room bright and you in work mode right into the afternoon and early evening. Good lighting will also keep you alert and will stop you from straining your eyes, especially if you are working on a computer all day.

Burn A Candle

A scented candle can be a fantastic help on your stress levels and also calm the mind and relax. Although don’t get one that is too strong and overbearing, because that could give you a whole other set of problems that you don’t need in your home office. A small candle or incense will do the trick.

Invest In Storage

Investing in some fantastic storage solutions like shelves, containers and cabinets is a necessity for a home study space. Keeping things organized will be key to making sure you know where everything is kept and making sure you never throw out an important document ever again. Make sure the storage solutions you choose are easy for you to manage, because as things get busier and the office gets used more, the faster it is for your storage spaces to become cluttered and overflowing in an unorganized manner.