Silver and Mint – A Cool Colour Combo

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Fresh and cool, you can almost feel it lightly brushing your skin. There’s something very calming about the marriage of Silver and Mint. I’m quite obsessed with this colour combination at the moment. Perhaps it’s because it looks so clean yet un-clinical, and is just too, too pretty. I’m dreaming of a sophisticated den all my own with mint walls and a silver desk – light streaming in from a mint draped window reflecting off my chrome floor lamp (like the pic below).

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You could just forget all your troubles in a room like this, couldn’t you? But what makes the mint/silver palette work? And how is it saved from being too ‘wedding-ish’ and looking like a bag of pastel lollies? I think you can go two ways: modern or unadulterated soft and girly. My preference is the former, and I believe the colours work brilliantly in the room above because they are set against a predominantly white backdrop but with pops of other unexpected colour like the soft purple, and beige leather of the chairs. The other reason is that the room has a really modern choice of furniture – streamlined, uncluttered and minimal.

The same goes for the room below only it has a much more feminine appeal in the choice of furnishings. It still feels modern, however, due to the clean lines of the 60s style stool and light fitting, but with a distinct deco flavour, which is ultra cool and sleek. The white carpet is the ultimate luxury (which I will probably never experience!).

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If your home is a white canvas you could try just about anything including Silver and Mint – maybe even just a touch in the form of a pretty garland or painting. I recently snared some gorgeous wallpaper swatches (which are probably the reason for my new colour crush). They’d look gorgeous in white frames on a picture wall. Hmmm . . . new project, perhaps?

Look for more Silver and Mint inspiration on my Pinterest board. Just click on the icon above.

Mint and Silver 3 - Elisabeth NicoleImage Credits:

Image 1 – Katie Evans

Image 2 – vartnyahem.se

Image 3 – elledecor.com

Image 4 – Elisabeth Nicole

 

DIY Coasters

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Coasters are handy little decorative things that also make great gifts. And they are so easy anyone can make them. Stylish or kitsch they are always cool. You could even use favourite photographs of loved ones or places you’ve travelled.

What You Need:

Cork board (available from most craft stores)

Scissors

Paper or fabric

Gel medium

Paintbrush

Clear gloss spray paint

 

What To Do:

1. Cut out your cork in either circles or squares (with rounded edges is best so the cork doesn’t crumble at the edges)

2. Place the coke pieces on the paper, fabric or photographs you have chosen (on the opposite side to the image or print of the paper/fabric) and trace around the shapes

3. Cut out your images, paper or fabric

4. Paint some gel medium on the images, paper or fabric (on the opposite side to the image/print) and stick to the cork pieces

5. Paint gel medium over the stuck image/print so that the top of the coaster is completely covered with the gel medium

6. When the gel is dry, add a coat of clear gloss spray paint to seal and then to dry

 

 

Pizza (and an easy dough recipe)

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I love a homemade pizza, especially with homemade pizza dough. Recently, one of the mums from school told me she makes her pizza dough from flour and Greek yoghurt. What? I couldn’t believe it but this lovely lady swears by it and so I tried it out. Yep – lovely, light dough so easy to make you could get your kids to do it.

Here’s the recipe:

For every medium-sized pizza knead together 1 cup of self-raising flour and 1 cup of Greek yoghurt.

Knead and knead till the dough is well mixed and stretchy, then flatten to make a pizza base.

Pop all your toppings on and bake until golden on the top.

My favourite pizza toppings:

I always drizzle olive oil on the base before I top it. I’m not a huge fan of a tomato base. I also love chilli-infused oil.

Prosciutto, goat’s cheese, Kalamata olives, tomatoes and rocket (pop the rocket on the top after you’ve cooked the base and toppings). I remember having this pizza in the south of Italy, in Santa Maria Castellebata, when I was pregnant with Lucie. I was ravenous for it!

Fetta, fresh rosemary and pumpkin (cook the small pieces of pumpkin beforehand so they are nice and soft).

Bocconcini, lemon and broccoli. Love this combo. Add whole slices of lemon or small slices of preserved lemon. Make sure you squeeze a bit of lemon juice over the top before serving. Yum.

And lastly, Goat’s chess, salmon and capers. So delicious.

Hope you can create some of your own amazing toppings with your friends and family.

Image – laurenconrad.com