Spring is definitely upon us here in Australia and the weather is starting to warm up, so it seems like a good time to reinvigorate ourselves and our homes with a splash of colour…and what could be a better colour choice than blue!

Blue is such a great colour choice because, just about everyone loves blue!

It’s a colour that’s popular with both men and women. It’s calming, cooling and restful and it’s not a mistake that many major companies choose to utilise the colour blue in their logo designs.

Below are some great ways that you can introduce blue into your home:

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Mathilde Dots Sofa

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Niche Modern Pendant

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Butterfly Effect Rug by Designer Rugs – love this design!

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This wallpaper by Znak is great because it’s a perforated tear-off wallpaper that you can apply yourself! It also gives you the ability to get really creative and develop your own design.

If you’re feeling really adventurous you could invest in an artwork like ‘Blue Girl’ by David Bromley (below).

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Blue is just about perfect as a colour choice, although something to bear in mind when decorating with blue is that if overused it can feel a little cold and even depressing, so as with any colour utilise it carefully and perhaps stick with a few accent pieces and you really can’t go wrong.

This interior image via Sassilia.com is a great example of how to decorate well using blue.

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Artists such as Vincent Van Gogh have often featured chairs in their paintings and artworks. It’s easy to see why chairs have played muse to a variety of artists over the years, because they really are works of art themselves.

There are some sublime designs available, which can be featured in any home as a sculptural piece and then there are some which are just plain weird.

Below are some of my favourite designs and for some of those featured below, the process of creating the piece is just as interesting and the final result.

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Engineering Temporality by Tuomas Markunpoika Tolvanen – was created by sculpting a metal framework over a timber chair. Once the metal had been applied to the substrate, the piece was set it on fire and what was left behind after the flames subsided is the amazing piece above.

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 Franz Gabel and Johannes Heinzmann

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Archiboiled by Simon Hasan. Furniture designer, Simon Hasan was commissioned by Wallpaper* and Poltrona Frau to reinterpret a classic chair design from Jean-Marie Massaud and this was the result. The leather upholstery has been boiled and then draped over the internal framework of the chair, which looks and works like a metal skeleton.

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The Kimono Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka. This chair has been created by stretching one piece of fabric over a simple framework and the end result is magic. I love this design, it’s sexy and feminine, and the red colour is perfect!

Below is an image* of an interior space decorated with the use of a selection of iconic Fritz Hansen chairs and the result is a work of art.

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*image via www.corporateculture.com.au/

We all want to feel inspired at work, but it can sometimes be challenging as some office spaces can be really dull and drab places to be in and they can really drain the motivation out of us.

We all know that lack of motivation can significantly decrease our productivity and research indicates that the most productive and motivated employees are those people who are satisfied in their work environment and want to be at work.

Below are some work spaces that look as though they would have some seriously motivated employees!

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Lego, Denmark

I want to work here! 🙂

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Skype, USA

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Google, Switzerland

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YouTube, USA

I couldn’t work here I’d never want to go home!

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Think Garden, Italy

My personal favourite! Love that they’ve brought the outdoors indoors.

Is it possible to be too motivated at work? 🙂

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