With our eyes glued to the TV and our hearts pounding, it’s safe to say the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics have taken over our households! Mystifying figure-skating, daring ski jumps, heart wrenching snowboarding and the ever impressive luge are captivating audiences all over the world. But how can we translate this positive and inspiring interest for the Winter Olympics into our homes? By taking a leaf out of these Olympic competitors books and finally follow your decorating dreams.
Confidence is key.
Kamil oozes confidence in this photo with his triumphant fist pump and champion face. The striking contrast of bold red and orange against the crisp white snow is another confidence kick for this Polish star. When it comes to your interior don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone or embrace something a little crazy. Be confident in taking a leap into something unknown and every time you see that piece - whether it be a large scale artwork, big and bright sofa choice or unusual lighting piece - you’ll be reminded that you’re not afraid to take a jump and try something new!
Kamil Stoch of Poland – Gold winner of the Men’s Normal Hill Individual Final at the RusSki Gorki Ski Jumping Center.
Work as a team.
If you share a house with a husband/wife/lover/kids/parents/crazy cat lady and are wanting to make some big decorating changes, be sure to talk them through with the people that share your home. They may have different uses of this space that your changes will impact or even have some great ideas for change themselves. It’s surprising how much drama decorating can create when you don’t consult with your cohabiters first. For instance, you may absolute love the colour yellow, when this could remind your husband of his mothers terrible kitchen. That colonial style couch that you've spent the last month restoring may be ruined by your room mates cats in the matter of a day. It’s always best to voice your changes before they happen to avoid a bunny boiling situation.
Team Canada of the Women's Ice Hockey talk through their strategy before their Preliminary Round Group A Game against Switzerland on day 2 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Shayba Arena.
It’s my house and I’ll cry if I want to!
It’s ok to get a little emotional when doing a renovation or decoration overhaul. Just like a relationship, moving on from your old love can be hard as your furniture and homewares often have emotions and memories attached to them. Learning what to throw and what to keep is critical. If you have a true emotional attachment to something then instead of pushing it out to the nature strip why not store it away somewhere so you can visit it when you’re feeling nostalgic? However, if your furniture is old, tattered and hasn't been looked after than you’re probably not that attached and just comfortable with it instead. Assess what you can live without and remember, you’re redecorating to give your home a new feel and you can’t always do that with all that emotional baggage! If you’re really not ready to get rid of your favourite chair but its vintage floral fabric just doesn't suit your new modernist living room, why not get it re-upholstered in a sleek leather? It’s like giving your old furniture a face lift.
Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri from Italy aren’t afraid to show their emotion as they compete in the Team Ice Dance Free Dance at the Iceberg Skating Palace.
Whatever home overhaul you're hoping to tackle, find a way to make it work. Just like training for the Olympics, it won't always come easy! But with a bit of patience, time and hard work, you really can achieve your decorating dreams.
Love this Sochi Winter Olympics inspired interior? You can get this look in your own home today.
Start with a beautiful leather couch...
Add some soft pink, blue and charcoal cushions for an interesting mix of fabrics...
Ground the design with a textural blue rug. Introduce a wintery hide element where possible...
Contemporary timber storage and table options will create warmth. You can enhance that warmth with an arched lighting piece...
Tie the design together with simple artwork to complete the look!