Archive for October, 2009

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!!

October 30, 2009

I just LOVE this time of year! The fiery coloured leaves lining the path on the way to work, the excuse to wear wooly hats when your hair ‘just won’t go’, and ‘that’ smell of autumnal evening bonfires. Plus, it’s HALLOWEEN, which means 1) costumes, 2) an obscene amount of sugar and 3) scary movies!

I wish you all GHOULICIOUS Halloween weekend!! And if you need some last minute Halloween tips check out housetohome.co.uk‘s essential guide. We’ve been busy gathering up party ideas, hunting out spooky Halloween events and putting together free Halloween decorations for you to download. I’m so excited!

And, if you fancy it, watch me getting down to some good ol’¬† pumpkin carving. I hope it’s helpful! And please excuse the cold – the one disadvantage with the autumn weather!

Christmas decorating ideas – it starts!

October 29, 2009

I know it’s not even November yet, but if Lidl is allowed to start playing Christmas songs in their stores – and a man wearing a business suit is allowed to play a trance version of ‘I wish it could be Christmas everyday’ on the tube – then surely I’m allowed to start getting excited about Christmas decorating ideas … aren’t I?

I’ve been busy quizzing the experts at Homebase, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer on top Christmas trends for 2009 – I’ll pop the videos up soon so that you can have a look. In the meantime, I can’t help but get gushy about some of the festive schemes i’ve seen. Hark! What theme to choose?

Perhaps I’ll go for a country-style meets Scandi-chic look for my living room – very ‘Christmas in the Alps’

roomenvy - Nordic-style Christmas living room

roomenvy - Nordic-style Christmas living room

Or maybe go Modern with vibrant Christmas decorations and colourful accessories, like in this living room.

roomenvy - zingy brights Christmas living room

roomenvy - zingy brights Christmas living room

Anyone decided what Christmas look they’re going for this year?

Lunchtime lust! Amazing poolside bedroom

October 27, 2009

This is exactly what I mean by bold and brassy bedrooms! Just when I think us decorating lovers can try our hand at any style trend the interiors world throws at us – along comes a bedroom with a giant SWIMMING POOL IN IT! Oh the jealousy.

roomenvy - bedroom - sleep or swim

roomenvy - bedroom - sleep or swim

Bedroom inspiration – it’s all in the detail

October 27, 2009

I admit, it’s usually the bold and brassy bedrooms that grab my attention when i’m looking for decorating ideas and inspiration, but today I was wooed by a more subtle pair of bedroom schemes on Apartment Therapy. I love the subtle detailing and ‘small-scale pattern’ – ideal if you’re aiming for a calm and relaxing boudoir.

Check out this cosy, warm and inviting bedroom – snuggle up and imagine you’re a snowball’s throw away from the ski slopes!

roomenvy - log cabin bedroom decorating idea

roomenvy - log cabin bedroom decorating idea

Classic French-style bedroom – lie back and think of Louis XIV (or not!)

roomenvy - French Versaille-style bedroom

roomenvy - French Versaille-style bedroom idea

It’s always the quiet ones.

More Halloween decorating ideas!

October 27, 2009

I don’t tend to associate Halloween with adult behaviour – perhaps it’s the fact that people spend this spooky holiday trying to either scare people, trick people, take sweets from people and dress up other people (not exactly ‘boardroom behaviour’). All I associate it with is a whole ‘lotta’ fun!

I saw this uber-sophisticated Halloween decorating idea on myhomeideas.com. It’s aiming to give the traditional Halloween pumpkin an adult spin with bronze nailheads and shimmering ivory hues. I think this would be fantastic for a swanky dinner party on the night, after all, why should the adults miss out on the fun?

However personally, this year i’m sticking to the more traditional Halloween decorations. If you can’t bring out the child in you on Halloween, when can you, eh? … well not until Bonfire night anyway.

roomenvy - halloween goes all grown-up

Friday’s Fetish: Decorating with modern romance

October 23, 2009

I’m in the mood for something a bit romantic to kick-start my weekend (must have been all that chat about lazyboys!) and have been really inspired by the Decorating inspiration: Modern Romance gallery on Livingetc.com.

All you have to do is release your inner flirt!

Choose soft pink pastels for your walls and team with hot fuchsia florals and a glistening pendant in the bedroom.

roomenvy - sugarplum bedroom

roomenvy - sugarplum bedroom

Sprinkle flowers on white-washed floorboards. Choose a pretty stencil and fill in with a candy pink paint shade. I’m definitely stealing this dining room idea to create a rug-effect in my bedroom!

roomenvy - floral accents dining room

roomenvy - floral accents dining room

Hang a feminine and striking floral wallpaper behind your dressing area to define the space and team with a statement mirror for oodles of boudoir glamour.

roomenvy - boudoir chic dressing area

roomenvy - boudoir chic dressing area

So there you have it, modern romance, without being expected to fork out on half of the dinner bill!

Updating a kitchen alcove

October 22, 2009

A recent comment on my ‘updating an alcove‘ post really got me thinking about the best way to make use of your kitchen alcoves. While I appreciate Linda Paul‘s views that alcoves look better¬† filled with artwork like the ones from her design studio, I often feel obligated to cram as much storage into them as possible? I see that spare space watching me, eager to have some purpose!

Personally, I prefer this kitchen alcove idea. Who knew a utility cupboard could be such a thing of beauty? Clever hooks and storage boxes make this the perfect place for all your essentials – maybe it’ll even make household chores easier? … if only!

roomenvy - kitchen alcove storage

roomenvy - kitchen alcove storage

3 reasons why I LOVE the Cath Kidston oilcloth lining idea

1) It pretties up the bespoke white Jali cupboard to create instant country cottage cuteness

2) It protects the shelf surfaces from the markings and stains of cleaning products (as if getting the stain out in the first place wasn’t battle enough?)

3) There is nothing that screams domestic goddess more than being able to match your apron to your storage cupboard lining!! If there is, i’d certainly like to hear it!

The accessories couples fight about

October 22, 2009

The winners are in! Following on from my recent post on ‘lazyboy chairs‘, we’ve been quizzing the public on housetohome.co.uk for the most mind-BOGGLING/horrifying furniture pieces or accessories your true love has brought to the table when moving in together.

We’ve heard stories on everything from a man who tried to introduce a retro collection of robots to his wife’s country-style scheme, to a woman who insisted on putting potpourri on every table in the house, much to her fiance’s dismay. We finally came up with the most common irritations for both men and women. See the results in our gallery – From Lazyboys to house plants: 10 products couples fight about.

Graphic wall art has got to be one of my favourite of the most common responses – not the best way to introduce the love of your life to your new home. The playboy bachelor pad living room below is just screaming to be littered with romantic pictures … in HEART FRAMES!

roomenvy - playboy bachelors living room

roomenvy - playboy bachelors living room

p.s Thanks Dorothy for the wonderful comment about your boyfriend’s Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle bedlinen – it made me chuckle allllll morning! And more to the point, congratulations on shifting it.

Lazyboy chairs – the debate

October 20, 2009

I’m in the mood to talk about relationships! Have you ever moved in with someone for the first time, only to discover they’re secretly hoarding a hideous interiors product that they simply MUST have on display in your new home? A lifesized mirrored picture of Barbara Streisand for example? For me, the lazyboy chair is the equivalent. No matter how much I adore Chandler and Joey from friends, there is just no excuse. Comfy, manly, LEATHERY or not, it just doesn’t go!

So the question is, how many lazyboys does it take to change a relationship?

roomenvy - Chandler and Joey's living room from Friends

roomenvy - Chandler and Joey's living room from Friends

Please let me know if you have ever found yourself in a ‘prized possession VS love of your life’ situation. Football memorabilia, Star Wars paraphenalia … a photo gallery of ex girlfriends, I’d love to hear your stories.

Halloween party ideas

October 15, 2009

I’ve been TEASING the children in my neighbourhood, by marching a parade of pumpkins into my house (it’s for a how to carve a pumpkin video, as opposed to a pumpkin soup obsession!) Now I feel even more pressure to get the house extra spooky and extra trick-or-treater worthy on Halloween night.

So i’ve been on the hunt for lots of halloween decorating ideas. One of my favourites is this ghoulish guide to setting a haunted Halloween table from myhomeideas. It has everything from ‘murky menus’ to lace chandeliers – not sure the ‘death by chocolate’ halloween treats are going to last until the kids arrive though.

roomenvy - halloween feast

roomenvy - halloween feast

What are you serving up for Halloween?