Archive for December, 2009

What’s hot for 2010!!

December 29, 2009

Sttttttttoooooooooooooooooooooooop!! Before you revamp your bathroom, get stuck into a new kitchen, or transform your colour scheme, check out these trend videos.

I’ve been busy quizzing the experts for their top trends for the new year (aren’t I nosey!) and they were happy to share their inside knowledge … they even let slip a couple of style tips!!

Moben‘s kitchenista, Terry Watson reveals the hottest kitchen trends for the new year.

Dolphin Bathrooms‘ guru, Geoff Wells gives us a sneak peak into what’s hot in the bathroom for 2010.

Crown colour expert Judy Smith spills the inside scoop on the sexiest shades to start off a new decade.

Lunchtime lust: wintry retreats!

December 29, 2009

Well since inevitable Christmas holiday weight gain and summer beach holidays don’t tend to go hand in hand, i’ve been lusting after some snowy retreats. Five layers of clothing are sure to cover all manner of mincepie sins!

Check out theses luxurious snuggley hotels. Whether you’re going for the skiing; the gluhwein (or some sort of hot wine!); or just to marvel at a type of snow that doesn’t cause the national transport system to combust, these snowy escapes are sure to leave you longing for the Alpine life. (I know I am!)

Now that’s a bedroom with a view … or a bath with a view more like.

roomenvy - luxurious bedroom escape in the mountains

roomenvy - luxurious bedroom escape in the mountains

More glam than your average chalet bedroom

roomenvy - sexy hotel bedroom suite in Canada

roomenvy - sexy hotel bedroom suite in Canada

Uber-elegant

roomenvy - Swedish ski hotel restaurant

roomenvy - Swedish ski hotel restaurant

. I love the brass pendants … but I don’t know why it also reminds me of The Shining?

Hot new lemon kitchen from Moben

December 22, 2009

If you are physically able to move on Boxing Day (I know i’ll be weighed down by mincepies, but it’s worth a shot) then head to your nearest Moben for their half-price January sales … or just to have a look at their super-sexy brand new modern kitchen design for 2010. (I’ve sneaked a copy of the images to give you an idea!)

The Geneva kitchen‘s zingy lemon is great for adding a splash of sunshine to those gruelling mornings, combine it with either their city-chic anthracite, or their chalk finishes for a kitchen to make even the most swanky of pad’s mouths water!!

What’s more, it fits perfectly with one of the top kitchen trends for 2010 – high impact colour. I’ve been busy quizzing the experts for kitchen, bathroom and colour trends for the new decade – but don’t worry, I got it alllllll on camera!

I’ll let you know when it’s up!

roomenvy - mellow yellow accents kitchen

roomenvy - mellow yellow accents kitchen

I admit, it’s a bit modern for my taste, (a country-style fanatic), but I think it’s super sleek and has oodles of designer style (minus the price tag!)

roomenvy - city chic kitchen with a splash of sunshine

roomenvy - city chic kitchen with a splash of sunshine

Glossy black bar stools + super-sleek island unit = funky breakfast bar (mine’s an espresso!)

roomenvy - kitchen multimedia station

roomenvy - kitchen multimedia station

Country-style lover or not, this unit MUST go in my kitchen!

Your dreaming of a white WHAT?

December 21, 2009

I must say, I didn’t get too excited when I came across this ‘make it a white winter’ feature on housetohome this morning.

Mind you, that was probably because a ‘white winter’ for me had meant waiting for a rail replacement bus for over an hour at 8am while silenty urging my toes to stay attached!

However, when I finally got the feeling back I had a proper look. It’s so easy to opt for darker colours to create a warm and cosy space, but this snuggley living room space does just fine with neutrals of different tones and textures!

Check out these tips for cosying up this winter – who knows, it might just get you through the next time you’re standing on the cold train platform, contemplating hugging a random stranger, just for the body warmth!

roomenvy - white winter living room

roomenvy - white winter living room

FESTIVE FIX! Reinvent old Christmas decorations

December 16, 2009

Got some Christmas decorations going spare? Check out these ideas from Livingetc.com to give your home a quick and easy Christmas feel.

Christmas time or not, this bedroom is just gorgeous (that beautiful bed is from Niki Jones!) It just goes to show that a string of simple fairy lights hung round a window and a  star decoration will add bags of festive charm. It’s the perfect way to spruce up a guest bedroom.

roomenvy - deep shades dramatic Christmas bedroom

roomenvy - deep shades dramatic Christmas bedroom

Here are those simple yet stylish fairy lights again! If you, like me, have decided to go down a different route this year, put last year’s ‘champs’ to good use by hanging them from your Christmas living room lampshade.

roomenvy - bauble blitz Christmas living room

roomenvy - bauble blitz Christmas living room

Make a Christmas statement in your hallway by sticking baubles onto the walls with Blu-tack. Whether you go for the same shade or for a range of colours, it’s a sure-fire way of creating an eye-POPPING festive feature.

roomenvy - swirly bauble Christmas hallway

roomenvy - swirly bauble Christmas hallway

Check out this fab gallery for more last-minute decorating ideas and craft ideas.

Kirstie Allsopp to the RESCUE!

December 16, 2009

‘Calmenvy’

noun 1 a sudden longing for relaxing thoughts whilst doing some last-minute Christmas shopping. 2 (the calmenvy of) skill in carrying out last-minute Christmas shopping without wanting to lie down in Debenhams and take a nap!

Phew! I’ve made the most of a long weekend to get all everything sorted for Christmas, and besides a slight Christmas party dress buying ‘relief’ (what? It’s uniform?) I managed to get through it unscathed.

However, this morning i’ve been hunting for some tips to help Christmas day run as smoothly as possible (who KNOWS how many party dresses i’ll buy otherwise?) It might not be ‘roomenvy’, but in the interest of ‘calmenvy’ have a look at these tips.

KIRSTIE ALLSOPP’S TOP FAMILY CHRISTMAS TIPS – for everthing from distracting the kids with Christmas films to keeping your guests ‘well-watered’.

HOUSETOHOME’S GUIDE TO A STRESS-FREE CHRISTMAS from how to be prepared to smart-shopping tips (and emergency contact numbers – eeek!)

So have yourself a stress-free little Christmas!

roomenvy - keep Christmas cheer ... cheery

roomenvy - keep Christmas cheer ... cheery

Modern Christmas decorating ideas

December 10, 2009

Personally, I don’t know that many people with a super-modern home, so I was delighted to be asked to step inside a sleek modern house that’s dressed for Christmas.

… Ok, so they didn’t ‘ask’ per se, but i’m sure they won’t mind me stealing a bit of inspiration – i’ll bring it back?

roomenvy - modern christmas dining room

roomenvy - modern christmas dining room

I love the over-sized stars, pick up similar at DZD – they have fab modern decorations!

roomenvy - cosy Christmas snug

roomenvy - cosy Christmas snug

Pendant baubles are a great way to add festive charm to your blind.

roomenvy - Eastern-inspired Christmas bedroom

roomenvy - Eastern-inspired Christmas bedroom

It’s just sooooooooooo pretty! And mistletoe above the bed? What a romantic touch!

SAVE THE DATE! Walls webchat this Thursday, 1pm

December 7, 2009

Ok so, I might not feel as rested as I could be after a busy weekend, but if anything’s going to snap me out of the Monday tiredness it’s the prospect of stealing wow-factor wall tips this Thursday lunchtime.

Wall stencil guru and co-founder of The Stencil Library, Helen Morris, is popping into Housetohome.co.uk for a Wow-Factor Walls Webchat at 1pm, and is sure to reveal some fab tips and advice – so much more fun than standing in the queue at M&S!

Click here to sign up for an email reminder and get those niggling questions ready!!

roomenvy - create wow-factor walls with top wallpaper and stencil tips

roomenvy - create wow-factor walls with top wallpaper and stencil tips

Friday’s Fetish: Shelving ideas for books

December 4, 2009

I never thought that the crumpled ‘latest read’ stuffed into my bag could become part of a style statement in my home, but looking at these fab shelving ideas from housetohome, maybe it has more purpose than to entertain me on my commute?

So go on, let your books take centre stage!

roomenvy - two rooms for the price of one

roomenvy - two rooms for the price of one

Don’t let any nook or cranny go to waste!

roomenvy - hallway book shelving idea

roomenvy - hallway book shelving idea

Christmas hallways – my favourite 5

December 3, 2009

If you’re inviting your friends and family over for the Christmas period you’ll want to make as festive an entrance as possible!

With the Christmas dining room planned – and with only a lowly advent calendar propped on my console table to symbolise the festivities – i’m turning my head to Christmas hallway ideas for inspiration.

I’m in lust with this chandelier from Roast Designs – it looks like a bunch of oversized baubles! p.s Credit to the family for wrapping all the presents in the same way!

roomenvy - accents of pink Christmas hallway

roomenvy - accents of pink Christmas hallway

Add festive charm to your hallway console table with a mini Christmas tree and wreath. Line a cakestand with mini Christmas boxes filled with sweets, to hand out to your guests.

roomenvy - Christmas touches hallway console table

roomenvy - Christmas touches hallway console table

This is a really classic Christmas decorating scheme. Line leafy garlands of eucalyptus along the rail and add emphasis to a chandelier with oversized baubles.

roomenvy - classically golden Christmas hallway

roomenvy - classically golden Christmas hallway

Going for a more subtle festive look? Take inspiration from the founder of Maison‘s stylish home and add sparkle to your hallway table with shimmering Christmas accessories.

roomenvy - French country-style meets Scandinavian chic hallway

roomenvy - French country-style meets Scandinavian chic hallway

My personal favourite. A cute festive hallway filled with a leafy garland mixed with red ribbons and decorations, and hooks to hang up all those ‘mind-of-their-own’ Christmas cards!

roomenvy - green and red Christmas hallway

roomenvy - green and red Christmas hallway