Archive for January, 2010

Friday’s Fetish: craft spaces

January 29, 2010

Every time I get attached to a craft room decorating idea, an even better one comes along!! … ah well, looks like I’ll have to update it again … such a chore!

This one from housetohome.co.uk is perfect – it even has a handy ribbon shelf! Here’s how to get the look:

1) Set aside an organised area where you can work on your hobbies or home projects

2) Team trestle table legs with a separate worktop to create a desk that fits your space

3) Invest in clever storage units, floating shelves and oversized baskets to store material, rolls of fabric and all your equipment

4) Create a mood board where you can pin up your favourite fabrics, magazine cuttings and fabric samples

room envy - my dream craft space

room envy - my dream craft space

Ready to dust off your scissors and heave out the old sewing machine? Check out housetohome.co.uk‘s Craft Section for more tips and ideas.

Anyone looking for bathroom advice?

January 28, 2010

Want something more exciting than a Pret sandwich to look forward to at lunchtime? Why not get fab bathroom decorating tips at your desk?

Housetohome is hosting a webchat with Ideal Home’s Interiors Editor, Ros Anderson, and I know I’ll be picking her brain!!

Click to register for email alerts, or like me, you’ll find yourself in Pret, suddenly realising what you’re missing and making a manic (and embarrassing) DASH back to your desk, tuna mayonnaise flying as you sit down … panting.

room envy - get bathroom advice straight to your desk!

room envy - get bathroom advice straight to your desk!

room envy - Ros Anderson

room envy - Ros Anderson

And if you can’t wait that long, check out hundreds of bathroom decorating ideas from housetohome.co.uk.

How sneaky is this kitchen?!

January 28, 2010

How cool is this quirky little kitchen from freshhome.com? It actually FOLDS AWAY! Ideal if you’re short on space, and even better if  you want to hide away all the washing up.

It was made by LOGOS as part of their Cooking and Living series. The challenge was to create a living area for a young lady who wanted a spacious apartment. I wonder if they’d do the same for me??

room envy - foldaway kitchen

room envy - foldaway kitchen

It could easily be mistaken for a wardrobe…

room envy - hidden away

room envy - hidden away

room envy - neon kitchen

room envy - neon kitchen

Check out livingetc.com for more colourful kitchens.

Kitchen extensions – if only!

January 27, 2010

Check out these ultra stylish kitchen extensions from housetohome.co.uk. They positively BEAM! If only I could transform my pokey kitchen into one of these masterpieces!

Why not bring the outdoors in with floor-to-ceiling glass panels?

room envy - modern kitchen extension

room envy - modern kitchen extension

Or add an extension onto the back of your house and be the envy of your friends when you host glamorous dinner parties!

room envy - a dinner party haven

room envy - a dinner party haven

Want a more traditional space? A vaulted glass roof adds instant wow factor and plenty of natural light.

room envy - spacious kitchen-diner

room envy - spacious kitchen-diner

room envy - conservatory-style kitchen

room envy - conservatory-style kitchen

Can I come in? Swanky London penthouse

January 27, 2010

Who lives in a bachelor pad like this? Actually, a seemingly cute couple, but it had you fooled didn’t it? I love the shots of zesty lemon, the elaborate dining room which boasts stunning views over London and the sleek bathroom.

It even overlooks Lord’s Cricket Ground – perfect for ‘accidentally’ ogling all those sportsman!

Take a house tour of this swanky London penthouse at homeandgardens.com.

room envy - room with a view

room envy - room with a view

A sophisticated monochrome scheme is lifted right out of the ordinary with vibrant shots of yellow.

room envy - liven up a monochrome scheme with zesty yellow

room envy - liven up a monochrome scheme with zesty yellow

Love the bathroom, but I’m sure not how I feel about double mirrors first thing in the morning…

room envy - seeing double

room envy - seeing double

For more fabulous decorating schemes check out more reader homes.

Big Brother is watching…

January 26, 2010

Now, I’m a fan of Big Brother as much as the next person but imagine trying to sleep with this pair of eyes watching over you??!

Fortunately, I found lots of other fabulous room schemes on freshhome.com to tickle my fancy. Look out for the fish bowl bath tub and panda lurking by the bed…

room envy - Big Brothe is watching

room envy - Big Brother is watching

room envy - fish bowl bathroom

room envy - fish bowl bathroom

room envy - cruise liner here we come!

room envy - cruise liner here we come!

Love these? Check out livingetc.com‘s vibrant bedroom schemes for inspiration.

room envy - panda watch

room envy - panda watch

Sleep like a queen…or don’t??

January 26, 2010

Now that’s a four poster bed (… underneath all those pillows and florals)! I’m sure it would scare the living daylights out of most men, but I’m oddly intrigued about how comfy it is – and so jealous that the editor of Country Homes & Interiors got to find out!

Far too grand for me (not that it would fit in my house anyway) but I’d certainly be impressed to see one … in a CASTLE!

room envy - snuggle up in hundreds of pillows!

room envy - snuggle up in hundreds of pillows!

For more luxurious ways to decorate your bedroom, check out Housetohome.co.uk‘s hotel-style bedrooms.

How to store CDs

January 25, 2010

There comes a time when a floor-to-ceiling CDs just don’t cut it. The other day I found myself nervously placing a new edition on to the top, holding my breath for fear that the whole thing would suddenly buckle!

So I think it’s time that I start looking for smarter CD storage solutions than the old ‘place and hope’ trick. Fortunately, I stumbled across these useful ideas on housetohome.co.uk. Phew!

roomenvy - alcove storage

roomenvy - alcove storage

We all know I love wall stencils – so this little cubby below (complete with gorgeous chandelier) is my kinda place!

roomenvy - hallway storage

roomenvy - hallway storage

If you’re after something more subtle, then you can’t go wrong with sleek white units. For more pretty storage ideas check out housetohome.co.uk’s essential guide.

roomenvy - hidden storage

roomenvy - hidden storage

Can I come in? Jimmie Karlsson’s London home

January 25, 2010

Check out this super-cool home from Livingetc. I LOVE the graffiti-style blackboards and reupholstered furniture  – perfect for those of us who are still renting (sob).

So, for a quick-fix solution to bland white walls, follow Jimmie Karlsson’s lead and get scribbling!

Room envy - Jimmie Karlsson's living room

room envy - Imperfection blackboard

Worried about experimenting with colour? Check out this dazzling chest of drawers – a great way to add a shot of colour to neutral schemes.

room envy - graffiti-style chest of drawers

room envy - graffiti-style chest of drawers

Even the bedroom seems to ooze designer style….

room envy - Jimmie Karlsson's bedroom

room envy - Jimmie Karlsson's bedroom

Can’t get enough of his style? Check out his website!

room envy - eclectic living room furniture

room envy - eclectic living room furniture

Hotel-style decorating ideas!

January 22, 2010

Give your home the five star hotel treatment without having to pack your bags (or worse, unpack!) and without even a HINT of travel delays!

I was invited to the beautiful Montagu Place hotel in London (surrounded by flashy men in suits in nice cars … not that I noticed of course!) for a spot of breakfast hotel-style decorating chitter chatter with Occa-Home‘s style guru, Kate Mooney.

Here she spills the beans on what it takes to get the five star treatment in your bedroom and bathroom.

Check out the footage!

It would be unfair to leave the bathroom out ….