Archive for March, 2010

Easter decorations – pretty craft ideas

March 31, 2010

These homemade Easter decorations are just sooooooooooooooooo pretty, and are sure to brighten up your Easter breakfast table.

The April issue of Country Homes & Interiors has all the instructions¬† and templates – but it seems unfair that you’ll miss out on it if you can’t get your hands on the mag … so I’ve ROBBED some of the pictures of their Easter decoration ideas. Hope you’re as inspired as I was ….

roomenvy - pretty Easter table setting

roomenvy - pretty Easter table setting

Leave a little Easter treat for guests with an egg cup, chocolate mini eggs, shredded tissue paper, ribbon and cellophane.

roomenvy  - cute Easter baskets

roomenvy - cute Easter baskets

Cut favourite fabircs in bird, butterfly and eggs shapes and hang on a floral centrepiece with thread.

roomenvy - stylish Easter centrepiece

roomenvy - stylish Easter centrepiece

Aaaaaaw, how snuggley are these? Keep Easter breakfast eggs warm with knitted cosies!

roomenvy - Cosy Easter eggs

roomenvy - Cosy Easter eggs

Add a pretty finishing touch to your Easter table with a fancy cutlery tie. You’ll need 2 co-ordinating fabrics, embroidery thread, a flower button and ribbon.

roomenvy - floral Easter cutlery ties

roomenvy - floral Easter cutlery ties

Colour your country kitchen

March 31, 2010

First it steals an hour of our precious weekend sleep, then it steals our sunshine – the month of April has a LOT to answer for!! I’m drowning out the sight of the grey skies and the ‘dare I leave the office at lunch?’ weather, with bright and cheery country kitchen ideas.

Check out these ways to colour your country kitchen from Country Homes & Interiors‘ April issue – I feel less rained upon just looking at them!

roomenvy - jazzy country kitchen shelving

roomenvy - jazzy country kitchen shelving

Create an eye-catching display of clocks, radios, trays with bold patterns and accessories in contrasting colours – white-painted cabinetry will ensure they stand out.

roomenvy - handy kitchen office area

roomenvy - handy kitchen office area

If you have enough space, why not create a little office area. The kitchen is usually the heart of a family home, so I love the memo board and wall of blackboard paint – ideal for keeping everyone organised. Add to that the cheery and pretty baskets for sorting and storing magazines, receipts and … dare I say it … bills!

roomenvy - sunny colours dining room

roomenvy - sunny colours dining room

A quick way to bring instant lift to a kitchen is to paint the chairs. Use on colour for a matching set – or mix and match, so when you tire of one shade you can just paint the chair again!

Plus, if you’re looking for more country kitchen ideas, watch the editor of Country Homes & Interiors, Rhoda Parry, talk through her 5 steps to a country kitchen.

Restoration Man George Clarke’s property tips

March 31, 2010

Well after quizzing Channel 4’s Restoration Man, George Clarke, on his family, kids and his home decorating style (I know I’m not the only woman wondering what his living room looks like …) I thought it best I actually ask him some proper home improvement questions.

See what George Clarke considers to be the 5 essential ways to add value to your home …

Restoration Man George Clarke’s eco tips

March 31, 2010

The eco trend is set to be big this year (as it always should be!!) but I’m the first to admit that it’s not easy being green in the home (I have to WHAT my radiator??), so I asked George Clarke what he would say to anyone trying to make their home more energy-efficient. Check out the video for Channel 4’s handsome Restoration Man’s easy eco tips!

What’s your dream home gadget?

March 30, 2010
roomenvy - the bed of the future

roomenvy - the bed of the future

I mean I wouldn’t say no to the amaaaaaaaaazing HiCan bed? I would just be worried that I would never leave the house! I asked The Gadget Show‘s Suzi Perry to tell me what 5 things she would have in her dream home (the HiCan bed being one of them of course) but it’s really got me thinking about what I’d really want in my dream home. Feel free to send me your lust-have gadgets, errrr, I mean pictures of them …

Some gadgets are bound to clash with your decorating style (I have a HORRIBLE picture in my head of someone draping chintzy floral fabric over this modern design) but some, i’m afraid to say, are just too difficult to resist.

Ooooooooh and see what she thinks will be big in the world of gadgets this year, as I quiz her on technology trends 2010.

Linda Barker chats about the crafting trend

March 30, 2010

It was lovely chatting to Linda Barker at the Ideal Home Show, sneaking all the insider trend tips and discussing decorating mishaps! See what she has to say about home crafting, her key decorating trend for 2010.

Oooh, and why not make the most out of the long weekend by getting stuck in with some crafting yourself. I love these craft ideas by housetohome – they’re perfect to do on Saturday afternoon … then you can admire your handiwork with a belly full of chocolate on Sunday.

How to make bunting flags …

roomenvy - pretty bunting flags for a children's room

roomenvy - pretty bunting flags for a children's room

How to cover shelves with fabric …

roomenvy - create statement shelving

roomenvy - create statement shelving

How to reinvent a pine table …

roomenvy - transform a pine table

roomenvy - transform a pine table

What’s Linda Barker’s biggest decorating disaster?

March 30, 2010

Well, there was only one way to find out … head to this year’s Ideal Home Show with a video camera and ask her!! I think I actually remember the incident she’s talking about – time and time again I cringe at some of my decorating mishaps, but at least they weren’t caught on national TV! Oooops.

Celebrities chat about their favourite rooms

March 30, 2010

I LOVED this year’s Ideal Home Show, not least because I got to run around with my video camera, chasing celebrities and begging them to give me some decorating tips!

I always enjoy finding out how celebrities choose to decorate their homes so in between demanding George Clarke for tips on how to become more eco-freindly, and grilling Suzi Perry on her favourite gadgets, I thought it was an opportune moment to find out about their favourite rooms.

Ensuite bathroom ideas

March 29, 2010

When I hounded a very very tall George Clarke (aka the Restoration Man) for his top ways to add value to your home at this year’s Ideal Home Show, he couldn’t have been more emphatic with his ‘more bedrooms and bathrooms’ advice (as he towered over me!) Not someone to pass up on – or keep to myself – an expert’s top tip, I thought I’d have a look at the latest ensuite bathroom ideas.

An ensuite bathroom is the ultimate in hotel-style luxury, but there are plenty of different designs out there. Have a look at these beauties.

roomenvy - vintage ensuite bathroom

roomenvy - vintage ensuite bathroom

Don’t move, improve! A spare room is transformed into a vintage-style bathroom, separated from the bedroom with a glamorous arch.

roomenvy - tucked away ensuite bathroom

roomenvy - tucked away ensuite bathroom

The whole bedroom-bathroom trend is big at the moment, but for those who don’t want a tub at the foot of your bed, why not tuck your bathroom area away behind a large screen.

roomenvy - elegant wallpaper ensuite bathroom

roomenvy - elegant wallpaper ensuite bathroom

Define your ensuite bathroom area with a beautiful screen, like Farrow & Ball colour expert Joa Studholme’s stylish ensuite.

roomenvy - hallway ensuite bathroom

roomenvy - hallway ensuite bathroom

Not so much of an ensuite bathroom as an ensuite hallway shower, but I love the modern feel to this space – even though it might give anyone coming up the adjacent staircase a bit of a fright.

roomenvy - raised ensuite bathroom

roomenvy - raised ensuite bathroom

Personally, I’ve always liked the idea of a raised ensuite bathroom – it really zones the two areas, and you can transform it into the ultimate pampering hideaway.

Easter craft ideas

March 29, 2010

Is everyone looking forward to Easter weekend? I don’t know if I’m more excited about the long weekend, or the fact that I’ll be able to eat sweets again … for the whole of the long weekend.

I love housetohome’s Easter decorating ideas, they’re so cute and perfect if you’re having the family over. I love this Easter table setting – mini pots filled with eggs for your guests, and pretty gingham ribbon decorations, it’s as stylish as it is welcoming.

roomenvy - Easter dining room

roomenvy - Easter dining room

Ooooh and check out their Easter crafts for kids! (Pssssst, keep them entertained over the Easter holidays with these fun ideas and put your feet up!)