Archive for April, 2011

Bathroom with personality

April 29, 2011

Another lovely find by intern Lucy over on Lucy Likes It, this time a bathroom design from our very own Housetohome site!

eclectic white bathroom

Artfully displayed objects add character

Create a bathroom that is truly your own with an eclectic display of your favourite artwork and knick-knacks. Keep it pared down for a look that says ‘cool and sophisticated’ rather than ‘cluttered and chaotic’!

Spotted! Kitchen design inspiration

April 28, 2011

Our intern Lucy is an interior design die-hard, and has joined the hoardes on the social-media-meets-micro-blogging-platform, tumblr. We just love the images she posts, gathered from across some of the best design blogs across the web (there are even some from the Housetohome site!). Take a look at this lovely modern kitchen design she spotted for some inspiration…

wood and white marble modern kitchen

Beautiful bespoke kitchen

The kitchen was designed by Australian architects Owen and Vokes. It strikes the perfect balance between sleek modernity and quirky character, don’t you think?

Creating an Easter party

April 20, 2011

Just been browsing through House to Home’s Easter party ideas and I’m now ready for some serious treats. Here’s why…

Vintage themed Easter tea party table

Take your cues from vintage style to arrange your Easter table

Hard to resist non? A vintage-inspired floral tablecloth, pretty bunting and jugs crammed full of spring flowers create the perfect backdrop for Easter afternoon tea. For the full low-down on how to get the look plus food ideas – think finger sandwiches, cupcakes and delicate chocolate eggs – check out the rest of the feature for yourself.

Hate the Royal wedding?

April 19, 2011

Then fear not, for we know you are out there looking for ways to do anything but celebrate / watch / endorse this day.

Craft books on a decorative footstool

Use your free holiday to unleash the latent crafter in you

My favourite from House to Home’s Anti Royal Wedding weekend ideas is to get crafting. When else are you going to get aorund to making those blinds or upholstering a lampshade?

Love the Royal wedding?

April 18, 2011

Then just how far are you willing to go to show your love? My top three interiors looks are, in descending order…

Black bed with Union Jack bedlinen

Add some Royal bling to an all-white bedroom with a Union Jack throw

The royal bedroom. The Union Jack bedlinen is the star here, but I love that this super-contemporary bed gives a subtle nod to traditions too – thanks to its silhouette.

In at number two…

Living room with British posters

Create a gallery wall of posters by British artists

The mighty British gallery wall. Choose striking posters by British artists to show your respect for Kate n’ Will on their big day. Extra points for sticking to simple black and white frames for this bold, graphic look.

But, my award for the best Royal-inspired interiors look goes to…

Basin and pedestal with quirky bathroom accessories

Give your traditional bathroom a modern makeover with quirky accessories

This moody, traditional bathroom. I’m a subtle girl at heart. Note the barely there red, white and blue theme (thank you tooth brushes and toothpaste), the chunky beer tankard and the gorgeous clipboard-cum-picture-frame. All clever details twisting a traditional bathroom scheme into a winnning contemporary look.

Style Crush

April 15, 2011

Wow, there is a whole-lotta awesome going on in this room.

Style by Emily Henderson for Oh Joy

Quirky, fun, stylish, vibrant.

This caught my eye over on the Style by Emily Henderson blog, where stylist and interior designer Emily Henderson posts behind the scenes and finished-product shots of projects featured on her television program, ‘Secrets from a Stylist’ (aired in the US). For those of us that can’t watch the program, there’s plenty to love on her blog, or check out her work on Apartment Therapy.

Feeling Crafty

April 14, 2011

With tomorrow’s DIY Web Chat growing ever closer, we’ve got home improvement projects on the brain! I myself am looking at getting into a little wall decorating. Doesn’t this feature strip of wallpaper just completely lift this whole room? It really seems to tie the whole scheme together, and I must say the icing on the cake is the two cuttings framed beautifully either side. Genius! Don’t you just love it when you see something gorgeous like this, and realise ‘Hey! I could do that!’. And without breaking the bank, either.

Yellow and Grey Living Room with Wallpaper

Yellow and Grey, a match made in heaven?

I am seriously tempted to spend my Easter long weekend wallpapering. I have had a few scary visions, however, of myself covered head to toe in paste and paper. Probably best to check myself into that DIY web chat over lunch tomorrow, where I shall pick the brains of none other than Tommy Walsh! Surely he will have a few tips on hassle-free wallpapering…

One Kitchen, Two Ways

April 14, 2011

Whilst browsing the housetohome site I noticed that one of my favourite kitchens appeared twice, but in different clothes! It perfectly highlights how you can change the look of your kitchen, simply by switching up your accessories.

Kitchen number one, to me, is like having your own trendy cafe at home. The perfect spot to spread out the weekend newspapers, sip on a latte and munch on some french toast. Can’t you just picture yourself…?


White Cafe Kitchen with AGA Cooker

All white accessories, tres chic!

Kitchen number two, however, is like the place where your Italian Nonna would whip up spaghetti napolitana from scratch, or knead out some fresh pizza dough.

Rustic White Kitchen with Open Shelving

Eclectic and earthy...I love it!

Which do you prefer? I love both, but I’m not sure I have the restraint to collect only white crockery for the rest of my days…

A cuter bedroom decorating idea?

April 12, 2011

GAH! I can’t decide between this beautiful vintage bedroom and yesterday’s cute-as-pie guest bedroom?? What do you guys think?

Check out this photo gallery of 5 steps to a vintage-style bedroom

My favourite idea has to be the lace wall stencil and jewellery display! Never has buying new jewellery been so justifiable in the interior design style stakes!

Vintage bedroom decorating idea

Sweeter than thou bedroom!

The cutest bedroom decorating idea…

April 11, 2011

Ok, it’s a bit of a toss up between this and another gorgeous look actually, the other one I’ll save for tomorrow… (what? I’ve got to keep some mystery!?) Anyway, inspired by my poor excuse for a hotel-style guest bedroom retreat (ahem… think ‘sofa bed’) I’ve been taking notes from Housetohome’s latest spring decorating idea – 5 steps to a pretty guest bedroom.

Follow the link to their 5 easy bedroom decorating ideas… Enjoy!

Guest bedroom decorating ideas for summer

I heart pretty summer bedroom style!