Archive for September, 2011

Mad as a hatter!

September 26, 2011

I’m off to Decorex tomorrow and I’m expecting to hear that for 2012 we’re going to love all things British – and eccentric. Which doesn’t have to involve union jacks placed everywhere (though it’s still a cool look…) as these pics prove. They show the home of Lulu Guinness – all very Alice in Wonderland (and you can’t get more British than that) and awash with wild colours, wacky shapes and wonderful textures.   Yep, I know she’s probably got more dosh than most of us have to splash out on all these eccentric accessories. Or maybe she’s produced a lot of them herself – that’s her line, after all. Nevertheless, this room with the postage-stamp artwork is amazing – who’d be brave enough to put all this stuff together and expect it to work. I suppose it’s back to the motto: ‘Fill a room with things you love, and you’ll love the way it looks.’

How to put your stamp on a dining room

Totally British (in a French kind of way!)

Seán O

Heating up

September 20, 2011

Having just returned from a week in sunnier climes, it seems somehow wrong to be talking about the winter. However, the English weather would suggest otherwise and as I’ve already begun to think about digging out our thick woolly throws, warming blankets and cosy fleece socks, this room’s fire has me thinking about woodburning stoves and the like.

I can just  imagine sitting myself in front of this fire on a cold wintery day – not that I’m wishing away any hint of the sun, you understand? The large inglenook adds such a lovely traditional touch, and the patterned fabric adds warmth and vibrancy to even the dullest of days. You can see more on this house by visiting the house tours section on 25 Beautiful Homes at Housetohome

It’s got me thinking what sort of fire I might like myself. We’d love to hear from you about what type of fire you have and how much it gets used – do you have a modern, state-of-the-art-style, wall-hung fire that’s used more as decoration, or is a rip-roaring log burner more your style? On that note, I can’t help but fall in love with these models from Vesta Stoves, that come in 25 different colours – perfect if you love to colour co-ordinate like me!


Hang it!

September 2, 2011

Does anybody out there have problems choosing wallpaper? Once you’ve got over the ‘shall I paint or paper it?’ dilemma, you’ve then got a minefield of choices to find that perfect look. I like a good wallpaper – a trendy paint colour’s all very well but it doesn’t expressive your individuality to the same extent. It can also reinforce that modern or traditional look you’re after. Here’s a sneak preview of the Johnson house in December’s 25BH  issue to illustrate how tastefully (and cleverly) it can be used. Bit flowery for me though…