Archive for the ‘Consider a conservatory’ Category

Summer dreaming

May 2, 2012

With a few of my friends having emigrated in the last few years, and continual photos of sunnier climbs to make me jealous, it’s got me thinking about how I can make the most of our garden for when the sunshine finally arrives in the UK. Mine may not necessarily be the most scenic of gardens – it doesn’t back onto fields or woods, nor does it have outstanding views of the ocean or beach – however, it’s a good size and, most importantly, all mine. So here’s what I’d like to do…

I’d love a conservatory or extension, so that I can enjoy the whole indoors-outdoors space.

I’d also like some decking, with different levels and a seating area for those warm, balmy nights (that I’m SURE are on their way!)

Laurie

Pretty in pink

February 24, 2012

It’s my birthday today. And although it comes as no surprise to me, there has been a definite theme amongst my loved ones for cards and presents…  PINK! As a girlie girl, I just can’t get enough, and so today’s blog is dedicated to my favourite shade. From fuchsia to baby pink, magenta to bubblegum, why not add a splash of colour to your home in time for summer? Mix sugary pastels with soft dove grey, stronger magenta with red and purple, or vivid pink against a neutral palette of white. If you’ve got a hint of pink in  your home, I’d love to hear how you’ve used it.

Loving these flamingo-pink bar stools.

 

 

Laurie

Cosy conservatory

August 5, 2011

Not so much room envy as ‘conservatory‘ envy, what don’t I love about this space? From the stable-style door to the bare brick on the wall, this dining area screams relaxing, comfortable conservatory chic.  The glass vaulted roof ensures it’s nice and light and a palette of cream and green makes it easy on the eye.

Would I like this room? You betcha!

Do you have a conservatory that you’ve decorated to ’25 Beautiful Homes’ standard? If so, tell us what you’ve done and how it compares with this picture.

Laurie

Coveting conservatories

May 23, 2011

Oh dear, I do get just a touch of ‘room envy’ when I go on a conservatory browsing spree. These two images have got me dreaming of fancy home renovation projects…

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Lovely jubbly

Is there nothing more calming and uplifting than a bright, light-filled conservatory? If there is, do let me know…

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Serenity now

Ahhh, love that minimal look. Just one question though, why are there chairs on only one side of the table? Are they about to stage an X-Factor audition? Please, no – don’t spoil the serenity!

New year, new decorating look… please!

January 6, 2011

If you fancy a little revamp for the new year – and let’s face it, who doesn’t – then check these brilliant tip-tastic videos from houstohome.co.uk

How to create a country-style bedroom – I must stress less in 2011 and a new, calming country bedroom is the way to go

Conservatory design ideas for every style – whether you want a palatial conservatory or a cute little snug-style conservatory, there’s something for you.

Hallway must-haves and how to make them lust-haves – I am so bored of my dull hallway. And it’s the first room I enter when I get home. I am so  going to try some of these ideas.

How to create a nature-inspired garden room

September 7, 2010

Check out this botanical beauty! I loved this fresh conservatory/garden room when I first saw it, and I couldn’t wait to quiz the Homes & Gardens decorating team on exactly how to get the look.

Check out this video for inspirational ideas on how to create the perfect garden room, from elegant finishing touches to practical ideas. LOVE IT.

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3 ways to use a conservatory

July 26, 2010

If sharing her top tips on getting an organised home office, creating a cosy living room and injecting country style into your kitchen wasn’t enough, Country Homes and Interiors editor, Rhoda Parry also agreed to chat about her favourite wasy to make the most out of a conservatory – whether you use it as a living room, dining room or home office.

So here’s her final video of decorating. Wasn’t I greedy!!

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Lunchtime lust: sexy seaside style

June 24, 2010

These beautiful decorating schemes from Country Homes & Interiors have made me more and more eager to head to the beach this summer! What’s better than a trip to the good old British seaside? (Besides a trip to a tropical island)

Find inspiration from the sun, sea, sand and sky with these coastal decorating schemes.

Cushions and throws in aquamarine, grey blue and turquoise are teamed with white upholstery, rattan baskets, weathered furniture and a sisal rug for a relaxed look.

roomenvy - coastal-style living room

roomenvy - coastal-style living room

Blue organic patterns plump up this cool and dreamy bedroom. I LOVE this scheme.

roomenvy - seaside-inspired bedroom

roomenvy - seaside-inspired bedroom

Oh to be having breakfast there right now. An appliqued fish design rug, mix-and-match nautical tableware, oh and THE SEA!

roomenvy - alfresco dining by the sea

roomenvy - alfresco dining by the sea

I love the cute accessories in this outdoor room, from the scattered cushions and shells, to the lanterns.

roomenvy - nautical conservatory

roomenvy - nautical conservatory

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Victorian terrace décor – colour me happy!

June 9, 2010

Oh another day, another home to fall in love with. Today’s crush is the beautiful and colourful Victorian terrace decor of this textile designer’s home.

If you promise to be extra quiet, I’ll sneak you in the side door to take a look around … but be warned there are enough beautiful soft furnishings to make your mouth water; enough quirky touches to make your tummy flip; and a conservatory that’ll make you look at your living room and sigh! (Or was that just me!)

Enjoy!

This colourful open-plan kitchen-diner is packed with personality and is the perfect space to hang out with the family.

roomenvy - colourful accents kitchen-diner

roomenvy - colourful accents kitchen-diner

Now that’s one way of catching up on the family’s news! I love this dining room white board idea. It allows the kids and adults keep up to date with what’s going on in the week.

roomenvy - personalised dining room

roomenvy - personalised dining room

This relaxed living room is so exotic! I love the jewel-toned furnishings and shimmering Eastern-inspired wallpaper in the alcoves. Heaven!

roomenvy - Eastern-inspired living room

roomenvy - Eastern-inspired living room

I’m a massive fan of livening up a neutral hallway, and the staircase is the best place to start! Check out this hallway stair runner – it’s definitely given the rainbow treatment.

roomenvy - colourful staircase hallway

roomenvy - colourful staircase hallway

This is roomenvy that I can’t even MEASURE! I love this domed conservatory, they’ve kept it white to maintain the feeling of spaciousness, but with zingy accents to liven up the look.

roomenvy - light and bright conservatory

roomenvy - light and bright conservatory

I love how this white bedroom is transformed with colourful bedding and a panel of wallpaper by the dressing area, to match. It’s so uplifting to me!

roomenvy - exotic bedroom

roomenvy - exotic bedroom

A teenage girls’ DREAM, this massive bespoke children’s bed just screams ‘sleepover’.

roomenvy - teenage girl's bedroom

roomenvy - teenage girl's bedroom

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Garden rooms – bring the outside in!

April 20, 2010

This garden room is just spring in a box! Fresh green accents, botanical prints, all you need is the ominous fear of a wasp sting and you would actually be in a summer garden! The beauty of a garden room, however, is that you can enjoy it alllllllll year round!

So if you’re planning to update your conservatory, check out these gorgeous garden room decorating ideas from Homes & Gardens – at least during this ‘is it or isn’t it sunny?’ weather. It’ll also make for the perfect retreat after a day of relaxing on the patio.

roomenvy - leafy garden room

roomenvy - leafy garden room

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