Archive for the ‘Friday's Fetish’ Category

Friday’s Fetish: Shiver Me Timbers!

January 14, 2011

If anyone knows how to go loco over eco-chico, it’s TV presenter and designer Oliver Heath.

I’ve been swooning over his house, as seen in Livingetc, which started off as an ugly, 1960s box, but has been turned into a beautiful earth-friendly home thanks to tons of reclaimed timber, lovelorn furniture and accessories from all over the globe.

Oliver Heath house | Decorating ideas with reclaimed timber | Open-plan room with timber walls | Room Envy

World of timber

Say the words: larch wood cladding, and you don’t think ‘ooh beautiful,’ no. But take Oliver’s open-plan lounge. The larch wood cladding on the walls – from the trees at Kew Garden that blew down in the October 1987 storms – creates a stunning feature wall, gives the room warmth and openness and, as Oliver says, ‘brings the outside in’.

Team with oak flooring quirky accessories that nod to folk-styling and you have a large family space that’s cosy without being clostrophobic.

Oliver Heath house | Reclaimed timber bed |Decorating ideas with reclaimed timber | Room Envy

All aboard!

Loving the larch! Forgive me, Mr Heath, but I want to run up and  jump onto this bed – it looks so comfy and solid.

More reclaimed wood forms a canopy, which is softened with the  chi-chi chandeliers and ultra-tactile cushions.

Oliver Heath house | Decorating ideas with reclaimed timber | Room Envy

Hmm, what to do with wallpaper samples...

This might be Oliver’s kid’s room but the idea of jazzing up plain shelves with wallpaper samples is brilliant. Whether it’s children’s toys or grown-up trinkets these shelves could work pretty much anywhere.

I’m not about to chop down any trees, but I love the idea of rescuing timber and giving it a stylish home. But it’s not just the reclaimed wood and second-hand furniture in Oliver’s house that I’m going gaga for, it’s the mixture of accessories from all over the world that add to the eco credentials of this eclectic family home and inspire me to be a bit more global in my decorating.

Friday’s Fetish: Breaking the rules!

January 7, 2011

If like me, you’re already fed up with new year resolutions and good intentions, then a little chic rule breaking is in order…

I can’t be bothered to detox – I don’t like the headaches – and forget all that clearing out the clutter, this year, I’m embracing it! You see, chucking out the rulebook and going against the grain is liberating. Which is why I HAVE to share with you these little gems of inspiration I saw in the January edition of Livingetc.

Bedroom with bright pinks, oranges and yellow | Bedroom decorating ideas | Room Envy

Never clash bright colours? No-way!

Bring on the brights! Sunshine shades of yellow, orange and fuchsia sings when used in blocks – not patterned – and is calmed with pale grey flooring, the odd black accent and natural wood and stone accessories.

Kitchen-diner with blue walls | Blue and green kitchen-diner | Kitchen decorating ideas | Room Envy

Brilliant blue and gorgeous green

Hmm, blue and green should never be seen, goes the maxim, but check out this picture! Drama, style and the perfect mix of contemporary traditional accessories make this dining room so inviting – anyone for a cuppa?

Lounge with dark grey paint and bold Toile-print wallpaper | Living room with workspace | Room Envy

Line drawing

Who says a fireplace defines a room? It doesn’t have to be the focal point – so passé! And zoning doesn’t have to be ordered either. I love the way this room is broken up with an off-centre charcoal grey – to define a work zone – and a totally contrasting bold Toile print for relaxing.

And what’s more, all this rule breaking is soooo on-trend for S/S 2011: bright blues and greens on eyes were all over the catwalk and clashing colour-block patterns and designs were also a major feature of all the big runway shows.

Festive Fetish: blue and silver Christmas

December 21, 2010

Blue is a great accent colour for Christmas if you’re going for a show-stopping modern look. I love these Christmas decorating schemes from Livingetc – they’re packed with ways to introduce blue into your scheme without making it seem cold and uninviting.

Save space on your Christmas dining table by hanging your centrepiece above it instead. Strung with baubles and lights, this is a sleek modern alternative to candles and holly.

Blue and silver | Christmas dining room | Christmas ideas | Livingetc | Roomenvy

Create an elegant, modern bauble display above your Christmas dining table

Unite rustic wood, aged metal and glitter for a cool update on the traditional festive star constellation.

Blue and silver | Christmas living room | Christmas ideas | Livingetc | Roomenvy

Modern Scandi-chic Christmas living room with blue accents

Deck the halls with floor-to-ceiling glitzy sparkle and boughs of holly for a bit of tradition.

Blue and silver | Christmas hallway | Christmas ideas | Livingetc | Roomenvy

Christmas party ideas for the hallway!

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Festive Fetish: Winter Wonderland

December 20, 2010

Bring the beauty of a wintry landscape (ignore the muddy slush) into your home this Christmas with these beautiful seasonal style ideas from Ideal Home.

Here’s how to get this Christmas living room look:

1) Keep the backdrop plain, here they’ve used a subtle twig-pattern wallpaper in two tonal colourways.

2) Add texture with chunky knitted throws and cushions.

3) Complete with woodland-inspired or folksy accessories, such as birdhouses, log candleholders and pine cone decorations.

Winter Wonderland Christmas | Christmas living room | Ideal Home | Roomenvy

Create a winter wonderland with woodland-inspired Christmas decorations

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Friday’s Fetish: Decorating with wool

November 26, 2010

Must not talk about Christmas. Must. Not. Talk. About. Christmas. Well if I can’t talk about that, at least let me rabbit on about snuggley and cosy winter decorating ideas – it is almost -20 degrees outside. Ideal Home‘s got some great ideas on how to create a cosy winter retreat… wanna see?

Use fine worsted wools in a palette of greys for a calm, sophisticated bedroom scheme. Throw in a few accents of deep denim blue and use vintage wooden furniture to add warmth to the cool scheme.

bedroom | winter decorating ideas | decorating | Ideal Home | Roomenvy

Use cosy woollens to keep your bedroom warm and snuggley this winter

Pile in textured woollens and comforting neutrals to add a warm luxurious feel to your living room. Quirky wall art, sconces and ornaments give this living room look a quintessentially British nostalgic feel.

living room | winter decorating ideas | decorating | Ideal Home | Roomenvy

Cold weather? What cold weather? Wrap up to these snuggley living room decorating ideas

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Friday’s Fetish: designer hotel rooms

November 19, 2010

It’s Friday, it’s cold outside, so obviously I’m daydreaming about holidays to foreign lands. I’ve fixed my sights on the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, because (thanks to Design Milk) I’ve just found a place to stay that’s far from the sterile space of a British budget hotel.

LLOVE. No, not a typo, but the name of this amazing exhibition/hotel that you can actually stay in! I’ve always wanted to be a performance artist – ok, not strictly true, but this creative collaboration between Japanese and Dutch designers would be the perfect place to launch my career/ sleep in incredible one-of-a-kind surroundings. And unique is definitely the word… just look at these bedrooms!

Llayers LLOVE hotel by Richard Hutten - Design Milk - roomenvy

Llayers LLOVE hotel by Richard Hutten - Design Milk - roomenvy

Staying in a space with this maxed-out striped effect on the customised wallpaper, floors, and everything in between would be like sleeping inside the lining of a giant Paul Smith suit (I would imagine).

Little Big Room LLOVE Hotel by Hideyuki Nakayama - Design Milk - roomenvy

Little Big Room LLOVE Hotel by Hideyuki Nakayama - Design Milk - roomenvy

Bix box, little box… this bedroom is an exact replica of a dilapidated traditional Japanese-style room, only with really comfy looking beds. Take note of the paper screens that form the walls – a great style idea to steal.

Buried room LLOVE Hotel by Yuko Nagayama - Design Milk - roomenvy

Buried room LLOVE Hotel by Yuko Nagayama - Design Milk - roomenvy

If you love the great outdoors, perhaps this is one for you? Love the coat hangers on the tree branches and the buried bath tub. It’s all a little Midsummer Night’s Dream, the updated version.

In LLOVE by Pieke Bergmans - Design Milk - roomenvy

In LLOVE by Pieke Bergmans - Design Milk - roomenvy

And from one fairytale to another… what’s not to love about this GIANT sculptural bed? Goldilocks has no problems with me saying, this bedroom is juuuusssst right. Ok, where do I book?

If your fetish for all things designer hotel-style hasn’t been satisfied, check out the offerings at Design Milk, and create your own hotel-style abode with tips from Housetohome, too.

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Friday’s Fetish: decorating with chilli reds – that’s hot!

November 5, 2010

I love Ideal Home‘s take on decorating your home in chilli reds: ‘Just as a slick of scarlet lipstick takes an outfit from so-so to super-sexy, fiery red can be a short cut to sophistication in your home, too!’ These decorating schemes are red hot, nothing can beat a eye-popping shot of colour to make an impact in your home!

Put Jalapeno red pieces against a slate wall to make them really stand out!

red living room | decorating ideas for living rooms | living room decorating ideas | Ideal Home

Accents of chilli red bring this modern living room to life

The key to this strong bedroom look is getting the balance right: use tabasco red and white in strictly equal quantities on walls, fabrics and accessories.

red bedroom | bedrooms | bedroom design ideas | Ideal Home

Liven up your bedroom with this season's chilli reds

No floor space for a sideboard in the dining room? Wall mount slim storage units instead.

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Add a vibrant feature wallpaper to your contemporary dining room

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Friday’s fetish: woodland-inspired decorating

October 22, 2010

Thought I’d give you all a break from my Christmas decorating looks on the high street addiction. I’m not the biggest fan of getting really excited about something and realising I have to wait 3 MONTHS for it, so I think it’s best I end the week inspired by something that is a bit more current.

Country Homes & Interiors‘ latest decorating trend is all about taking cue from the Autumn forest with its turning leaves (although the closest tree to my home in London is a mug tree) and abundant wildlife and creating your won cosy nest in rich, warming colours.

Check out these beautiful schemes.

Combine a plain sofa with an armchair in a tree-print fabric for an informal snug-style living room. Add a selection of cushions in different fabrics and a rug in a bold design.

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Country-style living room from Country Homes & Interiors

Dress a French-style bed in crisp linen, smart stripes and cosy throws. Bring in the woodland element with curtains and scatter-cushions in embroidered leaf, tree and animal designs.

bedroom design idea | country decorating ideas | country-style | Country Homes & Interiors

Rustic, woodland-inspired bedroom design idea from Country Homes & Interiors

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Colourful nature-inspired hallway decorating idea from Country Homes & Interiors

Make a wooden-topped Gustavian-style table the centrepiece of a dining room using teal as the accent colour, dress chairs in loose covers, and of course, choose a fabric in a warm Autumnal pattern.

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Elegant country-style dining room design from Country Homes & Interiors

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Friday’s Fetish: Country cottage crafts

October 15, 2010

I LOVE everything homespun style! It’s such a cosy and warm look and really gives your home a welcoming, ‘lived-in’ feel… as opposed to a home that screams ‘Oh this? I only use this to sleep?’ or ‘well it’s better than sleeping outside!!’

The cottage craft look is a big country-style trend this year. It’s all about funky patchwork, eclectic embroidery and pretty knits in the latest feel-good fabrics.

Check out these cosy decorating schemes

Create a patchwork-effect feature wall using two different colours of a vintage floral wallpaper

 

bedroom design ideas | country craft ideas | Country Homes & Interiors | image | Roomenvy

Pretty up a bedroom with country-style patchwork quilts and colourful wallpaper

At the table, lay a cloth hand embroidered in orange, turquoise and red, and stencil roses on to the chair…

dining room | country craft ideas | Country Homes & Interiors | image | roomenvy

Update your dining room with cosy country craft accessories

Choose fabrics with decorative bobbles, ribbons and tassels, or add them to a plain blind. Complete the look with crochet towels and stylised posy patterned wallpaper.

 

bathroom inspiration | country craft ideas | Country Homes & Interiors | image | Roomenvy

Liven up your country-style bathroom with a colourful wallpaper

Cheer up walls with a display of handmade needlework birds, alphabet tapestries and canvas signs…

hallway decorating ideas | country craft ideas | Country Homes & Interiors | image | Roomenvy

Add colour to a neutral hallway with colourful homespun accessories

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Friday’s Fetish: Quirky country style

October 8, 2010

Back to ye olde Englishe roots (although it is always fun to dream about a celebrity lifestyle in Miami) I’ve found some pretty country decorating ideas from Ideal Home. They’re really getting me in the mood for a sunny weekend  – that’s right a sunny weekend??

Country style doesn’t have to be all about chintzes and pastels. Keep the look traditional with a brown leather sofa, wood-burning stove and a mix of ticking stripes and checks. I love the unexpected quirky details in this living room – that bird wallpaper is fantastic!

living room | living room design ideas | country decorating ideas | Ideal Home

living room | living room design ideas | country decorating ideas | Ideal Home

And if you’re going for elegant country cottage style, start with simple, hard-wearing basics like natural-fibre flooring, a large, sturdy dining table and  chairs wih removeable covers. Hang tonal wallpaper for soft, barely there colour, then add a few vintage-style accessories.

dining room | dining room decorating ideas | country decorating ideas | Ideal Home

dining room | dining room decorating ideas | country decorating ideas | Ideal Home

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