Archive for the ‘Lunchtime lust’ Category

Lunchtime lust: Bird wallpaper

February 1, 2011

Tweet tweet! Looks like the trend for featuring birds on absolutely everything home-related during 2010 isn’t going anywhere soon if these gorgeous avian wallpaper designs are anything to go by. I have to admit, I am partial to a bird-related design, and I’m especially loving this patriotic sparrow and Union Jack design that was featured on housetohome.co.uk this week. Perfect for adding a touch of cool Britannica to a home office perhaps?

Sparrow and flag wallpaper design | housetohome | gallery

Birds of a Feather wallpaper from B&Q

Best of all, it’s a bargainous £19.98 per roll from B&Q . Amazing. I love the way it sets off the darker wood accents in this cosy country farm-style living room….

Country style living room with bird wallpaper

Love the way this tweet-tacular wallpaper's been used here...

If you’re looking for something a little more traditional you don’t have to discount this trend altogether – as demonstrated by this timeless Laura Ashley design. Country floral? Check. Classic Eau de Nil shade? Check. Super – subtle bird design? Check.

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Summer Palace wallpaper from Laura Ashley, £17.64 a roll.

Obviously a whole room in this design may be a little too OTT (and an entire room in this design may be akin to being trapped in a Wedgwood-esque nightmare) but in a country-style kitchen I think it would work well. What a hoot!

Lunchtime Lust: decorating with grape purples

November 29, 2010

… well it is the time for mulled wine after all! I love this decorating idea from Ideal Home, it’s all about being inspired by fruity red-wine colours and creating a deliciously decadent room to wow your guests this Christmas.

Make a wall hanging to create a backdrop… or to hide an ugly feature. Use mismatched dining chairs to create an eclectic look, but make sure they’re all in the same colour and material.

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Create a luxurious dining room by decorating with rich purple

Mix shades of deep purple for a sexy and sophisticated living room, but add liquorice-black accents to keep the scheme grounded.

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Create a formal living room to wow your guests this Christmas

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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.

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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.

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

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Lunchtime Lust: Sexy and swanky stripes

November 24, 2010

I’m finding myself teetering on the edge of a very steep Christmas cliff at the moment, a mere breath away from plummeting into a world of Christmas decorations, ideas, gift ideas and festive Crafts… so why I’ve still got my balance, I thought I’d continue with some general (albeit it absolutely stunning decorating schemes).

I love these luxurious decorating schemes from Homes & Gardens, they show just how stripes offer the perfect way to make a stylish statement.

An elegant wallpaper with wide horizontal stripes will give a living room the illusion of width.

stripes living room room | living room decorating ideas | Homes & Gardens

Smart and sophisticated living room with wide stripes wallpaper

Use plain linen for both walls, curtains and pelmet, then embellish with wide bands of different coloured velvet ribbon.

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Elegant dining room with striped wallpaper and upholstery

Choosing an ebullient mix of stripes in one bright hue will create an uplifting and welcoming mood.

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Red twin bedroom with candy cane striped bedlinen and upholstery

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Spring decorating trend: Orange blossoms

November 17, 2010

I never thought I’d see the day when I calmly said, ‘Hey folks, guess what the hot colour for Spring/ Summer is? Orange.’ But now that day has arrived, and I tell you, the sun-drenched shade is going to be big news for decorators in 2011.

Don’t be scared. Just think of all the good things that come in this citrus hue – Florida oranges, vitamin C, sunshine (sort of), flowers, Reese’s pieces, fake tan.. oh, wait, rewind on that one. The point is, orange objects inspire happy thoughts, so let’s try to embrace the warmth. Just take a look…

Hot House range - Laura Ashley - roomenvy

Hot House range - Laura Ashley - roomenvy

Toned down in a more muted shade of naranja, Laura Ashley’s Hortense Zinnia print (featured on wallpaper, fabric and even pendant shades in the Hot House range) has a lovely retro vibe.

Tangerine range - Bhs - roomenvy

Tangerine range - Bhs - roomenvy

Full on, fluoro, and mixing futuristic with florals, Bhs teamed its statement-making Tangerine range with black and white accents for a true colour impact. This one’s for the brave amongst you…

Tangerine range lighting - Bhs - roomenvy

Tangerine range lighting - Bhs - roomenvy

If only we didn’t have to have anything else – such as storage – in a hallway! An amazing display of electric-coloured lighting would make life so bright, even if the monthly utilities bill was trebled!

Clean range - H&M Home - roomenvy

Clean range - H&M Home - roomenvy

The new H&M Home range took a similar route, mixing and matching Missoni-esque monochrome prints with a bright and brilliant shade of orange. Their selection of home accents used a richer, red-based shade, making it more workable for the colour-shy.

So, there you have it. Orange is in. Just don’t go overboard, as we’ll know when you’ve been tangoed!

If that’s just whet your appetite for juicy shades and forward-thinking design, find more inspiration and Spring/Summer 2011 decorating trends at Housetohome.co.uk.

Lunchtime lust: Scandi chic

November 16, 2010

Cool in summer, cooler still in winter, Scandi chic (and it’s closest pal, ski-chalet style) appeal to our classic home instints. Sometimes embracing the less-is-more mantra, with simplistic pared-back design and at others going all-out on striking pattern from wallpapers to soft furnishings, you can never accuse the Scandinavians of being boring. Quirky, yes (see the crazy winter advertising campaigns from Ikea) but dull, never.

Lusting this lunchtime comes courtesy of Ideal Home, and starts with a POW-factor moment…

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

You say pattern, I say wow! Pattern! Wow! Enough of that… A bold blue-based floral wallpaper adds depth to this space, while the lively mix-n-match printed cushions lift the inky-blue mood.

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Bleached wooden floorboards, metal Tolix chairs updated with graphic-print seat pads, ice-white gloss kitchen… one wintry wonderland. I think I have created a kitchen shopping list, in a picture.

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Looking for fun and functional hallway decorating ideas? A sky-blue cabinet by the front door hides shoes, while a full-length modern floral curtain keeps draughts at bay.

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Scandi chic - Ideal Home - roomenvy

Clean up a bathroom with water-inspired painted surfaces, plain-white tiling and a countertop ceramic sink. Enamel details and a painted wooden stool (for child-friendly sink access) are the perfect finishing touches.

If you want to transform your house into a modern winter palace, like this, find more inspiration at Housetohome.co.uk.

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Lunchtime Lust: Made in Britain

September 28, 2010

Ah, well a bit of patriotism never goes amiss! I love these quirky buys, they’re a great way to add some British ‘umph’ to an other wise neutral scheme…

Shipping Forecast merino and cashmere blanket from Roam. Team with a striking black bed frame and crisp white linen.

roomenvy - British boudoir

roomenvy - British boudoir

No Parking sign from Adams of Rye. A cute little personal touch for an inspiring home office.

roomenvy - patriotic home office

roomenvy - patriotic home office

Cottage needlepoint cushion from RE. Mix and match quirky cushions for a lively living room you’ll love!

roomenvy - British living room

roomenvy - British living room

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Summer of Love: best boys’ bedrooms

September 13, 2010

Thinking about decorating your little boy’s bedroom? Don’t lift a finger until you’ve checked out the latest schemes in the Summer of Love series.

With the kids going back to school, now’s the time to turn over a new leaf and create the perfect little hideaway that is both educational and fun. These are my top 3:

1) This bedroom is perfect for young lads. A map or the world takes centre stage behind the bed, while Union Jack accessories give it a contemporary edge. Red cushions and a matching lamp add a welcome touch of colour.

Summer of Love - Boys' bedrooms - Roomenvy

Summer of Love - Boys' bedrooms - Roomenvy

2) All boys need somewhere they can escape to (usually so they can avoid little sisters) so this teepee bedroom is ideal. More fun features include a blackboard for doodling and brightly coloured floor cushions for tumbling about on with friends. What more could he want?

Summer of Love - Boys' bedrooms - Roomenvy

Summer of Love - Boys' bedrooms - Roomenvy

3) A lick of paint has transformed this room into an imaginative space for little lads. Blues and greens combine to make a striking feature wall – the perfect foil for warm wood furniture and natural flooring. Cheerful motifs on the window treatment bring a playful element.

Summer of Love - Boys' bedroom ideas - Roomenvy

Summer of Love - Boys' bedroom ideas - Roomenvy

Need more children’s bedroom ideas? Check out Housetohome’s top 20 boys’ bedrooms and don’t forget to see which other rooms have made it into the Summer of Love shortlist!

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Summer of Love: top 3 bathrooms

September 10, 2010

Bathrooms are top of my agenda today – and I’m determined to find three amazing schemes to appear in my Summer of Love shortlist.

1) Top of the list is this little beauty from Fresh Home. The floor-to-ceiling windows create a seamless flow between inside and out, and the view is to die for! All I need now is a white fluffy robe (and maybe a personal masseuse) and I’m good to go.

Roomenvy - room with a view - Freshhome.com

Summer of love - Bathroom with a view - Freshhome.com

2) Now the next bathroom might not have the same wow factor, but its elegant design and country-style accessories have completely won me over.

roomenvy - Summer of Love - Bathroom

roomenvy - Summer of Love - Bathroom

I love the roll-top bath and decorative screen – not to mention the white-painted panelled walls. It’s the definition of cool, calm and collected. Bliss.

3) Last, but not least, is this luxury bathroom from Livingetc.com.

Summer of Love - Bathrooms - Roomenvy

Summer of Love - Bathrooms - Roomenvy

This amazing bathroom has a bespoke combined shower and bath that creates a truly stunning feature. And the best part? It’s big enough for two!

Feeling inspired? See which hallways made into my top 3 and for more bathroom inspiration, check out Housetohome.co.uk.

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Bank holiday lust: Ditsy florals

August 26, 2010

Thinking about redecorating over the bank holiday? Sweet small-scale flower designs are huge this season, so why not create a country look with pretty chintzy patterns?

All you need is a little imagination (courtesy of Country Homes & Interiors), a sprinkling of 1950s florals and a hint of nostalgia…

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Mini-prints, pink 1950s florals and bright graphics on cushions make for a homely corner when piled on a daybed.

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Working from home over the bank holiday? Create a cheerful workstation with a collection of floral box files and notebooks.

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

A tied headboard and layers of cushions, pillows and quilts create the perfect look in the bedroom.

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Cute, cute, cute! I love this cottage-style curtain. Simply tie in place with ribbon for an informal way to hide clutter. Complete the look with a bunch of fresh flowers.

So there you have it – ditzy florals in a nutshell. For more inspirational country schemes check out Housetohome.co.uk.

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