Archive for the ‘Rooms I don’t envy!’ Category

Kitchen designs for those with iron stomachs!

April 15, 2010

Thanks Kitchenista for inviting me to chat about my favourite kitchen design. I knew INSTANTLY which one I wanted to choose … I’ve been rabbiting on about ‘my crush’ for some time now, so check it out at http://blog.magnet.co.uk/.

Anyway, most of you know I like a bit of room slating as much as a bit of room rating, and when thinking of my NIGHTMARE kitchen, I had no problem deciding which. I came across it one rainy Monday morning, and I’m only 99% sure that when I clicked into it, a flash of lighting didn’t crash outside my window!

Don’t get me wrong, I do marvel at the kitchen cabinet artwork, but I find it difficult enough hunting for my keys in the morning, let alone routing around strange provincial French alleyways for my cereal bowl!

roomenvy - ugly kitchen design

roomenvy - ugly kitchen design

The icing on the cake is the clinically-white oven amid the 18th Century-style townhouses … a sentence I never thought I’d say.

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Weird and wonderful gardens

April 6, 2010

With the hope of a sunny summer in the air, I thought browsing gardens would fill me with joy and happiness, not PURE FEAR! Looking at some of these makes me feel like I’ve been hunting for a pretty dress on a horror movie website.

roomenvy - temple of doom garden

roomenvy - temple of doom garden

I just don’t want to know what goes on in this garden room after dark …

roomenvy - imposter garden

roomenvy - imposter garden

Ok, this garden statue is nothing short of eerie.

roomenvy - rockery horror garden

roomenvy - rockery horror garden

It’s like the setting of an Alfred Hitchcock movie, only with stones.

roomenvy - plant graveyard garden

roomenvy - plant graveyard garden

A gardener’s ‘humorous???’ take on garden ornaments – imagine enjoying a summer cocktail next to those?

Fancy living in the X Factor house?

March 26, 2010

As you might have heard, the X Factor house is up for sale at only about … errrr … 5 million?? But I thought, before you packed your suitcases (if you had that kind of money of course) and dreamed of a life breathing in the same air that Joe McElderry had once breathed (… what? I heard that someone once paid over $3,000 for a piece of Justin Timberlake‘s left over French toast!) I’d show you a picture of the inside the X Factor house … personally I don’t see what all the fuss is about (but then I think Joe McElderry looks like a cross between a ventriloquist dummy and a field mouse)!

roomenvy - Average Factor living room

roomenvy - Average Factor living room

Bathroom tubs – the good, the bad, the ugly

February 24, 2010

I’ve been hunting for the best freestanding baths all morning and my top 10 were positively SAINTLY in comparison to these ‘loud mouths‘!

The good …

I adore traditional freestanding baths and I ADORE colour, so it’s no surprise that I really like this bathroom scheme. I’m not even offended that they’ve painted the metal feet.

roomenvy - show-stopping tub bathroom

roomenvy - show-stopping tub bathroom

The bad …

I mean, I’m all for making a bath the focal point, but when it reminds you of the end scene of Ghostbusters …? p.s I’m not sure if I want to know what’s image is tiled on that wall.

roomenvy - marshmallow bathroom

roomenvy - marshmallow bathroom

The ugly …

Button back chair? Elegant. Button back headboard? Classic. Button back BATH? I just don’t agree! And the drapes … oh the drapes. It’s like the set of ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’.

roomenvy - antique bathroom

roomenvy - antique bathroom

The ‘where do I start?’ bedroom

February 16, 2010

Just when I was thinking my ‘covered-in-remnants-of-fancy-dress-costumes’ flat was enough to make me rent a hotel room for a few days, I came across this clutter feature on guardian.co.uk (ironically sent to me by Little Miss Muffet herself, whose spider accessory is now strewn on the back of my chair!)

This is definitely a room I don’t envy – it makes me nervous just looking at it. The article’s really interesting though, especially when it mentions that, as a nation, we are particularly bad at getting rid of electrical devices … which might explain why the other night I found the charger to a camera I had when I was nineteen (albeit, a charger stashed neatly in a storage box!)

roomenvy - the morning after bedroom

roomenvy - the morning after bedroom

If you’re looking to give your home a clear out, check out housetohome‘s handy clutter-busting tips for bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, living rooms and hallways.

QUICK!! Before this happens to your bathroom …

February 5, 2010

Maybe I’m being a bit harsh, but this SHOCKING  bathroom makes me feel like I’ve stepped into a horrifying 1980s TV programme. I can’t think of anything less relaxing than getting into a ‘hot tub’ and being confronted with a giant SALMON-COLOURED shell!

To ensure this doesn’t happen to you (or alternatively, if you’d like advice on how to install a shell hot tub) join in housetohome.co.uk‘s webchat this lunchtime, 1pm.

I’ll be begging Ros Anderson, Ideal Home‘s Interiors Editor for advice on how to deal with my teeny bathroom space. Hopefully see you there.

roomenvy - shell shocked bathroom

roomenvy - shell shocked bathroom

Girl’s (ahem … princess’s) bedroom

January 18, 2010

I liked nursery rhymes and fairytales as much as the next young girl, but THIS? Sure she’ll love it now: the carriage-shaped boudoir; the castle-themed entrance; the minions carrying her breakfast in bed … or was I just imagining that?

But let me tell you something, when this princess grows up and has to bring Mr Charming back to her parents’ house for Christmas, there are going to be a few red faces in wonderland.

roomenvy - the princess and the ... eeeeeek!

roomenvy - the princess and the ... eeeeeek!

p.s I’m having a nursery rhymes and fairytales fancy dress party for my birthday, so feel free to send me any costume ideas!

Bathroom inspiration: back to the future

January 11, 2010

I must say, my idea of a relaxing bath or shower, is NOT wondering whether or not tonight will be the night I get zapped into an alternative universe – and I don’t think I’d take that risk with these futuristic bathroom designs.

I found them on Freshome, which always chats about the latest bathroom designs … well they don’t get more modern than this! Innovative and funky, yes, cosy and inviting?? … not unless you’re into alien abductions.

Check out this bathroom from Spiritual Mode – scrub a dub … zaaaaaaaaaaaaap!

roomenvy - science fiction bathroom

roomenvy - science fiction bathroom

And be careful when you’re showering next to this MOSAIC VORTEX, designed by Glassdecor. How can the rest of a bathroom look so innocent, while the shower looks like a ominous hellmouth?

roomenvy - futuristic mosaic bathroom

roomenvy - futuristic mosaic bathroom

Things that make me go hmm…

November 6, 2009

Some things continue to confuse me. Why do some girls wear high heels to watch the fireworks, for example? (for me it’s wellies all the way!) but nothing confuses me as much as this choice of kitchen decor.

I don’t know if they were going for the Eastern-inspired look or just really wanted metallic kitchen cabinets, but what I do know is that if you rub one of those cooker hoods, a genie will almost certainly pop out!

To their credit, it’s a sure-fire conversation starter. Check out housetohome’s gallery of ‘love them or hate them’ kitchens.

roomenvy - scary kitchen design

roomenvy - scary kitchen design

The accessories couples fight about

October 22, 2009

The winners are in! Following on from my recent post on ‘lazyboy chairs‘, we’ve been quizzing the public on housetohome.co.uk for the most mind-BOGGLING/horrifying furniture pieces or accessories your true love has brought to the table when moving in together.

We’ve heard stories on everything from a man who tried to introduce a retro collection of robots to his wife’s country-style scheme, to a woman who insisted on putting potpourri on every table in the house, much to her fiance’s dismay. We finally came up with the most common irritations for both men and women. See the results in our gallery – From Lazyboys to house plants: 10 products couples fight about.

Graphic wall art has got to be one of my favourite of the most common responses – not the best way to introduce the love of your life to your new home. The playboy bachelor pad living room below is just screaming to be littered with romantic pictures … in HEART FRAMES!

roomenvy - playboy bachelors living room

roomenvy - playboy bachelors living room

p.s Thanks Dorothy for the wonderful comment about your boyfriend’s Teenage Mutant Hero Turtle bedlinen – it made me chuckle allllll morning! And more to the point, congratulations on shifting it.