Posts Tagged ‘Beam at bedrooms’

G’day mate! Let’s celebrate Australia Day

January 26, 2011

OK, sorry for the unoriginal and tiresome headline, but Aussies are known for their warm, welcoming and ultra-cheery nature, and it seems this even extends to their home decor.

Today is Australia Day, so in celebration I want to show you this gorgeous single-storey Seventies house in Sydney, which mixes cool retro patterns and shapes with modern design features.

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The leisurely lounge with a laidback style

It’s so easy to go overboard with retro furniture – the rule is, keep it simple and buy top quality. It’s clear owners Andrea and Ben Miller have stuck to that rule, mixing simple modern artwork and accessories with a few key pieces, such as the geometric rug and the low armchairs. I can imagine sinking into one of these chairs and watching the amazing Australian sun rise and fall.

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Knock on wood

Wood and stone are the two main materials that are used throughout the house, and here you can see just how surprisingly warm and stylish these materials can be – even for a bathroom. I am struck by just how many shades of wood there are. The gilt-framed mirror is a lovely glam touch, too.

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Turn up the heat with hot pink

All this wood and stone could look dull if it weren’t for the large windows that go around the house. But hot pink adds even more brightness, and what’s more reminds me that when you have a lot of neutral, such as stone and wood panelling, anything can work. A mixture of textures in this room makes it super-cosy too.

See the rest of this house for more Australian decorating ideas

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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Chinese whispers: Oriental decorating trends

November 18, 2010

This may be an unofficial trend, but I’ve noticed a lot of Chinoiserie and Japonica on the home decorating front recently. Far more elegant than my usual Oriental tastes (such as late-night Chinese takeaways, and laughing at Japanese B-movies) this style always looks, well, beautiful. It’s certainly got timeless appeal (unlike my aforementioned far-eastern passtimes).

roomenvy - Oriental-influenced bedroom

roomenvy - Oriental-influenced bedroom

Jade green soft furnishings, black lacquered Chinese cabinets, a minimalistic four-poster and lashings of white – this bedroom look is crisp, clean and modern.

roomenvy - hand-painted Chinese wallpaper

roomenvy - hand-painted Chinese wallpaper

Inspired by nature, this opulent dressing room with its hand-painted wallpaper makes me want to get all dressed up and head to the opera… to see Madame Butterfly! Dark wood, a gilt-edged mirror and that amazing shade of jade. Homes & Gardens has literally turned me green with envy.

roomenvy - Modern Oriental bedroom

roomenvy - Modern Oriental bedroom

Even when it’s pared-down, the embroidered cherry blossom motif on this Pied a Terre bed linen from House of Fraser endows this bedroom with pure sophistication. Shuttered windows, vibrant silk cushions, fan detailing… I’m all a-flutter!

While I’m recovering from my latest bout of design lust, you can find more decorating trends and inspiration at Housetohome

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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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Vintage wallpapers – yes please!

January 18, 2010

Everyone’s talking about vintage-style wallpapers at the moment. Here’s one of my favourite designs. It’s dark, it’s dramatic, it’s feminine … and it even has the token bird designs that won’t stop flying around the decorating world.

I’d hang it behind a table to define a dressing area in the bedroom, and team it with vintage accessories and bags of jewellery (all in the name of interior design of course).

roomenvy - boudoir-chic bedroom wallpaper

roomenvy - boudoir-chic bedroom wallpaper

Birds and nostalgia not your thing? Check out what else is set to be hot for wallpapers this year.

Can I come in? Julianne Moore’s townhouse

January 15, 2010

As much as I’d like to quiz Julianne Moore on what it was like to kiss Pierce Brosnan and Hugh Grant, I would only be distracted if I was invited to her beautiful West Village townhouse in New York – not that I would turn down the offer of course!!

Those celebrity homes fanatics at Casasugar have taken me on a little lunchtime tour. Thanks guys … wouldn’t have minded a Pierce Brosnan-style guide, though!

roomenvy - super-spacious living room

roomenvy - super-spacious living room

High ceilings with a hint of global-chic, I love this living room.

roomenvy - grand entrance hallway

roomenvy - grand entrance hallway

Now that’s a way to make an entrance. That eye-catching woodland wall picture is a great way to break up the white walls.

roomenvy - sleek home office

roomenvy - sleek home office

Where Mrs Moore does  her business and, I hope, a lot of lounging in those chairs.

roomenvy - light and relaxing bedroom

roomenvy - light and relaxing bedroom

A sleek and restful scheme. Beautiful, talented, famous, rich AND good taste? Don’t you make me jealous Julianne!

roomenvy - beams open-plan kitchen

roomenvy - beams open-plan kitchen

I love the mix of modern units and rustic beams and brick here. What a gorgeous basement kitchen.

Friday’s Fetish: plaids

January 15, 2010

According to Rhoda Parry, editor of Country Homes & Interiors, plaids are set to be a hot country decorating trend this winter. Tartans are going bold and brassy (good on them!) and are ideal for adding warmth and cosiness to your home.

The tartan-covered headboard makes a highland statement in this bedroom, chuck on throws for a cosy winter’s night … I might bring one of these to work!

roomenvy - pretty plaids bedroom

roomenvy - pretty plaids bedroom

Plaid wallpaper looks great in bathrooms or cloakrooms. I love the soft grey shades and the matching painted panelling.

roomenvy - dove grey wallpaper bathroom

roomenvy - dove grey wallpaper bathroom

And if you think plaids are gonna settle for walls and bedlinen, think again! Check out these bespoke tartan dining room lampshades. Formal but welcoming.

roomenvy - stylish tartan lighting dining room

roomenvy - stylish tartan lighting dining room

Check out Rhoda’s blog, Countrydays, for all the gossip in the world of country decorating!

Hotel-style decorating – the celebrity way

January 13, 2010

If I had bags of money, an assistant to organise the DIY for me, and the constant chore of staying away from home – how would I decorate?

Casasugar always has the celebrity answer!

Guess which well-known stars own these luxurious hotels.

roomenvy - spacious attic living room

roomenvy - spacious attic living room

Is an attic living area enough to give you Vertigo? I’m sure the lead singer of this band will let you know. (Bet you they’ve jumped on those sofas!!)

roomenvy - relaxing hotel bedroom

roomenvy - relaxing hotel bedroom

Well I’d need a lie down after kissing John Travolta … the older version, anyway!!

roomenvy - cosy and warm living room

roomenvy - cosy and warm living room

I’m not surprised this actor has decorated his hotel living room in true ranch style – I’ve seen The Horse Whisperer, after all!

Check out Casasugar’s top 10 celebrity-owned hotels for more star-studded style.

a) Bono from U2 b) Olivia Newton-John c) Robert Redford

Lunchtime lust: flower fairy lights.

January 12, 2010

If it wasn’t cruel enough that my Christmas tree had to go (leaving a garish and gaping space in my living room!), now January wants my Christmas lights as well! Meany.

Personally, I can’t accept the lack of magic that’s now fallen over my home, so I’m hunting for some timeless fairy lights to use all year round. Take THAT, spring!

I especially love¬† flower lights, they add a gorgeously girly decorative touch whether they’re switched on or not. I’ve found some beautiful ones at Blaze On, Melody Maison, Flower Glow and Graham and Greene.

And it couldn’t be easier to use them to decorate your home …

roomenvy - add girly charm to a full-length mirror

roomenvy - add girly charm to a full-length mirror

roomenvy - make a feature out of your chimney breast

roomenvy - make a feature out of your chimney breast

roomenvy - who needs a blazing fire in the living room?

roomenvy - who needs a blazing fire in the living room?

roomenvy - create a pretty guest bedroom

roomenvy - create a pretty guest bedroom

Feel free to send me your fairy light decorating ideas …

Friday’s Fetish: English eccentric decorating

January 8, 2010

Who says smart decorating can’t look ‘lived-in’? I love the casual mix-and-match approach to this English Eccentric decorating idea by Ideal Home. A touch of traditional style here, some quirky finishing touches there. Perfect.

Here’s how to get this hot look:

1) Start with a timeless wallpaper with subtle shimmer – a damask design will add a hint of grandeur … daaaarling.

2) Add shapely upholstered furniture – a buttoned back piece never hurt anyone – and team with modern wooden designs.

3) Mix in quirky accessories, eye-catching cushions, and vintage treasures to add a fun twist to the scheme.

This classic-style living room has more staying power than the average child at Disney Land.

roomenvy - classic living room with a modern twist

roomenvy - classic living room with a modern twist

Now that’s a boudoir! Shimmering metallics and vintage-style pieces make it a fab place to curl up, M’Lady.

roomenvy - glamorous boudoir-chic bedroom design idea

roomenvy - glamorous boudoir-chic bedroom design idea