Posts Tagged ‘conservatory’

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!)


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.




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.


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…


Lovely jubbly

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


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!

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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Kitchen extensions – if only!

January 27, 2010

Check out these ultra stylish kitchen extensions from They positively BEAM! If only I could transform my pokey kitchen into one of these masterpieces!

Why not bring the outdoors in with floor-to-ceiling glass panels?

room envy - modern kitchen extension

room envy - modern kitchen extension

Or add an extension onto the back of your house and be the envy of your friends when you host glamorous dinner parties!

room envy - a dinner party haven

room envy - a dinner party haven

Want a more traditional space? A vaulted glass roof adds instant wow factor and plenty of natural light.

room envy - spacious kitchen-diner

room envy - spacious kitchen-diner

room envy - conservatory-style kitchen

room envy - conservatory-style kitchen