Posts Tagged ‘Delve into dining rooms’

White kitchen designs – I’m converted

January 19, 2010

I’ve always felt I’d be too frightened to install a white kitchen 1) because it goes against my ‘I want colour and pattern and I want it now’ decorating style 2) because I’d be scared it will look a bit modern (or ‘canteen-esque’?) for my country-style home and 3) because I’d live in fear of dropping a tiny blob of ketchup on a surface only to find my ENTIRE dinner party looking at the kitchen with sheer horror!

HOWEVER ….

Perhaps I’ve spoken too soon when it comes to the white kitchen. Sure, they’re usually modern. Sure, they’re best left ‘sans-ketchup’, but boring? Clinical? Pattern free? Are they HECK!

Check out this white kitchen-diner. I love how they’ve created a dining zone by making up a table runner to match the Dandelion Clocks wallpaper.

roomenvy - retro open-plan kitchen-diner

.roomenvy - retro open-plan kitchen-diner

Chunky wooden furniture and worktops aside, it’s the colourful and quirky accessories that make you forget this white kitchen is … well … white.

roomenvy - white and wooden kitchen

roomenvy - white and wooden kitchen

Sunshine yellow accents add shots of zest to this white kitchen! Pattern AND colour in a white kitchen? I stand humbly corrected.

roomenvy - white sunflower kitchen

roomenvy - white sunflower 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!

Can I come in? Beautiful London town house.

January 8, 2010

Don’t let my small and cosy flat hear this, but I’m secretly having wishful thoughts about a beautiful London town house … ok, I’ve always had them.

Check out the beautiful home of floral designer Simon Lycett if you need convincing.

Classic-style pillars have been added to make a grand entrance to this light and airy dining room. I love the hanging glass droplets and orchids. They’ve used them as Christmas decorations, but I’d struggle taking such a pretty feature down.

roomenvy - gorgeous town house dining room

roomenvy - gorgeous town house dining room

I know it sounds silly, but my criteria for my dream home has always been ‘steps down to the kitchen’. I don’t know where it stems from, but this basement kitchen-diner certainly fits the bill.

roomenvy - chunky country kitchen

roomenvy - chunky country kitchen

Chunky wooden kitchen units and furniture, rustic flooring and country-style accessories. Yum.

Bring in spring with fresh green dining table accessories.

roomenvy - basement kitchen-diner

roomenvy - basement kitchen-diner

Homes & Gardens has had more of a nosey, click here to take a tour.

Anyone a fan of Mad Men?

January 6, 2010

… I mean the hit television show of course (not a third of the population of London)!! I must admit, I’m awaiting the box set, but in the meantime I’ve been DAZZLED by the amazing 1960s set – the star of the show in my eyes! I was reading a great  interview with their set designer Amy Wells at Inteior Design.net and felt inspired.

I have to say, the Draper family kitchen would stick out like a sore thumb in most modern homes. It’s not my cup of tea at all i’m afraid. I think it’s because the tan-black plaid wallpaper reminds me of a mosquito-infested cabin I once stayed in the American lakes (although I am a sucker for a breakfast bar).

roomenvy - Mad Men kitchen

roomenvy - Mad Men kitchen

If you’re after a more subtle 1960s-inspired scheme, check out this retro diner idea from Ideal Home.

Start with a graphic wallpaper to create a retro-style feature wall, and add impact with sculptural shapes and acidic-coloured vases. I love that simple pendant shade.

roomenvy - retro 1960s-inspired dining room

roomenvy - retro 1960s-inspired dining room

2009 decorating awards! The winners are in.

January 4, 2010

Ok, so I know that the new year is all about moving on – from mince pies, Christmas parties, maybe even a disastrous relationship – but before I get stuck into my new year’s resolutions (less mince pies!) I’ve been having a look at who topped the Housetohome readers’ decorating scheme lust list.

Here’s some are the winners of our best rooms schemes for 2009.

Best bathroom 2009 – I, too, might be wooed by the massive tub and his ‘n’ hers basins!

roomenvy - subtle grey tones bathroom

roomenvy - subtle grey tones bathroom

Best bedroom 2009 – it seems everyone loved attic bedrooms last year, or maybe it was the French-style bed that gave this bedroom a hint of … je ne sais quoi.

roomenvy - classic French-style bedroom

roomenvy - classic French-style bedroom

Best living room 2009 – snuggley fireplace with a cosy sheepskin rug, yes please!

roomenvy - cosy winter living room

roomenvy - cosy winter living room

Best kitchen 2009 – simple Shaker-style with a modern twist. It’s a great space for entertaining while cooking, although a bit contemporary for my taste.

roomenvy - shaker-style kitchen

roomenvy - shaker-style kitchen

Best dining room 2009 – I must admit, I was surprised that this topped the dining room list. Maybe it’s the quirky chandelier? That said, it’s better than this dining room … shudder.

roomenvy - elegant formal dining room

roomenvy - elegant formal dining room

Best children’s room 2009 – cheerful and colourful, although I think this might be the decorating equivalent of giving a child one too many E numbers!!

roomenvy - red and orange children's room

roomenvy - red and orange children's room

See what these decorating schemes were up against ….

Lunchtime lust: wintry retreats!

December 29, 2009

Well since inevitable Christmas holiday weight gain and summer beach holidays don’t tend to go hand in hand, i’ve been lusting after some snowy retreats. Five layers of clothing are sure to cover all manner of mincepie sins!

Check out theses luxurious snuggley hotels. Whether you’re going for the skiing; the gluhwein (or some sort of hot wine!); or just to marvel at a type of snow that doesn’t cause the national transport system to combust, these snowy escapes are sure to leave you longing for the Alpine life. (I know I am!)

Now that’s a bedroom with a view … or a bath with a view more like.

roomenvy - luxurious bedroom escape in the mountains

roomenvy - luxurious bedroom escape in the mountains

More glam than your average chalet bedroom

roomenvy - sexy hotel bedroom suite in Canada

roomenvy - sexy hotel bedroom suite in Canada

Uber-elegant

roomenvy - Swedish ski hotel restaurant

roomenvy - Swedish ski hotel restaurant

. I love the brass pendants … but I don’t know why it also reminds me of The Shining?

Christmas dining rooms – my favourite 5

December 1, 2009

It’s officially the run-down to Christmas (my advent calendar assures me so) and i’m getting really excited about putting up my decorations this weekend.

I’ve been finding dining room decorating inspiration this morning, here are my favourite festive schemes.

This country cottage Christmas dining room is so warm, cosy and welcoming. You can take a tour around the rest of this Christmas country cottage on housetohome. Invites to come round for Christmas lunch are most welcome!

roomenvy - country cottage Christmas dining room

roomenvy - country cottage Christmas dining room

This modern Christmas dining room is certainly eye-catching. I love the candy pink dining table and silver decorations.

roomenvy - modern Christmas dining room

roomenvy - modern Christmas dining room

The hanging stars and snowflakes look fantastic in this dining room dining room, so much more than just a fancy Christmas table setting.

roomenvy - star-studded Christmas dining room

roomenvy - star-studded Christmas dining room

A fan of all things country style, this Christmas dining room is definitely at the top of my ‘lust list’.

roomenvy - country charm Christmas dining room

roomenvy - country charm Christmas dining room

Draw attention to your festive table, by hanging shimmering glass baubles overhead. I really like the candelabras in this dining room they make a great high-impact, low-effort Christmas table centrepiece.

roomenvy - oversized Christmas baubles dining room

roomenvy - oversized Christmas baubles dining room

Feeling inspired? Check out this great guide to laying a Christmas table.

Friday’s Fetish: wall stencils

November 20, 2009

I was completely inspired by Helen Morris, one of the faces behind The Stencil Library when I met her this week. She shared some fantastic tips with me about stencilling – especially for those of us who rent and don’t want to anger our landlords with a door surrounded by butterflies (I mention no names!) She shares some great tips on her blog, Design Inspiration.

Wall stencils are a fantastic way to  liven up your scheme and give it a truly personal touch. I just love them!!

1) They don’t have to be bold and brassy, these leaf stencils add a lovely delicate touch. Though to be honest, what’s going to make more a statement than having a TREE in your kitchen? They’re taken from designer, Di Overton‘s kitchen.

roomenvy - kitchen decorating the natural way!

roomenvy - kitchen decorating the natural way!

2) You don’t just have to use stencils on the walls, either. This funky home, featured on Design Sponge, proves just that.

Bring your floors to life! The hardwood floors in this dining room are given an update with playful pattern.

roomenvy - so much more than a floor!

roomenvy - so much more than a floor!

And don’t let a simple radiator miss out on all the fun. Now this is what I call stylish heating!

roomenvy - turn up the heat with a colourful stencil

roomenvy - turn up the heat with a colourful stencil

Friday’s Fetish: Decorating with Parisian panache!

November 6, 2009

I’ve been on the hunt for more decorating trends on Homes & Gardens. I love this glamorous Parisian-chic look even more than I love the fact it’s Friday! Yes, it’s fairly high-end but that doesn’t put me, and my ‘not exactly a mansion’ house, off! There are plenty of great style ideas to steal!

Go for a sugared-almond pink shade on the living room walls and team with tightly upholstered & button-back furniture to get that glam Parisian look.

roomenvy - French-style glamour living room

roomenvy - French-style glamour living room

Arrange furniture loosely and don’t be afraid to mix and match designs – it’ll add that ‘relaxed French cafe’ feel. Gold accents liven up the pastel green walls in this dining room.

roomenvy - pretty pastels dining room

roomenvy - pretty pastels dining room

It’s all about elegant upholstery and generous curtains in vibrant colours. A screen like this is ideal for breaking up a large open-plan space.

roomenvy - flamboyant soft furnishings

roomenvy - flamboyant soft furnishings

I’m not sure about this hallway idea though. I think green walls look great against the stone flooring, but a ship chandelier isn’t really for me – although, statement hallway lighting most certainly is.

The strewn scores of music are the best bit – nothing says Parisian glamour quite like imitating a restless 18th century composer!!

roomenvy - classic-style hallway

roomenvy - classic-style hallway

More Halloween decorating ideas!

October 27, 2009

I don’t tend to associate Halloween with adult behaviour – perhaps it’s the fact that people spend this spooky holiday trying to either scare people, trick people, take sweets from people and dress up other people (not exactly ‘boardroom behaviour’). All I associate it with is a whole ‘lotta’ fun!

I saw this uber-sophisticated Halloween decorating idea on myhomeideas.com. It’s aiming to give the traditional Halloween pumpkin an adult spin with bronze nailheads and shimmering ivory hues. I think this would be fantastic for a swanky dinner party on the night, after all, why should the adults miss out on the fun?

However personally, this year i’m sticking to the more traditional Halloween decorations. If you can’t bring out the child in you on Halloween, when can you, eh? … well not until Bonfire night anyway.

roomenvy - halloween goes all grown-up