Posts Tagged ‘DIY’

Feeling Crafty

April 14, 2011

With tomorrow’s DIY Web Chat growing ever closer, we’ve got home improvement projects on the brain! I myself am looking at getting into a little wall decorating. Doesn’t this feature strip of wallpaper just completely lift this whole room? It really seems to tie the whole scheme together, and I must say the icing on the cake is the two cuttings framed beautifully either side. Genius! Don’t you just love it when you see something gorgeous like this, and realise ‘Hey! I could do that!’. And without breaking the bank, either.

Yellow and Grey Living Room with Wallpaper

Yellow and Grey, a match made in heaven?

I am seriously tempted to spend my Easter long weekend wallpapering. I have had a few scary visions, however, of myself covered head to toe in paste and paper. Probably best to check myself into that DIY web chat over lunch tomorrow, where I shall pick the brains of none other than Tommy Walsh! Surely he will have a few tips on hassle-free wallpapering…

Lovely laundry rooms

March 30, 2011

Ok, hands up… who here has their utility room on top of the list of ‘rooms I’m desperate to do up?’ Not me, that’s for sure. As far as I’m concerned, the dark cupboard-sized room that houses my washing machine, hoover, and probably a decent sized nest of spiders is pretty much a decorating dead-end… or is it?

Having take a look at these utility room beauties, I might be convinced to (let somebody else) clean out the spiders, and get that tiny room organised.

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Pimp your washing machine, anyone?

Washing machine stickers. That’s right, the most humble of household appliances gets the designer treatement, and I’m strangely drawn to it. Teamed with a neutral room scheme and dark wooden floors, this could really make doing the washing that little bit more fun, no?

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Bright and beautiful

If I was lucky enough to have a retro-launderette room like this, I’m sure my ironing would be more organised. Love the clash between the powder blue walls and the highlighter yellow cabinet.

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Soft and subtle

Finally, this soft grey room with yellow touches proves that pastel rooms don’t have to be boring. Plus, that amazing wire storage unit would mean you’d never lose any cleaning products ever again.

What do you think – would you decorate your laundry or utility room, or would you rather focus elsewhere in the home?

2010 Room Awards – woo!

January 11, 2011

2010 was a great year for home decorating and DIY. Like you, we loved the return of classic retro prints, high-tech printed wallpaper and new ways to be eco friendly and chic.

To kick-start the 2010 Room Awards we’re starting with the Best Kitchen of 2010, which is this brilliant family kitchen.

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The perfect kitchen-diner; it's a kitchen and a diner!

Why it wins? Aside from the big chalkboard – great for shopping lists and a drawing space for kids – small kitchen-diners that give the allusion of space can be tricky.

Often kitchen-diners can look like the furniture of a giant has been squeezed into the kitchen of someone from Lilliput; and the overall look can be cluttered and uncomfortable – you can’t image making a cup of tea, let alone a family meal. Or a poorly designed kitchen-diner can give the impression that the designer has rifled though the space-saving section of Lakeland and bought all the stock.

But look at the beauty of this kitchen-diner: the pastel colours – a nod to cute retro styling, and clean, functional furniture. You just know that when the kids’ have gone to bed the adults crack open a few bottles of vino, light some candles and have a delicious meal, and perhaps a adult game of Catchphrase on the chalkboard. Can we come to dinner please?

Do you love this? Tell us what was your fave kitchen of 2010?

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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Declutter an open-plan room in 5 steps

November 26, 2010

As I mentioned a couple of days ago, I’m resisting the urge to plummet into all things Christmas decorating ideas for as long as possible. In the meantime, I’m gnawing on other fab ideas in the hope they might distract me from the constant sparkle of the Christmas trends I’ve seen this year! Hi, my name’s Jenny and I’m a Christmas decorating addict.

Here’s how to organise an open-plan space in 5 steps:

1) Invest in a modular cube-unit system. Stack them high to maximise upward space or position side-by-side to create an extra worksurface.

2) Zone with a divider. A shelving unit on casters is a practical way to divide an open-plan space into a living and dining area.

3) Use the walls. Avoid day-to-day mess such as discarded magazines, papers and post, keys and pens by fixing up storage on unused wall space.

4) Add small storage. For an easy way to set the table and quickly clear it away afterwards, use a caddy or basket for condiments and cutlery.

5) Give old chairs new purpoese. Reclaimed chapel chairs have a handy box on the back that’s ideal for keeping napkins, place mats, coasters and trivets at the ready for mealtimes.

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How to organise an open-plan living room cum dining room

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Shop Envy: Caravan Style

November 24, 2010

How come it’s only homes interiors that get all the credit, when the pretty shops that sell us all these wonderful homes products are just as show-stopping. I’m starting a little ‘shop envy’ series, scouting for the high street for those cosy shops you’d happily live in.

I’m hunting for the most eye-catching shop in London, so feel free to send over any shops that have caught your eye! That’s right, I’m encouraging you to go shopping for decorating research purposes!!

Let’s kick things off with the ultra homely and welcoming Caravan on London’s Redchurch Street. Complete with modern country accessories and the friendliest cat in the world, Stylist Emily Chalmers has created a cosy space with an eclectic feel to it.

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Modern country hallway decorating idea with colourful accessories and soft furnishings

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Eclectic modern country decorating ideas from London boutique shop, Caravan

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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.

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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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Monday’s gonna be all white!

November 8, 2010

I’m worried I’ll put up these really relaxing crisp white schemes and make you all sleepy …er than you already are after the weekend’s Bonfire Night and fireworks excitement – but I couldn’t resist.

Take snowy shades to greater depths by layering texture and pattern for a modern spin on the classic white space.

Sharpen a white living room scheme with strong lines. The grooves of this unusual horizontal cladding work with the fan of the chair seat and the folded metal lamp.

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Blink and you'll miss it living room furniture...

For a new way to do white dining room walls, cover it with a black-and-white scenic view. Brrrrrr!

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Narnia-esque dining room with striking feature wallpaper

Update traditional buttoning with an oversized, zigzag-stitched headboard in white linen. Barely there geometric wallpaper echoes and reinforces the design.

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Crisp whites for a modern minimalist bedroom

Refresh the slick whites of the bathroom with pretty, oversized florals.

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Elegant snowy white bathroom scheme

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Friday’s Fetish: decorating with chilli reds – that’s hot!

November 5, 2010

I love Ideal Home‘s take on decorating your home in chilli reds: ‘Just as a slick of scarlet lipstick takes an outfit from so-so to super-sexy, fiery red can be a short cut to sophistication in your home, too!’ These decorating schemes are red hot, nothing can beat a eye-popping shot of colour to make an impact in your home!

Put Jalapeno red pieces against a slate wall to make them really stand out!

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Accents of chilli red bring this modern living room to life

The key to this strong bedroom look is getting the balance right: use tabasco red and white in strictly equal quantities on walls, fabrics and accessories.

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Liven up your bedroom with this season's chilli reds

No floor space for a sideboard in the dining room? Wall mount slim storage units instead.

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Add a vibrant feature wallpaper to your contemporary dining room

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Friday’s Fetish: Autumn impressions

September 24, 2010

If you’ve stepped on a crunchy leaf, it means it’s Autumn! No longer am I longing for hot sunny weekends, I’m now embracing the snuggley, cosiness of the Autumn months when the sun’s still shining, but your cheeks and nose are chilly, and where you are surrounded by the beautiful colours of nature… don’t I sound profound!?

This season, the decorating world is ready for rich shades of hedgerow fruit and leafy woodlands will be captured on watercolour fabrics and artisan ceramics. Just add warming wools and painted furniture for a free-spirited bohemian look.

See for yourself with these stunning country-style schemes

Use painterly fabrics in the latest shades for curtains. Team with homespun-style accessories for an easy-to-live-with living room.


roomenvy - colourful living room decorating idea

roomenvy - colourful living room decorating idea


Mix and match colourful painted chairs, rustic crockery and pressed glass to create an eclectic country-kitchen look.


roomenvy - autumnal country kitchen

roomenvy - autumnal country kitchen


Snuggle up by the fire with a cosy chair and punchy floral upholstery and soft furnishings.


roomenvy - cosy living room fireplace

roomenvy - cosy living room fireplace



roomenvy - harvest festival dining room

roomenvy - harvest festival dining room


Grey painted bedroom furniture works beautifully with bedlinen in subtle floral fabrics.


roomenvy - autumn bedroom design

roomenvy - autumn bedroom design



roomenvy - country-style laundry room

roomenvy - country-style laundry room


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