Posts Tagged ‘floral’

Behind closed doors…

June 11, 2012

I know we feature houses of all shapes and sizes – we don’t discriminate here at 25 Beautiful Homes – but there’s something particularly pleasing to see that an unassuming exterior can hide the proverbial Englishman’s castle (or Welsh, Scots or Irish, for that matter!). The homes that provide BH readers with most inspiration aren’t necessarily those that are packed full of quirky features or expensive ‘objet’ but rather places that reflect the owners’ personalities and which work as a whole. For example 1930s semis tend to appear rather staid from the outside, but step through the door of this one and you definitely get a feeling this is a place that’s been put together lovingly – with knick-knacks and mementos that have a special sentiment. Like it? Why not take the full house tour?

Have you got a house – big or small – that you think could grace our pages? We’d love to see it! Just email a selection of room pics to me at sean_o’connell@ipcmedia.com

Seán O

The devil is in the detail…

Call it creative clutter…

Wall of fame

December 12, 2011

Wallpaper has never been so popular. From stripes and metallics to bold damasks and florals, there’s been a real surge in sales and, it seems, creativeness, as more and more innovative designs hit the shops. If you’re not a wallpaper fan and don’t like the idea of one feature wall, let alone covering all four, why not try using wallpaper in a different way? You could, for example, display paper within a frame, or cover a canvas or three to hang on the walls? Or, why not paper above a picture rail, or the back of a bookshelf? The options are endless.

Here are three unique looks, all of which appeal to me for different reasons…

You only need a small panel of this Marilyn paper (£19.95 a roll, Galerie Wallcoverings) to make a statement and add a hit of pure Hollywood glamour. I love the black-and-white print, and teamed with grey walls and bright yellow accessories, it certainly stands out.

This wallpaper (the Camilla collection, from £20.95 a roll, Grandeco Wallcoverings) has a dramatic red floral print that adds colour and depth to a large expanse of wall and works beautifully in this traditional setting. What better way to make a high-ceilinged room feel more cosy?

This Scandi-style room uses textured-look wallpaper  (Livingstones Collection, from £25.95 a roll, Grandeco Wallcoverings) that instead of catching the eye, works well to blend in with the neutral colour scheme.

Which of the three looks would you go for?  Let us know…

Laurie

Bank holiday lust: Ditsy florals

August 26, 2010

Thinking about redecorating over the bank holiday? Sweet small-scale flower designs are huge this season, so why not create a country look with pretty chintzy patterns?

All you need is a little imagination (courtesy of Country Homes & Interiors), a sprinkling of 1950s florals and a hint of nostalgia…

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Mini-prints, pink 1950s florals and bright graphics on cushions make for a homely corner when piled on a daybed.

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Working from home over the bank holiday? Create a cheerful workstation with a collection of floral box files and notebooks.

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

A tied headboard and layers of cushions, pillows and quilts create the perfect look in the bedroom.

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Ditsy florals - Country Homes & Interiors - Roomenvy

Cute, cute, cute! I love this cottage-style curtain. Simply tie in place with ribbon for an informal way to hide clutter. Complete the look with a bunch of fresh flowers.

So there you have it – ditzy florals in a nutshell. For more inspirational country schemes check out Housetohome.co.uk.

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Lunchtime lust: Paintbox florals

August 23, 2010

Capture summer’s brightest trend and bring florals up to date with vivid, hand-drawn-style blooms used in unexpected ways.

I love the pop-art shades and floral flashes in the September issue of Livingetc. Forget fussy, feminine prints – these bad boys have attitude…

Spray of flowers - Livingetc - Roomenvy

Spray of flowers - Livingetc - Roomenvy

For a grown-up alternative to stickers, have a floral design graffitied onto a wall. It allows you to choose your own design, shape and colours, such as on-trend fluorescent pink and charcoal grey .

Shades of pop art - Livingetc - Roomenvy

Shades of pop art - Livingetc - Roomenvy

Make floral lamp shades more feisty than fussy by going big on scale with giant drums and large screen-printed flowers in rich colours. Flex dyed in a zingy shade adds to the attitude.

Floral flash - Livingetc - Roomenvy

Floral flash - Livingetc - Roomenvy

No time to decorate? Simply lay an oilcoth over a table for an instant – and easily changeble – swathe of vibrant blooms. For a personal feel, have the fabric of your choice made into an oil cloth.

Need more decorating ideas? Visit Livingetc for hundreds of inspirational schemes.

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Decorating inspiration – petal pinks

May 30, 2010

I love these decorating ideas from Housetohome – little floral flourishes can look really pretty in an otherwise neutral space. I would suggest using them as accents though, to keep husbands’ stress levels to a minimum.

Make the bed the focus with a panel of fabric framed with a bold border.

roomenvy - flower power bedroom

roomenvy - flower power bedroom

Pick a mix of pink shades for the alcoves to create eye-catching storage. Here, they’ve used dark raspberry, mid-toned bubblegum and a light blossom.

Blossom accessories, prints and fauz flowers really tie this living room together.

roomenvy - cherry blossom living room

roomenvy - cherry blossom living room

Take the look from girly to glam with a white crystal-droplet chandelier, as seen in this dining room.

roomenvy - rosy dining room

roomenvy - rosy dining room

And my inspiration for this post? I’m going to see Sex and the City 2 tomorrow, and this is one of my all-time FAVOURITE Carrie Bradshaw dresses!

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Country-style decorating idea – vintage florals

May 7, 2010

I found some really pretty ways to decorate with florals in the May issue of Country Homes & Interiors. They’re perfect for adding a touch of country charm to your space, without breaking the bank (… or actually buying a house in the country!)

Find inspiration with these beauties …

Liven up a bed with colourful throws and beautiful floral scatter cushions.

roomenvy - country cushions bedroom

roomenvy - country cushions bedroom

Be inspired by your surroundings! You can actually make this pretty apron – click here for a Saturday afternoon of crafting!

roomenvy - garden room

roomenvy - garden room

I want to be the girl with a floral shopping trolley, but I’m not sure my impromptu trips to Tesco could pull it off?

roomenvy - blooming good wallpaper

roomenvy - blooming good wallpaper

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to Del.icio.usAdd to StumbleuponAdd to RedditAdd to BlinklistAdd to TwitterAdd to TechnoratiAdd to Yahoo BuzzAdd to Newsvine

Friday’s Fetish: fresh spring florals

March 12, 2010

Im saying goodbye to winter, and I don’t care how frosty my fingers are, or how I appreciate even a second-long glimspe of sunshine, it’s time to start a new season afresh!

Spring florals look just as good indoors as out, and are really easy to live with. Don’t go too crazy though. Decide on a feature wallpaper, a window treatment or furniture fabric, then pick out one or two colours from the pattern and use these as accents in your room. Hey presto!

roomenvy - lemon and plum living room

roomenvy - lemon and plum living room

This fruity living room is certainly eye-popping. I love how the blooms climb up the walls and how the key colours stand out.

Roomenvy - green and blue kitchen-diner

Roomenvy - green and blue kitchen-diner

This is a softer look, and perhaps a bit easier to live with, the washed-out blue and green floral fabrics give this kitchen-diner a really fresh feel.

SNEAK PEAK!! Marks & Spencer’s new collection

November 10, 2009

Just when I had allowed myself to get excited about Christmas decorating (however premature that might be) I was invited to see get a sneak peak at Marks & Spencer’s spring/summer 2010 homeware collection – and it would be rude to keep it to myself!

However frightening it was to think about summer in the garden at the same time as I was thinking about all those mince pies, I was so excited to see their gorgeous new patterned cushions and tropically bright tableware.

You’ll have to wait til next year to get your hands on these beauties but prepare yourself for florals, florals and … more florals.

roomenvy - bedroom in bloom

roomenvy - bedroom in bloom

roomenvy - dining table flower power

roomenvy - dining table flower power

I thought I’d spare you the alfresco dining shots – in a season of darkness at 5pm, that’s just cruel!

The ultimate accessory

October 12, 2009

I’m having fun asking myself the ‘who lives in a house like this’ question when I look at new rooms on the web. At first I predicted this house on Livingetc belonged to a glamorous French poet or eccentric travel writer, but it turns out it belongs to ultra-chic handbag designer, Lulu Guinness.

In hindsight it is everything I’d expect – it’s girly, it’s pretty … and, well, it fits more than just a lipstick and a bunch of house keys! It’s packed with gorgeous accessories and glamorous finishing touches, if only you could take it out dancing!

roomenvy - pretty in pink living room

roomenvy - pretty in pink living room

roomenvy - ditsy florals bedroom

roomenvy - ditsy florals bedroom

roomenvy - Parisien-chic kitchen splashback

roomenvy - Parisien-chic kitchen splashback

I would love to recreate the flower mural behind her bed, let me at those stencils!

Want to see more? Take a virtual tour around Lulu’s gorgeous house on Livingetc.com.

English-garden style

April 14, 2009

I don’t know about you, but this look makes me long for Summer that little bit more. I love the oversized curtain print in fresh apple green and the smart botanical accessories. Don’t want to go overboard? Balance the garden greens with neutral upholstery and chunky dark-wood furniture.

Find out more about this living room

living room

living room