Posts Tagged ‘Have a look at hallways’

Best Hallway 2010 – And the winner is…

January 13, 2011

“Hello. Welcome home!” Is what this vibrant and functional hallway would say if it could talk, which is why it’s my FAVE hallway of 2010.

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We're green with envy over this gorgeous hallway

Hallways are meant to be welcoming and inviting; they’re the first ‘room’ we experience when we come home and the last we visit as we leave our cherrished abodes. But more often than not hallways are neglected areas that are dumping grounds for shoes, coats, keys and post we’re avoiding.

Take a (green) leaf out of this example and be clever with your clutter and your space. I LOVE the verdant green teamed with a variety of natural wood tones and textures – ultra-tactile.

A major plus point for this hallway is the office cabinet. Who’d have thought a mini office area could work in a hallway? Especially one that features a bright green office cabinet. But marrying green accessories (the flowers, vase and objects on the wooden shelves) and homemade labels on the cabinet tie up the style nicely.

How to get this Christmas hallway look

December 1, 2010

I love this simple yet stylish Christmas hallway look.

1) Place a cute mini wreath over the mirror for an instant festive update.

2) Fill a cake stand piled with small parcels – you’ll get extra brownie points from your guests.

3) Keep Christmas gifts at the ready in rustic wicker storage baskets.

4) Cover up the (I don’t want to say ugly) base of the Christmas tree covered in simple brown paper

Festive hallway

Festive hallway

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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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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.

Hallway decorating ideas on a shoestring

January 14, 2010

Why is it that the tighter my monthly budget (silly January) the more I look for ways to decorate my home? It’s the whole ‘I’m unhappy about how much I’ve overspent, so I really should buy a new outfit to cheer me up’ scenario!

Luckily allaboutyou have some great budget decorating ideas. In fact, this hallway update will cost you under ¬£300. Now you could use this money to buy a new dress … or make an fabulous entrance in another way!!

Check out how they transform a hallway from this ….

roomenvy - dark and gloomy hallway

roomenvy - dark and gloomy hallway

to this …

roomenvy - pretty blue wallpaper hallway

roomenvy - pretty blue wallpaper hallway

Hey presto!

Friday’s Fetish: Shelving ideas for books

December 4, 2009

I never thought that the crumpled ‘latest read’ stuffed into my bag could become part of a style statement in my home, but looking at these fab shelving ideas from housetohome, maybe it has more purpose than to entertain me on my commute?

So go on, let your books take centre stage!

roomenvy - two rooms for the price of one

roomenvy - two rooms for the price of one

Don’t let any nook or cranny go to waste!

roomenvy - hallway book shelving idea

roomenvy - hallway book shelving idea

Christmas hallways – my favourite 5

December 3, 2009

If you’re inviting your friends and family over for the Christmas period you’ll want to make as festive an entrance as possible!

With the Christmas dining room planned – and with only a lowly advent calendar propped on my console table to symbolise the festivities – i’m turning my head to Christmas hallway ideas for inspiration.

I’m in lust with this chandelier from Roast Designs – it looks like a bunch of oversized baubles! p.s Credit to the family for wrapping all the presents in the same way!

roomenvy - accents of pink Christmas hallway

roomenvy - accents of pink Christmas hallway

Add festive charm to your hallway console table with a mini Christmas tree and wreath. Line a cakestand with mini Christmas boxes filled with sweets, to hand out to your guests.

roomenvy - Christmas touches hallway console table

roomenvy - Christmas touches hallway console table

This is a really classic Christmas decorating scheme. Line leafy garlands of eucalyptus along the rail and add emphasis to a chandelier with oversized baubles.

roomenvy - classically golden Christmas hallway

roomenvy - classically golden Christmas hallway

Going for a more subtle festive look? Take inspiration from the founder of Maison‘s stylish home and add sparkle to your hallway table with shimmering Christmas accessories.

roomenvy - French country-style meets Scandinavian chic hallway

roomenvy - French country-style meets Scandinavian chic hallway

My personal favourite. A cute festive hallway filled with a leafy garland mixed with red ribbons and decorations, and hooks to hang up all those ‘mind-of-their-own’ Christmas cards!

roomenvy - green and red Christmas hallway

roomenvy - green and red Christmas hallway

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

Can’t wait for new Twilight movie?

October 7, 2009

Is anyone else as HUNGRY for the new Twilight movie/Robert Patterson as me? (Hungry enough to drink blood might be pushing it, but hungry I indeed am!) Well I just cannot wait til November, but luckily Design Tavern has enough to whett my appetite this morning, with pictures of the real life Cullen House! Now you can create the look yourself … perhaps not the location though (not so practical!) – oh if only the gorgeous Robert came with it.

Thank you so much Design Tavern!

roomenvy - Twilight - Cullen House

roomenvy - Twilight - Cullen House

… and not a moat in sight!

roomenvy - Twilight - Cullen House

roomenvy - Twilight - Cullen House

Where Robert Pattinson relaxes after a long hard day (… yum!)

roomenvy - Twilight - Cullen House hallway

roomenvy - Twilight - Cullen House hallway

Not the house to walk around in your underwear!

roomenvy - Twilight - Cullen House living room

roomenvy - Twilight - Cullen House living room

I just LOVE that oversized floor lamp

All in all, I really like this house, but I think it looks much better with Robert Pattinson in it. I don’t think I could handle being that exposed (so many windows), plus climbing all those trees to get to it might start to become a bit of a nuisance.

Something to chalk about

August 21, 2009

Thanks for your comments on the ‘back to school’ home office idea! I followed Vivian’s advice and headed straight to Martha Stewart‘s website for some handy ways to use chalkboard paint. Then I got a bit carried away, trying to see what other cool chalkboard ideas I could find …

I really liked The Style Files‘ chalkboard ideas for kids bedrooms – what a fab way to get them to personalise their space (hopefully it’ll distract them from moving onto the walls!)

room envy - kids room

room envy - kids room

Plus, this next chalkboard idea from housetohome takes the term ‘shopping list’ to a whole new level (I’m not even sure there’s room for all my weekend’s errands though, groan!)

roomenvy - chalkboard 'things to do' list

roomenvy - chalkboard 'things to do' list

I also love this organised hallway idea – each family member gets their own chalk memo board, for photos, reminders … or funny notes to each other. Keep it clean people!

roomenvy - super organised hallway

roomenvy - super organised hallway

If you find any other great ideas be sure to let me know!