Posts Tagged ‘home and garden’

Best Garden Designs 2010 – And the winner is…

January 19, 2011

Hey man! Chill out in this striking roof garden. A Studio 54-style backdrop, free-wheelin’ ferns (they just GROW!!), weather-worn decking, a 1950s white wicker chair, silver plant pots and windmills. It shouldn’t work, but it so does!

Best garden design | Contemporay garden | Modern roof garden | Room Envy

A secret garden of delight

Call me an old hippy, but I think some kind of greenery in your home is essential to your wellbeing. But with so many of us in flats a garden is unlikely. A garden design as clever as this one could work anywhere: a proper garden, roof terrace, balcony, a conservatory, or even as an indoor garden in the corner of room that has a lot of light.

And if you’re not green-fingered, don’t worry (I have black-fingers of death!), throw a few ferns in a pot or a spider plant, and watch them do their thing – they’re so low maintenance.

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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Chinese whispers: Oriental decorating trends

November 18, 2010

This may be an unofficial trend, but I’ve noticed a lot of Chinoiserie and Japonica on the home decorating front recently. Far more elegant than my usual Oriental tastes (such as late-night Chinese takeaways, and laughing at Japanese B-movies) this style always looks, well, beautiful. It’s certainly got timeless appeal (unlike my aforementioned far-eastern passtimes).

roomenvy - Oriental-influenced bedroom

roomenvy - Oriental-influenced bedroom

Jade green soft furnishings, black lacquered Chinese cabinets, a minimalistic four-poster and lashings of white – this bedroom look is crisp, clean and modern.

roomenvy - hand-painted Chinese wallpaper

roomenvy - hand-painted Chinese wallpaper

Inspired by nature, this opulent dressing room with its hand-painted wallpaper makes me want to get all dressed up and head to the opera… to see Madame Butterfly! Dark wood, a gilt-edged mirror and that amazing shade of jade. Homes & Gardens has literally turned me green with envy.

roomenvy - Modern Oriental bedroom

roomenvy - Modern Oriental bedroom

Even when it’s pared-down, the embroidered cherry blossom motif on this Pied a Terre bed linen from House of Fraser endows this bedroom with pure sophistication. Shuttered windows, vibrant silk cushions, fan detailing… I’m all a-flutter!

While I’m recovering from my latest bout of design lust, you can find more decorating trends and inspiration at Housetohome

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All hands on (Christmas) decorations

November 15, 2010

I’ve been scouring the web for Christmas craft ideas to make festive decorating more personal this year… I may have to put my hands up, surrender, and become the latest recruit to the craft revolution, because I’ve discovered so many ideas I don’t know which to choose as my first project!

After much deliberation (Lloyd Grossman-era Masterchef style) I’ve pulled out my top three homemade craft ideas from Housetohome‘s extensive festive portfolio. And these ones won’t leave you with glue-coated hands or days-worth of attempting to scrub glitter off every exposed surface, including your hair…!

roomenvy - make your own christmas stocking

I don’t care how old you are, everyone should have a Christmas stocking by the living room fire. And maybe Santa will give you extra ‘nice’ points if you make your own (and the rest of the family’s) oversized traditional mini-gift carrier?

roomenvy - make Christmas gift vouchers more personal

roomenvy - make Christmas gift vouchers more personal

Ok, so you’ve run out of ideas and had to buy gift vouchers/ theatre tickets / any paper goods that can’t be wrapped. Oh, but they can! Personalise the ‘impersonal’ gift with these clever little present pouches. Reindeer friend optional (but recommended!)

roomenvy - wintry paper lanterns

roomenvy - wintry paper lanterns

LOVE these glowing paper lanterns – they have such a welcoming festive feel. All it takes to light garden path to the front door, or add a glow to your living room, is some paper bags, tealights and a hole punch. Who said Blue Peter?!

For more Christmas craft ideas, visit Housetohome.co.uk and keep your eyes peeled for extra tips at new super-seasonal blog, Home for Christmas.

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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.

white bedroom | bedroom design ideas | Livingetc | Roomenvy

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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