Posts Tagged ‘kitchen design ideas’

Can I come in? 16th Century country cottage

November 4, 2010

Now I love the story of Hansel and Gretel at the best of times, but could I live in their home? Could you?? Well I am in the mood for chocolate and sweets, and I am on the hunt for a cosy country-cottage home, so maybe I should!

The classic kitchen scheme is in keeping with the rest of the house…

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Ah the token Halloween pumpkins, I miss them already!

Plain walls make the perfect backdrop for this opulent French-style bed…

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Let a glamorous bed take centre-stage in a country-style bedroom

Eastern-inspired fabrics create a cosy feel in this country cottage living room

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Transform attic space into a cosy country cottage living room

The exposed stone passageway leads to a modern garden room, and is built in reclaimed stone to match the rest of the country cottage.

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Stone walls set the scene in this rustic country-cottage hallway

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Summer of Love: top 3 kitchens

September 14, 2010

Kitchens are the heart of the home, so I’ve made it my mission to find three schemes that truly deserve a place in my Summer of Love series.

But with so many to choose from it’s taken me AGES to whittle it down to a top 3. Hopefully, these little beauties won’t disappoint…

1) This country kitchen is a worthy contender for the Summer of Love title. Colourful tiles add warmth to the exposed brick walls while cream-painted panels keep the scheme fresh. I love the overhead hanging rack, too. It gives the room a wonderful lived-in feel.

Country kitchen - Summer of Love - Roomenvy

Country kitchen - Summer of Love - Roomenvy

2) The next kitchen is packed full of English charm. Vintage accessories in blue and cream work well against the range cooker, while detailed tiles give it a traditional feel. Blackboards positioned above the work surfaces are perfect for jotting down shopping lists and reminders.

Summer of Love - Best kitchens - Roomenvy

Summer of Love - Best kitchens - Roomenvy

3) The last kitchen from Livingetc has a more contemporary vibe with stainless steel units, bright pops of colour and wooden flooring. Stools grouped around the island unit provide a handy place to sit and chat, and the overhead chrome hanging rack is a great space-saver.

Summer of Love - best kitchens - Roomenvy

Summer of Love - best kitchens - Roomenvy

See which other schemes made it into our Summer of Love series and for more kitchen inspiration check out Livingetc and Housetohome.

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Kitchen ideas on a budget

June 24, 2010

I know, I know, no one wants to here the word ‘budget’ at the moment, but when it looks this pretty (I’m not going to attempt to compare it to George Osborne) then it’s definitely worth the initial groan.

This super-funky kitchen was updated for less than £140! It’s all in the colourful accessories, and ‘designer-chic for less’ statement furniture pieces.

Decorating top tip: Break the colour rules and combine hot pink with lipstick red – against white almost any colour mix goes.

roomenvy - rainbow brights kitchen

roomenvy - rainbow brights kitchen

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Kitchen design ideas – the good, the bad, the ugly

June 16, 2010

Phew… this is a serious chase of monochrome OVERBOARD. The kitchen cabinets, the floor – even the appliances are black and white. Not to mention the clutter. How does anyone cook in here?

And what are those weird creatures on the wallpaper border??

Roomenvy - Monochrome kitchen - uglyhousephotos.com

Roomenvy - Monochrome kitchen - uglyhousephotos.com

Now this more like it – simple, sophisticated and uncluttered. The kitchen peninsula has storage on both sides so tableware can be easily reached from the dining table. Add a shot of colour to the scheme with a fun tablecloth

Roomenvy - Sophisticated kitchen - Housetohome.co.uk

Roomenvy - Sophisticated kitchen - Housetohome.co.uk

Argh! Just when I thought I was back on safe ground another bizarre kitchen reared it’s ugly head…

Roomenvy - bizarre kitchen - Housetohome.co.uk

Roomenvy - bizarre kitchen - Housetohome.co.uk

As much as it horrifies me, I kind of ENJOY the horror. Check out more weird and wonderful kitchens here, and if those ugly kitchens got you giggling visit uglyhousephotos.com.

Can I come in? Brighton house tour

June 15, 2010

If I told you I’d hunted through skips to decorate my house what would you think?

WRONG. This little beauty has been lovingly restored on a tight budget. 90% of the flooring was reclaimed from skips;  cupboards were transformed into sleek kitchen units; and old doors were used to make headboards.

The result? A spacious, characterful family home peppered with one-off wonders and treasured possessions.

Roomenvy - blackboard paint kitchen - livingetc.com

Roomenvy - blackboard paint kitchen - livingetc.com

Roomenvy - door headboard - livingetc.com

Roomenvy - door headboard - livingetc.com

Can’t believe your eyes? Check out more pics of this stunning Brighton renovation in Livingetc’s house tour.

Kitchen design ideas from the movies

June 9, 2010

Anyone recognise this GORGEOUS kitchen? From the moment I saw It’s Complicated I knew I was in love … and it wasn’t with Alec Baldwin, I’m afraid, it was with this kitchen. In fact, this may even have been my favourite thing about the film! Thankfully, Silverscreensurroundings and Remodelista were here to help, thanks guys – I really felt like staring at something pretty this morning!

I love the mix between the rustic tableware and linens teamed with industrial-chic pendant lighting. Above all, you can tell that this is the ultimate ‘cook’s kitchen‘ with practical storage, bags of surface space, and a breakfast bar (plus dining area) close by so that they can chat to their guests while serving up a storm. (But no more cheesy and romantic croissant making between Meryl Streep and Steve Martin, please!)

roomenvy - It's Complicated kitchen

roomenvy - It's Complicated kitchen

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Victorian terrace décor – colour me happy!

June 9, 2010

Oh another day, another home to fall in love with. Today’s crush is the beautiful and colourful Victorian terrace decor of this textile designer’s home.

If you promise to be extra quiet, I’ll sneak you in the side door to take a look around … but be warned there are enough beautiful soft furnishings to make your mouth water; enough quirky touches to make your tummy flip; and a conservatory that’ll make you look at your living room and sigh! (Or was that just me!)

Enjoy!

This colourful open-plan kitchen-diner is packed with personality and is the perfect space to hang out with the family.

roomenvy - colourful accents kitchen-diner

roomenvy - colourful accents kitchen-diner

Now that’s one way of catching up on the family’s news! I love this dining room white board idea. It allows the kids and adults keep up to date with what’s going on in the week.

roomenvy - personalised dining room

roomenvy - personalised dining room

This relaxed living room is so exotic! I love the jewel-toned furnishings and shimmering Eastern-inspired wallpaper in the alcoves. Heaven!

roomenvy - Eastern-inspired living room

roomenvy - Eastern-inspired living room

I’m a massive fan of livening up a neutral hallway, and the staircase is the best place to start! Check out this hallway stair runner – it’s definitely given the rainbow treatment.

roomenvy - colourful staircase hallway

roomenvy - colourful staircase hallway

This is roomenvy that I can’t even MEASURE! I love this domed conservatory, they’ve kept it white to maintain the feeling of spaciousness, but with zingy accents to liven up the look.

roomenvy - light and bright conservatory

roomenvy - light and bright conservatory

I love how this white bedroom is transformed with colourful bedding and a panel of wallpaper by the dressing area, to match. It’s so uplifting to me!

roomenvy - exotic bedroom

roomenvy - exotic bedroom

A teenage girls’ DREAM, this massive bespoke children’s bed just screams ‘sleepover’.

roomenvy - teenage girl's bedroom

roomenvy - teenage girl's bedroom

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Editor’s Envy: Beautiful Kitchens’ Ysanne Brooks

May 10, 2010

I’m always intrigued to see how the editors of interior design magazines decorate their homes, so I was so pleased when Ysanne Brooks, the editor of Beautiful Kitchens, agreed to chat to me about her dream kitchen … I knew it would be a glamorous one …

“Since I moved house last year I’ve been planning an overhaul of the kitchen… Sadly, it was all in my head as my husband had made me promise not to spend any more money! Then the great washing machine disaster of 2010 happened and I turned a negative into a positive.

Telling him sweetly not to blame himself, plumbing skills aren’t the be all and end all, I quietly remarked ‘well, now that the floor’s ruined we might as well rip it up and while we’re at it, the rest of the room looks a bit jaded…’ and I finally got to make my dreams for a new kitchen a reality.

I see lots of fabulous kitchens but the main inspiration for my new scheme was this painted design from Roundhouse. We’re featuring it in Beautiful Kitchens later this year and when I saw it I simply said ‘That’s my kitchen!’ I just love everything about it. The chic, dark and pale grey units in stunning Farrow & Ball shades, the stark white worktops and the cool mirrored splashbacks.

roomenvy - Beautiful Kitchens' Editor's dream kitchen

roomenvy - Beautiful Kitchens' Editor's dream kitchen

According to Ysanne, she’s now knee-deep in flooring choices, but I LOVE the way she turned a decorating mishap into a complete kitchen overhaul. Follow her journey at www.beautifulkitchens.wordpress.

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What’s your kitchen-diner style?

May 7, 2010

Decisions decisions! That’s the theme for this week, isn’t it? Well here’s another big one for you (admittedly not as ground-breaking as the elections) what is your kitchen-diner style? … well it’s important to us decorating addicts anyway – just don’t bring it up amid a political dinner party debate!

I love these designs from Homes & Gardens – swanky as ever, but chilled-out and relaxed, which is the way a kitchen-diner (and breakfasts in general) should be … in a perfect world.

Modern Victorian-style kitchen-diner – those copper pendant lights are just dreamy!

roomenvy - relaxed kitchen-diner

roomenvy - relaxed kitchen-diner

Soft and comfy kitchen-diner – I love the idea of a corner sofa around the table so everyone can sit and chat together.

roomenvy - pretty purple kitchen-diner

roomenvy - pretty purple kitchen-diner

Casual bistro kitchen-diner – a modern take on the country-style cafe curtain looks great above the comfy window seat.

roomenvy - monochrome kitchen-diner

roomenvy - monochrome kitchen-diner

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Contemporary kitchens – the girly way

May 5, 2010

Well it’s not often I take my eyes off the country-style kitchen prize, but I love this contemporary kitchen from Housetohome. It just goes to show that you can keep the scheme white and still add colour and accessories to give it a shot of personality.

Here’s how to get this look in an open-plan kitchen-diner.

1) Choose a statement kitchen wallpaper to define the kitchen area – if you get tired of it after a few years, you can always change the design to create a dramatic new look.

2) Pick out a colour from the wallpaper and add matching accessories like linens and kitchenware.

3) Go for minimalist dining furniture so the wallpaper takes centre stage. I love these Kartell Louis Ghost chairs by Philippe Stark, they’re perfect for this contemporary cool kitchen.

roomenvy - pretty in pink kitchen

roomenvy - pretty in pink kitchen

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