Posts Tagged ‘kitchen’

We’re loving grey

August 15, 2012

What used to be a neither here-nor-there colour, grey has taken off and become very much the new black for 2012. It works particularly well, I think, in the kitchen, where it can be teamed with paler shades for a more neutral scheme, black for an air of sophistication, or something more vibrant, such as lime or red, to liven it up.

This new Argento kitchen from Underwood has been hand-painted in shades ranging from gunmetal to soft grey, with Cosmic Black granite worktops and a solid walnut table and bench seating. Beautiful.



Summer paradise

July 24, 2012

Finally the sun has made an appearance, so we thought what better way to celebrate than to show you some fabulous ways of combining your indoor and outdoor areas. Make the most of the summer by incorporating big expanses of glass that will let the light pour in – you’ll feel as though you’re outside whist carrying out daily chores, too…

We love the way this seasonal bright blue shade has been used both inside and out – on cushions, wallpaper and a rug – linking both areas together.

Here, folding doors open wide to let the sunshine in, with a wooden dining table echoing the timber door frames.

In this kitchen, floor-to-ceiling glass provides a picture-perfect view of the exterior.

Fling open your doors to the garden and make the outside an extension of your home.


Cooking up a cosy kitchen

June 1, 2012

I’m always harping on about the need to make rooms look homely – and I’m not just talking living rooms. If the kitchen is what most of us regard as the heart of the home, why not cosy it up? Lots of books – and not just cookery – are a great thing. Even adding those darned (or not darned) cushions like those in the pic makes it a more welcoming place. And don’t you just love those chairs!

Seán O

The perfect ingredients for a homely kitchen…


Hard-edged kitchen – with a soft centre

May 14, 2012

We all like a kitchen diner that’s the heart of the home (well, don’t we?) and here at 25BH we’re seeing more and more, but it’s good to see a refreshing approach to this concept. This one has an industrial feel, complete with exposed metal RSJs (girders to me and you), but significant touches soften up the starkness: coloured chairs, wood-faced units and art on the wall. For more of the same, click on contemporary kitchens.
Seán O

Industrial feel that’s easy on the eye


Summer dreaming

May 2, 2012

With a few of my friends having emigrated in the last few years, and continual photos of sunnier climbs to make me jealous, it’s got me thinking about how I can make the most of our garden for when the sunshine finally arrives in the UK. Mine may not necessarily be the most scenic of gardens – it doesn’t back onto fields or woods, nor does it have outstanding views of the ocean or beach – however, it’s a good size and, most importantly, all mine. So here’s what I’d like to do…

I’d love a conservatory or extension, so that I can enjoy the whole indoors-outdoors space.

I’d also like some decking, with different levels and a seating area for those warm, balmy nights (that I’m SURE are on their way!)


Pretty in pink

February 24, 2012

It’s my birthday today. And although it comes as no surprise to me, there has been a definite theme amongst my loved ones for cards and presents…  PINK! As a girlie girl, I just can’t get enough, and so today’s blog is dedicated to my favourite shade. From fuchsia to baby pink, magenta to bubblegum, why not add a splash of colour to your home in time for summer? Mix sugary pastels with soft dove grey, stronger magenta with red and purple, or vivid pink against a neutral palette of white. If you’ve got a hint of pink in  your home, I’d love to hear how you’ve used it.

Loving these flamingo-pink bar stools.




Breakfast bar blues

August 17, 2011

I love my kitchen. It’s big (always good), green (one of my favourite colours), and has a range cooker (win!). But, if there’s one more thing that would make my kitchen complete, it’s a breakfast bar. The room is almost split into two sections, with cabinets running round most of the walls (a quick drawing below gives you an idea of the layout of my kitchen), and no place lends itself as the right area for a breakfast bar.

Oh well, I’ll just swoon over what I’d like in an ideal world instead…

So pretty, so simple – I’m loving the tongue-and-groove and the rustic stools

The mix of classic touches (crook-style tap, pendant lights and stove-top kettle) with retro-style accents (metal stools and Fifties wall clock) is a winner in my book!

The metro tiles and, cool old weighting scales and mad bar stools make this room for me. Emily

Go crazy for colour

July 8, 2011

Much as most of us love a colourful room, it’s usually only the brave that will truly go all out, while the rest of us inject a splash here and there with an accessory or two and feel quite courageous with our efforts. That said, if you can experiment, colour can really help bring your home to life. The Jolly family’s home, featured in the August issue of 25 Beautiful Homes, is a vibrant example of how colour can transform a room.

Perfect pastels

Check out the pretty pastel stripes above the Aga and the hand-painted chairs – easy to do and oh-so-pretty.

Pretty in pink

Not for the faint-hearted, this bright fuchsia bedroom looks spectacular teamed with fresh white.

Fabulous flamingos

Those that know me will appreciate how much I love this room – I’m such a fan of flamingos and this bathroom, with its small hits of bright colour, makes me want to experiment with wall stickers as Alice Jolly has done here.

Bathed in blue

It just goes to show that a bathroom need never be boring again – and it’s not just tiles that can be used to create a colourful effect. Painting the bath and in-frame cupboard doors in the same shade of powdery blue really works well, and it’s easy to get matching accessories (think tiles, rugs and again, a wall sticker).

A jolly house for the Jolly family – we love it!


Cool for kids

July 4, 2011

Parents can never be cool, as far as kids are concerned, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create a home that’s hip and, er, happening (which I’m clearly not). The Williams’ home in 25BH August issue is light, modern and spacious – plus every space seems to have its own identity.

Best of all though, as far as I’m concerned, is their groovy (oh, per-lease!) Togo sofa from Ligne Roset. With one of these in the family room, our teenagers could invite friends round, stock up on snacks and a DVD and not be seen for the rest of the day – how cool is that?

Seán O

My kitchen scrapbook

May 25, 2011

I’ve just discovered a fun new tool on the Magnet kitchens web site. It’s called My Kitchen Scrapbook. It’s an easy way to gather together your favourite kitchen images and create a mood board for your dream kitchen.


My kitchen wish-list

That’s my dream kitchen mood board above! Lots of open shelving, pop colours and vintage accessories, please and thank-you. I uploaded lots of my own images (found on Design*Sponge and the Hindsvik blog, mainly) but you can also pick and choose from other people’s moodboards. Check it out, roomies!