Posts Tagged ‘living room decorating ideas’

Friday’s Fetish: Breaking the rules!

January 7, 2011

If like me, you’re already fed up with new year resolutions and good intentions, then a little chic rule breaking is in order…

I can’t be bothered to detox – I don’t like the headaches – and forget all that clearing out the clutter, this year, I’m embracing it! You see, chucking out the rulebook and going against the grain is liberating. Which is why I HAVE to share with you these little gems of inspiration I saw in the January edition of Livingetc.

Bedroom with bright pinks, oranges and yellow | Bedroom decorating ideas | Room Envy

Never clash bright colours? No-way!

Bring on the brights! Sunshine shades of yellow, orange and fuchsia sings when used in blocks – not patterned – and is calmed with pale grey flooring, the odd black accent and natural wood and stone accessories.

Kitchen-diner with blue walls | Blue and green kitchen-diner | Kitchen decorating ideas | Room Envy

Brilliant blue and gorgeous green

Hmm, blue and green should never be seen, goes the maxim, but check out this picture! Drama, style and the perfect mix of contemporary traditional accessories make this dining room so inviting – anyone for a cuppa?

Lounge with dark grey paint and bold Toile-print wallpaper | Living room with workspace | Room Envy

Line drawing

Who says a fireplace defines a room? It doesn’t have to be the focal point – so passé! And zoning doesn’t have to be ordered either. I love the way this room is broken up with an off-centre charcoal grey – to define a work zone – and a totally contrasting bold Toile print for relaxing.

And what’s more, all this rule breaking is soooo on-trend for S/S 2011: bright blues and greens on eyes were all over the catwalk and clashing colour-block patterns and designs were also a major feature of all the big runway shows.

Friday’s Fetish: Decorating with wool

November 26, 2010

Must not talk about Christmas. Must. Not. Talk. About. Christmas. Well if I can’t talk about that, at least let me rabbit on about snuggley and cosy winter decorating ideas – it is almost -20 degrees outside. Ideal Home‘s got some great ideas on how to create a cosy winter retreat… wanna see?

Use fine worsted wools in a palette of greys for a calm, sophisticated bedroom scheme. Throw in a few accents of deep denim blue and use vintage wooden furniture to add warmth to the cool scheme.

bedroom | winter decorating ideas | decorating | Ideal Home | Roomenvy

Use cosy woollens to keep your bedroom warm and snuggley this winter

Pile in textured woollens and comforting neutrals to add a warm luxurious feel to your living room. Quirky wall art, sconces and ornaments give this living room look a quintessentially British nostalgic feel.

living room | winter decorating ideas | decorating | Ideal Home | Roomenvy

Cold weather? What cold weather? Wrap up to these snuggley living room decorating ideas

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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.

open-plan space | living room | dining room | Ideal Hoem | Roomenvy

How to organise an open-plan living room cum dining room

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Lunchtime Lust: luxe hotel-style decorating

November 22, 2010

No budget to go away this Christmas? Boyfriend not taking your ‘oh I wish I had the budget to go away this Christmas’ hints? Take matters into your own hands by creating the five-star feel in your own home.

Country-house hotel meets private-member’s club, this living room decorating look is all about relaxed sophistication. Go for a simple palette with just two or three colours, and finish with statement accessories in striking shapes.

calming living room |living room decorating ideas | Ideal Home

Get luxurious hotel style in your living room

For a restful bedroom that feels like a proper sanctuary, stick to cool blue, green and aqua with plenty of silver. Start with a shimmering metallic wallpaper, and echo the colours in your curtains and bed linen.

calming bedroom | bedroom design ideas | Ideal Home

Visit a swanky hotel-style boudoir without leaving the house

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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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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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Friday’s Fetish: Quirky country style

October 8, 2010

Back to ye olde Englishe roots (although it is always fun to dream about a celebrity lifestyle in Miami) I’ve found some pretty country decorating ideas from Ideal Home. They’re really getting me in the mood for a sunny weekend  – that’s right a sunny weekend??

Country style doesn’t have to be all about chintzes and pastels. Keep the look traditional with a brown leather sofa, wood-burning stove and a mix of ticking stripes and checks. I love the unexpected quirky details in this living room – that bird wallpaper is fantastic!

living room | living room design ideas | country decorating ideas | Ideal Home

living room | living room design ideas | country decorating ideas | Ideal Home

And if you’re going for elegant country cottage style, start with simple, hard-wearing basics like natural-fibre flooring, a large, sturdy dining table and  chairs wih removeable covers. Hang tonal wallpaper for soft, barely there colour, then add a few vintage-style accessories.

dining room | dining room decorating ideas | country decorating ideas | Ideal Home

dining room | dining room decorating ideas | country decorating ideas | Ideal Home

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Monochrome Mondays! Stripe not strike!

October 4, 2010

Why can’t answers to Monday’s questions be a little bit more black and white?? Q: How can I possibly get to work following the tube strike? A: By some sort of giant bird? Q: Do have the stomach for my Monday gym class as much as I had a stomach for a food-filled Saturday? A: Depends if there was a prize involved. Ultimately, the answers are baffling!

What will cheer me out from beneath a cup of coffee, though? Easy – whisk me away in beautiful monochrome decorating schemes, please!

Use wall space above your media unit to display photos – stick to black and white pics and frames for a coherent look.

living room design ideas for monochrome decorating fans - roomenvy

living room design ideas for monochrome decorating fans - roomenvy

This wallpaper is sure to give your space the ‘oh my WORD, WOW!’ factor!

wallpaper ideas for living rooms - roomenvy

wallpaper ideas for living rooms - roomenvy

Give your bedroom a designer edge with black on black wallpaper, velvet upholstery and a symmetrical layout.

bedroom design ideas - design your own bedroom - roomenvy

bedroom design ideas - design your own bedroom - roomenvy

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Lunchtime Lust: Made in Britain

September 28, 2010

Ah, well a bit of patriotism never goes amiss! I love these quirky buys, they’re a great way to add some British ‘umph’ to an other wise neutral scheme…

Shipping Forecast merino and cashmere blanket from Roam. Team with a striking black bed frame and crisp white linen.

roomenvy - British boudoir

roomenvy - British boudoir

No Parking sign from Adams of Rye. A cute little personal touch for an inspiring home office.

roomenvy - patriotic home office

roomenvy - patriotic home office

Cottage needlepoint cushion from RE. Mix and match quirky cushions for a lively living room you’ll love!

roomenvy - British living room

roomenvy - British living room

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Country-style decorating trend – monochrome

September 23, 2010

I love the monochrome look, but as country-style decorating girl, it can be difficult find a black-and-white decorating scheme that would suit the rest of my home – it’s sits pretty as a contemporary type of look.

However, Country Homes & Interiors has made me eat my ‘modern monochrome’ words! Black and white is getting a country twist this season on toiles and hand-blocked patterns. Yippeeeee! Be inspired by these beautiful schemes on how to get this classic colour palette in your home.

Mix small and large-scale designs with an upholstered headboard against a statement wallpaper…

roomenvy - statement wallpaper bedroom design

roomenvy - statement wallpaper bedroom design

Choose an elegant toile wallpaper and cushion fabrics and team with ticking cushions and a white linen sofa cover for a classic country look

roomenvy - monochrome ideas for decorating a living room

roomenvy - monochrome ideas for decorating a living room

Use a beautiful patterned carpet to define areas such as stairs. Keep the look up-to-date with decorative wall stickers

roomenvy - autumnal hallway decorating idea

roomenvy - autumnal hallway decorating idea

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