Posts Tagged ‘Living room’

Winning combination

August 8, 2012

I’m hoping that you’re not too bored with the Olympics as I couldn’t resist showing you this patriotic living room. Pretty yet punk-inspired – a combination that shouldn’t work, yet it does. There are so many ways to display the Union Jack, from cushions and artwork to rugs and wallpaper, but this wallhanging does the job perfectly. Inspiring.


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.


Who needs summer?

April 27, 2012

They keep telling us summer’s round the corner but do we believe ’em? No! To be honest, I don’t mind the lack of sunshine and constant rain as it just gives me good reason to keep lighting the fire. There’s nothing quite like the sight, sound and smell of crackling logs for creating a cosy feel in a living room.

Seán O

Keep the home fire burning...

Tis the season!

December 14, 2011

How many times so far this year have you heard ‘Got the spirit yet?’ The answer is almost always ‘no’ but do you know what, I’ve got the Xmas spirit. Maybe it’s the result of going to the Christmas party yesterday afternoon but I’m more than happy to indulge myself with mince pies and carols – and festive images like these only add to the mood. Have you got the Xmas spirit yet? Answers on a postcard please – or just give me some feedback!

A touch of Scandinavian...

...or reds in abundance


Wall of fame

December 12, 2011

Wallpaper has never been so popular. From stripes and metallics to bold damasks and florals, there’s been a real surge in sales and, it seems, creativeness, as more and more innovative designs hit the shops. If you’re not a wallpaper fan and don’t like the idea of one feature wall, let alone covering all four, why not try using wallpaper in a different way? You could, for example, display paper within a frame, or cover a canvas or three to hang on the walls? Or, why not paper above a picture rail, or the back of a bookshelf? The options are endless.

Here are three unique looks, all of which appeal to me for different reasons…

You only need a small panel of this Marilyn paper (£19.95 a roll, Galerie Wallcoverings) to make a statement and add a hit of pure Hollywood glamour. I love the black-and-white print, and teamed with grey walls and bright yellow accessories, it certainly stands out.

This wallpaper (the Camilla collection, from £20.95 a roll, Grandeco Wallcoverings) has a dramatic red floral print that adds colour and depth to a large expanse of wall and works beautifully in this traditional setting. What better way to make a high-ceilinged room feel more cosy?

This Scandi-style room uses textured-look wallpaper  (Livingstones Collection, from £25.95 a roll, Grandeco Wallcoverings) that instead of catching the eye, works well to blend in with the neutral colour scheme.

Which of the three looks would you go for?  Let us know…


Colour clash!

October 24, 2011

It’s that time again. We’ve got the paint swatches out in readiness for a living room makeover and there’s bad feeling in the air. The room’s desperately in need of a facelift and frankly, anything would be an improvement. But my wife’s insisting on coordinating it to the max – which basically seems to mean play safe and go for subtle shades. Whereas I say be brave and choose a paint colour or wallpaper design in the same way we do a piece of furniture, because we love it for itself. Be loud, be proud! Check out these pics and tell me which way you lean.

Incredibly cool or downright colourless?

Good impression or tasteless tat?

On second thoughts, maybe my wife has a point…

Seán O

Heating up

September 20, 2011

Having just returned from a week in sunnier climes, it seems somehow wrong to be talking about the winter. However, the English weather would suggest otherwise and as I’ve already begun to think about digging out our thick woolly throws, warming blankets and cosy fleece socks, this room’s fire has me thinking about woodburning stoves and the like.

I can just  imagine sitting myself in front of this fire on a cold wintery day – not that I’m wishing away any hint of the sun, you understand? The large inglenook adds such a lovely traditional touch, and the patterned fabric adds warmth and vibrancy to even the dullest of days. You can see more on this house by visiting the house tours section on 25 Beautiful Homes at Housetohome

It’s got me thinking what sort of fire I might like myself. We’d love to hear from you about what type of fire you have and how much it gets used – do you have a modern, state-of-the-art-style, wall-hung fire that’s used more as decoration, or is a rip-roaring log burner more your style? On that note, I can’t help but fall in love with these models from Vesta Stoves, that come in 25 different colours – perfect if you love to colour co-ordinate like me!


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

Feature wall envy

May 2, 2011

One more from Lucy’s style blog – we love this feature wall with a show-stopping display of framed art. The television blends in almost seamlessly, which is quite a neat trick!

feature wall art display

Fabulous framing

The lovely image is from design blog The Design Files. Add it to your growing list of interior design blogs, including Lucy Likes It and Housetohome, and you shall never want for interior inspiration again…

Style Crush

April 15, 2011

Wow, there is a whole-lotta awesome going on in this room.

Style by Emily Henderson for Oh Joy

Quirky, fun, stylish, vibrant.

This caught my eye over on the Style by Emily Henderson blog, where stylist and interior designer Emily Henderson posts behind the scenes and finished-product shots of projects featured on her television program, ‘Secrets from a Stylist’ (aired in the US). For those of us that can’t watch the program, there’s plenty to love on her blog, or check out her work on Apartment Therapy.