Posts Tagged ‘living rooms’

Would you dare to bare?

March 14, 2012

I’m talking floorboards, of course. If you’re doing a spring revamp of a downstairs room, this is the time of year when it seems to make sense to pull up your Axminster and go au naturel.  Yes carpets are cosy and provide flexible colour choices, but floorboards add character, are easier to clean (so better for allergies) and apparently add value to a property. Ok, so you probably need a rug to warm up the room, but check out these schemes from 25BH and see what you think.

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Bookcases – read all about ’em!

February 27, 2012

‘Always finish what you start’ is what they say. I don’t agree. Homemaking is the so-called work in progress, isn’t it. Always adding, removing or updating things to create your latest little triumph. Our latest addition is a good, solid Laura Ashley bookcase that’ll probably outlast us. A home’s not a home without books – they reveal as much about the owner as any decor does (in my case, that I’m a music nut). If you’re still unconvinced, look up the bookcase guide on House to Home. It’s a page turner…

Seán O

For stairs, read bookcase

 

 

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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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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…

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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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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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Friday’s fetish: woodland-inspired decorating

October 22, 2010

Thought I’d give you all a break from my Christmas decorating looks on the high street addiction. I’m not the biggest fan of getting really excited about something and realising I have to wait 3 MONTHS for it, so I think it’s best I end the week inspired by something that is a bit more current.

Country Homes & Interiors‘ latest decorating trend is all about taking cue from the Autumn forest with its turning leaves (although the closest tree to my home in London is a mug tree) and abundant wildlife and creating your won cosy nest in rich, warming colours.

Check out these beautiful schemes.

Combine a plain sofa with an armchair in a tree-print fabric for an informal snug-style living room. Add a selection of cushions in different fabrics and a rug in a bold design.

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Country-style living room from Country Homes & Interiors

Dress a French-style bed in crisp linen, smart stripes and cosy throws. Bring in the woodland element with curtains and scatter-cushions in embroidered leaf, tree and animal designs.

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Rustic, woodland-inspired bedroom design idea from Country Homes & Interiors

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Colourful nature-inspired hallway decorating idea from Country Homes & Interiors

Make a wooden-topped Gustavian-style table the centrepiece of a dining room using teal as the accent colour, dress chairs in loose covers, and of course, choose a fabric in a warm Autumnal pattern.

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Elegant country-style dining room design from Country Homes & Interiors

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How to make your TV disappear – POOF!

October 14, 2010

I love snuggling up to watch a marathon of movies, especially around Christmas and New Year, trouble is, sometimes the ‘ultimate TV’ just doesn’t go! For me it’s like buying a pair of shoes a size too small that you could only walk in on crutches, but that ultimately look better – a TV is a practical buy in my house… and I live in fear of a boyfriend bringing in a giant jet black monster of one.

However, I really enjoyed listening to Marks & Spencer‘s decorator extraordinaire Sally chatting about how to incorporate a TV in your living room. Job 1) Chuck out old black 1990s-style TV (I can describe TVs in the same way I can describe cars) in favour of a lighter flat screen!

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Can I come in? John Mayer’s New York pad

October 11, 2010

I imagine I feel about as inspired by John Mayer‘s home as Jennifer Aniston feels about his relationship skills. I was expecting it to have a little bit more personality and warmth, but instead it seems he’s paid the Armani Casa design team to create a grown up pad which although contains absolutely STUNNING furniture pieces and furnishings, doesn’t really say much about the musician, himself.

Am I being too harsh?

Check out Apartment Therapy for more pictures of his home, as featured in Elle Decor.

 

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bedroom | bedroom design idea | celebrity home | John Mayer Elle Decor

 

 

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dining room | dining room decorating ideas | celebrity home | John Mayer Elle Decor

 

 

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living room | living room decorating ideas | celebrity home | John Mayer Elle Decor

 

This is my favourite room in the home… mainly because of the funky picture gallery, and, let’s face it, the guitars!!

 

Music room | celebrity home | John Mayer Elle Decor

Music room | celebrity home | John Mayer Elle Decor

 

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