Posts Tagged ‘mirror’

Table Envy

April 18, 2012

Now I know that I showed you some great hallway examples not so long ago, but I couldn’t resist blogging about this little beauty. Taken from one of our upcoming homes in the June issue of 25 Beautiful Homes (on sale 3rd May – don’t miss it!), I think it’s a great example of how you can make the most of a small space.

There’s a real combination of styles here, but the ornate wooden console table really comes into its own set against such a neutral background.

Love it. Want it.


Dark and mysterious

April 12, 2012

Not all of us have the space to achieve a bedroom like this, but it’s a great example of how taking your time to really think about your scheme and what look you want to achieve can pay off.

I love the moody, dark tones of this room, with its elegantly draped curtains and period details. There’s just an air of grandeur about it, and the mirrors either side of the bed are a great way to bounce some light around if you have a small, dark room.


All in a theme

March 9, 2012

I recently helped a friend decorate her bedroom. Asking her for ideas as to what she wanted, all she could come up with was that she liked the colour purple – we decided to go down a Moroccan-inspired route, with floaty voile, mosaic tealights, jewel-coloured cushions and silver gilt mirrors. It got me thinking that when you’re short of inspiration, there’s nothing like a ‘theme’ to get you motivated.

Whether it’s a colour, an animal, a pattern or a country, we’d love to hear whether you’ve ‘themed’ any of your rooms. This coastal-inspired bedroom belongs to a Suffolk seaside apartment you can see more by clicking here.



Passing through

November 24, 2011


Hallways can be boring. There’s no doubt about it, it’s a hard room to make attractive – more often than not it’s simply used as a dumping ground for coats and shoes. However, this picture, from a former Georgian vicarage in Hampshire, makes achieving an elegant hallway look easy. It’s elegant yet cosy, and I love the warm wood mixed with limestone floor tiles and a cool pale-blue backdrop (and of course a dog curled up on a rug – who can resist?).

The fact you can see right through to the back of the house adds an element of light to the room, and the chunky wood console table is the ideal place for storing keys and post, with a mirror for last-minute appearance checks before you head out the door. See more pictures of this home by clicking on this link.

What do you think of this room? We’d love to hear your thoughts on how you’ve decorated your own hallways.


Pretty in… purple?

July 29, 2011

For those of you with partners who take more than a passing interest as to how your home is decorated, you may understand my daily frustration with having to keep my ‘girlieness’ to a minimum. There was a time when I had a pretty bedroom, with bevelled mirrors on the wall, delicate wallpaper and a few artworks with French-style shoes and handbags adorning them. Gone are those days. Now it’s about compromise for me, and although I’m very pleased with my present less-feminine bedroom, I couldn’t help being drawn to this gorgeous scheme, courtesy of Dulux.

The soft grey shade on the walls (Potters Clay 2) works beautifully teamed with fresh white bed linen and pastel bedspreads and throws. Then there’s the elegant group of mirrors that gives the room a charming and almost vintage feel.

Would you like to know the best bit for me? Look closely and you’ll notice that what looks like a Tromp L’oeil headboard is actually painted on. Dulux’s recommended colour for Autumn/Winter is damson-coloured Twilight Cinders and this is one of its six shades, Twilight Cinders 1. It really gives an added quirkiness to the room.

Have any of you ever painted a headboard like this, or do you battle with your other half over feminine accessories and colours?

A taste of glamour

September 11, 2009

I’ve always fancied myself as a glam rock chick – so this London apartment would suit me down the ground! I particularly love the black chandeliers, art-deco paintings and striking brass door handle.

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roomenvy - black chandelier

roomenvy - black chandelier

roomenvy - living room

roomenvy - living room

Away with the traditional shower door!

August 4, 2009

Tired of the standard glass shower door? There’s something really soothing about this grey shower room, and I think the built-in stone shower wall adds statement spa-chic to the scheme. Team it with a shot of zingy yellow pizazz and what have you got? Instant hotel-chic without the room charge (well, after the shower-installation that is).

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grey shower room - housetohome

grey shower room - housetohome

Courtyard garden

May 11, 2009

My favourite things about this garden are:

  1. The plants displayed within vintage metal bird cages
  2. The mirrored pannel – perfect for giving the illusion of extra space
  3. Plenty of lanterns for evening dining

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Courtyard garden

Courtyard garden

Mirror, mirror on the wall

May 5, 2009

Check out the panelling in this dining room.  A series of square mirrors make an eye-catching feature.  Love it or hate it, it’s definitely more interesting that a simple lick of paint.

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Dining room

Dining room

Mirror mirror, on the walls

March 31, 2009

This hallway takes British patriotism to a whole new level – but personally, the cracked glass walls and shrine like set up are less Rule Britannia and more creepy for me. I like the eclectic idea though, and tucking extra seating under the console table is a great way to make extra use of the space.

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