Posts Tagged ‘sitting room’

Fun with florals

July 25, 2012

Here at 25 Beautiful Homes we’ve always loved a pretty floral print, and whether it’s rain or shine, they never fail to put a smile on our faces. From delicate to bold, graphic to vintage, floral prints help create a warm feel within the home…


We love this feminine boudoir which uses shades of soft pink and cream, with a delicate floral design.


 Vintage-style florals are used within this dining area on the cushions, tablecloth and within the shelving unit. They’re even carried through to the crockery, with some pretty blooms as a centrepiece on the table.



 A bright-coloured floral wallpaper has been used to create a feature wall in this sitting room, with a variety of pretty cushions and equally bright curtains. Bold, yet beautiful.


French fancy

July 18, 2012

Escaping the rain and heading to a holiday home in France sounds like bliss right now, and so I couldn’t resist showing you this little gem. A 1960s architect-designed property in the South of France, I especially love these two rooms, both for very different reasons.


Woven furniture, an antique coffee table and ceiling fan give this sitting room a colonial air.


Who wouldn’t want a bedroom that opens out onto a sunny terrace?

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Subtly continental

June 25, 2012

It only occurred to recently how subtly and imperceptibly we’ve taken on foreign influences in the interiors we often think of as truly British (yep, I’m a slow learner). Take this room shown – I think you’d instinctively think of this as a home-grown look, but isn’t this largely white palette a touch Scandinavian? There’s an aubusson-style rug adding a touch of French elegance – and blow me down if that isn’t an Italian Moka pot sitting centre stage, showing this family’s continental tastes are more than just visual.  White with one sugar please!

Seán O

A mix of influences – with taste at its centre…



Creating a home with a heart…

April 30, 2012

I hate clutter and unnecessary things (what are cushions for, exactly?) and already having a sofa and two decent-sized chairs I was slightly resistant to buying an extra sofa. But a couple of months back my wife persuaded me that a 33% sale at Laura Ashley couldn’t go ignored. Having friends round at the weekend made me glad I succumbed – what a lovely thing to have everyone gathered round, with a real fire as the focal point. Yep, I’m going on about the fire again but the winds tore down two big branches of the massive firry, piney type of tree in the front garden, which was just the excuse I needed to get out the axe and start a (rather smoky) fire. Anyway, my point being that in a sitting room, arranging furniture around a focal point gives it a heart and the more inward facing it is, the more sociable it encourages us to be.

Seán O

A room made for conversation...

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


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!