Posts Tagged ‘storage’

When hall’s not what it seems…

June 29, 2012

A hall’s a hall’s a hall. Or is it? Just looking over the latest H2H halls gallery made me realise how differently we use this space. Mine currently serves as: a dumping ground for coats; a sleeping area for cats; a storage area for golf clubs (and other assorted items of sports equipment that hardly ever get used). In our defence, we do have a charming old bureau that at least looks as though it belongs there. Check out this link – it may well make you think again about that space you thought was just for meeting and greeting.

Seán O

Play and display – does a piano here hit the right note?

Teenage schemes

May 23, 2012

You may not always understand your teenager, but one thing that is crystal clear is their need to put their own stamp on their bedroom. From skateboards and guitars to make-up chests and pink fluffy phones, why not find a way of displaying items and decorating their retreat in a quirky, creative way?

Hang hooks on the walls to display items, frame collections, posters and concert tickets, and use wall stickers – on cupboard doors and floors as well as the walls. You could try using blackboard paint on a wall for doodles, or, if your child is a budding artist, why not give them a wall to spray paint or grafitti themselves?

Here’s a few ideas…

Hang skateboards or other items on the wall for an eye-catching display

Wall stickers are a fun way of personalising a scheme – we love these Eiffel Tower designs

A map of the world makes an interesting backdrop, and the Smeg fridge is a super-cool addition. Plus the Union Jack theme is right on trend for 2012

Dramatic stripes and hits of black gives this young lady’s room an air of sophistication


Small space solutions!

May 16, 2012

Did you know that storage space is one of the 8 key features people look for when choosing a new home? That’s one of the findings of a new survey by RIBA (the Royal Institute of British Architects), which says some homes lack storage space for basic household items such as the vacuum cleaner.  They’re not wrong – since when did anyone claim to have more than enough cupboards or ample shelve space? Fret no more, check out House to Home’s guide on how to find storage space you never knew you had and you’ll soon find yourself with space to spare.

Seán O

I’ll be hanged if this isn’t clever!

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



Happy hallways

May 12, 2011

Is it just me who can’t break the habit of dumping my bag, coat, keys and mail as soon as I get in the front door? I’ve been inspired to mend my ways by this terrifically-tidy hallway.

hallway shoe and coat storage

The neat freak within me is pleased...

If you’re looking for hallway decorating ideas, perhaps integrating some clever storage ideas could be just the ticket! A drawer, basket or hook for each family member would surely do something to reduce the accumulation of odds and ends in the entry to your home, no?

One Kitchen, Two Ways

April 14, 2011

Whilst browsing the housetohome site I noticed that one of my favourite kitchens appeared twice, but in different clothes! It perfectly highlights how you can change the look of your kitchen, simply by switching up your accessories.

Kitchen number one, to me, is like having your own trendy cafe at home. The perfect spot to spread out the weekend newspapers, sip on a latte and munch on some french toast. Can’t you just picture yourself…?


White Cafe Kitchen with AGA Cooker

All white accessories, tres chic!

Kitchen number two, however, is like the place where your Italian Nonna would whip up spaghetti napolitana from scratch, or knead out some fresh pizza dough.

Rustic White Kitchen with Open Shelving

Eclectic and earthy...I love it!

Which do you prefer? I love both, but I’m not sure I have the restraint to collect only white crockery for the rest of my days…

A cuter bedroom decorating idea?

April 12, 2011

GAH! I can’t decide between this beautiful vintage bedroom and yesterday’s cute-as-pie guest bedroom?? What do you guys think?

Check out this photo gallery of 5 steps to a vintage-style bedroom

My favourite idea has to be the lace wall stencil and jewellery display! Never has buying new jewellery been so justifiable in the interior design style stakes!

Vintage bedroom decorating idea

Sweeter than thou bedroom!

The cutest bedroom decorating idea…

April 11, 2011

Ok, it’s a bit of a toss up between this and another gorgeous look actually, the other one I’ll save for tomorrow… (what? I’ve got to keep some mystery!?) Anyway, inspired by my poor excuse for a hotel-style guest bedroom retreat (ahem… think ‘sofa bed’) I’ve been taking notes from Housetohome’s latest spring decorating idea – 5 steps to a pretty guest bedroom.

Follow the link to their 5 easy bedroom decorating ideas… Enjoy!

Guest bedroom decorating ideas for summer

I heart pretty summer bedroom style!

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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Update your dining room on a budget

October 29, 2010

Are you facing the panic of realising that the other night over a glass of wine you gleefully invited the ENTIRE family over for Christmas?? Well check out these fab ideas to give your dining room a makeover on a tight budget. No one will no the difference! We asked HomeShoppingSpy‘s shopping guru Ellie for her top tips!

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