Posts Tagged ‘tiles’

Blissful bathing

August 1, 2012

 

What do I like about this bathroom? Firstly, the wallpaper. Not hugely practical maybe, but there’s nothing to say it can’t be used as long as you have a good extractor and don’t get it wet.

Secondly, the glossy black tiles on the bath panel – they appear almost a combination of brick and large mock-croc.

Thirdly the elegant two-drawer unit that would normally be more at home in a bedroom, yet works wonderfully with a glass candelabra placed on top for that extra bit of luxury.

Who says bathrooms have to be boring?

Laurie

Go crazy for colour

July 8, 2011

Much as most of us love a colourful room, it’s usually only the brave that will truly go all out, while the rest of us inject a splash here and there with an accessory or two and feel quite courageous with our efforts. That said, if you can experiment, colour can really help bring your home to life. The Jolly family’s home, featured in the August issue of 25 Beautiful Homes, is a vibrant example of how colour can transform a room.

Perfect pastels

Check out the pretty pastel stripes above the Aga and the hand-painted chairs – easy to do and oh-so-pretty.

Pretty in pink

Not for the faint-hearted, this bright fuchsia bedroom looks spectacular teamed with fresh white.

Fabulous flamingos

Those that know me will appreciate how much I love this room – I’m such a fan of flamingos and this bathroom, with its small hits of bright colour, makes me want to experiment with wall stickers as Alice Jolly has done here.

Bathed in blue

It just goes to show that a bathroom need never be boring again – and it’s not just tiles that can be used to create a colourful effect. Painting the bath and in-frame cupboard doors in the same shade of powdery blue really works well, and it’s easy to get matching accessories (think tiles, rugs and again, a wall sticker).

A jolly house for the Jolly family – we love it!

Laurie

A kitchen with a view

October 29, 2010

Anyone recognise this beautiful kitchen from Magnet? Well it’s just shot to fame as the new kitchen design for ITV’s This Morning… I’m sure the paparazzi will start stalking him while he’s doing his shopping soon enough!

The Crème Lineaire from the purely Magnet range, was chosen for its feminine curves and sleek gloss finish. The soft cream will look great
on camera and the simple lines are elegant and stylish. I predict a new Vogue cover star!

I just don’t know who’s luckier, the handsome Phil Vickery or the kitchen??

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Stunning contemporary kitchen design by Magnet for This Morning

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I have a crush on this beautiful kitchen!

September 7, 2010

There, I said it! I’m not about to start calculating our love compatability, putting it’s photo in my pencil case, and popping his name into dreamphone (god I sound past it) BUT I must admit I gave this stunning kitchen a similar double-take to when I saw Dominic West in Leicester Square the other month!

I love it’s casual restaurant vibe, it’s relaxed open-plan finish and it’s mix and match finishes – and how the dining ‘zone’ is defined by trendy bar-style pendant light, sexy tableware and a monochrome rug. So if you’re looking for kitchen colour ideas, it’s all about being brave with pattern!

Oh to be sitting at that table with friends and a large glass of red wine… (not sure I’d get any cooking done?)

roomenvy - beautiful kitchen design

roomenvy - beautiful kitchen design

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‘The Kitchen I Envy’ by Magnet’s Alison Coleman

July 22, 2010

Looking to update your kitchen? See what designs inspire the experts! We asked Magnet’s kitchen guru, Alison Coleman

“Having worked in the kitchen industry for eight years, I can’t help but have a healthy curiosity for other people’s homes and in particular their kitchens. In fact, I can’t go to a friend’s house without taking a sneak peak at their worktop, or stealing a glance a their kitchen units.

Over the years kitchen trends have come and gone. I’ve seen some pretty ghastly things in my time such as corked walls and the era of TV inspired DIY kitchens during the 90s produced some pretty horrific results.

Last year we installed a kitchen in a home that featured a mix of Caldo Walnut and Urban Noir units. It looks stunning – the dark gloss really complement the wood and overall effect looks really exclusive. The black granite worktop is so sleek, I love the way it blends seamlessly in to the hob and the slate look floor really compliments the dark gloss units.

It’s a really great example of how you can customise a kitchen by mixing different styles and units in one space.

roomenvy - sleek modern Magnet kitchen

roomenvy - sleek modern Magnet kitchen

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‘The Room I Envy’ by Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen

July 13, 2010

Laurence Llewelyn-BowenNot content with stealing his style tips for bedrooms and bathrooms, I asked Laurence to tell roomenvy about why he loved the new Ellipse kitchen he helped style for Moben. Read on to find out …

“Once-upon-a-time, kitchen planning could pretty much be done with a ruler and a set square – not so with this fabulous kitchen. This is a kitchen that has bent the old die-hard design rules with the introduction of a sensuously curved island unit.

Crisp, clean straight lines are great, but there’s nothing quite like the sumptuous curves of a Reubens’ nude. As a creative person, I adore the fluid flexibility of these elliptical units, which can be configured in a variety of ways to produce everything from an undulating curve to an almost circular horseshoe form.

This fabulous curved island unit not only makes a fabulous social centrepiece but features all the convenient storage and practical workspace you could ever need in a kitchen. Add a specially curved white worktop incorporating state-of-the-art domino effect hobs and this is a kitchen literally designed around your every need.

I have had a massive input into the styling of this latest kitchen range. The white high gloss finish of Ellipse is a very contemporary statement and I worked very hard with the styling team to ensure that it is shown in a very glamorous and stylish context. I decided on a monochrome theme and scheme to the kitchen, with trendy dark painted concrete floor, grey tone walls, white work surfaces and smart black and white furnishings, fabrics and accessories, which all come together to stunningly stylish effect.”

roomenvy - sleek modern kitchen

roomenvy - sleek modern kitchen

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Kitchen design and ideas

July 13, 2010

I’m so excited about this week at work. I’m heading all over the place to interview interiors experts and STEAL their tips! Jo Pratt‘s sharing her dining room secrets and Homes & GardensArabella St John Parker is showing me how to create a wow-factor garden.

Plus I get to film TWO editors of two of my favourite interiors mags – Beautiful Kitchens and Country Homes & Interiors, on everything from organising a home office to how to create a utility room… I really should start giving out cupcakes in return!

Since I’m quizzing Beautiful KitchensYsanne Brooks on all things … well … kitchens, I thought I’d spend the morning getting clued up on the latest designs! Check out this little beauty.

roomenvy - modern country kitchen

roomenvy - modern country kitchen

I’ll be sure to pop up the footage soon!

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Moroccan-style kitchen

July 5, 2010

You don’t have to fill your kitchen with colourful and fragrant spices and employ a monkey to entertain your guests (my experience of an authentic Moroccan kitchen .. seriously!) to get that North African look in your home. It’s all about a couple of key accessories, like this intricate metal pendant lamp … plus some bright and colourful accents.

I love the ‘modern Morocco’ feel of this kitchen.

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roomenvy - Moroccan-style kitchen

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Kitchen ideas on a budget

June 24, 2010

I know, I know, no one wants to here the word ‘budget’ at the moment, but when it looks this pretty (I’m not going to attempt to compare it to George Osborne) then it’s definitely worth the initial groan.

This super-funky kitchen was updated for less than £140! It’s all in the colourful accessories, and ‘designer-chic for less’ statement furniture pieces.

Decorating top tip: Break the colour rules and combine hot pink with lipstick red – against white almost any colour mix goes.

roomenvy - rainbow brights kitchen

roomenvy - rainbow brights kitchen

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Kitchen design ideas from the movies

June 9, 2010

Anyone recognise this GORGEOUS kitchen? From the moment I saw It’s Complicated I knew I was in love … and it wasn’t with Alec Baldwin, I’m afraid, it was with this kitchen. In fact, this may even have been my favourite thing about the film! Thankfully, Silverscreensurroundings and Remodelista were here to help, thanks guys – I really felt like staring at something pretty this morning!

I love the mix between the rustic tableware and linens teamed with industrial-chic pendant lighting. Above all, you can tell that this is the ultimate ‘cook’s kitchen‘ with practical storage, bags of surface space, and a breakfast bar (plus dining area) close by so that they can chat to their guests while serving up a storm. (But no more cheesy and romantic croissant making between Meryl Streep and Steve Martin, please!)

roomenvy - It's Complicated kitchen

roomenvy - It's Complicated kitchen

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