Posts Tagged ‘walls’

Step inside Sophie Conran’s swanky home!

September 2, 2010

Do you remember Linda Barker raving about designer Sophie Conran‘s sexy pink kitchen on our The Room I Envy series? I loved it then and I love it now – especially seeing it surrounded by the other beautiful rooms in her … MANSION!

Oh the high life!

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Friday‚Äôs Fetish: Bonjour Tricolore (true colours)

August 20, 2010

I’m off to France this weekend, so I thought I’d leave you with a taste of the tricolore! Contemporary French style is still effortlessly cool and can be achieved in a few simple steps.

Need inspiration? These little beauties, featured in the September issue of Homes & Gardens, are sure to tickle your taste buds.

French-style dining room - Homes & Gardens - Roomenvy

French-style dining room - Homes & Gardens - Roomenvy

A custom-made lampshade can be the starting point for a tricolore scheme – and this one simply oozes French style. Team it with a rustic wooden table and colourful Eames chairs in white, red and blue.

Tricole headboard - Homes & Gardens - Roomenvy

Tricole headboard - Homes & Gardens - Roomenvy

Patchwork is a great way to add character to a headboard which, combined with plain bedlinen, creates a sophisticated feel.

Tricolore hallway - Homes & Gardnes - Roomenvy

Tricolore hallway - Homes & Gardnes - Roomenvy

Contemporary elements such as a striped runner and clean-lined armchair make this minimalist hallway both practical and stylish.

Framed prints - Homes & Gardens - Roomenvy

Framed prints - Homes & Gardens - Roomenvy

The solid colour of a statment wall makes a striking foil for a sleek white table. Ceramics provide texture, while framed French phrases add a humorous touch.

Get more fabulous decorating ideas at homesandgardens.com and don’t forget to follow them on Twitter!

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Bird wallpaper – the good, the bad and the ugly

July 29, 2010

It’s official, I’m completely torn by bird wallpapers. In some ways I find them adorable and the perfect finishing touch to a country-style scheme – especially a pretty little guest bedroom. However, in other ways I find them … well … quite frightening actually. The antique bird or retro bird ‘look’ just isn’t for me.

Here’s how far by bird wallpaper love goes…

The good – cute, country and destined for a guest bedroom, this simple bird wallpaper adds a welcoming touch.

roomenvy - bird wallpaper design

roomenvy - bird wallpaper design

The bad – hmmmmmm, a retro bird feature wall isn’t for me, but I’d certainly give this Seventies-inspired print marks for an eye-catching focal point.

roomenvy - bird wallpaper design

roomenvy - bird wallpaper design

The ugly – this is decorating hell for me. Too many birds, too many antiques, I would feel like I was on a period drama set, not my actual living room!

roomenvy - bird wallpaper design

roomenvy - bird wallpaper design

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Cosy living room decorating ideas!

July 26, 2010

I know it’s “summer” and all, but that didn’t stop the “warm summer nights” turning my feet into ice blocks – it’s worse when you least expect it! Anyway, last week I was chatting to Country Homes and Interiors editor, Rhoda Parry, about creating a cosy living room and it couldn’t have come at a better time …. between my frost-bitten feet and my decision to wear a short-sleeved top to work!

Enjoy!

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Fab wallpapers! – the utterly fab kind!

June 29, 2010

I LOVE the new wallpapers from Tesco’s new range. We headed to their autumn/winter press show and were utterly WOWed by their high-impact, low-cost designs, the perfect ‘too much money spent of Pimm’s’ summer decorating remedy!

Tired (literally) of baking hot sleepness nights, I’m looking to give my bedroom a cooler, summer twist, and these wallpapers are perfect for the job … and will look just as at home when I’m shivering over winter.

Here’s a sneak peak at the new range (is it wrong that I actually like the mix of samples feature wall??)

roomenvy - bedroom wallpaper ideas

roomenvy - bedroom wallpaper ideas

Ooooh and here’s my most LUST-WORTHY wallpaper design of the week.

roomenvy - feature wallpaper bedroom

roomenvy - feature wallpaper bedroom

Gimme!

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Swanky design ideas for living rooms – modern vs classic

June 3, 2010

Ooooooh fancy! Check out these living room decorating ideas for every style. I’ve split them up between modern and classic and formal (no feet on the sofas please) and relaxed (get me my darn book, immediately!) Fine, I admit, I’d be a tad nervous about even drinking a cup of tea in one these schemes, but BOY are they easy on the eye.

Formal classic living room idea – gentle curves, eye-popping pinks and elegant florals…

roomenvy - bold floral living room

roomenvy - bold floral living room

Relaxed classic living room idea – a palette of soft green, hints of gold and neutral rustic touches…

roomenvy - olive living room

roomenvy - olive living room

Formal modern living room idea – bold statement furniture, peacock blues and bright pink accents…

roomenvy - bright blues living room

roomenvy - bright blues living room

Relaxed modern living room idea – textured wall coverings, wide white-washed floorboards and modern Scandi-chic furniture…

roomenvy - natural-chic living room

roomenvy - natural-chic living room

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Quirky patterned wallpapers

April 23, 2010

I’ve decided that today is wallpaper day! The funky modern designs from Apartment Therapy are adding even more sunshine to my mornin – especially the retro dining room today.

I’m really excited about Housetohome’s lunchtime wallpaper webchat today at 1pm. Wallpaper guru Melanie Adams from Wallpaperdirect will be sharing her expert tips and advice, and I’m getting my questions ready as we speak. Hopefully see you there!

roomenvy - funky wallpaper dining room

roomenvy - funky wallpaper dining room

roomenvy - children's room owl wallpaper

roomenvy - children's room owl wallpaper

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Looking for wallpaper advice?

April 20, 2010

Anyone planning to get busy with wallpaper over the May bank holidays? Join Housetohome’s lunchtime webchat this Friday at 1pm (a much more fun lunchtime desk activity than eyeing up your online bank statement). Wallpaper guru Melanie Adams, of Wallpaperdirect, will be poised with all her top tips and advice.

From how to hang wallpaper, to what style trends are on the up, Melanie will be there to answer all those niggling questions. Click now to register, so you don’t miss out. I’ll (after quickly grabbing my traditional pret sandwich) see you there!

roomenvy - living room wallpaper

roomenvy - living room wallpaper

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You’re my wonderwall!

March 19, 2010

Got the spring decorating fever? There’s no quicker way to revamp your room that by transforming your walls, and if you think a striking feature wall or a slab of paint are ‘just sooooooooooooooo March 2010, darling’, then check out these new trendy ways with walls.

roomenvy - brick wallpaper bedroom

roomenvy - brick wallpaper bedroom

Longing for exposed bricks in the bedroom? Get the next best thing with a special-effect wallpaper like this one from Wallpaperdirect. Best keep it to one wall though, unless your going for the ‘asylum-style’ decorating look!

roomenvy - paint stamp dining room

roomenvy - paint stamp dining room

Foam stamps are back in fashion, so it’s time to get printing! Use simple designs from Papermaze to make panels … but practise first, there’s nothing more embarrassing than someone commenting on your child’s painting skills.

roomenvy - shoe-lovers staircase

roomenvy - shoe-lovers staircase

Go on the hunt for some of the latest wall stickers. I love these shoe stickers from the Crown Paints range at The Stencil Library, but DON’T let your husband tell you that this means you don’t need the real thing.

SAVE THE DATE! Walls webchat this Thursday, 1pm

December 7, 2009

Ok so, I might not feel as rested as I could be after a busy weekend, but if anything’s going to snap me out of the Monday tiredness it’s the prospect of stealing wow-factor wall tips this Thursday lunchtime.

Wall stencil guru and co-founder of The Stencil Library, Helen Morris, is popping into Housetohome.co.uk for a Wow-Factor Walls Webchat at 1pm, and is sure to reveal some fab tips and advice – so much more fun than standing in the queue at M&S!

Click here to sign up for an email reminder and get those niggling questions ready!!

roomenvy - create wow-factor walls with top wallpaper and stencil tips

roomenvy - create wow-factor walls with top wallpaper and stencil tips