• In the round

    by  • April 17, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Modern-white-dining-roomThere’s something about round dining tables that I find very inviting. Whether at home or in a restaurant or café, I always prefer them over a square shape. Round tables feels more intimate, more inviting and conducive to good conversation and food.

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    Good enough to eat

    by  • April 13, 2015 • 0 Comments


    Some things you can’t put into words or even explain to yourself – for example, I’m not sure what it is about this room that I most like, but like it I certainly do. It looks very tactile with its soft throws casually, er, thrown over the arms. And the coir matting is wonderfully coarse, while the smooth form of the hanging lamp looks very strokeable. I love the subtle colour scheme, too – it’s all of a similar hue but works without having the need for the odd garish accent colour. Clearly the owners are very restrained – they must be, they’ve hardly touched their Easter eggs!

    Seán O



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    Let’s go alfresco!

    by  • April 9, 2015 • 0 Comments



    It’s beginning to feel a lot like… Spring! I may not be getting the deckchairs out of the shed quite yet, but it may be time to invest in a charming little Bistro table and chairs set, like this.

    Placed in a sunny spot on the patio, surrounded by fragrant plants, it looks like the perfect place to relax and enjoy a refreshing drink.

    The heart-shaped bunting, pretty blue painted shed and strawberry-themed seat pads, napkin and plastic pitcher (perfect for Pimms!), beautifully capture the essence of a quaint English country garden.

    For more garden furniture ideas, visit: www.housetohome.co.uk


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    A country hallway

    by  • April 8, 2015 • 0 Comments


    Hall’s well…

    How many sayings can you think of that you agree with, then you can find a reason for disagreeing with? ‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’ – sounds good but it never worked for Eddie the Eagle, did it? And ‘Cleanliness is next to godliness’ – who (on earth) thought of that one? When you visit

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    Open plan does it for me

    by  • April 6, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Neutral-open-plan-living-roomWhen open-plan became the rage, the cry went up: ‘It’s ok for those with big spaces!’ but here’s proof that it works in any size of house. In fact, this compact area looks positively cosy – can you imagine a weekend evening in here, with the kids (and their mates) lounging on the sofa while the grown-ups sit around the dining table and the kitchen a hive of activity, churning out nibbles in every direction. That’s my kinda home…

    Seán O

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    25 Beautiful Homes – May 2015 – on sale today

    by  • April 2, 2015 • 0 Comments



    Our marvellous May issue goes on sale today – and it’s packed with beautiful, colourful homes to inspire you.

    Including Millie and George’s Victorian terrace, with its striking bedroom wallpaper, bold nursery mural and colourful staircase, Jessica’s Georgian apartment, which is painted in a beautiful shade of blue and Charlotte’s detached house which is full of quirky & bright accessories.

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    Mix of styles

    by  • April 1, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Pretty-country-dining-roomMore mish than mash…

    It’s hard to know what defines good taste but I do think that instinct plays a big part in it. Look at this room – you could say it’s got a mish-mash of styles: Country (trug, plant pots, veg wall chart), retro (kettle, Ercol chair),

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