• Room to grow

    by  • August 28, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Holding shot

    Who else remembers going to play at a schoolfriend’s house and walking into a bedroom that boasted the combo of matching He Man/My Little Pony/Thomas The Tank Engine duvet, lampshade, curtains and wallpaper? (showing my age? Me?). Although I probably envied them at the time, luckily I was never into anything so merchandise-heavy as to fill a whole room, and so my childhood bedroom started as a pretty combination of pale pink walls and ditsy blue floral wallpaper below the dado rail. Of course, then I turned into a horrible teenager and painted my pretty pastel pink walls a moody blue, and filled the place with candles and incense sticks, and plastered the walls with Alanis Morissette posters. OK, there might have been Hanson posters too. It was the 90s. Stop laughing at me.

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    Feeling hot hot hot!

    by  • August 27, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    It’s certainly heating up out there, isn’t it? Those who ‘work from home’ and can enjoy days out in the garden basking in the summer sun while the rest of us look longingly out of our office window. To tell you the truth, it’s a bit

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    Tout sweet

    by  • August 26, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    This delicate dining room in Paris made me think of another Parisian delicacy – the macaron. So sweet, so brightly coloured…and yet not too much. The small portion, and the simplicity is what creates good taste. So it is in this salle à manger.

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    Summer living

    by  • August 25, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    Being able to eat alfresco is one of my favourite things about summer. Whether it’s tea and toast first thing, when there isn’t a cloud in the sky and you just know it’s going to be a beautiful day, or a long, lazy lunch with friends, those are the days that stick in my mind.

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    Lofty ideas

    by  • August 24, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    Although the current trend for homeowners is to dig down when more space is needed, building upwards, extending or converting dead space is a less laborious solution. It does however result in rooms with angled or pitched ceilings, which

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    Off the wall

    by  • August 19, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    When you’re thinking of a quick and effective way to give new life to a room, revive a tired scheme, or simply try something different, the usual way is to put a fresh coat of paint on the walls. But what about the other elements of your room? And who says you have to stop at just a single colour?

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    and relax…

    by  • August 18, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    You’ve watered the tubs and dead-headed the roses, so surely it’s time to sit back and relax?

    This dreamy swing seat offers a perfect place to sit back and enjoy the world around you and admire all your hard work.

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    White and wonderful

    by  • August 14, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    Love my rented flat though I do, one of the frustrating things about being a tenant is that, like it or not, you just don’t have free reign to do what you like to your home. This particularly frustrates me when it comes to my carpets. Firstly, they’re old (I’ve lived there 11 years and they’d certainly seen better days before the ink was dry on my tenancy agreement). Secondly, they’re mismatched (one colour in the living room, another on the landing, another in my bedroom). Thirdly, they’re a fetching combination of dark blue, near-black and maroon, which my flat is just about light-filled enough to cope with, but I know it could look so much better if the carpets could be scrapped, and the floors taken back to basics. And by basics, I meant classic, white-painted floorboards.

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    Going bananas

    by  • August 12, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    While I’m admittedly a fan of a more restrained décor scheme than this, I can’t deny this room made me smile, just as much as I did when I stepped out for a walk this lunchtime, and today’s gorgeous sunlight hit my face. So while I’m not about to dash home and fill the place with enough plants to seriously affect my house’s oxygen levels, today I’m going to appreciate this lush, luxurious looking room while the sun still shines.

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    Seeing the light

    by  • August 10, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    When it comes to designing a kitchen, lighting can sometimes be an afterthought, but for a scheme to look and function well, the room must be well lit. As well as having task lighting directed at
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