• Tout sweet

    by  • August 26, 2016 • 0 Comments


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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    An empty nest

    by  • August 5, 2016 • 1 Comment


    There’s something about spending time away from home that makes you re-evaluate your space with fresh eyes upon your return. This week I was lucky enough to spend four days in Venice, and grateful though I was to eventually return home after the trains had done their worst (travelling from Italy to London took only about half an hour longer), I walked into my bedroom and felt an overwhelming need for change.

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