• Living room with splashes of colour

    by  • September 16, 2014 • 0 Comments


    If your living room is mostly cream, like mine and you’d like to add some colour, but don’t really know where to start, then why not take inspiration from this modern open-plan scheme? Here, they’ve added splashes of vibrant colour with artwork, cushions and a throw.

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    Late summer alfresco dining

    by  • September 9, 2014 • 0 Comments



    I haven’t given up on summer yet. I’m still hoping September will be fabulous…

    Perhaps being able to sit out in the garden all day, dragging my deckchair into the shade when it gets too hot, is a tad optimistic, but hopefully it will be nice enough for a few more long, lazy weekend lunches.

    This pretty garden features a traditional paved dining area, fresh foliage and a pleasant, secluded view. The check tablecloth, matching comfy chair cushions and simple white china looks both summery and welcoming – perfect for informal alfresco dining.



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    Mix and match

    by  • September 6, 2014 • 0 Comments

    Upstairs-BathroomThere’s nothing to say that you shouldn’t mix and match your favourite styles when it comes to updating a bathroom scheme. In fact, a subtle contrast often introduces a contemporary and relaxed note.

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    How to transform a room

    by  • September 2, 2014 • 0 Comments


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    When I saw 50 Simple Ways to Transform Any Room, out in the shops today, I was a little surprised at its content. Having two teenage sons, I’d say the average male’s top tips on how to transform a room would be:

    1. Have your friends round regularly and snack while watching TV in the front room, leaving behind as many pizza boxes, crisp packets and pop/beer bottles as possible. Why not rearrange the furniture while you’re at it?

    2. When you walk in the door after a hard day at school, kick off your shoes in the hall, drop bags just inside the front door, ideally where people can trip over them. Pretend you haven’t seen the empty coat stand three short steps away – just chuck your jacket on the floor.

    3. When taking off your clothes at the end of the day – or anytime, come to think of it – leave your clothes strewn around and NOT in a tidy pile. You could always try to throw them in the direction of the washing basket but from no closer than 15 feet. And try not to hit the half-empty bowls of cereal lined up beside the bed.

    If all of this sounds like you’re making an unreasonable amount of mess, do not worry. Something magic happens overnight: in the morning you’ll notice the front room is spotless, the hall is incredibly tidy, and the bedroom is just like new.

    I’m still looking for the chapter that includes these 3 tips in 50 Simple Ways to Transform Any Room but no matter. It’s a special publication packed full of inspirational ideas for giving any space in your home a brand-new look. Stunning images of beautiful rooms  sit alongside practical tips from the experts at Britain’s best-loved homes magazines and leading interiors website Housetohome.co.uk.  There are quick links to bonus online content to enhance your knowledge, and an essential guide How to Plan a Room with Wow.

    Seán O


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    A room with a view

    by  • September 2, 2014 • 0 Comments



    This fairytale little house in the sky, painted in ice-cream shades, complete with sloping roof, bunting and slide, looks like it would be lots of fun and it’s sure to be a magnet for children all summer long.

    On the other hand, you could always commandeer it for yourself. There’s room inside for a little desk and space on the balcony for a deckchair. So, why not create your own little hideaway, where you can escape, enjoy lovely views and relax.
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