• It’s not all black and white

    by  • September 2, 2016 • Cool kitchens • 0 Comments


    One big trend in kitchens that shows no sign of waning in popularity is the industrial look. We can all conjure up an image of this style: metro wall tiles, utilitarian wood or metal shelving and worktops, reclaimed enamel pendant lights, and functional pieces. Another strong element of the industrial look is a largely white/grey palette – but what if the mono look isn’t your thing?

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    Room to grow

    by  • August 28, 2016 • Beautiful boudoirs • 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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    Tout sweet

    by  • August 26, 2016 • Desirable dining • 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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    Off the wall

    by  • August 19, 2016 • Best of the rest • 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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    White and wonderful

    by  • August 14, 2016 • Best of the rest • 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 • Desirable dining • 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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    An empty nest

    by  • August 5, 2016 • Beautiful boudoirs • 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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    Mad Med-style urban garden

    by  • July 22, 2016 • Great outdoors • 0 Comments

    ....what do you suppose it's actually suspended from?

    ….what do you suppose it’s actually suspended from?

    Well, as weeks go, that was a bit toasty, wasn’t it? Absolutely roasting! – and being on holiday with my family down in Cornwall most of the week, I didn’t even experience the full fury of the sun (although I certainly didn’t escape unscathed, which I was constantly reminded of thanks to my mother frequently singing Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer at me, followed by laughing at my face). But it looks like the wonderful weather is set to continue this weekend, and I can certainly think of few better spots to enjoy some alfresco drinks than this brilliantly quirky terrace garden.

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    Seaside schemes that rock

    by  • July 15, 2016 • Best of the rest • 0 Comments


    Not that I’m counting down or anything, but in a few short hours I shall be boarding a train and happily catching up on four-and-a-half hours of reading while being whisked away to Cornwall, where I shall take walks on the beach, breathe in the salty air, exist on Cornish pasties and chips, drink wine with my mum and, based on the contents of my suitcase, wear every piece of white-and-blue striped clothing I own (six items at the last count – I am nothing if not a walking cliché.)

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