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    Stair crazy!

    by  • May 26, 2015 • Inviting hallways • 0 Comments


    Stairway to, er, eleven…

    Ask anybody who’s anybody (daahling), and you’ll know that stylish staircases are de rigueur right now. Yes, they’re the new hub of the home. Go to the trendiest gaffs and you’ll see the great and the good hangin’ out in the hallway, lingerin’ on the landing and fraternisin’ at the foot of the stairs. So what’s at the heart of this renaissance in risers? Don’t ask me, but Nick Willson of Nick Willson Architects, says: ‘The stair has a functional aspect, but can also be very beautiful and act as a stunning centrepiece to a space bringing in light.’  And Architect Michael Crowley points out: ‘The design of a staircase is not purely an aesthetic decision. This is one of the crucial elements of the house because you don’t only see it and utilise it, but daily you touch it. It’s the tactile centre of the building.’
    With that in mind, take a look at these 6 ideas for staircases – who knows where it will lead to? Probably the bedroom…

    Seán O

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    25 Beautiful Homes – May 2015 – on sale today

    by  • April 2, 2015 • Best of the rest • 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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    All at sea in the bedroom

    by  • February 23, 2015 • Beautiful boudoirs • 0 Comments

    Sea-Themed-Bedroom-Livingetc-HousetohomeSo that’s what they mean by a seabed…

    This bedroom has romance of a different kind – that of faraway places and exotic destinations. In 25 Beautiful Homes, our homeowners tell us again and again that, in it’s own way, the bedroom is the most special room of the house. But of course it is, it’s where you go to watch TV, then sleep! Personalising it is vital, of course, and this owner clearly has a love of seafaring – a conch here, an anchor there… And that fishing net above the bed is inspired. It’s certainly caught me – hook, line and sinker…

    Seán O

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    Let it snow!

    by  • January 21, 2015 • Cool kitchens • 0 Comments

    At any one time, men have only one thing on their mind. Yes I’ve just been reading a newspaper article confirming that men are unable to multitask. Scientists scanned the brains of 949 young men and women in the biggest investigation of its kind to date. Using hi-tech diffusion MRI imaging, they mapped the connections between

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    How to transform a room

    by  • September 2, 2014 • Best of the rest • 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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