• Posts Tagged ‘garden’

    Divine dining

    by  • May 29, 2015 • Desirable dining • 0 Comments


    The sign of a successful dinner party (do people still call them dinner parties?) is when your guests stay till the early hours – but what are the elements that make for a good time? Genial hosts, of course. Top-quality food, naturally. Even the right music has its

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    Beauty on your doorstep

    by  • April 27, 2015 • Best of the rest • 2 Comments


    Beautiful as the rooms in your house may be, they’ll never be as beautiful as the biggest and best room of all – the outdoors. Anything constitutes a room as long as it’s a space of your own. Until I was 15 we lived in a small terraced house that backed onto another, and the only windows were

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    Let’s go alfresco!

    by  • April 9, 2015 • Stylish living • 0 Comments


    It’s beginning to feel a lot like… Spring! I may not be getting the deckchairs out of the shed quite yet, but it may be time to invest in a charming little Bistro table and chairs set, like this.

    Placed in a sunny spot on the patio, surrounded by fragrant plants, it looks like the perfect place to relax and enjoy a refreshing drink.

    The heart-shaped bunting, pretty blue painted shed and strawberry-themed seat pads, napkin and plastic pitcher (perfect for Pimms!), beautifully capture the essence of a quaint English country garden.

    For more garden furniture ideas, visit: www.housetohome.co.uk


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    Open plan does it for me

    by  • April 6, 2015 • Cool kitchens, Desirable dining, Stylish living • 0 Comments

    Neutral-open-plan-living-roomWhen open-plan became the rage, the cry went up: ‘It’s ok for those with big spaces!’ but here’s proof that it works in any size of house. In fact, this compact area looks positively cosy – can you imagine a weekend evening in here, with the kids (and their mates) lounging on the sofa while the grown-ups sit around the dining table and the kitchen a hive of activity, churning out nibbles in every direction. That’s my kinda home…

    Seán O

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    Cool, pool party

    by  • March 26, 2015 • Stylish living • 0 Comments


    A recent survey by Origin, discovered that a bigger kitchen was top of our wish list. However the same survey found that our children have other ideas. A treehouse is top of their wish list, followed by a swimming pool.

    You won’t benefit from a treehouse and they’ll only grow bored of it eventually, so how about investing in a super swish swimming pool like this?

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    Fabulous al fresco

    by  • March 10, 2015 • Best of the rest • 0 Comments


    Ok, so the sun’s shining, it’s getting incrementally warmer and our thoughts are drifting towards holidays, spending time outdoors and al fresco dining…aren’t they? Well, mine are anyway. The bad news is, we’ve got a bit of a wait for all of that to happen in this country, the good news is, we can easily recreate that holiday feel in the comfort of our own home/garden. All you need is some kind of awning (a pergola with creepers is ideal, or alternatively a temporary structure that can keep the sun off or provide shelter when necessary), and comfortable garden seating. To finish it off, little tea lights, or a lantern will provide the perfect ambience. Either way, now’s the time to start thinking about it, and resuscitating your summer furniture. http://bit.ly/1wVQW2W

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    A hint of spring

    by  • March 6, 2015 • Stylish living • 0 Comments

    window-seatingIt may be early days, but a recent succession of clear skies and sunshine suggests that spring might just be in the air. So when I came across this interior, it seemed the perfect opportunity to celebrate the changing of the seasons. 

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