• Posts Tagged ‘paint’

    The new home office

    by  • November 24, 2016 • Stylish living • 0 Comments


    As the trains and the weather are sure to deteriorate even further, as winter progresses, working from home looks even more appealing.

    If you’re not lucky enough to be able to transform a whole room into the perfect study, then how about this nifty concealed office space?

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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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    A sociable space

    by  • August 1, 2016 • Cool kitchens • 1 Comment

    As we all know, the trend is for open-plan kitchen-diners. Some that you see are positively vast, with a dining area in this corner, a living area here, a family room there plus a kitchen kitchen thrown in (for good measure). That’s the ultimate space and, admittedly, very desirable, but let’s not lose the sight of what

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    What have you done?

    by  • June 24, 2016 • Best of the rest • 0 Comments


    Today sees the launch of National Upcycling Day… what do you mean you hadn’t noticed? But National Upcycling Day it indeed is – and as well as sharing some of our favourite revamped pieces today, we want to see examples of what you’ve upcycled in your own homes, too. The scheme aims to show how easy it can be to create something amazing, and to inspire the British public to think twice before throwing something perfectly good away.

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    A room with life

    by  • June 21, 2016 • Cool kitchens, Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    Life. Nina Simone sang about it (Ain’t Got No, I Got Life); Mae West praised it (‘It’s not the men in my life, it’s life in my men…’); George Bernard Shaw philosophised about it (Life isn’t about finding yourself, life is about creating yourself’). And when I saw this picture

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    Long live shabby chic!

    by  • April 21, 2016 • Best of the rest • 0 Comments


    We’re known as the ‘throwaway society’ and how can you argue with that? I mean, whatever happened to dandelion & burdock bottles (made of glass) that you could take back to the cornershop and get tuppence ha’penny back on?  That last sentence will mean absolutely nothing to you if you’re under the age of 50 but let me tell you, things have changed and not necessarily for the better! Everything’s disposable – take wastefulness with food, planned obsolescence in cars, plastic packaging, oh, don’t get me started. And I’m as guilty as the next man! So it warms the cockles of my heart when I see signs of recycling, such as this kitchen-diner with it’s old sideboard that has been given a makeover to become ‘shabby chic’. I don’t know who invented that term but they’ve single-handedly saved a million pieces of furniture that would otherwise have been consigned to the local tip – or bonfire (if you can find one these days…).
    Seán O

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    Deeply dippy

    by  • April 10, 2016 • Desirable dining • 1 Comment


    One of my colleagues here at Room Envy just got back this week from a holiday to Morocco. After admiring her tan and hearing stories of a particularly inquisitive donkey, I started to think about the style of Moroccan design and the ways in which it can be easily incorporated into our homes (well, I had to do something to take my mind off the searing jealousy)

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    by  • April 8, 2016 • Inviting hallways • 1 Comment

    That's one way of getting yuor greens...

    That’s one way of getting your greens…

    When we think of adding colour to our interiors, it pays to think of more offbeat solutions than painting a feature wall, or buying some brighter cushions for the sofa. Bringing in colour in less obvious ways shows more design flair, but is also a clever way to work out if you prefer small colour tweaks, or you’d prefer to go all-out with a hero hue.

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