• Posts Tagged ‘decorating ideas for living rooms’

    Friday's fetish: woodland-inspired decorating

    by  • October 22, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Desirable dining, Inviting hallways, Stylish living • 2 Comments

    Thought I’d give you all a break from my Christmas decorating looks on the high street addiction. I’m not the biggest fan of getting really excited about something and realising I have to wait 3 MONTHS for it, so I think it’s best I end the week inspired by something that is a bit more current.

    Country Homes & Interiors‘ latest decorating trend is all about taking cue from the Autumn forest with its turning leaves (although the closest tree to my home in London is a mug tree) and abundant wildlife and creating your won cosy nest in rich, warming colours.

    Check out these beautiful schemes.

    Combine a plain sofa with an armchair in a tree-print fabric for an informal snug-style living room. Add a selection of cushions in different fabrics and a rug in a bold design.

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    Country-style living room from Country Homes & Interiors

    Dress a French-style bed in crisp linen, smart stripes and cosy throws. Bring in the woodland element with curtains and scatter-cushions in embroidered leaf, tree and animal designs.

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    Rustic, woodland-inspired bedroom design idea from Country Homes & Interiors

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    Colourful nature-inspired hallway decorating idea from Country Homes & Interiors

    Make a wooden-topped Gustavian-style table the centrepiece of a dining room using teal as the accent colour, dress chairs in loose covers, and of course, choose a fabric in a warm Autumnal pattern.

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    Elegant country-style dining room design from Country Homes & Interiors

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    Lunchtime Lust: Made in Britain

    by  • September 28, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Best of the rest, Stylish living • 1 Comment

    Ah, well a bit of patriotism never goes amiss! I love these quirky buys, they’re a great way to add some British ‘umph’ to an other wise neutral scheme…

    Shipping Forecast merino and cashmere blanket from Roam. Team with a striking black bed frame and crisp white linen.

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    roomenvy - British boudoir

    No Parking sign from Adams of Rye. A cute little personal touch for an inspiring home office.

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    roomenvy - patriotic home office

    Cottage needlepoint cushion from RE. Mix and match quirky cushions for a lively living room you’ll love!

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    roomenvy - British living room

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    Coastal-style living room scheme

    by  • August 11, 2010 • Stylish living • 2 Comments

    I love the new Homes on Film blog, it basically goes behind the scenes of Ideal Home magazine‘s shoots and gives us allllllll the secret gossip, loads of sneak peaks and … of course, beautiful decorating ideas to inspire us.

    This rustic seaside-inspired living room has certainly inspired me, I’ve always loved this style. Nautical stripes, weathered furniture, hard-wearing flooring and some coastal-inspired accessories and soft furnishings to complete the look.

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    roomenvy - coastal living room

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    Friday's Fetish: le chic monochrome

    by  • June 4, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Desirable dining, Stylish living • 2 Comments

    I love how Livingetc magazine takes a seemingly classic decorating idea and gives it a funky modern twist. Their latest deco dosage – monochrome reniventions – didn’t need any colour to catch my beady eye. Check out these opulent French-style schemes decorated in black and white for a certain … je ne sais quoi …

    PLASTIQUE FANTASTIQUE! I love how this acrylic chair gives the rest of this French-style living room scheme a modern quirky twist.

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    roomenvy - monochrome living room design idea

    ROCOCO RETURNS! Classic rococo furniture is given a new life in modern finishes in this dining room. Let them eat CAKE!

    roomenvy - monochrome dining room idea

    roomenvy - monochrome dining room idea

    Grand French pieces can also be minimal, such as this swanky chandelier light shade from Brissi (LOVE!)

    roomenvy - monochrome bedroom decorating idea

    roomenvy - monochrome bedroom decorating idea

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    Decorating inspiration – petal pinks

    by  • May 30, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Desirable dining, Stylish living • 4 Comments

    I love these decorating ideas from Housetohome – little floral flourishes can look really pretty in an otherwise neutral space. I would suggest using them as accents though, to keep husbands’ stress levels to a minimum.

    Make the bed the focus with a panel of fabric framed with a bold border.

    roomenvy - flower power bedroom

    roomenvy - flower power bedroom

    Pick a mix of pink shades for the alcoves to create eye-catching storage. Here, they’ve used dark raspberry, mid-toned bubblegum and a light blossom.

    Blossom accessories, prints and fauz flowers really tie this living room together.

    roomenvy - cherry blossom living room

    roomenvy - cherry blossom living room

    Take the look from girly to glam with a white crystal-droplet chandelier, as seen in this dining room.

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    roomenvy - rosy dining room

    And my inspiration for this post? I’m going to see Sex and the City 2 tomorrow, and this is one of my all-time FAVOURITE Carrie Bradshaw dresses!

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    Living room design ideas – Scandinavian-style

    by  • May 26, 2010 • Stylish living • 7 Comments

    I LOVE these fresh and fuss-free living room designs from Ideal Home magazine, almost as much as I love the Scandi-chic look in general.

    Use Gustavian-style shades of white and cream to make your living room feel larger and lighter, and team with subtly patterned wallpaper and natural flooring.

    I love this traditional Scandi-chic design with splashes of red on the blinds, cushions and faux-flowers.

    roomenvy - touch of Alpine living room design

    roomenvy - touch of Alpine living room design

    … or if you prefer neutral and blues, try this living room design idea. Team pale woods and neutral shades with retro print floral fabrics on the curtains, blinds and cushions, and pick out the blue from the curtains for your sofas. It’s smart, contemporary and sassy!

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    roomenvy - contemporary Scandi-style living room design

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    Friday's Fetish: decorating with moody blues

    by  • April 30, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Desirable dining, Inviting hallways, Stylish living • 1 Comment

    My hungry decorating eye has definitely got the blues … but in a good way! I saw these stylish schemes in the May’s Livingetc and loved them. They might not be the most summery of schemes, but boy do they pack a stylish punch.

    I’ve STOLEN Livingetc‘s top tips on how to get the look, but don’t worry, I left a note.

    Keep things sophisticated in the living room with a spectrum of blues, and team a modern sofa with natural accessories and textures.

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    roomenvy - blue decorating ideas for living rooms

    Add a glossy finish to a mix of rough-luxe textures to up the glam factor.

    roomenvy - rich blue living room reading area

    roomenvy - rich blue living room reading area

    Mixing pattern and scale is a classic way to add depth and impact to a bedroom.

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    roomenvy - blue patterns bedroom

    When mixing eras and styles in the hallway (ie, the Ercol chair and the chinoiserie console table) choose a unifier – in this case, jewel blues.

    roomenvy - elegant hallway flooring

    roomenvy - elegant hallway flooring

    Duck egg blues are the perfect foil for bold pattern, and are a great way to update your dining chairs!

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    roomenvy - blue dining room furniture

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    Can I come in? The ultimate floating home

    by  • April 26, 2010 • Cool kitchens, Stylish living • 2 Comments

    That’s it, I dont feel I deserve to complain about my small flat anymore, especially considering the great use of space in this funky floating home. I’m not saying that I’m quite ready enough to abandon London city living in favour of a riverboat, but I was suitably impressed by this seemingly spacious narrowboat, designed by Dominique Brown.

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    roomenvy - small space living room

    A multipurpose living room and a half! A sofa that folds out to a double bed and a tabletops that extend as a dining table.

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    roomenvy - narrow kitchen gallery

    Now that’s a galley kitchen!

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    roomenvy - practical kitchen storage

    And of course, it’s all about kitchen storage. Hang hooks and pots to stash kitchen utensils, and leave no cubby unturned!

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    Decorating ideas for neutral schemes

    by  • April 22, 2010 • Bathroom bliss, Beautiful boudoirs, Desirable dining, Inviting hallways • 6 Comments

    Adding colour to a neutral space is always fairly nerve-racking, especially when you’re longing for a vibrant shade – there’s always the fear of doing what I did, getting half way through a wall of fuchsia paint, and then going ‘naaaaaah!’. I love these decorating ideas from the latest Livingetc issue, add a pop of bright colour without the panic.

    And they couldn’t be easier!

    Choose lighting in a single vivid shade. I ADORE this chandelier from The Vintage Chandelier Company. Go for new pieces or use paint or fabric to dress existing lamps, pendants or chandeliers.

    roomenvy - bright pink accents bedroom

    roomenvy - bright pink accents bedroom

    Bring a summer mood into a gloomy bedroom by painting the window frame in deep blue. Hang a sheer lace panels in a similar shade to dapple the light.

    roomenvy - bold paintwork bedroom

    roomenvy - bold paintwork bedroom

    I can see a rainbow! A spectrum of colours works brilliantly running along banister spindles in an all-white hallway.

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    roomenvy - colourful hallway

    Painting a door in a zingy shade is a great way to introduce colour to two rooms without altering the decor of either!

    roomenvy - citrus door dining room

    roomenvy - citrus door dining room

    And if bright colour isn’t your thing, lay a single panel in the bathroom in a darker material and hey presto! Instant spa chic. Choose rough-hewn, wide planks rather than tongue and groove and team with modern hooks for a contemporary feel.

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    roomenvy - natural-style bathroom

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