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    Friday's Fetish: leafy greens

    by  • September 17, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Best of the rest, Inviting hallways, Stylish living • 1 Comment

    I’m green with Roomenvy this morning (sorry!) Sure, lush tropical foliage doesn’t often appear in central London, but that’s no reason not to be inspired by it in your decorating schemes. These intense greens will make your room burst with energy and freshness… oooh do you think it would work the same way for me if I coat myself in pea-coloured paint??

    What do you think?

    A bold block of colour is a great way of defining ‘zones’ in an open place.

    roomenvy - pea green home office

    roomenvy - pea green home office

    roomenvy - green living room

    roomenvy - green living room

    This green and white bedroom has to be my favourite. I think it’s all about accents of green for me, and I love the wall stickers behind the bed.

    roomenvy - tropical bedroom

    roomenvy - tropical bedroom

    roomenvy - hallway wallpaper

    roomenvy - hallway wallpaper

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    Summer of LOVE – my favourite schemes!

    by  • September 9, 2010 • Uncategorized • 5 Comments

    Now I’m not saying that summer is over by ANY means… there are still the hopeful short skirt-wearing evenings (brrrrrrrr) and the ‘nah, I don’t need my umbrella’ mornings (drip drip drip)… but I think that now might be the time to celebrate the BEAUTIFUL summer room schemes that I’ve seen this year. Oh how they’ve brightened up my days.

    So, I hope you don’t mind if I ruthlessly pick 3 of my favourite summer schemes for each room for the next few posts (oh it’s going to be tough)… before the Christmas decorating ideas start pouring onto our screens (OOoh anyone heard any Christmas songs in the shops yet? My record year was 20o8, October 31st!)

    I’m sure they’ll bring you bags of decorating inspiration and ideas!

    roomenvy - colourful exotic four-poster bedroom

    roomenvy - colourful exotic four-poster bedroom

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    Can I come in? Quirky Brighton house

    by  • August 16, 2010 • Bathroom bliss, Beautiful boudoirs, Best of the rest, Cool kitchens, Stylish living • 4 Comments

    There are so many funky decorating ideas to steal from this late-Victorian home in Hove. Reinvented salvaged pieces and stylish design classics create a unique space that’s packed with colour and quirkiness.

    I love how much colour is injected into an otherwise simple bedroom scheme. The vintage prints add character… although I’d feel a bit like I was being watched!!

    roomenvy - vintage bedroom

    roomenvy - vintage bedroom

    The jewel-coloured tiles create a really inviting feel in this bathroom.

    roomenvy - modern seaside-style bathroom

    roomenvy - modern seaside-style bathroom

    What a great idea for food storage – chalk on labels for a rustic yet practical touch.

    roomenvy - rustic kitchen

    roomenvy - rustic kitchen

    This is one of the most modern rooms in the home, but it’s softened by the wooden floorboards. I love the retro accessories.

    roomenvy - retro home office

    roomenvy - retro home office

    Truly British and truly eclectic!

    roomenvy - eclectic living room

    roomenvy - eclectic living room

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    Friday's Fetish: Everything 'holiday'!

    by  • August 13, 2010 • Bathroom bliss, Beautiful boudoirs, Inviting hallways • 2 Comments

    I cannot WAIT to go to Italy next week… and it seems I can’t get rid of my ‘squeal when I even see a pizza’ holiday fever. Livingetc‘s July issue did nothing to calm me down…

    From nostalgia-dipped seaside style…

    roomenvy - postcard hallway feature wall

    roomenvy - postcard hallway feature wall

    …to far-flung tropicana…

    roomenvy - paradise island chair

    roomenvy - paradise island chair

    F…f? Fre? Free T…i…? Free time? Some sort of foreign language?

    roomenvy - colourful bedroom

    roomenvy - colourful bedroom

    …or casual city chic…

    roomenvy - sleek city bathroom

    roomenvy - sleek city bathroom

    …it’s all about accessorising with happy memories.

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    Global Gathering … but less hardcore

    by  • August 10, 2010 • Stylish living • 0 Comments

    If loud pumping music and a row of poorly-pitched tents aren’t your thing, then check out these more PG global gathering schemes. Summer’s hottest modern interiors trend takes exotic colours and textiles and a brand new adventure … and not a portaloo in SIGHT!

    Team a subtle four-in-one table like this one, with an exotic patterned rug.

    roomenvy - tribal living room

    roomenvy - tribal living room

    This dining chair is a celebration of traditional skills made modern!

    roomenvy - global-chic dining room

    roomenvy - global-chic dining room

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    Lunchtime lust: tickling a room pink

    by  • August 9, 2010 • Bathroom bliss, Beautiful boudoirs, Best of the rest, Stylish living • 3 Comments

    I love these pretty pink decorating ideas from Homes & Gardens. From delicate coral to punchy cerise, shades of pink are perfect for giving your summer an uplifting feel… something we all need (not mentioning any names Monsieur. RAIN!)

    Give your terrace a modern Moroccan feel with spicey pink shades, corner seating and intricately detailed cushions.

    roomenvy - vibrant garden terrace

    roomenvy - vibrant garden terrace

    It only takes subtle touches of vibrant colour, like these cute pompoms, to liven up an all-white interior.

    roomenvy - relaxed living room

    roomenvy - relaxed living room

    I love this flouncy shower curtain in graded pink shades!

    roomenvy - rustic bathroom

    roomenvy - rustic bathroom

    Hmmmmmmmm, I’m nervous of the shell trim hitting the tiled floor but like the simple striped bedding.

    roomenvy - tranquil bedroom

    roomenvy - tranquil bedroom

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    Can I come in? Melbourne converted warehouse

    by  • August 5, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Cool kitchens, Desirable dining, Stylish living • 2 Comments

    This house in Australia has BAGS of modern vintage quirkiness. I don’t rave about modern homes as much as I should and I was truly star-struck by the beauty … it being situated in beautiful Australia having nothing to do with it, of course!

    Take a tour with me, it costs sooooooooooooooo much less than the flight!

    Utility-chic metro tiles give the kitchen a modern elegance, while the green pendant lights add a retro touch.

    roomenvy - industrial-chic kitchen

    roomenvy - industrial-chic kitchen

    The mix of original features and quirky modern accessories and furniture pieces looks fab in this living room.

    roomenvy - quirky living room

    roomenvy - quirky living room

    Now that’s a lot of storage. Floor-to-ceiling shelving makes great use of this dining room‘s height.

    roomenvy - stylish storage dining room

    roomenvy - stylish storage dining room

    Who needs bedroom wallpaper when a sheer curtain has just as stunning an effect!

    roomenvy - fiery accents bedroom

    roomenvy - fiery accents bedroom

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    Lunchtime lust: decorating with spice yellows

    by  • August 3, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Desirable dining, Stylish living • 5 Comments

    Nothing like a cheery spot of yellow to brighten up a tame Tuesday. I love these decorating schemes from Ideal Home. The style team are spot on – yellow has a reputation for being a zingy, energising colour when in fact, if you choose the right earthy tone, it can also create a mellow mood.

    This is perfect for when you’re in a ‘not even a smiley sunflower can cheer me up today’ mood. Check out these decorating ideas

    Be inspired city chic. The dining room features a mixed bag of concrete greys, sunshine yellow accents and a combination of wood and steel pieces.

    roomenvy - mellow yellow dining room

    roomenvy - mellow yellow dining room

    I love the statement storage wall in this living room. Paint the back of the cubbies in a matching shade of yellow for an eye-popping focal point.

    roomenvy - yellow accents living room

    roomenvy - yellow accents living room

    Stylist’s tip: Make patterns pop bu surrounding them with pieces in solid colours as seen in this bedroom decorating scheme.

    roomenvy - modern boutique bedroom

    roomenvy - modern boutique bedroom

    DIY tip of the day! Frame wallpaper with painted moulding to create your own wall art.

    roomenvy - yellow feature wall

    roomenvy - yellow feature wall

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    Friday's Fetish: Cosy vintage decorating

    by  • July 30, 2010 • Desirable dining, Stylish living • 3 Comments

    It’s not often I get myself into a pickle in a newsagents, but when I had the cover of Ideal Home July issue to my left and a magazine with Bradley Cooper on the front to my right, I simply had NO IDEA where to look!

    See, this cosy lived-in living room oozes vintage charm. I think it’s just soooooo pretty, and love that (having got my hands on the issue) inside they have a fuss-free alternative for those who find the romantic fairytale vintage look a bit too much.

    Faded, worm furniture pieces are mixed with faded fabrics and comfy seating packed with cushions.

    roomenvy - vintage living room

    roomenvy - vintage living room

    And if you find romantic vintage too busy, go for faded vintage appeal with subtel colour and white-painted furniture. Included a mix of patterna dn texture and don’t go too overboard on the floral front.

    roomenvy - leafy green dining room

    roomenvy - leafy green dining room

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    Vintage rose wallpaper – yay or nay?

    by  • July 27, 2010 • Bathroom bliss, Beautiful boudoirs • 3 Comments

    What do you guys think about vintage rose wallpaper designs? Here was I thinking that the only debates I’d hear in the lifts were about the guy someone was dating or about what to have for lunch, but THIS?

    The interior world seems divided? Old fashioned but traditional vs vintage country charm? Only for country cottages vs retro statement in a modern pad? Homely touch vs man repellent? Oh it’s all kicking off! Who says the world of cushions, soft lighting and bathroom countertops isn’t full of drama??

    I think this looks really cute, a real slab of kitch country charm.

    roomenvy - vintage rose wallpaper bathroom

    roomenvy - vintage rose wallpaper bathroom

    However, this frightens me … on the ceiling, too? A bit too much!

    roomenvy - vintage rose wallpaper bedroom

    roomenvy - vintage rose wallpaper bedroom

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