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    Chinese whispers: Oriental decorating trends

    by  • November 18, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs • 1 Comment

    This may be an unofficial trend, but I’ve noticed a lot of Chinoiserie and Japonica on the home decorating front recently. Far more elegant than my usual Oriental tastes (such as late-night Chinese takeaways, and laughing at Japanese B-movies) this style always looks, well, beautiful. It’s certainly got timeless appeal (unlike my aforementioned far-eastern passtimes).

    roomenvy - Oriental-influenced bedroom

    roomenvy - Oriental-influenced bedroom

    Jade green soft furnishings, black lacquered Chinese cabinets, a minimalistic four-poster and lashings of white – this bedroom look is crisp, clean and modern.

    roomenvy - hand-painted Chinese wallpaper

    roomenvy - hand-painted Chinese wallpaper

    Inspired by nature, this opulent dressing room with its hand-painted wallpaper makes me want to get all dressed up and head to the opera… to see Madame Butterfly! Dark wood, a gilt-edged mirror and that amazing shade of jade. Homes & Gardens has literally turned me green with envy.

    roomenvy - Modern Oriental bedroom

    roomenvy - Modern Oriental bedroom

    Even when it’s pared-down, the embroidered cherry blossom motif on this Pied a Terre bed linen from House of Fraser endows this bedroom with pure sophistication. Shuttered windows, vibrant silk cushions, fan detailing… I’m all a-flutter!

    While I’m recovering from my latest bout of design lust, you can find more decorating trends and inspiration at Housetohome

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    All hands on (Christmas) decorations

    by  • November 15, 2010 • Uncategorized • 0 Comments

    I’ve been scouring the web for Christmas craft ideas to make festive decorating more personal this year… I may have to put my hands up, surrender, and become the latest recruit to the craft revolution, because I’ve discovered so many ideas I don’t know which to choose as my first project!

    After much deliberation (Lloyd Grossman-era Masterchef style) I’ve pulled out my top three homemade craft ideas from Housetohome‘s extensive festive portfolio. And these ones won’t leave you with glue-coated hands or days-worth of attempting to scrub glitter off every exposed surface, including your hair…!

    roomenvy - make your own christmas stocking

    I don’t care how old you are, everyone should have a Christmas stocking by the living room fire. And maybe Santa will give you extra ‘nice’ points if you make your own (and the rest of the family’s) oversized traditional mini-gift carrier?

    roomenvy - make Christmas gift vouchers more personal

    roomenvy - make Christmas gift vouchers more personal

    Ok, so you’ve run out of ideas and had to buy gift vouchers/ theatre tickets / any paper goods that can’t be wrapped. Oh, but they can! Personalise the ‘impersonal’ gift with these clever little present pouches. Reindeer friend optional (but recommended!)

    roomenvy - wintry paper lanterns

    roomenvy - wintry paper lanterns

    LOVE these glowing paper lanterns – they have such a welcoming festive feel. All it takes to light garden path to the front door, or add a glow to your living room, is some paper bags, tealights and a hole punch. Who said Blue Peter?!

    For more Christmas craft ideas, visit Housetohome.co.uk and keep your eyes peeled for extra tips at new super-seasonal blog, Home for Christmas.

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    Monday's gonna be all white!

    by  • November 8, 2010 • Bathroom bliss, Beautiful boudoirs, Desirable dining, Stylish living • 4 Comments

    I’m worried I’ll put up these really relaxing crisp white schemes and make you all sleepy …er than you already are after the weekend’s Bonfire Night and fireworks excitement – but I couldn’t resist.

    Take snowy shades to greater depths by layering texture and pattern for a modern spin on the classic white space.

    Sharpen a white living room scheme with strong lines. The grooves of this unusual horizontal cladding work with the fan of the chair seat and the folded metal lamp.

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    Blink and you'll miss it living room furniture...

    For a new way to do white dining room walls, cover it with a black-and-white scenic view. Brrrrrr!

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    Narnia-esque dining room with striking feature wallpaper

    Update traditional buttoning with an oversized, zigzag-stitched headboard in white linen. Barely there geometric wallpaper echoes and reinforces the design.

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    Crisp whites for a modern minimalist bedroom

    Refresh the slick whites of the bathroom with pretty, oversized florals.

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    Elegant snowy white bathroom scheme

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    Friday's Fetish: decorating with chilli reds – that's hot!

    by  • November 5, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Desirable dining, Stylish living • 1 Comment

    I love Ideal Home‘s take on decorating your home in chilli reds: ‘Just as a slick of scarlet lipstick takes an outfit from so-so to super-sexy, fiery red can be a short cut to sophistication in your home, too!’ These decorating schemes are red hot, nothing can beat a eye-popping shot of colour to make an impact in your home!

    Put Jalapeno red pieces against a slate wall to make them really stand out!

    red living room | decorating ideas for living rooms | living room decorating ideas | Ideal Home

    Accents of chilli red bring this modern living room to life

    The key to this strong bedroom look is getting the balance right: use tabasco red and white in strictly equal quantities on walls, fabrics and accessories.

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    Liven up your bedroom with this season's chilli reds

    No floor space for a sideboard in the dining room? Wall mount slim storage units instead.

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    Add a vibrant feature wallpaper to your contemporary dining room

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    Friday's Fetish: Autumn impressions

    by  • September 24, 2010 • Beautiful boudoirs, Cool kitchens, Desirable dining, Stylish living • 1 Comment

    If you’ve stepped on a crunchy leaf, it means it’s Autumn! No longer am I longing for hot sunny weekends, I’m now embracing the snuggley, cosiness of the Autumn months when the sun’s still shining, but your cheeks and nose are chilly, and where you are surrounded by the beautiful colours of nature… don’t I sound profound!?

    This season, the decorating world is ready for rich shades of hedgerow fruit and leafy woodlands will be captured on watercolour fabrics and artisan ceramics. Just add warming wools and painted furniture for a free-spirited bohemian look.

    See for yourself with these stunning country-style schemes

    Use painterly fabrics in the latest shades for curtains. Team with homespun-style accessories for an easy-to-live-with living room.

     

    roomenvy - colourful living room decorating idea

    roomenvy - colourful living room decorating idea

     

    Mix and match colourful painted chairs, rustic crockery and pressed glass to create an eclectic country-kitchen look.

     

    roomenvy - autumnal country kitchen

    roomenvy - autumnal country kitchen

     

    Snuggle up by the fire with a cosy chair and punchy floral upholstery and soft furnishings.

     

    roomenvy - cosy living room fireplace

    roomenvy - cosy living room fireplace

     

     

    roomenvy - harvest festival dining room

    roomenvy - harvest festival dining room

     

    Grey painted bedroom furniture works beautifully with bedlinen in subtle floral fabrics.

     

    roomenvy - autumn bedroom design

    roomenvy - autumn bedroom design

     

     

    roomenvy - country-style laundry room

    roomenvy - country-style laundry room

     

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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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    Garden ideas – New Victorian

    by  • September 6, 2010 • Best of the rest • 1 Comment

    I love Ideal Home‘s garden look of the month, ‘New Victorian’, putting a modern (and ambitiously sunny) spin on elegant Victorian style. Apparently it’s all about decorating your garden as if it was an outdoor room (that’ll be the rain talking again) with outdoor clocks, birdcgae lanterns and embroidered cushions.

    Choose ironwork furniture in cream and team with vibrant and colourful accessories in grape, pink and white… then sit back and pray to BBC weather!

    roomenvy - Victorian-style garden design

    roomenvy - Victorian-style garden design

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    Leafy shapes and urban attitude

    by  • August 25, 2010 • Uncategorized • 3 Comments

    Gone are the days of weedy patios, tired old plants and rickety fences – it’s time to get creative! This season is all about bold statements, geometric shapes and zingy summer colours.

    But before you hands dirty, check out Housetohome.co.uk for all the latest style tricks for lack-lustre gardens. Here are a few of my favourites..

    Colourful garden walls - Housetohome - Roomenvy

    Colourful garden walls - Housetohome - Roomenvy

    Flamingo pink paint gives this outdoor living area instant curb appeal. Make a sophisticated chill-out zone by painting your own rug onto decking and group living room-esque furniture and accessories around it.

    Colourful garden wall - Housetohome - Roomenvy

    Colourful garden wall - Housetohome - Roomenvy

    Create a modern arbour by using an outdoor wall as a canvas for a bold artwork – either your own or an artist’s. This graffiti combines urban attitude with leafy shapes and glorious summer colour to lift a simple seating area out of the ordinary.

    Colourful garden walls - Housetohome - Roomenvy

    Colourful garden walls - Housetohome - Roomenvy

    The background in this garden works two big trends – grey and geometric – and gives the green and silver an almost magical glow.

    Need more inspiration? Browse hundreds of beautiful garden schemes over on Housetohome.co.uk.

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    Swanky summer entertaining

    by  • August 24, 2010 • Best of the rest • 2 Comments

    The bank holiday is fast approaching, so why not celebrate the end of summer with a garden party? The weather may not look great, but I’m prepared to throw caution to the wind (and ignore the weather forecast) one last time!

    So if you’re keeping your fingers crossed like me, you may want to check out these alfresco dining ideas from Homes & Gardens

    Smart gazebo - Alfresco dining - Homes & Gardens

    Smart gazebo - Alfresco dining - Homes & Gardens

    A romantic Indian-style tent makes a fabulous venue for outdoor dining. Using a circular table  ensures a sociable feel, while cushions add extra comfort.

    Relaxed terrace - Alfresco dining - Homes & Gardens

    Relaxed terrace - Alfresco dining - Homes & Gardens

    Simple good-quality tableware is key to this informal outdoor arrangement. I love the mix of textures (rustic chickenwire, natural wicker and chunky wood) – it creates a gorgeous French-country feel.

    Smart gazebo - Alfresco dining - Homes & Gardens

    Smart gazebo - Alfresco dining - Homes & Gardens

    Brighten up a simply monochrome palette with a twist of colour. Use bright napkins and flowers to keep the look fresh.

    Need more alfresco dining ideas? Hop on to Homesandgardens.com for hundreds of inspirational schemes.

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