Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Bedroom Inspiration - Designers do it with colour and pattern


Monday's post was bedroom inspiration, monochromatic schemes that were peaceful and inviting. However, I realise some might prefer a little colour, possibly you have a bedroom that doesn't receive much sunlight and you want to add some life and make it more inviting. For me, one of the simplest ways to brighten a bedroom is by painting the walls a neutral colour and adding colourful bedlinen such as cushions and a duvet or gorgeous accent throw. Curtains are another way of brightening your room, however a colourful pattern on curtains makes it a little more difficult to change things around and I love to update my bedlinen seasonally. When it comes to using colour in a bedroom you need to tread carefully but be a little adventurous and the following designers do it with panache.

Monday, 29 September 2014

A Mix of Beautiful Bedrooms - Monochromatic

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More often than not, the interior design of our bedrooms can be a little neglected compared to other areas in our homes. However, considering we spend around 26 years of our life sleeping, it is clear to me they should be seen as one of the most important rooms. A bedroom should be a restful safe haven, beautifully decorated in a style that you feel comfortable with. Decorating a bedroom however, can be a little bewildering with the vast choice of colours, bedding and furniture around. 30 years ago you would never have found such creative use of fabrics, wallpaper and furnishing that we see today, so yesterday I set out on a mission to look for some inspiring ideas that might help if you are thinking of re-decorating this part of your home.

Friday, 26 September 2014

A Cottage Renovation Creates A Charming, Spacious Beachside Home


A spacious cottage interior lies beyond the exterior of this charming 1950's home. An addition of 800 square feet was added onto the rear of the house which includes a family room, two bedrooms and a bathroom. A former porch becomes a new dining space. Inside the owners have used neutral tones in grey, taupe, white and soft blue to create a modern interior with cottage charm.

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

A Day of Photography - Blue and White Shoot


I have come to the realisation, that no matter how many photography courses you attend, when it comes to interior shots your skills are not going to improve until you start shooting like crazy. When it comes to creating great interior or styling shots, the more I photograph, the more I realise how difficult it is to get that perfect shot. However, each mistake takes me one step further to achieving that elusive image I am looking for. So, today my house was in complete turmoil as I moved things around to find the best lit rooms to photograph some blue and white.

Monday, 22 September 2014

Glen Beach Cottage Is A Winner In White


I was not surprised to read that this lovely lakeside cottage won an award in the 2013 Detroit Home awardsThe designers chose a predominantly white theme mixed with subtle shades of grey and blue and the addition of natural linens for the interior of this lakeside home. The overall scheme is timeless and the pictures speak a thousand words of the cottage look that I adore. 

Saturday, 20 September 2014

French Country Cottage Appeal, With a Modern Twist


A simple image, however it immediately captured me. The relaxed sofa with its deep squashy seats and natural creased linen juxtaposed against the rough sisal flooring. Not to mention, the blue and white (my favourite combination), and those crisp, green apples you feel you could pluck from the painting above. This space conjures up an afternoon of lounging on the sofa with a good book or a pile of House and Home magazines... relaxation without the massage.