Category Archives: Bathrooms

Wallpapered cloakrooms (powder rooms)

Cloakrooms are the kind of rooms where you can really have fun with decorating and let your quirkiness shine. I’ve just finished designing one for a very lovely client who wanted a cloakroom with a lot of interest that would make people want to keep revisiting it! Being a beautiful period property, the designs in her home also have to be traditional. So in short, traditional but interesting, fun and quirky.

When I first saw the cloakroom, it looked like this –

And now it looks like this –

with the blind up

with the blind down

Thrilled with how it turned out! This is the kind of period home where you don’t box in pipes, it’s all part of the charm (and makes fitting a blind a rather complicated affair, sometimes involving a bit of cursing). The mellow gold wallpaper designed from old family photos makes the space feel so much bigger, and infinitely more interesting. Visitors are sure to stay in there a while, looking at the little photos. The roman blind was a fun challenge: she wanted to carry the quirkiness into the blind and wanted it look like a picture, but not one large image as that would become boring (not to mention get lost in the folds when the blind is up). The answer came, after many iterations of ideas, from an amusing cartoon-type image titled “Notes on Pheasant Shooting” from a magazine dated 1905. An image of a traditional frame was digitally superimposed onto it, and it was printed to size onto fabric and made into a roman blind. She loves how it turned out, so I love it too. I adore this lady, she’s delightfully unique and makes my creative brain work harder than usual, which is good!

I digress. Back to wallpapered cloakrooms.

On the other end of the spectrum, here is a monochromatic flamboyant cloakroom for an equally flamboyant modernist client which went from this…

to this…

Such is the transformative power of wallpaper in a cloakroom. I love to see the reactions on people’s faces when they first open the door to an exciting room!

Now for your viewing pleasure, here are some more wallpapered cloakrooms in different styles:

Period charm: loving the wallpaper and Victorian loo! via House to Home

Toile bathroom via Lonny

Classically pretty, source unknown

Swimming with the fishes, via The Lennox

Dramatic black and white stripes, Nacho Polo via Desire to Inspire

Geometric, source unknown

Turquoise, lilac and brown: a pretty colour scheme I don’t see often, Tami Risinger via House of Turquoise

Very cute bird wallpaper, via Home Bunch

Is it just me or does the mirror frame look like frosting?? via House of Turquoise


How would you decorate a cloakroom?




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Home tour: mixing old and new in a country setting

This is a sort of second installment to the previous post where we ogled over designer Jimmy Stanton’s urban condo in Atlanta.

He and his partner also have a beautiful home in the Georgia countryside so there is even more of their gorgeous style to feast your eyes on.

Warm khaki-grey walls, harmonious blend of old and new, different shapes and textures… there are so many interesting things to look at, yet the overall feel is SO comfortable and homely.

The grouping of pressed botanicals set against black paper is fabulous and I love that the seat is not centered to the art wall… rebellious!

LOVE the old submarine ceiling lights!

They really have thought of everything in this beautiful home… there are even speakers wired into the tree trunks! *cue soft music in the air*

So if it was a choice between the condo in the previous post or this country home, which one would you pick?


Images from Atlanta Homes



Filed under Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Design, Dining rooms, Home tours, Kitchens, Living rooms

Home tour: mixing old and new in an urban setting

Few home tours get me as excited as this one which I came across on the Mix and Chic blog recently. I’ve had the image above in my inspiration folder for a while so I was thrilled to see more of the house and find out about the owner, designer Jimmy Stanton, who has a knack for re-purposing cast-off objects as well as mixing old and new to gorgeous effect.

Jimmy and his partner Patrick have done wonders with their 2-bed urban condo in Atlanta, Georgia. The eclectic style is as comfortable, homely and cosy as it is smart and gorgeous.

The industrial and rustic elements are beautifully balanced by softer colours.

A free standing fireplace in an unused alcove… why not?

The brightly striped bed cover offsets the grey walls and rugged rusticity of the headboard.

Fabulous way to re-purpose an old scale!

Sexy inky black walls in the bathroom.
10 points if you noticed the submarine light sconce!

In the category of urban condos, this one is by far my favourite. It is chic without being ostentatious, and homely rather than overly precious. I could very happily cosy up here! My love for industrial and rustic touches probably plays a big part here. : )

What do you think of this place? Is this your kind of style or is it too masculine for you? If you could move in, would you change anything? (I would add a bit of sparkle while still keeping with the style.)


Images from Atlanta Homes



Filed under Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Design, Grey, Home tours, Living rooms

Venetian mirrors

A little Venetian-mirror-glam is good for the soul, I reckon.

The Osbourne’s home as featured in Architectural Digest

Anita Kaushal via decor8

Alice Lane
A bathroom with a Venetian mirror (or two) is in my must-have list.

Graham & Green

We saw this image only recently, but I say it’s good enough to whistle at again.


Elle Decor

Samuel Botero
Exquisite: sitting majestically but quietly in its tranquil surrounding


Are you a fan? What does your dream Venetian mirror look like?



Filed under Bathrooms, Bedrooms, Design, Hallways & stairs

Loo roll wall

Hello lovelies! I hope you’ve all had a great week!

Sorry about the lack of blogging activity lately, work and life have been getting in the way!

Anyway, TGIF, yes?

I recently came across this bathroom which has a loo roll wall.

What do you think – cool and arty or sign of OCD?

via desire to inspire

A little voice in my head would be itching to mess with it, but I suspect that would NOT BE ALLOWED. 😛

Happy weekend, darlings!



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Vintage posters

I’m going crazy over all the vintage poster art in this Soho loft.

The Chesterfield, traditional rug, vintage dresser and large windows are adding to my excitement.

Even in the bathroom!


This kind of cool renders me lost for words and weak in the knees. What might you call such an affliction?


Images via Houzz



Filed under Art, Bathrooms, Design, Home tours, Living rooms

Decadent loo

Imagine you are given an assignment to design a loo (WC, lavatory, comfort station… whatever you want to call it) and the key phrases to guide you in your design are ‘feminine with a twist’, ‘indulgent’ and ‘a little bit over the top’.

Could you beat this??


More like ‘feminine with a tassel-twist’ 😛

Happy weekend, my lovelies!



Filed under Bathrooms, Design, Pink