Category Archives: Bedrooms

Headboards with nailhead (stud) patterns

via Lonny

I am always on the lookout for creative design inspiration (in other words, ways to rival designer looks for comparatively very little money) and when I came across this bedroom image from Lonny, I had one of those “Hey, I could make that” moments about the headboard.

It looks very achievable for us creative DIY enthusiasts, yes? (Next week you will get a peek of just how much DIY goes on in my home!)

Here is a simpler pattern that looks lovely too –

via The Glass Factory

Look, the same design for a lovely girly-pink headboard!

via Simplified Bee

Would you attempt to make your own headboard?




Filed under Bedrooms, Design, DIY

Cheery contrast: blue & red

Drake Design Associates

The weather has turned dreary and rainy in this part of the world so I am looking at a perk-me-up colour combination: turquoisey blue (think blue sky and sea) teamed with bright vibrant red.



House of Turquoise


Homes & Antiques


La Maison Boheme

It even works for a cosier, more romantic look.


Apartment Therapy

Aren’t these just the prettiest little girls’ rooms? SO much better than a sickly pink overload. (Speaking of which, can somebody please explain why some parents insist on surrounding their girls in pink? Because I really don’t understand it.)

Little Green Notebook


Hotel Missoni, Edinburgh


Conversation Pieces

Looks like the most fun wedding ever, yes?


Do you have colours that you turn to when you need perking up? Or any other tricks for a dreary grey day?



Filed under Bedrooms, Blue, Design, Dining rooms, Living rooms, Red

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

Spot the IKEA

Real rooms… beautiful rooms… rooms that are friends with IKEA…

Being in the business of affordable interior design, I am friends with IKEA so my IKEA-radar rarely fails to spot an IKEA item. Too much IKEA in one sentence? Sorry.

These cute rooms are from Stadshem, a Swedish real estate website. Browsing the site was the most delightful procrastination I have ever done, ogling at so much lovely Scandinavian design was utter joy and my IKEA-radar was totally tickled.

Can you spot the IKEA in these rooms?

These two kitchens are adorable, I would squeeze them if I could.

My projects vary vastly in budget (shoestring to gold nugget) and in style. The traditional period sitting room where I am working on dressing a window that is 180 inches wide x 108 inches high will not be getting any IKEA, but for more eclectic/contemporary homes, a little IKEA something is often the perfect fit – either for the wallet or the style or both. But let’s not liken IKEA to cheap… I mean, some of their rugs are priced at £1,329. Each. Uh huh.

I am also currently designing a sweet bijou apartment on a modest budget. My clients are all about the modern and the sleek, no frills. I am presently working up the chic-and-cosy bedroom scheme and IKEA has come to the rescue with their extensive choices and sizes for bedroom storage which rival bespoke fitted (expensive) options, and which look great too. Clients like me when I save them £££s.

just a work-in-progress, please don’t dissect it

If there is anyone who doesn’t love the phenomenon that is IKEA, please come and see me.


Filed under Bedrooms, Design, Kitchens, Living rooms

Can exposed stone walls take your breath away?

I am completely besotted with this home in Southern France.

Once an old mill, this place was rebuilt into an absolutely gorgeous home.

I am going gaga over the breathtaking architecture: the stunning windows, high ceilings, exposed beams, and most of all, the beautiful stone walls.

I am lost for proper words… just love this home with the most beautiful stone walls I have ever come across.

The decor is also divine. I adore the combination of rustic charm with stunning sophistication.

Dark greys = très chic!

This is SO my kind of dream home.


Source: Nuevo Estilo


P.S. Apologies for my lack of posts recently. Life is rather busy at present, and when do I get a break, I am trying to make the most of the sunshine and glorious long evenings (can you tell I am a sunbird?).



Filed under Bedrooms, Design, Hallways & stairs, Home tours, Kitchens, Living rooms