Archive for: October, 2012



When decorating with colour it’s important to consider texture and pattern alongside your choices of hue. Think about the elements of the space and what you wish to draw attention to (or try to disguise!) as the answers will help you formulate the vision for your space. In this kitchen we can see how a boldly patterned wallpaper has been used to visually ‘open’ the space by appearing to raise the height of the room. By papering the three adjacent walls to the galley-style kitchen, it effectively draws the rest of the space together, zoning it as the ‘kitchen’ and making it feel like a much larger space than it really is. The character and charm of the wooden floor boards are echoed in the rustic, weathered kitchen cabinets, which have been painted in a series of turquoise blue shades, then distressed. For me, this addition of colour and texture is what makes this kitchen is a real winner. What do you like about it, folks?
// Hus & Hem | Photography by Kent Bill Qvist

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I’ve had several emails recently asking for advice on how to decorate a teenager’s bedroom in a manner that balances both fun and function without loosing any style points. This bedroom is a fine example of how to do this as it strikes a balance between feeling youthful and sophisticated. The benefit of this approach is that once the bedroom is freed up you will be able to swap out a few smaller pieces such as the lamp and the textiles in order to make the room a perfect spare bedroom. In the meantime, the playful stripes are tempered by the chic grey painted panelling, which is anchored by a black bed frame and rug. Choosing a metal bed frame allows teenagers to twist fairy lights around the headboard for a relaxed, younger feel, which again can easily be taken out for a more grown up look. Finally, incorporate plenty of storage into the room to make it practical for storing away DVDs, sports kit and so on.
// Ideal Home

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1. I had the most amazing time with IKEA in Sweden and experienced so many super things, which I’m really excited to blog for you!
2. I love how peaceful it feels when you are flying above the clouds.
3. The leaves are quickly becoming a beautiful shade of auburn.
4. Freshly made chocolate chip cookies look great in a Kilner jar.
5. These colourful rolling pins are one of my favourite pieces in the new West Elm Market collection.
6. How super sweet are these little scent diffuser milk bottles?
7. I learned how to make spider web style topping on my Halloween cupcakes.
8. Emily Isles makes colourful illustrative prints.
9. I would like to add this fair isle sweater to my collection!
10. I love the colourful buttoning on the Wilmot sofa.

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