My Favourite Decor Books

Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Great ways to display

Hello to new followers, thanks for joining me.

Today I'm sharing images of great ways to display things, either on walls or on console tables...even vintage ironing boards!

(all images courtesy of Pinterest)

Have a great week!

Saturday, 26 May 2012

light and dark

We've been enjoying some much needed sunshine down south, and I for one won't complain that it's too hot especially when we had such a cold start to spring...

as I would say - it's beach weather!

Love the organic display of art, and in particular the larage portrait which immediately draws your eye in - oh can you spot what looks like a TV just below the large portrait - I nearly missed it!

Double height windows flooding the space with light with stunning pendant light 

Glamorous wall covering teamed with a rustic desk

bold, simple statement walls

Delicious green against dark walls

Beautiful marble wash hand basin

floating wall storage against a sophisticated backdrop
(images all Pinterest)

Enjoy the week...


Monday, 21 May 2012

Off to work we go...

Hi everyone, so glad the sun is shining for a change.  Fingers crossed it stays that way.

I've been looking for office inspiration....loads around, but thought I would share theses images of great home offices.

(image from Pinterest)

(image from Pinterest)

(image from here)

(image from here)

Have a great week!


Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Not for the faint hearted ...

Hi everyone, well you ALL know, I'm a BIG fan of colour, as it can completely change the mood of any room.

I can appreciate that a lot of you love the soft, romantic whites and that's fine, it's all about personal taste after all, and what makes us happy.

These last few days I've been painting away, between groaning with back ache, because let's face it, painting is back aching work!

Two years ago now, I asked hubby to paint my entrance hall which is a good equivalent to Farrow and Ball's Downpipe

He resisted for about five minutes whilst I convinced him that I knew what I was doing, and just to paint!

It does look good - against the white of the woodwork, it really works, punctuated with wall art, it creates immediate visual interest when you open the front door!  

So have any of you been watching Abigail Ahern's TV programme Get Your House in Order???

Wow, what an explosion of dark moody colours, all carefully coordinated with an injection of  bold colour!

I love her style, no French country whites here....just punchy, in your face decor!


this weekend I was lucky enough to attend one of her Master classes ...
can't begin to tell you just how inspirational it was...

(all pics by me - please do not use without asking)

Abi has a book out called A girl's guide to decorating

A practical but inspirational book - from putting up shelving, how to wallpaper painting floors and so much more - available from Amazon.

Are you inspired yet???

Back to painting...
until next time



Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Spring Colour

Tricia Guild  is one of my favourite designers.    She is the woman behind Designer's Guild and has never been afraid to use colour!

These are pictures from her book Tricia Guild on Colour published in 1992...

Paging through this book today, I can see that these colours and the room designs wouldn't look out of place today

There are some looks that just never date...

Soft whites

moody blues and a riot of colour

And here is Tricia's new collection available from Designers Guild

images from here 

Dreamy images, gorgeous colour!

image Pinterest

Until next time


Tuesday, 1 May 2012

TV Finale ...

It seems we all have the same problem with the TV and I've been on a mission to see how one can solve this problem.

I've found a few more solutions - what do you think?

I love this ...shutters mounted over the TV, or perhaps just propped in front...this together with the armoire from A Cottage in Totteridge, is my looks good and it's an economical solution!

A TV as wall art with a permanent picture when not switched on is also a favourite, as are the quirky vintage finds juxtaposed on the wall.

I can't look at this without cringing...(apologies in advance if any of you have a TV on your mantlepiece - it's not my intention to offend anyone!)I know it's a bedroom -  a private space and what a beautiful room it is, but a TV on the mantle...??

but we all cry 'where else can we put it!'  I think this one definitely needs shutters to cover it don't you?

At the very least a beautiful painted canvas!

So I'll put this one to bed and leave it up to more to be said on the subject.

I'd like to know which one you prefer the armoire, shutters or the wall art?
Until next time