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The power of purple

The power of purple

Posted by on Jan 31, 2010 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 12 comments

Purple is supposed to be one of the hot colors of 2010 – and, as such, has been the center of some discussion in the blogosphere. It’s one of those colors that inspires strong feelings: people either love it or hate it. Personally, it’s one of my favorites. Whether aubergine, plum or lilac, I’m a huge fan. Unfortunately, I rather...

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Wallpaper for boys

Wallpaper for boys

Posted by on Jan 19, 2010 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, My house | 9 comments

Plans for the new nursery are taking shape. But, in terms of execution, we’ve yet to so much as dampen a paintbrush. I’m stalling because I want to wallpaper one wall but, as ever, I’m lingering over the choice of wallpaper. We’re going for pale blue, not because I’m a traditionalist, but because the walls are already the most...

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Where we blog from

Where we blog from

Posted by on Jan 18, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Personal | 3 comments

Today I’m guest blogging over at Ill Seen, Ill Said. Jane invited me to participate in her ‘Where We Blog From’ series and you can see pics of my office space here. I have to confess to being a little embarrassed about the space since it’s the room in our house which has had least thought put into it. But I blame that entirely on...

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Warm wood for cold days

Warm wood for cold days

Posted by on Jan 11, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 3 comments

On these cold winter days, we look for ways to make our homes more cozy and inviting. Perhaps that’s why I’m drawn at the moment to images of spaces with lots of wood. I’m particularly attracted to warm woods with lots of texture. Even better if they have that sheen that comes from years of careful polishing. From individual pieces to...

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Doing white right

Doing white right

Posted by on Jan 6, 2010 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Tips | 4 comments

There have been literally thousands of articles written about how to decorate with white. Given that it is the most frequently used – and often deemed safest – color for interiors, why is it so hard to get right? Perhaps it’s precisely because white is so ubiquitous that its risks are under-estimated. I know that when I use white, it...

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New year, new baby!

New year, new baby!

Posted by on Jan 4, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, My house, Personal | 11 comments

Photo from Flickr. I promised this year would entail some new challenges, and now I can finally reveal one of them. We’re expecting our second child in April! This explains the reduction in posts to this blog during the Fall: morning (ie all-day) sickness and fatigue do not mix well with blogging. But, with all that behind us, we’re looking...

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The smallest room

The smallest room

Posted by on Jan 2, 2010 in Decorating, Design, My house | 7 comments

Bathroom, lavatory, loo, toilet, powder room, cloakroom – whatever you call it, decorating the smallest room in the house is not exactly the most romantic of design projects. Unless you live in the SF decorator showcase that is, and can powder your nose in this delightful space: (Photograph by Elizabeth Fall) In our case, our downstairs bathroom is...

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Winter landscape

Winter landscape

Posted by on Jan 1, 2010 in Inspiration, Personal | 0 comments

Welcome to 2010! To mark the start of the New Year, and before I turn my attention back to interiors, I thought I’d post a few photos taken by my father-in-law in England. We didn’t get to travel back there this Christmas, but these images really sum up the countryside at this time of year: cold but bewitchingly beautiful. May your 2010 be...

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