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Monochrome and metallics

Monochrome and metallics

Posted by on Mar 8, 2011 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 1 comment

Why didn’t I know about this beautiful blog until this weekend? Of course, I’ve seen these photos of blogger Nicole’s stunning apartment all over the blogosphere, especially since it was featured in Rue Magazine. But the blog is a great source of inspiration too. Especially right now – while Nicole is off bonding with her newborn,...

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Kitchen tiles from Heath Ceramics

Kitchen tiles from Heath Ceramics

Posted by on Mar 7, 2011 in Decorating, Design, My house | 1 comment

The plans for our kitchen are starting to come together – although we still have a long way to go before we can start picking out fixtures and fittings. That hasn’t stopped my mind from wandering onto topics such as which backsplash to choose… I didn’t really want to go with tiles as they can look rather traditional. But a backsplash...

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Black walls for a bedroom

Black walls for a bedroom

Posted by on Feb 10, 2011 in Color palette, Decorating, Design | 11 comments

Although I’m a fan of black walls, I always felt that black was for cozy, moody rooms. To take a bright, airy room with lots of windows and paint it black would surely be a waste of all that natural light, right? How wrong could I be? Take a look at this striking bedroom from Ab Chao. And here’s what it looked like before. Incredible, right?...

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Modern ski lodge

Modern ski lodge

Posted by on Feb 2, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Houses | 5 comments

We’re going skiing at the end of February but, sadly, we’re not staying here… This Tahoe home is the work of John Maniscalco Architecture (also on Houzz). I love the way all the traditional features of an alpine cabin – from the wood-clad walls to the fireplace to the fabrics – are reinvented with a more modern twist....

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13 inspiring white kitchens

13 inspiring white kitchens

Posted by on Jan 31, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 5 comments

We are in the market for a new kitchen this year. It’s going to be a huge relief to finally get rid of the ancient cabinets, cracked floor tiles and crazy layout. I’ll try to record the process here and will get the first few ‘before’ shots up soon. Meantime, I’m at the inspiration-collecting stage. I know I want a streamlined...

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A unique house with subtle styling

A unique house with subtle styling

Posted by on Jan 20, 2011 in Between these four walls: house tours, Decorating, Design, Photographers | 2 comments

If I’m going to continue the theme of red-accented spaces, this unique house is the perfect place to stop next. It’s the home of portrait photographer, Emily McCall. Why do I love this house? Because it intrigues me and is truly one-of-a-kind. For a start, you’d think a palette of black, white and red would be brash and in-your-face, but...

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A non-traditional red dining room

A non-traditional red dining room

Posted by on Jan 12, 2011 in Color palette, Decorating, Design | 3 comments

Maybe it’s a sign that I need some warmer weather and brighter days, but I’m on a roll with red rooms. How stunning is this dining room, spotted on Norwegian interiors site, Bo Bedre? They say red is ideal for dining rooms because it stimulates both conversation and appetite. But this one turns tradition on its head with an all-white room,...

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Ikat sofas

Ikat sofas

Posted by on Jan 5, 2011 in Decorating, Design, Shopping | 2 comments

Are you over Ikat prints yet? If the big furniture retailers are anything to go by, far from it. Ikat-inspired patterns are still sprouting up everywhere – not least on some pretty stylish sofas. I’m a fan of this sofa from Wisteria, made from one-of-a-kind bridal rugs. Good old West Elm, of course, has its own version. The print that it...

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