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Grown-up decorating

Grown-up decorating

Posted by on Nov 15, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 6 comments

Do you still think of some spaces as ‘grown-up’? Maybe it’s just me, but every now and then I come across a room that exudes a certain refinement, elegance, taste and confidence that can only be described as grown-up. These spaces have no gimics, no attention-grabbing features, no whimsy (although they may have wit). They are somehow both...

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Whimsical table design

Whimsical table design

Posted by on Oct 20, 2010 in Design, Inspiration, Shopping | 0 comments

I’m always attracted by unusual and imaginative pieces of furniture. But how cool is this jewellery-inspired table? And I guess you could reconfigure the pieces how you like, as the mood takes you. Spotted on Emma’s Design Blogg, it’s from Swedish furniture brand, the home company. So...

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A red and gold apartment scheme

A red and gold apartment scheme

Posted by on Sep 9, 2010 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Houses, Inspiration | 7 comments

A few weeks ago my sister asked me to help revamp her Manhattan apartment. Only trouble was, I wasn’t planning to head out East and so any help I could offer had to be remote. Luckily, my sister has excellent taste and so all she needed was some help in bringing her ideas together into a cohesive scheme. Sometimes, all it takes is a fresh pair of...

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When is a table not a table?

When is a table not a table?

Posted by on Aug 17, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Shopping | 0 comments

I just love these unusual tables (if you can call them that) by Italian designer, Giancarlo Zema (found via here). This innovative collection is called ‘Bright Woods’ because they’re lit from within by LED lights. That’s right, those white stripes are fabulous, glowing streams of light, set against the most gorgeously smooth and...

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Perfect symmetry

Perfect symmetry

Posted by on Jul 19, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Tips | 5 comments

This is the picture that started it all. A minor obsession with symmetry, that is. There’s something about the symmetry of the exposed rafters, the shutters, matching consoles and round mirrors that speaks to me. It’s cool, calm and collected – an effect that’s further enhanced by the all-white palette. Complete order and I love...

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An eclectic family home

An eclectic family home

Posted by on Jul 12, 2010 in Between these four walls: house tours, Decorating, Design, Houses, Inspiration | 6 comments

I love stumbling across beautifully-designed ‘real’ homes on Flickr. So I’m crazy about this refreshingly eclectic place. It’s owned, and impeccably styled by Yvonne, who also blogs about her travels, family, crafts and home on her blog, Moline. Yvonne has lived in Germany, Istanbul and Mexico and her style is clearly influenced by...

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Stylish vacation homes

Stylish vacation homes

Posted by on Jun 24, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 2 comments

Now that it’s officially summer, many of us are turning our minds to vacation. Or maybe you’re already enjoying your sojourn in the sun? With a family in tow, we like to rent a house for a week or two in the summer so we can just kick back and relax in a home from home. Usually it’s within a three hour drive since any more time in the car...

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Is that IKEA?

Is that IKEA?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Shopping | 5 comments

As you know, I am not afraid to admit that a large amount of our furniture is from IKEA. If you’re smart about how you use each piece, you can’t beat it for affordable style. Well, IKEA has a new site where people share pictures of their IKEA purchases in situ. There are some great examples of stylish homes that use IKEA furnishings...

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Laura Resen

Laura Resen

Posted by on May 19, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Photographers | 5 comments

You’ll recognize photographer Laura Resen‘s work from the pages of several interiors magazines. She counts among her clients the likes of Architectural Digest, Harpers Bazaar, Elle Decor, French Vogue, Living Etc, House Beautiful and Domino magazine. But, despite this stylish line-up, the homes she photographs all seem to share a key quality:...

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