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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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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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Festive fireplace

Festive fireplace

Posted by on Dec 28, 2009 in Decorating, Design, My house | 4 comments

I mentioned a few weeks ago that we were getting a new fireplace installed in our living room. Well, it ended up not exactly being a whole new fireplace, just a gas insert with logs. I know it’s not the same as a real wood-burning fire but it’s easier, cleaner, safer and slightly greener so worth doing. While we’re still all feeling...

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Zebra rug for the living room

Zebra rug for the living room

Posted by on Sep 6, 2009 in Decorating, Design, My house | 5 comments

Encouraged by the success of the zigzag rug in our playroom/little sitting room, I’ve finally chosen a rug for our living room. I went for the Zebra rug from West Elm in espresso and ivory. It’s a little smaller than I would have liked but, as standard sizes go, it’s not too bad. The room really needed some pattern and something dark to...

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Yellow: conquered!

Yellow: conquered!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, My house | 13 comments

I’ve finally done it. I’ve introduced some yellow into our house. If you recall from this post, yellow has been my nemesis for years. But, I’ve taken the plunge and bought…….. ….a pillow and a poster. I know, pathetic isn’t it? It’s just a color so why all the drama? But, before you give up on me for good,...

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Hurray, finished the dining room

Hurray, finished the dining room

Posted by on May 17, 2009 in Decorating, Design, My house | 4 comments

As I mentioned here, I’ve been revamping our dining room. Nothing major, mind you. Just a few tweaks here and there to finish the space. I’ve finally finished it and have some photos to share. It’s not an easy room to photograph so forgive the amateurish attempts. But you get the gist. So, what did we do? Well, we replaced the Seventies...

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Garden makeover

Garden makeover

Posted by on May 3, 2009 in Decorating, Design, My house | 2 comments

We’re all cooped up inside this weekend because of the wind and rain. But at least it means I have time to post about the work we’ve been doing in the backyard the past few weekends when the weather HAS been nice… The garden is at the stage where we don’t have to do any major renovations. We can just potter about, adding new...

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