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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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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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On Ohdeedoh!

On Ohdeedoh!

Posted by on Nov 3, 2010 in Decorating, Design, Personal | 5 comments

For fun, and on the suggestion of a friend, I entered my four-year-old’s room into Ohdeedoh’s ‘Small Kids, Big Color’ contest. What a kick to see it actually featured on the home page of that blog!  Apparently they only select a few and there are some amazing entries there, so I’m thrilled to be in such good company. If you...

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How to create a calming home

How to create a calming home

Posted by on Oct 23, 2010 in Decorating, Design | 3 comments

As you can probably tell from my lack of posts recently, life around here is a bit hectic. Birthday parties, babies, schools, travel and lots and lots of work – frankly I’m amazed we’re keeping it together. It’s at times like this that I crave a home that is an oasis of calm. Of course, that’s not easy when you’re slowing...

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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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