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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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Anna French wallpaper

Anna French wallpaper

Posted by on Nov 21, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Shopping | 12 comments

If you’ve read this blog for a while, then you’ll know I have a ‘thing’ about wallpaper. I’m drawn to the idea that, with a few dollars and a couple of hours’ work, I too could have trailing florals, rich chinoiserie, dramatic geometrics or sumptuous metallics on my walls. Trouble is, very little of these tempting...

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Decorating with black

Decorating with black

Posted by on Nov 1, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 5 comments

I know black walls have been a design trend for at least a year. But it still takes courage and conviction to decorate with black. I still can’t get over the fact I chose two black-framed mirrors for our house – I thought I was being so bold! But I’ve come to realize that there are some lower-commitment ways to decorate with black. If you...

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Surprising brights

Surprising brights

Posted by on Aug 12, 2009 in Art, Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration, Photographers | 4 comments

When it comes to colors, my design aesthetic is lying somewhere, bruised and battered, in the no man’s land between cool neutrals and wild brights. Trying to accommodate both tastes is rather exhausting. But I’ve found some solace in the portfolio of photographer James Merrell, whose work shows brights being introduced into otherwise neutral...

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Black and white wallpaper

Black and white wallpaper

Posted by on Jul 25, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Shopping | 1 comment

I’ve started to become a fan of black and white patterns in interiors. There’s nothing quite like the drama and contrast of a black and white scheme to energize a room. In particular, I’ve been eyeing up some of the fabulous wallpapers out there in this popular color combination. There are literally thousands to choose from. It’s...

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Pink he’ll live with

Pink he’ll live with

Posted by on Jun 27, 2009 in Color palette, Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 6 comments

I was thinking about pink recently. Why? Well, I spotted this colorscope over at Simplified Bee and decided to give it a whirl. I was drawn to the fuschia color most (which apparently makes me courageous, passionate, playful and serious (?)) Anyway, then I wondered, why don’t we have more of that color in the house? Of course, it’s because I...

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Interiors stylist Claudia Bryant

Interiors stylist Claudia Bryant

Posted by on Jun 6, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 1 comment

I’ve just been pouring over the fabulous and inspiring web site of British interiors stylist, Claudia Bryant. I spotted a photo of her work on A Room Somewhere (in itself a great source of inspiration) and now I’m hooked. What’s great is that Claudia’s work varies so widely – there’s probably something in her portfolio...

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All that glitters

Posted by on May 30, 2009 in Decorating, Design, Inspiration | 0 comments

I’m in the mood for sparkly interiors, it seems. If it’s shiny or shimmery, glittering or glistening, iridescent or pearlescent, lustrous or luminous, metallic or crystal, gilded or burnished, mirrored or sequinned – I want it! So, for anyone else with my magpie tendencies, enjoy this collection of rooms that sparkle with metallic...

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