Monthly Archives: February 2013

Interesting ways with Mosaic Tiles

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So I’ve been feeling a little unmotivated in regards to my study lately. I took a break during half term (which was last week) as I always do because I like to savour the time I have with little J when he’s home from nursery, and I haven’t had the motivation to start up again since he went back (which was Monday). Then 2 things happened.

Lauren who writes a blog called Girl and the Abode which is about interiors amongst other things wrote a post about inspiration and motivation and included my blog in her list of daily reads. Thank You Lauren (I’m still blown away). And then a friend who I’ve only known for  a few months asked me if I would help her re-design her bathroom! I truely believe that life has a way of nudging you in the right direction if you’re walking the wrong way. In this case, it was like a kick up the back side saying get on with it Doris!

So during the discussion with my friend, she told me about how she had two bathrooms and the reason she wanted the re-design for one was that she tried to design one by herself with mosaic tiles and it just came out all wrong. This got me thinking, how do you get it right?

So I started to investigate and I think the key is balance and to think about the proportion and scale of the room in relation to how much mosaic you use. Here are some idea’s.

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So what do you think? Would you like to have mosaic tiles in your bathroom?

Now I have to catchup on my studies so there will be no post tomorrow but I will be back on Monday for another Interior Style. Have a great weekend! xD

Title and Last Image – Freshome.com, 2nd Image – Guardian.co.uk, 3rd Image – Remodelista, 4th Image – Glassdecor via Modenus, 5th Image – Unknown


A room with a view…

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Time for another week of a room with a view. It’s normally around the middle of the week that I feel the need for a little inspiration to keep me going through till the weekend. This weekly column combines my 2 favourite things, beautiful locations and interiors.

With the ever so temperamental weather here in London, it’s been grey and wet for far too long. I’m in dire need of some blue sky and beach.

This week we go to the Baltic Islands, where this beautiful modernist building was designed by Claesson Koivisto Rune Architects. The simple yet modern interior interacts perfectly with the stunning view of the beach taken in through the double height glass wall and doors. I don’t know about you, but on a day like that, who would even be in that room? I’d be outside perched up on that wall reading a book. What would you be doing?

If you’d like to see more of this stunning building, you can go to YankoDesign.com

Have a lovely Wednesday. Till tomorrow. xD


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Hi, just a quick post today to let you know that I have been working on putting together a Facebook page where I can timeline all of my posts. It’s something that’s been outstanding for a while now and I finally completed the uploads last night. If Facebook is your social media of choice, then take a look and “like” the page so that you can get updates easily here or click on the facebook button on the right column. That’s enough advertising for one day. Will be back tomorrow talking about interiors.

Thanks Doris


Interior Styles: Ski Chalet

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Happy Monday! How was your weekend? We spent the weekend at home with all planned activities cancelled due to someone (me) getting the cold that’s been going around these parts lately. I must admit that it was nice staying in bed all day, surfing pinterest on the ipad and catching up on mind-numbing tv.

With the floating drops of snow slowly making their way to the ground outside my window, it made me reminisce of one of my bucket list items that I managed to cross off a few years ago when I finally made it to Whistler, Canada for a ski holiday. Growing up in Australia, the mountains and snow just don’t really compare to the the ones on the other side of the world. So I always dreamed of seeing a “proper” mountain with alpine tree’s and snow. And what was the first thing I noticed when I got there? Not the snow that was 2 feet deep, or the brisk cold air, but rather the fresh everlasting smell of the pine tree’s that littered the mountain side. It was unforgettable.

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So this weeks interior style is a homage to the great ski chalet. Though some might argue that it’s not really an interior style, I beg to differ. Ski chalet’s do have a distinct aesthetic and they all share key elements. They take from the rustic style and then add a twist of contemporary. Those beautifully built log cabins that are made to withstand extreme temperatures outside, create a warm and inviting haven inside.

The beautiful Chalet that I’ve used to showcase the style today is located in the French resort of Megeve called Le Chalet Zannier.

THE KEY ELEMENTS

  • Like the Rustic style, Ski Chalets use a lot of wood in their interiors. This is part of the philosophy of reflecting the beauty of the outside in.
  • The focal point of a room is almost always the view of the mountain side outside and the interior should work with that
  • Fireplaces are a must to create a warm and inviting atmosphere
  • Colours used are mostly neutral however can be complimented with deep rich and warm colours
  • Furniture is usually contemporary in style and covered in natural fibres including linen, wool and leather
  • Rugs are a must against a wood or stone floor, thick pile, sheep skin or faux fur
  • Accessories can include antlers and wall mounted animal heads

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THE REALITY CHECK

Can you bring a ski chalet style into your home. Probably not entirely, but I do have a couple of sheepskins that I place over chairs to warm up the interior of the room. I think that it’s better to leave this style where it belongs, in the mountains and snow. So what do you think? Do you like this style? Would you live with this style in your home? or  are you planning a trip to the snow soon and staying in a ski chalet? I’d love to know. Till tomorrow. xD

Image source – Le Chalet Zannier


5 Things I’ve learnt from…

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Last week we talked about how I went to the all day Masterclass I attended in 2011 called Design with Confidence and the lecture presented by Diana McKnight. The post went through a number of the design principles commonly used to build an interior scheme. You can take a look at last weeks post here.

As I got such good feedback from the last post, I thought it wasn’t right to just leave it so today I will outline the last 2 design principles to ensure that you all get the complete picture. So, here they are:

  1. Proportion – is the relationship of one part of the room to another. It’s about creating visual balance within a scheme. The golden section, is a greek methodology that emphasises that given two parts, one smaller and one larger, the ratio between the smaller and larger part should be the same as the ratio between the larger part to the whole. The 3 variables in the proportion of a room are the width, length and height.
  2. Scale – this relates to proportion and is used with a visual reference to the things we know. The scale of an item is usually used as a  reference compared with a person or another object in the room.

I think that these elements are the most fun of the design principles. Playing with scale and proportion can turn a boring and bland room into a bit of a Alice in Wonderland scenario and create something unexpected and exciting within a scheme. Which element is your favourite?

And finally, last week we had a bit of fun by guessing which images utilised which of the design principles. After careful analysis, I can safely say that every one of the rooms I showed has all the design principles in them in some form, including the use of proportion and scale.

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So there you go. I hope you enjoyed the post today. This weekend will be full of activities with the family and I’m craving a roast so may have to fit that in somehow.  Have a wonderful weekend. xD

Image Source – Title – Etsy,  Freshome.com, House Beautiful and Atlanta Homes Magazine


The homes of fashion designers

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Good Morning. How is your week going? We’ve been busy over here as Little J is on Half Term break. We’ve been out and about enjoying the sunshine at the zoo and local parks.

Meanwhile, I hear that all the fashionista’s were busy attending London Fashion Week at various hotspots around town. So I thought today I’d feature some interiors owned by Fashion Designers. I must be honest here, when I did my research for this post, the same 2 websites kept popping up, apparently fashion designers love to show their homes to Architectural Digest and Elle Decor. So you will see that the designers I chose were mostly from the US and admittedly some of them I haven’t heard of, but I only chose those interiors that I genuinely liked rather than choosing the interiors of those designers I knew about (which is pretty limited anyway). But what it did inspire me to do was go and take a look at their clothes to see if their design aesthetic at home was similar to their clothes. And the verdict? Well I’m not so sure.

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So, Which interior was your favourite? Does your fashion style reflect the interior in your home?

I’d love to know. Have a lovely Thursday. See you all tomorrow. xD

Image Source – Title Image Nanette Lepore’s Dressing Room in her Manhattan Townhouse and Jill Stuart, Anna Sui, Badgley MischkaElle Decor Jenni Kayne, Valentino and Stefano PilatiArchitectural Digest


A room with a view…

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Happy Wednesday! Usually during the middle of the week I’m in need of some inspiration to get me through to the weekend. After a colourful and eclectic couple of days on this blog, I’m feeling like I need to par back. So, today’s view is through a very modern minimal interior that looks out to a country landscape. Not only is the view breathtaking, but so is the structure and interior from which we are viewing from. I can just imagine sitting on that large table with a paper and a cup of coffee getting ready to start the day. Can you? xD

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