Category Archives: Living Room

Breaking it Down…


So you know that I have an aversion towards pink in the home. So it was surprising when I came across the image of this grand living room that featured a velvet sofa in powder pink and loved it. I’m not sure whether it’s because it sits against a stunning soft grey painted room or that the sofa itself is quite masculine in style. Either way, I was intrigued and wanted to figure out why the room works so well. So today I’m going to try and break it down.


  1. The walls and ceiling are painted out in the same soft grey colour creating a subtle backdrop to the furnishings in the room. It also mutes the panelling on the doors and columns making the room feel less grand and more modern.
  2. The vertical lines on the grey lamp replicate the lines in the column next to it and are used to create a divider between the area’s within the room.
  3. The 2 armchairs in the living area mimic the legs of the table in the background creating a sense of unity to the scheme.
  4. The powder pink velvet sofa is the focal point of the room and pops against the soft grey walls and dark floors.
  5. The red/orange accessories are present in all 3 area’s of the scheme tying the whole look together. The red picture in the room behind the doors draws the eye towards the hidden room. Only one main colour palette is present in the room – red.

So what do you think of the room? Would you have a pink sofa like that in your home? You know I’d love to know. Have a lovely Thursday. xD

Image Source – Cote Maison


Breaking it Down…


So the other day I came across a picture that had the most amazing pendant light. It’s a light made entirely out of Ostrich Feathers by Haldane Martin. I found myself looking at the picture for a long time, not just because of the pendant light which I now need to find a place in my home for, somewhere, anywhere! but also the fact that I was intrigued by the interior it was featured in. So I’m going to try and break it down today. Here we go…


  1. The focus of the room is the striking feather pendant that brings the feeling of glamour into the scheme.
  2. The pastel pink chair at the back of the room ties in with the picture on the wall featuring pastel butterflies which creates a separate area in the room. However the pink does not clash with the purple velvet couch, creating separation and harmony at the same time.
  3. The deep purple sofa works well against the dark wood floor. The feather image on the cushion is also a clever play against the feathers in the light.
  4. The tables are unified through their similar detailing and the candle holders bring them together.
  5. The dove grey walls create a soothing backdrop to the dramatic furnishings and lighting in the room.

So what do you think of the room? Is there anything you could add to the breakdown process? If so, please do, I love it when you guys give your opinions! Have a lovely Tuesday. xD

Image Source – Norwegian Maison

How to create a hotel interior at home


Good morning, I hope you are well. Over the weekend I went to Stockholm to attend the Meet the Bloggers convention. As I mentioned in my last post, I was a little nervous about the whole thing as it was a new experience and I’d never been to anything like it before. So now I have to report back that I shouldn’t have worried. I’ve never met such a lovely bunch of people. Everyone was genuinely supportive and I learnt so much that I felt like my brain was going to burst.

Stockholm is a most beautiful city and although I have visited the city before with my family, this time I was able to visit the city with a more directed design view. I was naive in thinking that the Scandinavians have a very distinct aesthetic ie minimal with a strong tie with nature. I had assumed that the hotel we were staying at would be representative of this. So I was both surprised and delighted when I arrived to discover that the Scandic Grand Central Hotel was in fact an eclectic restoration by architecture firm Koncept of a property built in 1885. Their intention was to create an interior that would feel like it always existed. The core elements of the interiors were based around Music, playfulness, photography and creativity.

As I was walking through the hotel, I started wondering whether it would be possible to recreate the style of the interior at home.  So I put together some notes on how this could be possibly achieved within the reception, kitchen and bedroom of a home. The results are below:


  • Use a restricted colour palette to create harmony.  The orange pillows and stripe on the sheets create a pop of colour and focal point, the surrounding area then mellows, but still uses variations of the orange ie citrus orange in the typography picture to the camel brown in the curtains
  • Create a unique headboard by using wall panelling. The panelling is then painted out in the same colour as the wall so as not to be too intrusive on the scheme.
  • Use lighting to highlight artwork and create flexibility.


  • Use beautiful tiling on the floor to create a stunning feature.
  • Hang industrial lights over a kitchen island or dining table to create a focal point. Note: the size of the lights mimic the size of the pattern on the floor.
  • Don’t be afraid to use black in the ceiling and furniture. It makes the other colours in the room more vibrant.

And finally….


So what do you think? Do you like the scheme? Would you have any of the elements in your home? I’d love to know. Have a lovely Tuesday and I’ll see you tomorrow for inspiration Wednesday. xD

Image Source: Scandic Grand Central Hotel

Breaking it Down


Every now and again, I come across a picture of an interior that I am so fascinated with, that I literally stare at it for minutes. The reason for this is firstly,because I LOVE it and secondly because I’m trying to figure out why. Why do I love it? What is it about the image that works and what elements am I drawn to. I call this trying to “break it down”. It’s a useful thing to do, as it helps one to understand what style you like and how to incorporate the elements into your scheme.

So, whenever I come across such a picture, I will post it up and “break it down” to the best of my ability.

Today’s image is of the fashion designer Nanette Lepore’s eclectic living room in her Manhattan home. Among the intriguing objects of her home is a beautiful glass chandelier in the form of a ship.



  1. The Glass Chandelier is a striking feature in the living room creating a beautiful focal point. Other elements of glass in the mirror and nest of tables bring harmony into the scheme
  2. The sofa, pouffe and armchair although different colours and textures are pulled together through the clever use of indented buttons on each piece of furniture.
  3. The addition of a large cream coloured rug bring lightness into an otherwise dark wall and floor. The texture also adds another dimension by making the room warm and inviting.
  4. The use of Orange and Blue are complimentary colours in the colour wheel. Although there are many different textures and materials used, the colour palette is restricted to these shades.
  5. The painting above the fireplace brings a sense of joy to the room.

So what do you think? Does the scheme work for you? Are there other elements that you like/dislike? I’d love to know your thoughts. Till tomorrow. xD

Source Image:

Photographer: William Waldron

Making an impact with mirrors above the mantle

I have a major pet peeve. I absolutely can’t stand it when people put a single mirror above a mantelpiece that’s way too small. I swear, everytime I see this I flinch internally, and my head screams NOOOO! So now that I’ve said this, I have to sincerely apologise for offending anyone as I’m sure there are many!  Maybe I’m just being prejudiced against small mirrors, but I don’t get the point. If you are going to put a mirror above a mantle, then I can only think of three reasons why, 1 – you want to reflect maximum light into the room, 2 you want to make the room look bigger or 3 you want to use it as a feature to decorate the blank wall. If you want to go for a mirror you should either go big, like oversized or lots of small mirrors to create a collage like the images below. I’m keen to hear your thoughts on this as I’m really scratching my head here. Am I being totally irrational, or do you agree? Have a lovely Tuesday.

Image Source – 1 Apartment Therapy, 2 and 3


Friday 5’s – How to make a large room feel cosy

Hi and Good Morning. It’s going to be a quick one today as the run up to Christmas is starting to get busy busy busy! The other day, I had some friends over to my little home and they commented on how they found it really difficult to make their large living room feel cosy and welcoming. It’s easy to fall into the trap of placing a couple of sofa’s against the walls and then having such a large gap in between that you end up shouting at each other from opposite ends of the room. So here are some tips on how to make a large room feel more cosy:

  1. Use large items of furniture to take up the floor space and height of the room eg. oversized sofa, large wall cabinet, large lighting or chandelier
  2. Paint the room a dark colour and keep the walls, frames, ceiling and if you can floor the same colour. Dark colours will always make a room appear smaller and more cosy.
  3. Create zones within the room by using furniture ie one for conversation, one for reading etc. You can also use furniture as the physical divider of the room such as a shelf
  4. Use large wall art or wallpaper to create a focal point to the room
  5. Place furniture away from the walls rather than against. This helps to distract the eye away from the size of the space

The images below are from the blog of photographer Todd Selby from  The Selby. The images are of the home of famous Interior Designer Abigail Ahern. Having been lucky enough to attend one of her masterclasses earlier this year at her home, I was able to see it first hand. Her home is as beautiful as a work of art and she has integrated a lot of these tricks into her home as shown below. Do you have any tips you might like to share? What’s worked for you in the past?

Have a lovely weekend. xD

Pools of light with lamps

I recently attended a local society meeting. Being part of the local community (aside from being informative) also gives me the opportunity to have a sneak peek at peoples homes. Have you ever walked down your street and wondered what the house looks like inside? I do this constantly, and am a little embarrassed to admit that I do take a nosey into peoples bay windows to see what decor changes they have made of late. Anyway, the meeting was at the home of one of the members. It was a cute little cottage, dressed in a classic style with furniture and accessories that represented their love of travel. Think mahogany trunks, intricately carved Indonesian tables and formally displayed African art.

As 20 people crammed into the tiny reception, I noticed how softly lit the room was. Like being in a sophisticated 1920s gentleman’s club, the inviting atmosphere was created by multiple pools of soft light illuminated from 6 lamps (yes I counted them) dotted around the room. Instead of having 1 light hanging from the ceiling, you can create more mood and atmosphere by creating multiple pools of soft light. In order to create this some ideas are below:

  • Use lots of low wattage lights dotted around the room
  • Avoid fluorescence at all costs (you want a soft glow)
  • Use a variety of lights that are different sizes and heights
  • Put dimmers on all your switches so that you can control how much light you need

The images below were taken from Elle Decor Magazine (October 2011). Not only is the Manhattan apartment of Accessories Designer William Frawley wonderfully eclectic, you can imagine lounging on the sofa with a glass of scotch while listening to Jazz in the evenings after a night out on the town.

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