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A Room with a View and Thank You


Good Morning All, Wednesday is inspiration day and what a wonderful view it is too. Being a bookworm, I couldn’t think of any other place more wonderful then a minimalist interior stacked to the ceiling with books and a sofa just beckoning me over to laze on while enjoying that mountain view.  Ahhhh…

And before I go, I’ve been honoured this week not once but twice by mentions of Diary of an Interior Novice. KLC with whom I am currently studying my Interior Design Diploma with were nice enough to mention my blog on their Facebook, Twitter and Linked in pages. So Thank You.


And I’ve also been featured as a blogger who will be attending the Meet the Blogger event in Stockholm later this month. You can read the feature here. And a big Thank You to the guys at Meet the Blogger also.


It’s not only nice to get mentions outside of the blog space, but I just wanted to also thank those of you that take the time to read and comment here. It makes writing it so much more enjoyable and interactive and your support is so very much appreciated. Till tomorrow. xD

Image Source: PoliformDC


How to use Grey in your Interior


Are you a fan of Pinterest? I only ask because I use it a lot to research images both for this blog and for my studies – you can check out and follow me on pinterest here. I’ve setup a number of boards based on colour and guess which colour has the most followers? GREY.

Being a colour that is neither black nor white, it has seen increasing popularity over the last year or so and it’s only growing. I think the reason for this, is that it’s so flexible in how it can be used. From French Glamour to Industrial, it can be used in any style of interior easily.


So here are some ways on how you can use grey in your interiors:

  • Two factors that need consideration when choosing the right colour grey are the undertones – which are yellow, blue or purple and how light or dark the shade is.
  • Mix grey with yellow undertones to create a warm palette and blue undertones to create a cool palette
  • Create harmony in a scheme by using grey and mixing it with another colour that is used within the same interior
  • Dark grey works really well as a background for bright colours
  • If you have a north facing room, then try to avoid using grey on the walls, use them as accents instead.


Well I finally got my wish for snow. Only a light flurry, though snow none the less. It was wonderful to walk in as I made my way through the park to pick up little J from nursery, I was kissed by millions of light snowflakes as they floated down to the ground. Almost magical. Hopefully by the end of the week, I can make snow angels with little J. Have a wonderful Tuesday and we’ll talk more interiors tomorrow. xD

Image Source: Title Image – lys-vintage.com, 2nd Image – wichmann +bendtsen photography, 3rd Collage – Farrow&Ball, Anthony Baratta, 4th Collage – Photography by Rick Schultz and interior design by Jimmie Martin, FeyHandmade, Atelier Abigail Ahern Photography by Graham Atkins Hughes.

Interior Styles: Traditional Japanese


Good Morning all. How was your weekend? It was a lovely weekend for us over here. Although the rain has been replaced with a cold snap and the threat of snow, it was blue skies and sunny for some of it. As a result, we were out and about, rugged up from head to toe enjoying good food and friends.

For the interior styles column today we head east to the wondrous world of Japan. I’ve been a lifelong fan of the Japanese. I grew up on watching Anime (Japanese cartoons) which my husband and I bonded over when we were dating. But it wasn’t until we traveled to Japan together, that we fell in love with both the country, it’s people and each other. If I had to choose any country in the world that I would return to, this would be it. I could go on and on, but that’s another story for another time.

Traditional Japanese interiors must be one of the most recognised in the world. It’s safe to say that all modern zen-inspired interiors would have gotten their roots from here. The foundation of these interiors are based on minimalism and simplicity, with a strong emphasis on bringing nature into the home.



  • These interiors have a strong relationship with nature. In fact, there is always an external wall in the house that is removable to create the integration between the outside and in.
  • There is a lot of veritcal and horizontal detailing in a Japanese home. These details are always made with wood.
  • Shoji screens are wooden frames with rice paper in the middle. These frames are used throughout the house as movable sliding doors creating a flexible open plan space. The rice paper allows natural light into the home in the form of a translucent glow.
  • High traffic and functional areas such as the hallway and kitchen have wooden or stone flooring. Other rooms where people would normally sit, socialise or sleep are covered in Tatami Mats which are a traditional style of floor covering made out of rice straw.
  • Though walls were tradtionally made  of mud, they are always a muted beige colour
  • Furnishing and accessories are minimal and simple needing to perform some sort of function.





At first glance you might think that this type of interior has no place in a typical modern home. However when I think about the key elements, I realise that we are actually already living with many of the elements that are derived from this style. For example, my house is open plan,  I have a sliding door that opens directly into my garden and my kitchen floor is made of stone tiles. How about you? Do you like this style? Do you have any of the key elements in your home? Please do tell I’d love to know.

I hope you have a happy Monday, till tomorrow. xD

Image source: Japan Style by Noboru Murata and Kimie Tada

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: Elledecor.com

Photographer: William Waldron

Decorate with Love

Hello dear readers. I sincerely apologise for not blogging for a while. The intention was to reduce my posts over the Christmas period, not stop all together! Alas, life got in the way. But I am back today for my final post until the New Year.

The other day I was talking to a friend who has just moved home. She was in a bit of a dilemma.  In her previous home she had put up in the dining room a wallpaper pattern that she absolutely loved! She said that every time she went into the room and saw it, it made her smile. Then when she moved, her first instinct was to again find a place to put the same wallpaper but she hesitated, unsure of whether she should. Her problem was that she felt she couldn’t copy herself and should decorate differently in her new home.

I think a lot of people go through this. The process of moving house is a big change and the process of moving can be a cleansing experience. The mantra “out with the old and in with the new” comes to mind. My view is this; if you absolutely LOVE that wallpaper or paint colour or anything for that matter, it should have a place in your life and indeed your home.  I truely believe in the mantra “Decorate with Love”. It will always make your place where ever you live, feel like your home.


Image Source – Society6.com

That’s it for 2012 for me! I will be back on Monday 7th January with some new idea’s and inspiration to kickstart 2013. I just wanted to thank everyone for dropping by to read my little blog. I’ve had so much fun writing it and have made what I’m sure will be some life long friends. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading my posts too. I look forward to seeing you pop in next year. Till then, have a happy, healthy and safe Christmas and New Year.

With Love, Doris (Interior Novice)


Image Source – Photograph by Kyle Johnson

Interior Styles: Industrial

It’s Monday and this weeks Interior Style is Industrial. Being from Melbourne, Australia I remember walking through the back streets of industrial suburbs like the Docklands to get to the cool clubs as a teenager. Artists and creative individuals would take up residence in the surrounding warehouses and convert them into trendy homes. I would walk past these homes in awe of the large spaces, metal staircases and concrete floors. This is when I fell in love with this style.

Since then, I’ve always wanted to live in a converted warehouse. I just love the tension that the industrial style creates between the old and the new. The reason I love this style so much is that it highlights the beauty in something that could be seen as ugly, old or needing replacement. Objects such as rusty pipes, exposed ageing brick walls and worn concrete floors are cherished and displayed rather than discarded.


  • This style likes large cavernous spaces with high ceilings and open plan with very few walls
  • Surfaces are left unfinished, rough and exposed and used as a display feature such as an exposed brick wall or worn concrete floors
  • Rusted metal in the form of windows, furniture or doors are prominent
  • The colour palette is mostly grey and black. Neutral colours are used to soften against the cold colours
  • Wood and texture is used to bring warmth to the space through large rugs, furnishing with soft materials or leather and throws
  • Furniture is usually vintage


I’m sure you’ve gathered by now that I am a big fan of this style. However, the reality is that you can’t go halfway with an interior like this. The beauty is in the decay and age of the surroundings. In my opinion, you either go all the way with this style or not at all.

That’s it for today. As we run up to Christmas I’ll be posting less frequently over the next few weeks. I’ll be popping in every now and again to say hi and to provide some inspiration but will resume my normal frequency in the New Year hopefully refreshed and invigorated. I hope you have enjoyed reading my new blog as much as I’ve enjoyed writing to it. With Thanks, Doris

Image Source – xote.Tumbler.com


Friday 5’s – Ways to add Christmas into your interior

Christmas is just around the corner! Have you started your pressie shopping yet? Today, I thought it would be fun to put together some simple idea’s of how to bring Christmas into your interiors. It doesn’t have to cost the earth and a small simple display can bring a little fun and of course the Christmas spirit into your home. Have a lovely weekend.

Image Source – Keepingthechristmasspiritalive, Thehappyhome, Lifeofstyle


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