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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.


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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

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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


To Kitchen Island or Not?

We got to see Little J in his first ever Christmas play yesterday. Watching him sing and dance with so much joy and determination almost brought a tear to my eye. What was so much more wonderful was the audience that was packed full of mums, dads, grand parents, sisters and brothers watching with delight as they saw their little ones. It was at this moment, that I realised that the home really is the heart of the family. I envisioned that after the performance that each and everyone of them would go back to their homes and settle down into their kitchens for a delicious home cooked lunch. Probably not the reality I know, but that’s what I was imagining.

More and more of us are converting our kitchens to become the hub of the home and as part of that, incorporating a kitchen island. The kitchen island rather than just serving as a useful storage device, has become the centre of all the going’s on in the house. You can socialise while you cook, you can keep an eye on the kids and you can even use it to dine on. In fact, the dining room is now almost redundant.

However, I’m not entirely convinced that this is necessarily a good thing. We live in a busy world and it appears that more and more families don’t eat their meals together anymore, opting to have a quick meal on the kitchen island and then going about their business. Is this a good thing?  Or would it be a better design decision to opt for a communal table in the kitchen rather than a kitchen island? So today, I leave you with these 2 images and ask which one would you go for and why?

Image Source – Pinterest Universal Shades


Creating interest in the Bathroom

Good Morning All, I hope you are having a good one. Today in London, the sky is blue and the sun is out. Not too much to whinge about for a Winters day.

A couple of weeks ago I went to visit the flat of Big J’s sister who had recently moved in with her partner. It was another old Victorian house (there are a lot in London) but had been converted into 2 flats. One upstairs and one below. This flat was on the ground floor. The flat was packed with original features; lovely decorative cornicing and rickety victorian wood floors painted in a deep grey – just lovely. Then I went into the Bathroom. There in front of me lay the most beautiful black and white check tiles I had ever seen. I really wanted to take the bathroom home just so that I could have those tiles. But it got me thinking, what is it that makes a bathroom go from ordinary to extraordinary?

So off to Pinterest I went. I typed in ‘bathroom’ under search… and you know what? I found less than 10 interesting bathroom images (in my opinion of course), out of hundreds and hundreds, I only found 10! I was shocked, and after some thought, I think I found the reason. The bathroom is used for practical purposes, we don’t spend a lot of time in them and they need to be functional. When you think about a standard bathroom, all of the objects have a job to do, a shower to clean ourselves, sink to brush our teeth and toilet to do, you know what…

So I’ve put together some idea’s of how you can make your bathroom more interesting.

That’s all from me today. No post tomorrow, it’s Little J’s Christmas Play and we’ll be hunting for a Christmas tree after. We’ll talk more interiors on Thursday. x Doris

Image Source – 1 – Pinterest.com. 2, PrincessAnneCounty Blog, 3, Design Sponge, 4, Pinterest Universal Shades, 5, Pinterest.com



Friday 5’s – Getting into the Christmas spirit with Green Interiors

Good Morning, it was an absolutely beautiful day yesterday. The sky was blue, the air was fresh and all the trees in the park were baring their branches at me. As I walked past our local plant nursery, I noticed a wall covered with Christmas tree’s. The dense green foliage took me by surprise. I was suddenly so taken aback by the lushness of the colour that I’ve not been able to think of anything else since. Now, I see green everywhere, everything catches my eye from the sprawling green lawns in the park to the green trench coat jacket I saw on a woman in the street. I’m obsessed! Does this ever happen to you?

So to try to get it out of my system and in the spirit of Christmas, today’s Friday 5’s is dedicated to ways of using green in your interiors:

  1. Paint your front door green – a bright or lime green can give you that sunny welcome as you enter your home
  2. Create a feature wall –  Green can evoke a feeling of comfort, relaxation and calm. However if you dare, you can go for a bold bright colour like in the image below and create maximum impact in a room scheme
  3. Green floors – to be honest I never actually thought green floors would be a look I’d go for, until I found the example below. If you use it with light coloured walls and the right accessories, it can look fabulous
  4. Accent – If you want to add green in a more subtle way, you can accent the colour with your furniture and accessories.
  5. Plants – they bring life into the home. You just can’t go wrong with having something living in your house. If you have a black thumb, then go for succulents or even cut flowers. Something with foliage will always enliven your interiors.

That’s all for today, have a lovely weekend. Next week I have a special treat. I’ll be starting a new column so come back soon. x Doris

Image Source – 1 500px.com, 2 krftd.com, 3 amik-t.tumbler.com, 4 teachingliteracy.tumbler.com, apartmenttherapy.com, 420askit.com, dyingofcute.tumbler.com, 5 shoppigment.com

Dealing with a low ceiling

When you walk into our house, the front door leads directly into a large reception with an 11 foot ceiling and as you progress towards the back of the house the ceiling lowers dramatically (by at least 3 ft) and becomes our kitchen and dining space. Although there is a significant drop, you don’t actually feel it. Here’s why:

  • we have a large panel of glass which acts as a skylight in the kitchen that makes the space feel unrestricted
  • the glass sliding doors at the back of the house reach all the way to the ceiling giving the illusion of height
  • the ceiling is painted in white and is lighter than the floors which not only reflects light but provides the illusion of a higher ceiling
  • the kitchen cabinets go all the way to the ceiling and draws the eye up
  • the lighting in the kitchen is integrated into the cabinets and we have no pendants hanging from the ceiling (hanging pendants will focus the eye on the ceiling height)
  • the art in the dining room is hung high towards the ceiling to again draw the eye up

All of these factors have contributed towards creating the illusion that the height of the ceiling is in fact taller than it really is. A couple of other things you could also do are:

  • use vertical stripes to draw the eye upwards
  • use low furniture to make the room feel taller
  • use window treatments that go from floor to ceiling to help create the illusion of height

I hope this has helped anyone trying to design for a room with a low ceiling as it can be a tough one to get right. Have a lovely Thursday. I’ll be back tomorrow for Friday 5s. xD

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