How cute is this Bird on a Wire wallpaper from Wallpaper Direct? It is simple and effective in this entrance hall scheme and although its pretty it’s definitely not cute. Put that down to the wood furniture, utilitarian table lamp and organic accessories. And of course the uncontrived flower arrangement in a plain glass jar.

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Wallpaper from Wallpaper Direct. £69 per roll.

Want to create this look at home?

Here’s a few suggestions from me.

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Where to buy: 1 Round mirror from Heals. 2 Bird bookends from Marks and Spencer. 3 Stool from Design Vintage. 4 Anglepoise lamp from B & Q. 5 Apothecary chest from Asda Direct. 6 Artificial flowers from John Lewis. 7 Umbrella stand from Oka Direct.

From the portfolio of Kathryn Scott Design Studio based in Brooklyn Heights, New York.

A Parisian townhouse that is the epitome of serenity, harmony and simplicity using a restrained palette of cool greys and whites, clean lines and luxury fabrics.

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Those soaring ceilings may have looked out of proportion had it not been for the clever use of panelling and the oversized art. The generous curtains and thick pile rug add softness and the black touches act as a welcome contrast to the otherwise limited colour scheme.

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A glimpse of the garden terrace from the breakfast table suggest that the classical styling and calming symmetry carries on outside.

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Highly polished wood adds warmth and the curved base of the table breaks up all of the straight lines elsewhere.

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Lovely curves.

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And so it carries on into the bedroom. No superfluous details, just a meticulous attention to detail.

Sometimes less, really is more.

Last weekend it was the bedroom. This weekend it was the hall. Although I hesitate to call it that. It’s tiny. So tiny, I was in despair of ever finding a console table to fit it. That is, until I saw this one from Dwell. It fits perfectly, and it’s not too deep, so although it fills the space between the front door and the stairs it doesn’t block movement.

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In all honesty the console will probably have a mirror above it for those last minute hair and makeup checks but I was in too much of a hurry to style it to wait. It will also have some wallpaper some day but for now I’m quite happy with my mix of old art and new furniture and accessories.

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The cactus vase and moroccan tea light holders (they come in a set of four) were also from Dwell and I love them.

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And while I was on the website there were a few other things I decided I couldn’t live without, although they don’t have a permanent home yet…

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Like this Abaca woven basket, goatskin cushion and lace cushion.

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And this round stoneware bowl.

Which room will be next?

Fiona Barratt interiors was founded in 2006 and designs high-end, international residential and commercial interiors.

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Her philosophy behind creating fluid and elegant spaces is that they are born of understanding the aspirations of the client, the relevance of the location and maximising the potential of the existing elements of the space.  Then add in imagination and vision and the result is an interior that tells a story in relation to its location, the consideration of the four walls in which it exists, and most importantly reflects in essence the client’s individuality…

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A successful interior should enhance, not dictate the way you live“.

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 And as if these beautiful interiors don’t keep her busy enough, Fiona is opening her first retail store in London in June on the Pimlico Road called FBC London.

I think it’s time to take a fresh look at laminate flooring.

It’s major advantages of course are that it’s quick and fairly easy to install (anyone with moderate DIY skills can do it) and it’s inexpensive.  It’s also hard-wearing and if installed correctly, it can look almost as good as the real thing.

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And while you’re at it have a look at the laminate flooring at Topps Tiles.

I’m rather partial to the darker tones as seen above.  In fact I have similar flooring at home.  I think it adds a real warmth to the room and looks great with neutral and paler colour schemes.  Looks even more stunning with white!

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And I love the sawn effect oak above.  Notice the deep skirting boards and remember to always lay the skirting boards on top of the flooring for a really professional look.

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And don’t we all dream of white-painted boards on the floor?  How many of us have boards in good enough condition and the patience to continually re-paint.  Laminate floors could be the answer?

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They don’t have to be wood effect either.  These slate effect boards are just perfect for a kitchen or bathroom.

For tips and instructions on how to lay laminate flooring visit DIY Network.

Do you ever wish you could wave your magic wand and a team of elves would descend and turn your home into your dream home?

Well, they may not be elves but the team at Increation can certainly take care of the designing, the planning, the project management, the building, the plumbing and especially the cabinet making. From visualising the big picture, to finessing the small details; you hand over your home to them and they hand it back to you; finished.

Established a little over ten years ago by Vincent Cullane, an experienced and dedicated cabinetmaker and furniture designer, they now offer bespoke kitchens and bathrooms as well as the full interior designer service and don’t the pictures just speak for themselves?

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Dutch by Design

January 18th, 2013 | Posted by deardesigner in Celebrity Snoop | Interior Design - (2 Comments)

Do you ever wonder what the homes of the big names in design look like?

Well, this is a glimpse of the home of Casper Vissers and his wife Suzy.  Casper is the co-founder of Dutch company Moooi and the house is in Breda, the Netherlands.

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I love the quality of light and the view from the dining room window is to die for.  I’m quite partial to some clipped hedges.

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The house has some wonderful period features and the addition of the more contemporary Moooi designs just seems to highlight the mouldings and the ceiling roses.

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Its also a good lesson in the use of a restained colour scheme.

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The full story can be found on Elle Decoration.


Styled by Tatjana Quax; Photography by Inga Powilleit


As I look out of the windows at another grey miserable day I feel blessed that I have a room in my house where plants will flourish.  Building a conservatory on the back of the house was one of my better decisions, and it is always filled with light even if it’s only for a few short hours at this time of the year.

Just take a look at these lovely images from Finnish website Ullamaija Hanninen and then try to imagine them without the green.  They would still be undeniably handsome but it’s the living, breathing plants that really make the rooms so inviting.

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I can’t promise you that plants will look this good in every room in every house.  They do need lots of light to look this green and healthy but just try to add one or two to a window ledge and see how they brighten up your day.

I have just fallen in love with the Californian home of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith!

Designed by Architect Stephen Samuelson, it is full of intimate spaces, organic forms and handcrafted details.

I think it’s the views that really grab you.  Every room seems to be designed to take in those glorious vistas.  From waking up to sundown there is a little nook for drinking in all of that fresh air.

For more photographs and details of the house head over to Architectural Digest.

Photographs by Roger Davies.

Make an Entrance

October 4th, 2012 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (5 Comments)

I played around yesterday with a few concepts for the Barn entrance hall.  I think this is my favourite concept.  The room is not enormous; it has a flagstone floor and quite a lot of wood;  wood beams, a solid oak door and a rather handsome chunky wood staircase.  I wanted to avoid the obvious oak country furnishings and instead create something altogether more glamorous.

I think the silver tones are a good antidote to the brown, and the oversized mirror creates quite a statement as well as being practical.  I chose this console table because it echos both the curvy French furniture of the master bedroom and the metal touches in the lounge.  The coat hooks are a bit ‘hunting lodge’ and the skulls (yes, again!) are just a bit of fun.

It’s good to have something unexpected in an interior scheme, don’t you think?

Sources here.

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