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Well, only kidding, but I can’t help but wish I had one of my own.

There are lots of advantages to a spiral staircase over a conventional one for a start. They take up less space, especially in small cottages or apartments. They are relatively inexpensive. You can buy stairs online and they are that much easier to install. They come in a huge range of materials so there will be one suitable whatever type of dwelling you own. They are absolutely perfect as a second interior staircase – one up to a mezzanine floor for example. And last but not least, they can be a feature in themselves.

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Spiral staircases suit contemporary homes perfectly. This one makes such a statement against the minimalist white walls and floor and the chrome picks out the chrome elements in the adjacent dining room.

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They can suit more traditional interiors too. The staircase above takes its inspiration for traditional models but is updated with a white coating making it stand out against the green wall.

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Mixing a modern staircase with period features can look stunning if you keep the furnishings and accessories plain so that they do not detract the eye.

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How cute is that dog?

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And last but not least, they can be used outside too.

Do you need any more convincing?

If you say Roger Oates to anyone, they immediately think of striped stair runners.  And very handsome runners they are too.  But the company is now making a natural evolution to checkerboard designs – the first of which is this new houndstooth.

The balance of tone and colour within the graphic design creates a border to form a uniquely smart look that is perfect for stairs, but can also be joined by hand to make a rug.

There are six colours including a more traditional looking black and grey but I love these soft pastels.  They are smart and feminine all at the same time don’t you think?

And that top photograph is to die for!

It may be so last year, (honeysuckle – Pantone colour of the year 2011) but I’m so not over it!

Anyone who knows me, knows that pink is my favourite colour, and this most saturated hue is my favourite pink of all.  But, a word of caution, never was the phrase ‘a little goes a long way’ more true.

Another overused phrase ‘less is more’ also happens to be true with this hot shade.  Use it as an accent.  It goes particularly well with white and all shades of grey.  I wouldn’t personally use it with the warmer neutrals such as beige and taupe.  But maybe that’s just me.

It’s such a statement colour and it works particularly well in unexpected places.  It’s not called shocking pink for nothing!

If you love it but can’t quite commit to it as a colour block, it looks stunning used in graphic patterns.  Looks particularly well with this polished wood too.

Of course you can easily use it on those soft furnishings that can easily replace next season.  But some might say you have committment problems?

And don’t feel that an accent colour has to be repeated around the room.  It can, but sometimes just one splash of colour is enough, especially in a small room.  More pink in this bathroom would look contrived and overdone.  A room should look as if it has evolved and that you haven’t tried too hard.

Another unexpected use of pink.  And paint can easily be changed when you are ready for a change.

It’s the perfect colour to soften and feminize a room.  All of the hard surfaces here, both glossy smooth and spiky look all the better for some soft, upholstered, buttoned hot pink!

So do I. So do I.

Sources:1 Harriet Anstruther 2 Our City Lights 3 York Wallcoverings 4 Micasa Revista 5 Apartmenttherapy 6 Michael Graydon 7 The Long and Short of it 8 Etsy

Just take a look at these stunning interiors by Broosk Saib.

A basis of English country house, mixed with tribal artifacts and contemporary colours.  Luxuriously comfortable and with such exquisite lighting effects but actually rather daring.  He either has very adventurous clients or he is very persuasive.  My guess is on the latter. 

 

Stop press:  Broosk is designing the Café and Ranelagh Restaurant at Decorex International, 25-28th September, Royal Hospital, Chelsea, London.

Interior designer to the stars and winner of the Andrew Martin International Designer of the year award 2010, Martyn Lawrence-Bullard.

I just had to check out some more of Martyn’s designs after featuring the home he did for Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne earlier this week.  His portfolio is stunning…

His client list reads like a Who’s Who of major Hollywood stars so it’s no surprise to see such a bold use of colour and pattern.  Strong schemes for strong personalities no doubt.

There also seems to be a strong influence of Spanish Colonial but combined with influences from all over the globe…moorish tables…suzani patterns…animal prints…

and bold artwork of course.

But it’s so skillfully done that I am in awe.  Don’t you just want to reach out and touch those white walls above?

I just love the colour combinations in the above photograph. I want to sink into that sofa and stay there all day!

And then just when you think you have his style sussed…

He pulls this one out of the bag.  I still can’t believe it belongs to Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne!

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As shown in the June issue of Architectural Digest, Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne’s new home in the Hidden Hills area of Los Angeles.

 Designed by Martyn Lawrence-Bullard who was also responsible for Cher’s home,  this is the Osbourne’s version of ‘down sizing’.

Now that the children have left home, Sharon and Ozzy have moved from their ‘contemporary goth’ mansion to this new location with amazing views and turned it from a seven bedroom to a three bedroom home.

 The steps down to the state-of-the-art recording studio rather give the game away that this is the home of a rock legend but the rest of the house is much more feminine.  You get the feeling that this is more Sharon than Ozzy…

 Reclaimed wood floors, Victorian era barn doors, french antiques and painted silk wall coverings give the air of a comfortable country house…

 although still with touches of glamour and drama…

I love these glass bottles with crucifix tops…

and cash register on the kitchen island…

To read and see more, including the unbelievable mirrored four-poster in which the couple sleep, pop over to Architectural Digest.

Photography by Roger Davies

Featured in the March issue of Architectural Digest.

Sheryl Crow doesn’t have a house she has a compound, consisting of three homes on a 11 acre property.  One a 1926 Spanish Colonial hacienda, one a 1909 Craftsman bungalow and a picturesque 19th-century cottage.

There may be lots of ebony stained wood and terracotta tiles but the overall effect is light and airy with touches of humour and an abundance of fresh flowers.

I like the way many of the walls are unadorned.  These tailors dummies look perfect standing alone.

She has acquired most of the furniture herself while on tour and calls herself  ” a collector of oddities”

But she seems to have a real talent for displaying her collections don’t you think?

I love the animal heads above the bed…

and the writing desk by the window. Perfectly positioned to catch the breezes and the light.

And what I wouldn’t give for this view.

There’s nothing better than a nice cup of tea and a little bit of ‘location’ website stalking.  A bit like real estate stalking but the houses are a whole lot more theatrical. 

They are either a blank canvas, empty of furniture and possessions, where the original features take the centre stage.  Empty spaces just waiting for a director to add atmosphere and drama.

Or they are like a film set where the actors have just exited, leaving a scattering of props as a reminder of the characters who were real for a short time.  And of the lives that have just been played out. 

Either way, they seem to ignite the imagination.

It’s not that I want to imagine living in these houses.

It’s more of a wish to star in these productions.

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My favourite images this week from all those lovely blogs out there……….

Click on the picture for the full post.

This is Glamorous

The Style Files

A Page of Inspiration

Remodelista

A Life More Fabulous

Emmas Design Blog

Desire to Inspire

 

Dear Designer brings you a house worthy of a Jane Austin heroine…

Built by John Palmer in 1792 and situated on a serpentine crescent in Bath…

There is so much to like here…

…sparkly chandeliers reflecting light from the tall elegant windows…

…a restrained use of colour and gloriously faded rugs…

…mirrors and curvy legged french furniture…

…a touch of gold and a hint of foreign empires…

…a glimpse of the summer countryside through the panes…

…stripes and Wedgwood blue…

…a bed fit for a princess with floaty voile curtains…

…a freestanding bath in front of the fire…

…and a formal garden for all of those secret assignations!

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