Get their look: Harry’s room

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We’ve probably said it before on here, children’s spaces need not be devoid of good design and décor; they can be quite discerning individuals too! A case in point is the boy’s bedroom as shown above. Harry’s room is decorated thoughtfully and tastefully in red, navy and grey. It’s furnished with design classics such as a red Anglepoise desk lamp and John Moncrieff’s balloon lights. A young person’s room that they won’t grow out of in a hurry!

  1. Seletti Suburbia wall storage solution by Design Note Studio
  2. Memory Balloon ceiling lights by John Moncrieff
  3. Lorna Syson Warwick ‘Red Sky’ fabric
  4. Casadeco Jules et Julie wallpaper
  5. Badger cushion, red
  6. Anglepoise Type 75 mini desk lamp – Signal Red
  7. Wooden train personalised with a name
  8. Phineas desk

Get their look: Harry's room | H is for Home

Give peace (lily) a chance

Peace lily | H is for Home

There’s been another new item purchased for our top-floor bedroom which is currently undergoing a revamp. Most of the natural specimens in this room – fossils, skulls and the like – died long ago; however it’s not the case with the latest addition.

Detail of peace lily flower | H is for Home

We actually went to the garden centre to buy a small tray of bean seedlings for our allotment, but came home with this huge, beautiful peace lily plant as well. (Intended spend: £1.99, actual spend: £40.00… not the first time we’ve done that in a garden centre!).

Peace lily label | H is for Home

It caught our eye as soon as we entered the house plant section. Its abundance of dark green spear-shaped leaves and milky white, almost luminous, flowers. We’d been talking about the lack of plants in that room only the day before… and the need to purify the air. What a beautiful way to do it!

Peace lily in our top-floor bedroom | H is for Home

Most plants contribute to a healthier living atmosphere, but some species are particularly good. The peace lily is arguably the best plant at eliminating toxic elements such as benzene (found in cigarette smoke and car exhaust emissions), formaldehyde (found in plywood furniture and some paint and carpets) and ammonia (found in household cleaners) from the air. Other house plants proven to improve indoor air quality in this way, to a greater or lesser extent, include:

  • Ivy (Hedera helix)
  • Spider plant (Chlorophytum comosum)
  • Mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’)
  • Money plant (Epipremnum aureum)
  • Chrysanthemum (Chrysanthemum morifolium)
  • Weeping fig (Ficus benjamina)

A new look for our top floor bedroom

Dark decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

We’ve mentioned our top floor bedroom a few times in past posts. It’s been well over ten years since it was last decorated so a spruce up has been long overdue. We thought we’d share a few photos of progress to date.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

We love this room. It’s our retreat of choice in the evening – particularly dark, cold winter evenings when we light the stove, watch TV, listen to music or work on the computer – all from the comfort of bed!

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

We like the structural ‘bones’ of the space with its exposed stone wall and original, wide floorboards.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

It was a great opportunity to introduce some darker colours into our home décor which we’ve intended to do for many years! These shades have a real sense of atmosphere and drama – particularly on said dark winter evenings with fires, candles and fairy lights flickering away.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

They look good by daylight too – contrasting very well with warm natural shades of wood and wicker – and providing a great backdrop for artwork.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

The bed is a very important occupant of this space, so we decided on a complete re-vamp. We exchanged a very old, squeaky frame for a new powder-coated metal one; the fabulous people at Tweak supplied us with an amazingly comfortable luxury mattress that we recently reviewed. And last, but certainly not least, some lovely black cotton satin bedding – bought locally (at generous mates’ rates) from good friend, Shaun who owns Rochdale-based textile company FabTrad. They’re wholesale suppliers to some major retailers, but also sell on eBay.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

It’s hard to put our finger on the exact look of our top floor bedroom. We wanted to furnish it with interesting objects and specimens from nature (in a Victorian gentleman’s study kind of way).

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

So you’ll find shells, fossils, skulls and the like…

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

…favourite antique finds too – that form interesting little vignettes on table tops and walls.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

We also dotted the room with brass, gold, copper and pewter (desperately trying not to overdo it and ending up with a pub snug style). We do love these flashes of metallic though – they give the room a real lift and look fabulous when light catches them.

Our dark-decorated top floor bedroom | H is for Home

It’s still work in progress, but we’re getting there. We hope you approve!

Get their look: Moody blue bedroom

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We’re still having a love affair with dark painted walls – and our own house has quite large expanses of these shades.

This moody blue bedroom looks like an amazing place in which to go to sleep and wake up.

The decor is quite eclectic. There are pieces of vintage mid century looking furniture such as the peacock chair and splayed leg bedside table; what looks like a lovely antique Persian rug; also, more contemporary textiles as seen in the gorgeous bedding, cushions and light shades. Along with the warm Scandi furs, these softer textures contrast beautifully with the industrial touches such as the cast iron radiator, distressed paintwork and bare bulb light fittings.

We think the room is very successful indeed – the matt, inky green blue makes the perfect backdrop for this wonderful mix of materials and brighter highlight shades.

  1. Uno basic 5 light cascade pendant by Bulb Attack
  2. Hand-printed Napoleon bee fabric
  3. Squirrel cage tungsten filament bulb
  4. Farrow & Ball ‘Hague Blue’ estate emulsion
  5. William Morris ACANTHUS cushion Aegean blue / off white
  6. Birdy side table
  7. Mid-century bedside table – acorn
  8. John Lewis Boutique Hotel silk cushion cover, natural
  9. John Lewis Boutique Hotel silk bedspread, natural
  10. Rattan peacock armchair by Out There Interiors
  11. Yolanda faded Persian Jacquard rug – 160 x 230 cm, petrol blue

Get their look: Moody blue bedroom | H is for Home

Updating your home style for the winter months

Winter exterior

A new season is upon us and with it comes the challenge of transforming the home. For a season with a reputation for being boring, winter is often viewed as a tricky month to bring into the home. The blues & greys usually associated with winter are cold and uninviting, but it is possible to emulate the warmth and cosiness and sparkle and glamour of winter. Here are two easy to do themes that are guaranteed to bring a touch of winter beauty and character into your home this Christmas without leaving you shivering.

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Winter wonderland

This winter theme is for those looking to inject a touch of class, sophistication and glamour into your home. It’s all about silver colours and sparkle, emulating the sparkle of the frost and the snow and capturing the sparkling beauty of the frosty winter months (not the cold, though!).

  1. The living room

Turn your living room into a winter wonderland by swapping your centre light for a beautiful chandelier. Get some gorgeous sparkly candle holders, light some scented candles and watch the light dance off the crystals. Silver scatter cushions with plenty of sparkles are great for creating a cosy, winter-themed sofa. Instead of bright lights this winter, use candles and lamps to create warmth.

  1. The bedroom

Snuggle into your very own winter wonderland. Swap drab boring furniture for beautiful mirrored furniture. There’s plenty of different styles to choose from – plain glass, or smoky coloured, depending on your style. Swap your bedspread for something glittering and beautiful. You don’t have to stick silvers and greys either; rich purples and royal reds also ooze winter sophistication. There are plenty of places to find bedspreads, including JD Williams.

Winter log cabin

Rustic log cabin

If you’d prefer a more home-made, cosy winter feel, the log-cabin theme is the one for you. It’s all about rustic colours, mismatched furniture, dim lights and rustic fashion.

  1. The living room

Swap heavy lights for lamps and candles to create a cosy, warm, rustic hue this winter. Snuggle up on a sofa that’s covered in comfy scatter cushions. There are plenty available this season in reds, greens and oranges – all with beautiful patchwork patterns or reindeer images. Nature themes are great for this time of year. The more handmade, the better. Drape a patchwork blanket over the sofa, ready to grab and snuggle underneath on those cold nights. Drape some multi-coloured lights across door frames and windowsills to capture the festivities of the season and add some much-needed colour and warmth to what would otherwise be a drab and cold winter.

  1. The bedroom

Carry on the theme of mismatched and rustic style into the bedroom by investing in a patchwork quilt, knitted throw and heavy curtains to block out the cold air. The best colours for the bedroom to instil warmth this season are reds and oranges. Candles and lamps create a beautifully warm and inviting glow. Christmas decorations are usually reserved for downstairs, but a couple of carefully draped strings of fairy lights will set off any bedroom. Swap modern furniture for antique pine to really create the feeling of a log cabin.

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A fast guest bedroom makeover

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If you’re anything like most people, the chances are that your guest bedroom is used mostly as a junk room. It’s only when Aunt Ginny announces that she’s coming to spend the week that you realise just how ropey the room is and that it needs a makeover before your guest arrives. Should you find yourself in that situation don’t worry, because by using the tips below you’ll be able to quickly transform your spare room into a hotel grade bedroom for your long lost relative to enjoy.

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Clear the room

The first step is to clear the room. Strangely, this task will take the most time, so make sure that you put aside at least a day to get it done. Often, it’s better to do this task at least a week before you plan to start decorating to give yourself a bit of extra time should you need it.

Equip yourself with a roll of bin bags, boxes and a way to label each one. This will stop you from accidentally sending your good bedding sets to the tip because you picked up the wrong bin bag. Be ruthless, throw away what you don’t want, give away what you can and store what you still need in the garage, loft or basement.

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Clean the room

Next, give everything a good clean. Doing so will let you see whether you really do need to do any actual decorating.

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Refresh the paintwork

If cleaning the room does reveal issues, take a minimalist approach to resolving the issues. For example, only touch up the marks rather than repainting the entire run of skirting or a whole wall.

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Use wall stickers instead of wallpaper

Should you decide that re-touching the paintwork is not going to be adequate, consider buying some wall stickers instead of repainting the entire room. They come in a huge range of designs, and don’t cost much. Best of all, they can be put up in under an hour. Provided you buy the right kind, you can easily peel them off once you’ve finished with them.

They’re not expensive, especially if you pick them up in the sales. Often, you can find discount vouchers for wall decals on coupon websites.

bedding with large wildflower print

Update the bedding

There’s no sense buying a brand new set of bedding for a single bed that only gets used once or twice a year. A better and less expensive approach is to buy a nice throw or bedspread instead. This will quickly give the bed a fresh new look.

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Add some rugs

If the floor looks shoddy, consider using some rugs rather than going to all of the expense and hassle of laying new flooring. They don’t cost much, and are usually the quickest and easiest option. Just be careful not to create a trip hazard.

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Put in a new light bulb

Sometimes, even after you have done all of this, the room can still appear to be a bit dark and dingy. Usually, you can resolve this by taking the light fixture down, giving it a thorough clean and putting in a brighter bulb. Also, try tying back the curtains so that more natural light can enter the room.

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