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Friday, 30 December 2011

Stout ridged vessel
Christmas is over and we can now look forward to what the new year will bring.  Why not take a look at the Amara Living website.  You can purchase everything for the home from glassware and dinner services to bed linen and furniture.  Here are some examples of the beautiful and stylish glass vases and centre pieces for your table:
Buba vase - Lime
Odile Vase
La Rosa Fruit bowl

Mediterraneo fruit holder

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Night Before Christmas
Tapestry Cushion
Heart Christmas Wreath

Christmas Decorations for the Home
I decided to put some time aside to browse the web for Christmas decorations for the home.  My visit took me to a store called "Past Times" who have a beautiful range to choose from and I would like to share some of my findings  below:
Father Christmas & Reindeer tree

Mosaic Filled Candle Pot

Jewelled Christmas Tree

The above decorations are a small selection from the Past Times store, which I am sure you will agree will brighten up any home this Christmas.  Don't forget to take a look at their Home section which has a lovely selection of nostalgic cushions.

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Darcey Ceiling Light 5 Arm
John Lewis

Brighten up your home in style with exceptional lighting, use ceiling lights, table lamps, wall lights and floor standing lamps to create instant character in your interior whatever the decor.
Ceiling and Wall
Create eye catching displays with stunning lighting designs from dainty ceiling lights to modern wall lights.
Estella Chandelier 5 Arm
John Lewis
Pendant Shades
Salima Ceiling Shade
John Lewis

Art Deco Lighting
Bel Air Wall Light
Arcadia Pendant Light

Rejuvination - Classical American Lighting - The Deco collection from the company "Rejuvination" comprises of angular and ornamental and Art Deco style of the 1930's (as above) and the clean aerodynamic look of the late 1930's.

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Art deco (c.1908 to 1935)

Art deco began in Europe, particularly Paris, in the early years of the 20th century, but didn't really take hold until after World War I. It reigned until the outbreak of World War II.


  • geometric and angular shapes
  • chrome, glass, shiny fabrics, mirrors and mirror tiles
  • stylised images of aeroplanes, cars, cruise liners, skyscrapers
  • nature motifs - shells, sunrises, flowers
  • theatrical contrasts - highly polished wood and glossy black lacquer mixed with satin and furs


  • art nouveau - deco kept the nature motifs of its predecessor but discarded its flowing organic shapes and pastels for bolder materials and colours such as chrome and black
  • cubism -painters such as Picasso were experimenting with space, angles and geometry
  • early Hollywood - the glamorous world of the silver screen filtered through to design using shiny fabrics, subdued lighting, and mirrors. Cocktail cabinets and smoking paraphernalia became highly fashionable

Get the look

  • Furniture - choose strong, streamlined shapes for furniture and in single pieces rather than suites.
  • Fabrics - stick to plain or geometric fabrics and add highlights with cushions also in one solid block of colour.
  • Floors - plain polished parquet is perfect for floors. Linoleum in abstract designs or black and white chequerboard vinyl tiles are also typical.
  • Rugs - floors would have been overlaid with a large rug in geometric patterns. These were often handmade by artists such as Duncan Grant (of Bloomsbury Group fame).
  • Fireplaces - fireplaces should be rectangular and bold. Surrounds were often tiled in pink, green or beige. They were made of concrete and not many survive today.
  • Colour - halls suit bold colour schemes such as silver, black, chrome, yellow and red. Creams, greens and beige, or oyster and eau-de-nil suit living rooms and bedrooms.
  • Cupboards - cabinets, wardrobes, etc should be in pale veneered wood and simple shapes in keeping with the light, airy feel.
  • Design - the stepped profile is the epitome of the art deco shape, found everywhere from uplighters to picture surrounds. Also look for zigzags, chevrons and lightning bolts.
  • Lighting - lights featuring female figures holding the ball of the lamp are typical and good reproductions abound. Also look for chrome, a brand new material at the time, and glass. Glass would have been etched, sandblasted or enamelled rather than coloured.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Design Inspiration
For all you interior design fans out there you must check out Kelly Hoppen's "Superior Interiors" on Channel 5 Tuesday evenings or why not watch it on catch up tv.  Her interiors are truly inspiring.  I am fortunate enough to have been presented with a copy of her book "Kelly Hoppen Home from Concept to Reality" which I will read avidly from cover to cover.

The book  guides you through 5 stages - Part 1 The Design Process
                                                                      - Part 2 Design and Decoration
                                                                      - Part 3 Furniture and Furnishings
                                                                      - Part 4 Feeding the Senses
                                                                      - Part 5 Room by Room

It is packed with colour photographs guiding you through the entire process of a designing a home from concept to reality and provides invaluable advice and inspiration that will enable homeowners to restyle and redecorate their homes with confidence.  A highly recommended read.

Sunday, 23 October 2011

                         Christmas is coming
Ok it's that time of year again folks.  Time to replenish the Christmas decorations or time to purchase some new items.  I decided to take a sneaky peak at what is available out there and thought I would share a few ideas with you all.
Light up presents, set of 3 by Melody Maison

Noel blocks - M&S

Laser cut snowflakes - M&S
Decorative card holder -
Melody Maison

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Red Candle Goblets - Melody Maison
Lighting - Candlesticks & Candelabras
It is getting to that time of year where we will spend more time indoors as the evenings are dark and it's cold outside so I thought I would take a look at different forms of lighting.  There are some amazing candlesticks and candelabras available at the moment so here are a few ideas to brighten up your interior:

Cream Candelabra - Melody Maison

Silver Candlesticks - Melody Maison

Floor Standing Candelabra - Melody Maison

Above are just a selection of the wonderful candle holders available from mail order company Melody Maison.

Ceramic candlesticks - French House

Black pillar candlestick - John Lewis

Baccarat Crystal Candleholder - Crystal Classics

Summer Manor Candlestick - M&S

I am sure you will agree the above candlesticks have their own uniqueness and there is a style to suit every type of interior.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Photo Frame Re-vamp
Well the weather has been so good this week that I have only had time for a small project.  I have been wanting to display multiple photographs in one frame but unfortunately have not been able to find the correct type of frame in my chosen colour.  Not to be beaten I purchased a traditional style frame in white and sprayed it in a black satin finish.  

The spray was applied in thin layers at 15 minute intervals then left for 24 hours to dry. Not bad for a weekends work and now it fits in nicely with the rest of my lounge scheme.

Sunday, 25 September 2011

My Garden Project
You may look at some of the pictures of my garden before I started this project and wonder what possessed me to purchase the property in the first place.   There was actually no garden to speak of, just a long yard with an outbuilding which was the garage/workshop but as usual I had the foresight to see the potential.
  As you can see there was a lot of work to be done.  I came to an agreement with my neighbours to demolish the brick wall and recycle the bricks to make block paving and in it's place we installed some nice wooden fencing with concrete posts and base.  The cleaning of the bricks was painstakingly slow but well worth it in the end.
So I set to with the help of my father every weekend to chip the mortar and paint from the bricks.  I decided that because the garden was long and narrow the pathway leading to the top needed to be curved to add interest and detract from the length.  This made the job more complicated because the bricks had to be cut to adapt to the required shape.    

The pictures below show the site once the garage was demolished and the block paving work had begun.  I was already excited at the transformation.   Once the block paving was completed I painted the brickwork cream to match the rear of the property.

The garden is still evolving and there is still further work required to bring it to completion but I have a nice collection of containers for my herbs and plants purchased on my travels including an old tin bucket, bath and belfast sink and I am always on the lookout for items that will add interest.  I can honestly say it was worth all the hard work because I now have a garden to enjoy during the summer months, a far cry from the dingy back yard inherited with the purchase of the property.

Sunday, 4 September 2011

Lounge Refurbishment update 
I have been a busy bee over the past few weekends making some new curtains for my lounge.    I decided it was time for a change and the swags and tails of 8 years had to go. Down they came and much to my amazement I sold them on e-bay, and am happy to say that they went to a new home where they will be appreciated for years to come.

Being on a tight budget I scoured the shops for some ready made curtains that I could adapt.  I eventually found some with a lovely Art Deco design at the top and matching cushions, which suited my style perfectly.  I purchased 2 sets of curtains at 66" wide by 90" drop, now I had to get my thinking cap on because the actual finished drop required would be 115".  Not to be deterred I purchased a further pair of curtains in black of a similar weight and matching colour and dismantled them, cut them into four pieces and stitched them to the bottom of the new curtains to bring them to the desired drop.  I made a pair of tie backs for the centre drapes from ribbon and added a tassel trim.

The curtains were slid onto a new pole fitted some weeks ago, wow what a transformation.
Before with Swags and Tails
After Swags and Tails were sold

Sunday, 28 August 2011

Garden Ornaments  
Just in case you have been wondering what I have been getting up to over the summer months I thought I would share with you my 10 minute transformation.  
I had this rather large wall plaque of Tutankhamun in my cellar, which was given to me as a gift and I was unsure where it would fit into my current decor.  I decided to purchase a can of black spray paint and transform it to use as ornamentation in my garden.

I think it looks rather good amongst by garden pots and herbs don't you agree?