Friday, 21 November 2014

Escape to the Country

I've always been an "Escape to the Country" fan. I'm always inspired by the grandeur, yet cosy lived in feel of the English manor house. 

While reading House to Home U.K. , I came across 10 of my favourite English living rooms that I thought you would enjoy a gaze at.

I love a built in library.

I love the generous space here and what about those cornices!


At the moment I'm feeling like an escape to anywhere. Bring on the holidays I say!

Thursday, 20 November 2014

Current obsessions

My obsessions at the moment are a little random, but obviously they are where I'm at when it comes to goals and dreams. I've ranted and raved about each and every one of them in posts gone by... but I can't let go!!

Outdoor balustrades and entrances to homes...
I've finally chosen my design for a railing!

Bedrooms with a view...need a holiday!

Round coffee tables...just can't make a decision!!

Screen doors and potted blooms... my screen door is arriving in a week, which means sweet smelling fresh air!

Planning our U.K. trip for March...long awaited... has to be perfect!!

I just keep hopein and dreamin...

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Potted bliss!

I've not always been successful at growing flowering plants in pots, but it's amazing what some dedication and a little bit of TLC can do!

An organic potting mix, just the right amount of water everyday, especially in the hotter months and a good quality, slow release fertiliser can answer every hydrangea's dreams!  

I'm in love at the moment!

Hope your week is cruising along nicely!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Creating Ambience

One way to create ambience in a room is to continue the wall colour around the doors, trims and mouldings. Obviously, this works best with dark paint colours. Doing this in a room can help create a moody, cocoon like feel which is felt even more at night. 

I've only chosen examples of rooms painted in grey or blue tones as for me this works best. Rooms that use green or red tones of paint make the room feel busy and over stimulates my senses. 
When painting a room I always reach for the white paint,however, I do like the mood created in the above rooms and could see myself doing this in a lounge room or bedroom.

Have you ever done anything like this at your place?

Food for thought,

Monday, 17 November 2014

My Decorating Formula

I'm always concerned about the cost when it comes to making any big furniture or home ware purchases. I really want to get value for money, but I also want longevity and by that I mean, I don't want to get tired of the piece and wish I could change it after a short period of time. I know what I'm like, easily bored. So for me purchasing more expensive room items means sticking with a natural or monochrome colour palette. This way, I know I won't tire quickly with the colour scheme and then wish I hadn't spent so much money on the item in the first place. Its easier to keep the colour simple.



Each one of the above rooms is timeless. They could have been decorated yesterday or years ago. All the rooms use a neutral base; the rooms could be left as they are or could be injected with some pops of colour to match the homeowner’s mood.

Keeping it simple, using white walls and a neutral colour palette for me is always a winning decorating formula.

Enjoy your Monday!


Friday, 14 November 2014

Natural Light

Sometimes, its just not worth spending the money to cover up something that's already gorgeous!

 If you are lucky enough to have a room in your home with an outlook and a stunning structure that frames and highlights the view, then you can't beat the ambiance of natural light flooding into a room.

I do have such a room in my home. Ok, I admit it's not as magnificent as some of the ones shown above, but, I've often toyed with the idea of putting shutters on my study windows so that they match the windows opposite to this, in my lounge room.  
My home

 But every now and again,while I work, I glance upwards and soak up the view of the trees that surround my home and I end up shelving the idea for another day!

Have an amazing weekend!

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Martin-Lancaster House

The Martin-Lancaster house is a 3000 square foot courtyard house, situated on the rugged Atlantic coast of Nova Scotia. It consists of four primary components: (1) a gabled garage/guest house, (2) a gabled social pavilion, (3) a north-facing service bar, and (4) an arrival court between.

This home was designed by Mackay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects.

  For me, this amazing design and position just oozes tranquility and class.

Have a wonderful day!

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