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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Black and white - my way

I am not a fan of typical black and white interiors. I find them somewhat hard and stark. In truth, they intimidate me a bit, I think I'm not as sophisticated as they need me to be!  If I was to introduce black and white into my home - it would be in a gentler, more toned down way. Something along the following lines.




What about you? How do you feel about black and white?

Till next time

Sharon x

Image source:  1& 11. Casa Decorada, 2, 8. Tumblr, 3. La Grange, 4. Genuine Style, 5. Fancy Shack, 6. Desire to Inspire, 7,9 & 12. Pinterest  10.  My Sparrow  13. Neutral Heaven

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Provence Home

In a previous post I did on here on wicker, I showed a picture of this dining room. Many of you commented on the beautiful vaulted ceiling. I thought it would be fun to show you the rest of this home which is located in Provence, southern France.

The dining room with it's vaulted ceiling and beautiful lantern.

French crockery and linen napkins

The living room, also with vaulted ceiling and wonderful arched window.

The family room.


Clever use of glass canisters.

The kitchen is a surprise with its splash of red as the rest of the home is more muted.

A close up of the kitchen sink.

Lovely details - candles under cloches and a row of confit pots up the stairs.

A clever use of space to incorporate a bathroom into the bedroom.

The basin is very quaint in its little cubicle.

On the other side of the bath is another little cubicle with a desk, which could also be used as a dressing table.

The other side of the bedroom has a pretty grey painted wardrobe and beautiful chair.

Another bedroom with a beautifully ornate French bed.

And another bedroom.

Pretty details.

Lovely bathroom.

2 wicker chairs welcome guests at the front entrance.

Would you like to join me here on the terrace for a drink?

PS. If you want to see a post on the most beautiful garden please visit my friend Veronica here. Trust me, it will be worth it!

Till next time.

 Sharon x

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Stone Walls

I have a current obsession with interior stone walls.  I love the solidity of them - as though they will stand forever. I also love the sense of history they give to a room - as if they have a story to tell. I love their texture, their unevenness, their imperfection. I prefer them paired with pale colours and perhaps limited to one feature wall so as not to feel too overwhelming.

They are beautiful in a living room.....

  and in a dining room.

They make a great statement in an entry way or passage.....

... and add such warmth and character to a kitchen.

They work very well with the soft furnishings of a bedroom... 


....and create interest in a bathroom.



Now please excuse me while a recline on this inviting daybed and dream about a house full of beautiful stone walls.

Have a wonderful Sunday.
Till next time

Sharon x

Image sources: 1. Bella Francais Interiors, 2 & 9. Campagne Decoration, 3, 12, 17, 18, 19. 24, 29, 31 Pinterest, 4. Coco Cozy, 5 & 15. House to Home, 6, 10, 21. Country Living, 7. Eclectic Revisited, 8, 20. Cote de Texas, 11.  Desde my Ventana 13. House Beautiful, 14. Desire to Inspire, 16, 25. Tumblr, 22. Under Spanish Moss, 23, Create Girl, 26. 4-interior design, 27. Josephine Ryan, 28. Verdigris Vie, 30. Lux Interiors Designs, 32. Casa Decorada