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Sunday, January 27, 2013

An Ode to Oval

I have a rectangular dining table which I love, but I am starting to think that an oval shaped table would be my choice if I was in the market for a new one. It really is a very practical shape. It can have the capacity of a large rectangular table, with the flexibility and conviviality of a circular table.  It is easily possible to seat 2 or 3 people around either end if you have a larger crowd without it feeling too cramped. Here are some oval shaped tables in pretty dining room settings that appeal to me and hopefully to you.

Till next time

Sharon x

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Monday, January 21, 2013

A Lovely Home

I have seen this bathroom around a lot on the web - you probably have too. Lucky for me (and you), I stumbled upon the rest of the home and it, thankfully, lives up to it's bathroom. Take a look...

I love the subtle blue/grey on the walls, the beautiful fireplace, the herringbone floor, the antique furniture combined with the more modern brickmakers coffee table, the touches of blue, the internal shutters ..... I could go on and on....

What a lovely, informal dining room. Notice the hexagonal floor tiles, the beautiful wall treatment and the oversized fireplace. The dining table and benches look like they might have been made from old scaffolding planks.

Entryway with a beautiful light-fitting

Notice the beautiful moulding under the staircase. I love how casually the pedestal and statue have been placed.

Sheet music adorns the walls of the music room. I love the mix of the rustic table and Louis XVI chair.

The gorgeous bedroom with amazing light fitting and corona....

... and some pretty details in another bedroom.

I hope you have had a promising start to the week.

Till next time

Sharon x

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Monday, January 14, 2013

A Pale Palette

I really, really do love furniture upholstered in paler colours... off-white, cream, the palest shades of blue, grey or sage... I have tried not to.... 4 sons and 2 dogs... you understand.... it isn't a particularly happy combination....but I can't help it.

I can't really show you my own pale upholstery .... 4 sons, 2 dogs... you understand... but I will show you some of my favourite examples. Enjoy!

Crinkled, wrinkled and comfortable - just the way I like it!

It works just as well in winter... in summer.

It mixes well with patterns...

...and with leather.

So pretty!

So gorgeous!

So exquisite!

So sublime!

So .... I can't think of any more superlatives.

Wishing you all a happy week.

Till next time

Sharon x

Image source:  1. mmmarly (Tumblr) 2. Zsa Zsa Bellagio  3. Tumblr  4. Things that Inspire  5. Living Rooms 6. Decorpad 7. Particular Poetry (Tumblr) 8. Kikette Interiors 9. Decorare 10. DECOR  11. Marie Clare Italy 12. The Vintiquarian 13.  Decor de Provence

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

A wonderful break, now I'm back

With my family in Covent Garden, London

I won't bore you holiday stories or photos, but I do want to congratulate my American and British blog friends and readers on your wonderful countries. My family and I had such a fantastic time in both countries and everyone we came across was so friendly and helpful. My 15 year old son is having a hard time deciding if he wants to live in London or New York one day!

I actually got back more than a week ago, but have been having a bit of trouble getting my blogging "groove" back. Has this ever happened to you?  I am going to need some time to think of new ideas for posts this year. My brain is definitely still in holiday mode! But I have to start somewhere so in this post I'm just going to show you some random ideas that I like and perhaps you will like too. 

This is such a great look. It is perfect for hiding a less than attractive table and if you are short of storage, a basket placed underneath can hold all those things you don't want in the public eye. A very elegant and budget beating option, in my opinion.

This arrangement is the perfect solution for a guest room. If your guests require two single beds, instead of a double, you can just move them apart and put the table between them. Definitely more versatile that a double bed. 

The lack of any overhead cupboards make this kitchen feel far more spacious than it actually is. The demi-lune table flanked by 2 chairs works very well in this fairly narrow space - the perfect spot for a cup of tea or a chat with a friend.

I thought that this was such a clever idea, all you need are some glass vases and different sizes of rope and voila! Another budget beater too.

I love these overstuffed ottomans placed at the bottom of the bed. I can imagine having a cup of coffee here, a chat with my husband, the ideal place for the dogs to have a nap and if I need extra seating anywhere else in the house for an occasion, I could use these. Perfection!

I love, love, love this idea of using factory style doors and windows for a shower enclosure. It has so much more character than the more common plain glass shower surround.

And finally, what a great way to use that vintage silver tea set that has been gathering dust - to house your bathroom essentials - of course!

In closing, a big welcome to my new followers, and wishing you and all my regular (and irregular) readers a  New Year alive with possibilities!

Till next time

Sharon x

Image source: 1. Roses and Rust, 2 Tunmblr   3.  Tumblr  4. L'Ambience, 5. Tumblr 6. Tessa Proudfoot 7. via Providence Ltd, 8. Tumblr