The Pantone Colour of the Year for 2017 is greenery, what do you think?
It’s a big nod the environment. Bringing greenery into our home will perhaps remind us of the importance of looking after nature, and in a time when we are driven deeper and deeper into technology, of being in the wild ourselves too. From that point of view I love it.
Green is the most calming colour you can have in your home too, yet we often don’t embrace it. We underestimate it’s powers, perhaps it is time to let a little green back into our homes?
On the flip side, it is quite a bold and almost lime green, not an easy shade for everyone. However, it does work brilliantly as a pop of colour or a means to lift more subtle shades, so today I have pulled out some items that allow the greenery in, without taking over completely. The green sheep is a bit of a red herring, if that isn’t mixing too many metaphors, although I am sure someone out there needs a green sheep in their life! Continue reading
From small pieces of tableware brought back as souvenirs, to whole rooms full of inspiration ready to be shipped home, open your mind to bringing home new home ideas for your place when you travel. Here are five of our favourite travel inspired interior themes:
We all want people to feel at home in our home, we spend time tidying for visitors and trying to present ourselves to the best of our ability. But what if that wasn’t the secret to making your home welcoming to guests? What if subtle shifts in our thinking could make our homes feel much more appealing to others? Continue reading
One of the predicted trends for 2017 is a reading corner or nook, a place to quietly retreat to with a book and perhaps a cup of tea or a glass of wine. Maybe there will be a log fire roaring or a pretty view out of a nearby window? Here are six ideas to help you plan your reading space.
Bright and natural
There’s a lovely coastal feel to this reading nook, the pale blues, the jars of shells and driftwood on the wall all connote escaping to a seaside cottage or beach hut. A great lamp is an essential and this one makes a stunning feature. It’s lovely to have lots of books and greenery close by too, there’s a real outside in feel here don’t you think? Continue reading
Cleaning the house can be a real pain, but if you take a logical approach and some tips from those who’ve done it professionally, you can clean a house fast, with a sense of achievement that won’t leave you dreading it anywhere near as much next time.
Some of the best interior inspiration comes from stepping out of our own homes, into public spaces: cafes, museums, restaurants, hotels and holiday accommodation. When all the personal clutter is stripped back it is easier to see what is needed and what works. A weekend in a new space gives us a chance to experiment with what living in a very different space might be like.
If you are planning your next holiday and thinking you’d like to find somewhere to fuel your need for interior inspiration, look no further. I’ve handpicked some blogs who like to highlight travel destinations with inspiring interiors. Continue reading
Cupboards are easily overlooked and ignored, you can take them for granted as receptacles for stuff. But apart from being practical they can add such a splash of fun and colour to your home, and make a big impact – like this gorgeously rustic 16 drawer sideboard. There are some lovely cupboard ideas out there.
There is so much you can do to change or restore a tired looking cupboard. I loved upcycling an old DVD chest of drawers in our hallway by painting it Venetian blue and adding little blue globe handles.
Currently there is a real trend for mismatched and colourful drawers. They look great, but they also reflect how we live our lives. One size really does not fit all. Continue reading
You’ve decluttered already right?
Obviously de-cluttering will not physically give you extra space, but it will give the illusion of more room. Simply clearing away magazines, papers and cluttered surfaces will instantly improve a room. Here’s what to consider next….
This has to be one of the grandest Through the Keyhole’s we have had at A Residence. Highclere Castle, location of Downton Abbey, is also a home that is open to the public should this tour pique your interest!
The castle’s history is fascinating, the current Earl’s great Grandmother turned Highclere into a war hospital with Kitchner’s permission. His great grandfather discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb, so the house also has an Egyptian exhibition which tells the story and includes many incredible replica objects.
Highclere Castle was the location of Downton Abbey for over 6 years, with filming occupying 13 hour days from February to July. Two members of castle staff were always on hand to supervise the use of the property and it’s delicate contents during filming, one of their tasks involved continually resetting the castle’s clocks to maintain continuity. Continue reading
Here are 7 easy ways to reclaim your bathroom without breaking the bank. Continue reading