A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

A Residence Blog

Travel and adventure taking, memory and home making, parenting and play shaking, never faking, tales of family life.

5 Ideas for a Reading Corner

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.

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5 Ideas for a Reading Corner

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

How to clean a house fast

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.

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Get Inspired: Travel and Interior Blogs

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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

Quirky Cupboard Ideas

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.

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 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

Through the Keyhole: Inside Highclere Castle, Location of Downton Abbey

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!

Through the Keyhole: Inside Highclere Castle, Location of Downton Abbey

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

5 pretty plants for indoor hanging baskets

It’s cool to hang your plants out kids! Macrame indoor hanging baskets with spider plants totally take us back to the 70s, but Bloomingville have given them a cool new look with simple beads, trend lover’s copper and Pantone colours of the year blues and pinks. Let it all hang out!

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What to plant in them?

Spider plants are having a renaissance, although they never went out of fashion in my Dad’s house. Here are some other great plants to put in your hanging baskets, if like me, you like the idea but you’re not quite as green fingered as your parents.

Succulents will look really sweet in planters like this and have the advantage of being able to survive if left hanging a little long. Some of them have lovely trails too.

English Ivy – perfect for trailing down and one of the best air purifying plants you can introduce.

Peperomia ‘Isabelle’ – is a cute little pepper plant with tiny leaves that provides a never ending, ever growing blanket of greenery.

String of beads is just that, lush strings of little green ball like leaves that trail down artfully. If you are after something unique and eye catching this is the one for you.

Browse more indoor hanging baskets at Wayfair.

Bring the Outdoors In and Get Happier with Tree Wallpaper

Trees have been proven to make us happier, tree wallpaper reminds us to get outdoors, and who knows, perhaps the positive effects will still rub off?

Trees are incredibly powerful to our wellbeing – researchers have discovered people who have tree views leave hospital quicker, people who live near trees are happier and people who spend time in trees build more natural killer cells. Incorporating nature into our homes isn’t quite the same as being in real trees, but it’s a great reminder to get outdoors, and who knows, perhaps the positive effects will still rub off?

Wallpaper is a great way to add some trees, bringing the outside in is a trend that is never going to go out of fashion. There is a selection of tree wallpapers here, with a selection with something for every kind of tree lover below. Continue reading

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