• Archive for September, 2015

    A room for all seasons

    by  • September 30, 2015 • Living, Relaxed Spaces • 0 Comments

    Is it me or does ‘Winter is coming’ seem to be the declaration of every person in earshot (Game of Thrones fans taking extra pleasure in this), as the weather teeters back and forth between balmy days and chill-laden nights? Autumn, the weird but beautiful season where we Brits cling onto any warmth that can be drawn from a single ray of sunshine, whilst secretly yearning to wrap up in cosy knits. Is there an unspoken time limit on our globally renowned weather chat that dictates that we can only moan about summery heat for so long, before switching to declare that we miss it dreadfully and are counting the days ‘til it rolls around again?

    Could we maybe balance it all out somehow? By surrounding ourselves with homeware that defies the dark thoughts that come with short days? Create rooms that offer clarity, optimism, energy and warmth all year round? I think so. These rooms (sourced from theROOMedit) would be my own personal solutions – do you connect with any of them?

    The Travel RoomTravel room via theROOMedit | The Relaxed Home|A Room for all Seasons

    I may be a travel addict of epic proportions but, when it’s cold, I don’t think I’m alone in dreaming of foreign lands. Surrounding myself with maps and trinkets that remind me of my trips makes me feel more cheerful instantly. Mostly because they have the power to transport you (in your mind at least) to a warmer time and place!

    Not Feeling JadedJade and metal living room via theROOMedit | The Relaxed Home | A room for all seasons

    Just looking at this picture makes me feel calm, something that makes perfect sense when you consider that opulent Jade is believed to promote wisdom, balance and peace. Add in shimmering, tactile metallics and tropical plants for all-year-round luxury that ensures you forget your weather worries.

    Singing the BluesBlue living room via theROOMedit | The Relaxed Home | A room for all seasons

    I’m feeling blue, and no, I don’t mean I’m sad. Blue is a fabulous all-year round colour that opens you up to thoughts of happily walking under cloudless skies. I love this blend of cool and warm hues, layered with patterned sheers and plumped-up cushions – it’s simple, timeless and optimistic.

    Artful (season) DodgingTropical Artwork via theROOMedit | The Relaxed Home | A room for all seasons Anthropologie throws | The Relaxed Home | A room for all seasons

    Organic artwork, embellished textiles (such as these nifty throws from Anthropologie), saturated colours… after the initial hunt for new accessories distracts you from the changing seasons, they give you something to stare (and smile) at rather than focusing on what’s outside the window.

    Season? What season?

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    Game-changing storage solutions

    by  • September 23, 2015 • Organising • 1 Comment

    While I adore my house – my first proper home after years of bleak renting – it’s not the largest house in the world. In fact, I’m pretty sure we bought the smallest pad in south London – as you walk down my road the large, grand houses slowly get smaller and smaller…and we’re right at the end.

    When we moved in last year we found a temporary home for everything (under the sofa for the board games!) with intentions to replace cheap and cheerful furniture with better quality, streamlined storage solutions.

    My kitchen has already been taken care of. A total refit with ACTUAL CUPBOARDS rather than curtained-off areas has given us oodles of space for cooking and baking equipment, and now the time has come to think about the other rooms – also known as the bedroom and living room seeing as there isn’t space for any others.

    Our sister site TheROOMedit is celebrating clever storage tricks with its dedicated #StorageSolutions campaign, showcasing those crafty little numbers that can help with stuffocation symptoms.

    Here are a few of my favourites – now, if I could just find room for them…!

    Lotions and potions

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    The next big project for our home is a refit of the bathroom. I’ve spent more time than I have to spare thinking about how best to fit storage in the room, and this bathroom sink set sums up the base case scenario – two storage cupboards and two sinks. It’s win-win.

    Boxy beauty

    White-modern-bedroom-with-bright-accents

    This slim line unit gives loads of storage space for books, make up and general paraphernalia I hoard on my bedside table. This way I could have ‘read’ ‘to read’ and ‘library books’ shelves. My kind of storage!

    Clever coffee table

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    We don’t currently have a coffee table, which means magazines and cups of tea (and possibly plates of biccies) get left on the floor. A clever coffee table unit like this could be a game-changer for lazy living room owners just like me.

     

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    Let’s go retro!

    by  • September 17, 2015 • Relaxed Spaces • 0 Comments

    It has come to that time of year again where summer is drawing to a close and the kids are back to school. It is times like this that make me feel like I want to get organsied about things new term, new you – you know the drill.

    After I came back from my holiday I had one of those moments where I wanted to redecorate, reinvent and try to become more organised with work. So as I pondered, I thought what better way to do all of this than to create a new home office?

    I’ve looked through all of the home offices on housetohome.co.uk and have chosen my favourite retro designs which I think would make a beautiful, organised space for any home.

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    This retro home office is beautifully neat and tidy as well as stylish and interesting. The hexagonal shelving is a quirky addition which makes the office more unique and fun. Who says offices have to be all work and no play? I also love the use of bright primary colours with a neutral colour scheme as they add a pop of colour and brighten up the sophisiticated space.

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    If you’re inspired by the retro style office, try opting for an old-style wooden desk such as the one above. I love this desk as it is understated yet still a beautiful piece of furniture. The oak finish and the vintage design give a rustic feel and fit perfectly with many different colour schemes.

    This style desk would look great in a home office that has a neutral colour scheme with unusual features and flecks of brighter colours as it is not too bold or overpowering yet can still act as a statement feature.

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    Or, if you’re looking for a retro style home office that isn’t so bold you can always go for basic furniture and brighter accessories. This  office has a simple black desk chair which is sleek and effortlessly beautiful. Simple desk chairs like this can be paired with patterned wallpaper to enhance the retro style without being too bright and ambitious.

    Think about the combination you use wisely, just because you want the retro look, doesn’t mean you to have to opt for everything neon! Pair brighter wallpaper and storage boxers with plain desks and units to avoid overcomplicating the colour scheme.

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    When it comes to a home office, one of the most important parts is having a lot of storage. I absolutely love these upycled retro glass door bookcases from FurnitureEtc. These bookcases are a great addition if you want to keep a neutral colour scheme and go retro with accessories. The monochrome colours on these bookshelves work well with neutral schemes as they add interest and a fun, vibrant feel to the retro home office look.

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