Inspiration: outdoor living rooms

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Inside out or outside in?  Creating an ‘outdoor living room’  is a great way to extend your living space and make those summer days last long into the night.  The sun has finally arrived here in the UK (albeit its arrival rather late, but very welcome) and I’m visualising a new outdoor room scheme with […]

Lust list – Copper Crush: Home Decor

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Metallics are huge in interior design right now, and copper (more prominent in the past) is making a big comeback. Thank you Tom Dixon for putting the vogue back into copper! Copper is showing up in modern home decor and furniture – everything from light pendants, art and coffee mugs to side tables and beds. Copper […]

Colorful dining chairs – Modern Mix Up

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It is funny how in a period of about five years the term ‘matching’ has almost become a dirty word in the interior design vocabulary. Mixing it up is what it’s all about right now and this applies to all rooms in the home; the dining room and dining chairs are no exception. A mix-up […]

mood board: black & green

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This modern ikat design pillow (7)  from Designed Goods in Los Angeles landed on my desk last week and sparked the idea for a green and black mood board.  With the Echo pillow as my starting point, I was inspired to go bold and graphic and create a look with an industrial edge and a little rock chick at […]

Flutter-tastic bird & butterfly decor

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Back in the 60’s and 70’s it was the flying duck wall ornaments that were in vogue.  Now it appears that wallpaper, fabrics and home accessories featuring our winged friends (birds and butterflies) are making a splash all over again. So popular, that fashion designers like Julien MacDonald, Jean Paul Gaultier and Christian Lacroix are getting in […]

Lust list – Hot pink Modern glamour

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Modern glamour with a twist of whimsy and a shot of hot pink. It’s fresh, fun and glamorous and a look we are simply lusting over this week.  Here are some of our favorite product finds. The mid century lines and tight back tailoring of the Mrs Godfrey settee in navy velvet is the perfect […]

SF Decorator Showcase 2013 – Top 10 Rooms

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A chocolatier’s lab, a penthouse retreat, a sacred space to bathe, a Danger Zone, the Atelier… sounds like a James Bond novel. Instead these are all beautiful spaces dreamt up by a selection of San Francisco’s hottest interior designers as part of the annual San Francisco Decorator showcase opening this weekend (April 27 thru to […]

Lust List – Bold color pops

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The sun was shining in both San Francisco and London this week and this has us lusting for bright, bold and colorful furniture and accessories. From this amazing pop-tastic print of Elizabeth Taylor; to the hanging metal pendant lamp which has a burst of yellow peaking out from beneath it’s black shade; to the rainbow-bright flame […]

London warehouse apartment – Industrial luxe

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The 2nd issue of Curio Magazine takes a look inside this London warehouse apartment and home to Fiona Leahy, the go-to for OTT event & party organising (client list includes Dita Von Teese and Marilyn Manson). Originally from Dublin, Fiona has travelled and lived around the world and this is reflected in her interior style […]

Inspiration: White painted floor boards

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Today I am channeling my inner Scandi with white painted floorboards.  The last time I had these in my home was about ten years ago and I just loved them.  It’s time to put lovely light and glossy boards in my current home, and now that I have decided to make this change, I have […]

STYLE FINDER: inspired by interior architects Double G

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  Today’s Style Finder on Design Lovers Blog goes shopping to create the laid back and contemporary style of this living space by Parisian interior architect duo Double G.  This artwork by Brandi Leah Hofer discovered on Saatchi online as ‘the one to watch’  is a perfect fit for recreating a similar interior scheme.  Will […]

Wool House – an explosion of wool

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Opening today at the grandiose location of Somerset House in London is Wool House, the world’s largest celebration and showcase of all things wooly for the interiors world (with some fashion sprinkled in).   A visual and touchy-feely explosion of colour with art, craft, furnishings and interior designed room sets all using wool to the max. […]

A Peek inside Liberace’s Home, Palm Springs

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Over the top glamour, chintz and bling – that’s what I expected to see inside the former home of Liberace, (the highest paid entertainer in the world during the 1950s–1970s). But when the doors of ‘Piazza de Liberace’ opened to the public for the first time during this year’s Palm Springs Modernism Week,  I was surprised […]

Minimalist Modern Retreat in Palm Springs

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It’s stark, its linear, completely open, yet private at the same time – this is the weekend retreat home of San Francisco architect Jim Jennings; which was open for tour during this years annual Palm Springs Modernism Week (an 11 day celebration of desert modernism  – architecture, design and culture).  Fortunately, my associate Ann Maurice […]

Design Trends – Maison et Objet 2013 – Part II

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Great design is abundant in Paris – from clothes to art to food and architecture, so it makes sense that it is also home to ‘Maison et Objet’ Europe’s largest home decor and design trade show . While great design was expected during our recent visit, what did take us by surprise was the blanket of […]

A Whole Lot of Sexy in Paris – Photographic Art

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There are few cities that ooze sex appeal more than Paris, so this may explain my obsession with the seductive photographic art I discovered during my recent visit to the Maison et Objet interior design exhibition in Paris. Several large scale, boudoir style, Pexiglass mounted, black and white photos encapsulating the chic, glamorous and sexy vibe […]

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