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If your looking to make a bold statement and feeling brave choose a dominant print . If you are concerned about a large print looking too much or being over-powering you can break it up using molding or a chair rail. I often get clients looking at paint options for their powder room and I always steer them in the direction wallpaper as an option to transform this space and gain a little incremental confidence with wall paper. It can be a dramatic way to give your powder room a punch.The Hornbeam print is inspired by Farrow and Ball’s Dorset (England) roots and time spent in the nearby...
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If you have a spare mantel or window you have been meaning to make a little festive then here is a quick trick on how to obtain that high end department store Christmas display feel and - at the same time drop a major hint to your partner on how they can play the perfect Santa Claus again this year.   I have a confession to make - in a ‘package hoarder’ and always have been. I think a...
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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…..   With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror it is time to turn my attention to the next Christmas Inspiration Series. The Fireplace is often the center piece of any living room but if you don’t have a Fire Place then this garland will work equally well around an interior doorway.   And we can’t escape the fact that the fireplace, as...
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     Christmas Table Blog. Being a creative soul I can really allow my creativity to run wild. I have always loved Christmas. When we moved to America I took it to the next level. My husband jokes that I should have starred in the original Home Alone movie and now we live outside of New York – I kinda feel like I do. I love the Ice Skating in Central Park, the shop windows on 5th Ave, the...
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Re-upholstering is often an option that home owners overlook. They immediately look to buy new when that old sofa has seen better days. And lets be honest – the major furniture retailers make it difficult for us to say know with their Sunday opening hours, free design and delivery service and perfectly staged stores. But over the years I have reupholstered many pieces in my home and for clients. I recently redesigned the communal sitting areas in a home for the elderly. IT was a turn of the century building with many original pieces but as you can imagine – over the years had seen a...
See Before & After
There is nothing quite as satisfying as transforming a find. I stumbled upon a piece almost identical to this almost a year ago in an antique dealers. I immediately fell in love with the shape as it reminded me of a piece from 'Beauty and the Beast' (I get inspiration from all sorts of places).     Sadly, having already paid for the item, I couldn't fit it In the car and when I returned to collect it the following day there was a mix up and the piece had been sold. It was 6 months later when my husband surprised me with an almost identical piece.   I am not sure on the original...
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Molding

I absolutely love molding! There – I admitted it. It can transform a room from plain and dated to something far-more grand. And done properly you can make your own look. Coming from England I lived in a number of Victorian houses that had the traditional large base boards like the picture below (we call them skirting boards in England). When I moved to the USA I started to look for something...
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I enjoy having herbs in my garden but you may not have the space or time. I found these boxes in my local wine store and they give them away for free, you just have to ask.    Filling the box with your favorite herbs and having indoors near the window sill or outdoors on your table, makes an ideal center piece.
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