October 19, 2014

I’d like to live here…

A beautiful orange house in time for Halloween. Look at how that gorgeous colour contrasts with all that incredible green! When can I move in?

Arne Maynard garden ; Gardenista

This charming home in Wales belongs to garden designer Arne Maynard. See more of it on Gardenista.

October 17, 2014

Fun shoes from India Circus

Ballerina Beauty

A quick note to tell you about these fun and colourful ballerinas spotted on India Circus. From flying elephants to rickshaws, these would look great with any casual ensemble. Take a look.

Image via India Circus

October 16, 2014

Gorgeous Vintage rugs from Chairish

Have you heard of Chairish? They are an exclusive, “curator-approved online marketplace for vintage rugs and furniture.” Their site has a lovely selection of rugs, chairs, lighting, storage (ah, trunks!) and assorted items for your home.

Chairish asked me to create a style board around my favourite rug from their collection and it would have to be…

This handwoven Cochineel Dyed carpet. Why do I like it? The simple design would work well against our dark antique wooden floorboards. The white edges would contrast nicely and tie in with other accents already in our home. And I love red. Traditional Persian carpets have a lot of red too, but I am partial to this one because it is plain and not inundated with design. Our house is too full – of old furniture, of noise, of the chaos that is India – and I would welcome a moment’s respite that a quiet piece of furniture can give.

Hand Woven Cochineel Dyed Carpet

I also love this Paul Smith swirly rug (below). Aren’t the colours gorgeous?

Paul Smith Swirl Rug

Contrary to the traditional aesthetic of our early-1800s home, I would try pairing these with more contemporary furniture and art. I think that contrast is vital to creating a sense of energy and flow into the house, which can otherwise feel stuffy and boring. Gold or brass accents paired with a striking Kelly Green sofa, a bright planter and tripod lamp would make my day. Do the colours work? I think they’d do well in our home – come and see! (That gorgeous Navajo necklace is calling my name.)


All images via Chairish.

Instant Feng Shui : Tao of Dana in Lonny

Go for the Gold

I blogged about the colourful Tao of Dana blog recently and I was delighted to see her in Lonny. In this article, Dana gives us 7 great (but simple) ideas on how you can incorporate the principles of Feng Shui into your home right now. Read the article here.

Image via Lonny

October 15, 2014

Bookshelf of the Week

Love the scale of the bookshelf but I’m not sold on the colour. What do you think? I would have liked a warmer colour – this icy blue takes away from the books.

i like the painted book shelves


Here’s another angle of the same room. The colour here looks a bit deeper probably with the shadows and the straight-on photo.

Bookshelf eye candy. Click through for 21 Inspirations.


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