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10 Beautiful Rooms

10th October 2016

Last week the 10 Beautiful Rooms were mostly on the dark side so this week we are going mostly to the light. I honestly can’t decide which I prefer. My house is a mix of both – sometimes in the same room – so I think the only conclusion to be drawn is that The Mad House is one of the other but nothing in the middle.


monochrome sitting room via stadshem

These rooms are a collection of my favourite things: monochrome, vintage wood, plants, a splash of metallic and some patterned tiles – as long as they are monochrome. In other words my style mantra which is Something old, something new, something black and something gold.


via savvy_ladue on instagram

I adore this kitchen below with its soft green tiles and that vintage cabinet to store the glasses and china. Every room looks better with something old in it and I have never seen one that didn’t. It doesn’t have to be actually old but it needs to be a bit rustic or vintage-looking as a foil to all the modernity.


green tiles and a vintage cabinet in this kitchen from entrancemakleri

The owners of this Swedish flat were probably cursing at the awkward shaped walls in here but they have managed to dress it up pretty well in the circumstances. The soft grey walls show off the windows and plasterwork perfectly and the raw wood of the table is a great balance to that refined chandelier and parquet floor.


pale grey walls and raw wood table via entrance makleri

Another raw table here and some old chairs to go with it. Sometimes people worry about having too much wood but if you can contrast light and dark it’s much easier, and less Alpine chalet, than having it all matching.


white kitchen with raw wood table via stadshem

This all white sitting room appealed to me because with two sons I can never have one so it’s for my fantasy house high in the hills of Italy but overlooking the sea .. still the two extremes. Mind you I love the plants and they are gradually creeping into The Mad House, to the slight irritation of the other Mad House residents who aren’t as keen on all the greenery as me.


white room with plants via entrance makleri

This bathroom, styled by Pippa Jameson shows how wonderful a black bath can be. But coupled with the patterned tile floor and simple red flex on the lightbulb it’s a beauty. Note also the rustic wood on the modern black shelves. I beginning to wonder if my bath is paintable. I mean most things are if you prime them right aren’t they?


styled by Pippa Jameson for Homestyle magazine

My bathroom is in the middle of being refurbished after the shower terminally broke and we are thinking of painting it green hence the next two pictures. The one below is from the Campaign for Wool and this room features work by one of my favourite designers Melanie Porter. I’m going to see it this week so keep an eye on my instagram to find out more.


campaign for wool house with Melanie Porter Alice and Loft throws

This kitchen below has been painted in Farrow & Ball Studio Green which is currently the hot paint favourite of the four that are on the walls. The shower is being tiled with Carrara marble and I think green and pale grey is a beautiful combination. I will, of course, show you when it’s done.


farrow and ball studio green

And finally, well I couldn’t resist just one dark one although this one might be actually more about the flowers than the walls. What do you think?

I hope you have enjoyed this week’s selection of 10 Beautiful Rooms.


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  • Pippa Jameson 8th November 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Thanks for featuring my work – very flattered to be featured 😊 Xx

  • Stylish South Wales 10th October 2016 at 2:50 pm

    I too am in the process of a bathroom re-model. Carrara Marble (well ripoff) features in mine also and I am digging the delicious darks having just Stifkey-ed my kitchen. I’d be interested to know how you get on with sourcing fixings/lighting. Unless you want gold straight out of Downtown Abbey the UK seems years behind US in its attitude to gold.

  • Fiona Duke 10th October 2016 at 12:04 pm

    totally with you on the mix of styles – at times i’ve felt like I’ve nailed my tendency to ‘dark’ style and ‘yes’ that’s me and then I see something completely different and find myself being drawn to that too.
    i have decided the only way forward is to acquire numerous homes that will enable me to embrace and express each style in each house. i’m thinking scandi ski chalet, luxurious dark city pad, eclectic country home…. etc. I don’t think that’s unreasonable do you?

  • Our French Oasis 10th October 2016 at 8:56 am

    A lot to take in here, I love the Farrow and Ball Studio Green kitchen and I love the the final dark wall and sofa, but then I also love white and bright. I can never quite make up my mind and I float between a passion for the simplicity and clean lines of Scandinavian style and the comforts of dark colours and old English interiors an then I like to add a little French into the mix! Our house is a complete melange of them all, but it seems to work rather well!!

  • Monica 10th October 2016 at 8:41 am

    Okay seriously? This is possibly one of your most beautiful posts EVER. My favorites? The black and white tiles on the wall, the wooly woolens on the bed and that bouquet against the dark paneled walls. LOVE IT ALL. Thank you for Monday morning inspiration!!

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