The Autumn Collection From Oka Direct

Berlin Console

It must be a sign of age that whereas I used to get excited by the new season clothes coming into the stores and enjoy walking past the autumnal window displays, I’m now much more likely get my thrills from new photography of interiors. I mentioned yesterday the arrival of the new Ikea catalogue, of…

Coat Rack with Hangers

Georg2

It must be something about the start of the new year (academic I know but no less significant for that) that makes me feel I must get organised. Perhaps it’s an excuse for a week of procrastination before actually getting down to any work, but I know that in addition to the to do lists,…

Storage Baskets

Wall_Hung_Baskets

Hello everyone, it’s great to be back! I hope you’ve all had a good summer. From the look of things you didn’t miss me too much as the blog has had a record-breaking month in my absence so I’m going to assume that you enjoyed revisiting those old posts and were re-inspired. Today I wanted…

Mad About … Quiet Spaces

from inspiration.teodorik.com via pinterest

Today, we are mostly Mad About Quiet Spaces. Summer is drawing to a close and it’s a good time to just take stock and get ready for the new season. Wouldn’t this be a lovely calm place to sit with a cup of coffee and nothing more technologically advanced than a notebook – the sort…

Mad About … Panelled Walls

ceiling panelling too

I do love a panelled wall. I know we can’t all live in Georgian mansions but a little panelling, even a little tongue and groove is a great decorative feature. I used it in a bathroom where it’s much warmer than tiles and, while I wouldn’t advocate it in a completely modern house, if you…

Mad About … Black and White Geometrics

black and white geometric tiles with pink from aloma

Two of the hottest trends at the moment are black and white and monochrome. Put them together and you get one of my favourite styles of all time. The joy of a monochrome base is that it goes with everything. You can keep it very minimal and Danish by sticking to that simple palette or…

Mad About . . . Painted Floorboards

PicMonkey Collage2

Today’s Mad About .  . . is more of an inspiration than a shopping list. I just love painted floorboards and never seem to tire of looking at them. My entire house has white painted boards (Wimbourne White by Farrow & Ball since you ask). WHITE? clockwise from top left: roomenvy.co.uk; twoturtledoveshandmade.blogspot.com; paul massey; paul massey; roselandgreene.blogspot.com;…

Painted Rugs on Floorboards

from improvisedlife.com

  At a barbecue recently I was asked about painting the floorboards in a hall where the planks continued into the sitting room. We decided that this might be tricky as it would necessitate painting a straight line across the boards to create an artificial ending point. And then I remembered an idea I had…

Mad About … Outdoor Dining

from apartment therapy by Bethany Nauert

Summer Time and never mind the cotton … at least the sun is high (ish). So, this week we are mostly Mad About … Outdoor Dining. Here are some beautiful gardens to inspire you with some plans for your own space. In my last garden we had fairy lights strung along one wall and they…