Monday, 27 October 2014

Weekly Inspiration - Recipes, DIY Homeware and Black and White Kitchens

1. Izy's Swedish Chocolate Cake from the Vanilla Bean Blog...Recipe here

A collection of inspiration: recipes, DIY homeware and some black and white kitchens. You will find a quick link to the recipes and tutorials at the end of this post.

Friday, 24 October 2014

A Touch of New England in County Kerry, Ireland


I love New England style homes, I am so passionate about the New England look, I am currently trying to incorporate this style into my small cottage. While looking for some inspiration, I stumbled across this New England style interior. What first struck me was the unusual, large glass pendant lights in the dining area, by the time I had explored a little more, I was totally smitten.

This home is located in Country Kerry, Ireland and with the owner living in New York, the entire design process was co-ordinated via the Internet. Dublin based interior designers and decorators, Wall Morris design undertook the project. Wall Morris describe their interior as "clean lined character, classic in style, with hints of New England". Many newly built homes these days lack the finer features of homes of a bygone era, however the detail incorporated into the interior of this home is far from lacking. Soaring ceilings, wood panelling and interesting architectural details such as circular windows. The beautiful workmanship in the traditional style fitted kitchen and other built in cabinetry is simply stunning. Another stand out feature is there are very few plain walls, most have some form of architectural detail which has made me think of the impact adding some panelling would have on my rather boring hallway.

Photography Derek Robinson

There are many beautiful features in this home, however the architectural details have a big impact. The designers have worked with these features keeping the interior design simple and traditional in style, with the addition of a few contemporary pieces such as those stunning mosaic, glass ball pendants in the dining area and in contrast the contemporary T shaped picture lights in the hallway.

For more information and further images, please visit Wall Morris design on Houzz.





Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Florabunda - A Celebration of Colour by Laura Ashley


Apart from my interest in interior decorating, I am also an artist, my subject matter is flowers and my current works are in oil medium, however in the past I used to specialise in watercolours. Watercolours have a special place in my heart as they are what inspired me to start painting. The liquid fluidity of the medium challenged me, however suited my floral subjects perfectly. Transferring this fluid, floral look onto fabrics with digital printing is a growing trend so I have been looking around for some inspiration.

Monday, 20 October 2014

Cape Dutch House - Florida


When I came across a Cape Dutch house in Coral Gables, Florida, the architecture reminded me a little of the Spanish mission houses built in the early 1900's in New Zealand. The stucco exterior and terracotta tiled roof, not to mention the architectural curves are similar to the Spanish mission houses, however, the architecture of the Cape Dutch style has a charming cottage appeal to it.

Friday, 17 October 2014

Heating Your Home With Style - Best Heating


It is spring in NZ, well it certainly was this morning but now the rain is back and another cold snap with it and I am ashamed to say I have just turned my noisy heat pump back on. The promotional brochure, stated 'quiet', however quiet it is not! How I wish I had central heating, when we lived in the UK my whole house was toasty and silent, I wonder, is it because I conjure up images of those cumbersome radiators found in our state schools. Central heating designs have come a long way since the days of those old fashioned curvatures. I took a look around the Internet and discovered vertical and horizontal designs befitting the most contemporary homes.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Creating A Modern Country Look In Your Kitchen

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I would have to say on Lee Caroline, that the most popular posts feature the words, 'country, French, or cottage'. I live in a cottage and love to incorporate a little country, yet at the same time I like to portray a fresh modern approach rather than a shabby chic look. How can one achieve a balance of modern country, lets find out, starting with the kitchen.