Creating a great bathroom

How to create a fab bathroom without it costing the earth thats gutsy, a tad offbeat but also a seductive antechamber to preen and relax.

Paint plays a huge part in transforming a room – deep sumptuous hues will give the room an edge by establishing a visual identity that just shouts sophisication. Taps, baths and basins can all be brought relatively  inexpensively from reclamation yards – the real key is to keep it simple with clever little touches – such as whimisical drawer pulls that update cabinets – unusual lighting, a rug – anything in fact that could be at home in your living room. This is a fab way of connecting your bathroom to the rest of your house – instead of making it a clinical space devoid of character and life.

Jenna Lyons has created my all time favourite bathroom I am seriously considering repainting mine and starting again. It has that hotel luxe feel (see below) yet feels modern, but rustic at the same time. Very very jealous – infact if I wasn’t reworking another room right now I would be painting my bathroom walls deepest darkest black.

bathroom 2Love the herringbone floor, love the sumptuous black paint, love the brass fittings and rustic plaster walls – perfect, perfect retreat!

bathroomA clever idea to create a beautiful little antechamber by having the bedroom flowing into the bathroom. Its so simple and yet is feels so luxurious.

Meet Maud


The first afternoon Maud arrived she jumped on our george smith sofa (a cashmere/mohair blend I might add) and fell instantly asleep as so. This is her favourite spot.  Having never been inside before I was flabbergasted just how instantly she made herself at home!

Get cosy

With Autumn fast approaching I am thinking about cosying up my space, softening my rooms with rugs and heaps of cushions. I kind of love winter -those saucepan lid soft grey skies, roaring fires, soft lighting, tons of candles, a yummy stew on the stove, a ramble over hyde park with all the leaves on the grass – fabulous! A weekend spent pulling all our winter stuff out of the loft and layering it around the space is my idea of heaven!

The image below took my fancy because although white is not a colour I would not normally endorse this living room looks beautifully cosy, with its tempting textures. It feels lived in and loved and  just because winter is round the corner it doesn’t mean you have to stick to somber colours.  The curvy chair and lamp softens the hard edges of the room and the rug looks perfect for snuggling toes. Maud (my new puppy) would go bananas over this rug – talking of which apologies for the late posting today – I had forgotten how crazy life is with a new puppy. She is currently snoozing and I am creeping around the place so as not to disturb – yikes!

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Private Spaces

A nook of one’s own to hideaway and rejuvenate from the rest of the world is pivotal for me. Hobbies are a thing of the past so no sipping whisky and knitting I hate to say but I have started taking time to call one spot my very own and take time out to flick through magazines, work on ideas or search for remote houses in Italy and Wales that I fantasize about living in (sorry honey haven’t mentioned that idea yet)!

My nook is not a very big space – a comfy chair, big old lamp, piles of mags and other stuff transform my little corner into a very private nook.  Came across a great quote from Lewis Carrol ‘Who in the world am I. Ah, that is the great puzzle” Retiring to my nook to figure it out – may well be a while!

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I’m liking this nook– I so want  to snuggle up with a cup of tea, my magazines and Maud my new puppy – although she is into eating magazines at the moment  (as well as throws and sofas the list is quite endless) so I will imagine it instead.

private spaces

Tear sheets & kids drawings turn a boring white wall into something truly personal and intriguing. Its intimate it oozes personality and the emphasis is on individuality. A perfect little nook.

Photograph Polly Eltes

Photograph Polly Eltes

This is my nook – my bookcase wallpaper transforms a difficult wall by cozening it up – a big old chair or love seat as it is called gives me plenty of room for lounging and although hugely edited for this particular shoot, magazines, books, postcards abound on an old lump of wood around the corner and add layers.