is it a study? is it a dining room? no it’s a d’office

I was interested to read that old-fashioned rooms such as larders and dining rooms are making a comeback according to estate agents, as more buyers are spurning open-plan for separate rooms. Some are calling it the Downton Abbey effect as buyers seek their own version of grand Edwardian living. In today’s modern world of telecommuting, dining rooms are perfect for doubling up as quiet work spaces with the clever use of storage and dual-purpose fixtures and furniture. Find more ideas and lovely images on my Pinterest board.

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introducing red carpet styling to your home

As the legendary British designer Paul Smith says: You can find inspiration in everything (and if you can’t look again). The trends of the catwalk and latest couture shows often provide inspiration for interior styling and the parade of glitz and glamour rocking the red carpet at this week’s Oscars were no exception. The impeccably dressed Cate Blanchet wears a bold turquoise necklace to lift her slinky black number. Similarly, here in David McCauley’s design, the turquoise velvet chairs and accessories illuminate the black walls, curtains and furniture to stop it looking too dark and gothic, creating a very elegant look.

a small change can make a big difference

So often when you’re decorating a room you think about the big things – a new piece of furniture, the wallpaper, a new rug – but there are small and easy changes that can have a big impact. I love these painted ceramic door knobs from Knobbles and Bobbles which I’ve fitted to my bathroom door to give it a quirky, vintage look. I’m slowly working my way through the house swapping the standard brass fittings for different handles to create more character. For my lounge door, I have my eye on these beautiful doorknobs from Anthropologie, or this charming hand painted fitting from Black Country Metalworks.