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Mar 11 2012

Creating Reading Nooks in Hallways

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If you have the space or have an ‘awkward shape’ on the landing or in the hallway, why not consider creating a ‘reading nook’.

Even if you never sit there, the placement of a comfortable chair, a little table, a lamp and a couple of attractive books will look so inviting and relaxing, that ambience will spread to the rest of the house.

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Mar 08 2012

Hall: 4 Decorating Ideas for your Stairs

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If you are looking for ways to brighten up your stairs instead of getting a carpet or a stair runner – what about tiles or wallpaper or stencilling?  My stairs have an oak tread and the risers are painted in Farrow and Ball’s Clunch but they are positively boring compared to these!  How much time would it take though?

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I like the idea of having co-ordinated wallpapers on the risers – you don’t have the hard work of matching the design perfectly, it creates more interest, they should be protected sufficiently with 3 or 4 coats of varnish and they aren’t permanent – you can change them relatively inexpensively when the fancy takes you – or you have the time!


And remember we have a plethora of fabulous wallpapers online to choose from :)

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Mar 06 2012

Halls – Flooring for Busy Hallways

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The flooring in your hallway is going to take quite a bit of wear as the hall is often the busiest room in the house, particularly if there are children dashing in and out. Therefore, the flooring needs to be hard wearing, particularly just inside the hall door.  It also needs to be cleaned easily.  Tiles are one of the most common flooring options chosen for hallways but I love the  new wood effect tiles that are now available online from Dublin tiles shop Tiles.ie.

These are perfect for those of us who love the beauty of wood but are worried about the effect of frequent traffic and cleaning on them, especially if we don’t want the work of restaining them.

The wood effect tiles are available in a variety of colours to resemble the various wood finishes. They are also available with an ‘inlaid’ wooden design effect which can look particularly impressive in the centre of a large hall floor. They are perfect for bringing in the warmth of wood without worrying about any of the care or maintenance issues associated with wooden flooring. Aren’t they gorgeous?

If you would like more information on the wood effect floor tiles, do get in contact with Luke at Tiles.ie.

The hall really is one of the most highly trafficked in the whole house so the flooring needs to be hard wearing, particularly just inside the hall door.  It also needs to be cleaned easily.  The new wood effect tiles are perfect for those of us who love the beauty of wood but are worried about the effect of frequent traffic and cleaning on them, especially if we don’t want the work of restaining them.
The wood effect tiles are available in a variety of colours to resemble the various wood finishes. They are also available with an ‘inlaid’ wooden design effect which can look particularly impressive in the centre of a large hall floor. They are perfect for bringing in the warmth of wood without worrying about any of the care or maintenance issues associated with wooden flooring.flooring needs to be hard wearing, particularly just inside the hall door.  It also needs to be cleaned easily.  The new wood effect tiles are perfect for those of us who love the beauty of wood but are worried about the effect of frequent traffic and cleaning on them, especially if we don’t want the work of restaining them.

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Mar 05 2012

Hallways: Storage Ideas

This week we’ll be focusing on one of the hardest working rooms in your home – the hallway. It is used as a thoroughfare for getting from downstairs to upstairs, it is home to lots of items such as coats and shoes and yet you still want it to look welcoming and presentable should any visitors or callers come to the front door.

So many halls have wall mounted coat racks or hooks, which are fine except for when they are home to 17 coats and the depth of them stands a metre from the wall! Put away the ‘out of season’ coats and jackets or the little-used ones into a spare bedroom if you can.

Some of the best storage space in a hall can be found under the stairs and if that space isn’t being used for a downstairs loo, there are plenty of ways of making the most of that space, from using it as a home office (I did that in 5 Lower Road, Salisbury many moons ago) or install slideable drawers to utilise every spare inch.

One Irish company making these slideable drawers is Smart Storage and as understairs storage goes, these are brilliant for items such as children’s schoolbags, boots, shoes, hurleys, footballs – all those items that you use on a daily basis but if they haven’t got anywhere to go, you end up falling over them half a dozen times a day, plus it is all about making your hallway look presentable and welcoming.

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Jan 13 2012

Window Seats / Day Beds / Reading Nooks

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I love windowseats. There is nothing nicer than a cosy reading nook and with the natural light flowing in, a cosy window seat ticks all the boxes. Unfortunately I don’t have one but if we ever restore a certain house, there will be windowseats in its deep windows! Here’s a few of my favourites:

Although would you need a good head for heights with this one?  A great way to make a cosy space from a stairs window and once you climb up there, you’re unlikely to be interrupted except by passing traffic!

So much natural light in this one – it might be a tough choice between reading a book and looking at that view!

This is a great one for children – create a comfy reading nook on a landing but simply cordoning it off with curtains or a room divider, putting up some shelves and placing in a beanbag or a comfy chair.

Okay, this isn’t strictly a window seat but it is so cute, I had to include it – perfect for reading there during the day. Imagine being curled up in the topmost bunk with a good book on a windy and raining winter’s day – pure bliss!

This image proves that even the smallest of spaces can be transformed into a cute and cosy reading nook – I love the addition of the throw, the plants and the lamp – really do add the finishing touches.

I’ve featured this last image once before but I love it so much, I’m using it again. I read the entire Harry Potter series to the children from Sept – Dec, finishing the last 2 books over Christmas. Everytime Brian came in from the farmwork (and thank goodness he had farmwork to do or he would have driven us mad) we were curled up on the sofa in front of the fire. I think the longest session was a 5 hour read of the last book one day – I was almost hoarse. Now, if I’d had a window seat like this – I’d never leave it so perhaps it is just as well I don’t!

Images: Hooked on Houses, Safdier Rabines; These Moments of Mine; Suzie Beezie; The Inspired Room;

If you had to choose, which one would be your favourite?

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