Thankfully, the British weather seems to have got the bank holiday memo. This weekend is set to be a scorcher with the mercury predicted to hit record highs. So this B&M gazebo is going to provide some much-needed shade for many a garden over the long weekend.
Having a gazebo to hand is always a plus, but never more than this weekend, especially if you’re looking to avoid melting as the temperature rockets to 30 degrees.
But there is something extra special about this B&M gazebo. Originally priced at £100, the price has been slashed to just £20! That is one serious Bank Holiday bargain.
The bargain buy was spotted by a mum on the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook group. Group members were keen to jump on the discount luxury gazebo with the post clocking up 3.2K likes and 3.4K comments.
Buy in-store: Luxury Steel Frame Gazebo, now £20, was £100, B&M stores
The luxury gazebo has a footprint of 2.5 x 2.5 metres and is equipped with a sturdy steel frame. The grey material makes this a stylish addition to the garden, especially with the elegantly curving legs.
The sides are made up of see-through netting, trimmed with the grey material so you can draw the curtains if you need to keep the flies at bay. You’d couldn’t ask for a better setting for a sunny bank holiday barbecue.
B&M has confirmed that supplies of the gazebo are extremely limited, hence the extreme saving of £80 on this gorgeous luxury gazebo. If you are hoping to get your hands on one you better be speedy.
The gazebo is only available in selected stores so you should call your local store before heading down to check if they have the gazebo in stock.
If the 3,000-plus likes on the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook group are anything to go by, you could have stiff competition. However, snapping up this bargain is 100 per cent worth a sprint to your local B&M.
Just think how smug you’ll feel, lounging under you luxury Gazebo with an Aperol Spritz in hand, while your neighbours stare on in envy.
Houses across the United States are as diverse as its people, varying not only by general style by but features that are often driven by the landscape and region of the country. An American house on the eastern shores, such as in Cape Cod, generally looks nothing like a house found on the California Coast or along the beaches of Florida. The same can hold true for all the regions through the rest of the country, especially if you overlook the generic style of American houses that can be found just about anywhere from coast to coast. The diverse climate and landscape — along with the cultures of the people who settled there — all have an influence on the look of a home. Here are some gorgeous examples of houses that are built for the American lifestyle and capitalize on their surroundings.
Coastal Refuge Focus on Stunning Views
The sloping ocean shores of the Pacific Northwest are stunning locations for homes and this American house by Hoedemaker Pfeiffer was built to blend with the forest as well as take advantage of the marvelous views of Puget Sound. Sited in a remote location in the San Juan Islands the architects created a detached guest house to go with the main house, which is built into the slope. Made from stone, glass and wood, it was designed to evoke a former home in the Appalachian Mountains that was lost in a fire, but rendered in a way that does not recreate that home, but rather to give its spirit new form in the Pacific Northwest.” Down a path from the main house, the guest house has a similar aesthetic. Because of the steep slope, the second building features a cantilevered box off of one side, which has the dining room, giving the interior space the feeling of floating on air.
Industrial Materials in a Wyoming Prairie
Weathered steel might not sound like the go-to material for a home on the Wyoming Prairie but it helps this American house blend with the landscape in a very unexpected way. Carney Logan Burke Architects designed this home near Jackson Hole for a retired couple on a grassy plain site that is set against buttes and Mount Glory. The modern American house is low-slung and humble, featuring an asymmetrical gabled roof. The exterior is covered with oxidized steel that melds with the rural landscape. The 3,500-square-foot home is connected to the garage by 80-foot-long (24-metre-long) covered terrace. Inside, three zones are focused around the central open-plan living space and kitchen, all done in a neutral color scheme. Both ends of the home have covered patios, expanding their seasonal use. Outdoor features include a firepit, reflecting pool, and bocce court.
Nature-Focused Long Island Retreat
Located on Long Island and facing out across the water, this home is focused on the aesthetics of the landscape by blending in as much as possible. Called Peconic House and designed by Mapos, the structure fits with the historic character of the region and makes the most of the views — both water and woods. Oriented around a great old sycamore tree, the house features a roof that is planted with native meadow grasses to blend in with the landscape and minimize the home’s visual impact on the property. The choice of cedar, concrete, reclaimed ipe wood, and Corten steel for this American home give the exterior a natural feeling. The living space is oriented for an east-west view of Peconic Bay and is done in unfinished cedar and reclaimed white oak, all fronted by a 100-foot-long glass wall.
Bayside Home Made for Entertaining
While this home might be designed for entertaining, it is definitely made for durability and easy maintenance. Created by architect Toshihiro Oki of New York, this American home is made built with clay bricks that are ideal for standing up to the region’s salty breezes and the constant freezing and thawing of the winter season. Oki achieved a fluid look by stacking the bricks in a random pattern that allows the earthen slabs to show off their color variations across the facade. The 4,800-square-foot home in Bellport. Long Island is a weekend retreat with plenty of space for entertaining to friends year-round. Separate volumes converge in central point where the main living spaces are located. All of the five bedrooms — four on the main floor and one on the top level — have doors that open to the yard. The entire back of the house is lined with windows and sliding doors that put the landscape and the waterway on full view. The kitchen, which is a separate room, opens to the backyard, which has a swimming pool.
Rising Above the Wetlands
Marshland is not a typical site for building a home, however, the Wetlands House by Ryall Sheridan Architects was constructed on stilts to allow floodwaters to flow underneath without harming the house. Located in Orient at the tip of Long Island on a plot that was once used to grow potatoes, the three-bedroom house is intertwined with the landscape, with the entire property restored to a natural state, cleared of invasive, non-native species. This American house is built with durable materials that can stand up to salt, wind and coastal flooding and each facade feature a different aesthetic and the east side has a glass wall. The elevation of the house also gives owners sweeping views of the Peconic Bay wetlands. Inside, natural materials and a subdued color palette create a serene space, while the entire building follows Passivhaus standards. A second, detached building houses the garage and cabin, while a saltwater swimming pool is the main outdoor amenity.
Woodland Hamptons Hideaway
Unlike many homes Southampton, this residence on Old Sag Harbor Road is focused on the forest instead of the water. Created by Blaze Makoid Architecture, the large 7,100-square-foot residence is secreted in a pristine location. To minimize the footprint of the house, it is shaped like a T, with the upper section slightly cantilevered. The exterior is clad in cedar and it features plenty of glass so that those inside can enjoy expansive views of the wooded surroundings. Throughout the interior, walnut was used to infuse a sense of warmth. All main living areas are on the ground floor, and the private bedroom areas are on the upper level. To enhance the homeowners’ love of entertaining, a large glass wall slides open to the pool, creating an expansive area for parties and gatherings. The spacious basement has numerous amenities including a game room and climate-controlled wine cellar.
Modern Farmhouse in Wine Country
Sited between expanses of vineyards and the mountains, this Napa Valley home in Calistoga, California is more like a small compound with four buildings. Designed by Wade Design Architects and Geremia Design, the wooden residence has a “modern farmhouse architecture” that informs the main residence, guesthouse, pool house and garage building with attached pilates studio. The structures are gabled buildings that surround courtyards and terraces, all oriented to the scenic landscape to the north of the property. The main house features a sheltered patio and all of the doors and windows open to the landscape. The interiors of this American house are light and ethereal, allowing the air and the outdoors to flow through the space. Most of the pale-toned rooms have white walls, tile flooring and contrasting black window frames.
Artful Island Retreat
More than just a modern American house, this home on New York’s Shelter Island features a micro-vineyard and rooftop garden — along with all the features that would be expected in a retreat. Eco House was designed by Vibeke Lichten and is located on an island between the North and South Forks of Long Island. Nestled into a forest clearing, the home is a nature retreat located on a slope above the beach. The main residence and detached pool house are built from concrete for durability and easy maintenance but includes cedar boards on the upper portion of the pool house to blend with the landscape. Passive design features increase the h0me’s energy efficiency while sliding glass doors allow for plentiful light and airflow. The interior is also primarily concrete — with raw concrete walls and polished concrete flooring — punctuated by artworks created by the homeowner architect and other family members.
Modern Volumes in a Mixed-Use Area
Not every American house can be located in the forest or on the shore, and many neighborhoods are mixed-use residential/commercial zones. This home’s modern and edgy design by The Raleigh Architecture Co. helps provide the homeowners with privacy from a parking lot on the north side. A central wall divides the upstairs bedrooms from a double-height living room. The space features skylights that bring in plenty of natural light since the design avoids windows on the wall against the neighbors. By using separate volumes, the architects were able to create a spacious residence with a small footprint that has lots of style, function and privacy.
Restored Northwestern Midcentury Ranch
After decades of ill-conceived renovations, this 1959 midcentury ranch house was revitalized by SHED Architecture & Design. The resulting fully refashioned Seattle residence is an American house with contemporary flair, good flow and an aesthetic that honors the original spirit. The exterior features a stone chimney, fir decking, and landscaping focused on native plantings. Inside, skylights bring in natural light for an airy and comfortable space. An expansive kitchen area that encourages lingering faces the deck and backyard, linked by large glass doors that slide open. The large deck leads down to a patio with firepit area, expanding the use of the backyard.
Not Your Mother’s Split Level House
Say “split-level” and most people think “dated” but this Austin, Texas home shows how stylish the new version of this concept can be. Designed by A Parallel Architecture, this American house is set into the top edge of a steep hill, offering panoramic views of the surrounding hill country. Working with the slope, the house is sunken into the hill with parking on the lower level and living spaces in the upper levels. Juxtaposing the various sections of the house allowed designers to focus on the views while still providing privacy from the street. The home consolidates public spaces on the second level, bedrooms on the third, and a spacious master suite, lounge and roof deck at the top. The weighty concrete base of the home is topped with dominant glulam beams — which are made of laminated wood and are stronger than steel — and plenty of glass, as well as wood.
Lakeside Assembly of Structures
A former Wisconsin logging area has been transformed into an easy-care lakeside retreat that is more an assembly of structures than just the typical American house. Designed by Salmela Architect for a semi-retired couple, the compound is a work in progress for the design-curious homeowners. Fronted by two new outbuildings that frame the path down the hill, the lane leads to a number of structures, including a glass-roofed outhouse and cedar-slatted outdoor shower. The main building is a two-level structure with plenty of glass, natural aging cedar and black Richlite — a material made from paper resin— along with a long deck facing the lake. The living space is on the main level, with a red staircase that separates the upper and lower bedrooms. The lower bedroom features an attached sauna with deck access while the upper-level bedroom features a private deck.
Re-envisioned Suburban Colonial
A far cry from the typical suburban colonial American house, this re-envisioned residence in Raleigh, North Carolina is a light-filled beauty. Don Kranbuehl renewed the boxy, closed-off building into an airy residence that has expansive views of the new terraced gardens and landscaping, important to the homeowners who love gardening. The two-story home is more transparent and connected to the outdoors than most. The Architect achieved this by demolishing a one-car garage to open the sightlines to the north and south. A new master bedroom was created that extends slightly into the garden and is separated from the original structure by a large glass window with louvers. The entire exterior — both old and new — is wrapped in a new fiber cement material. Two separate spaces — an existing playroom addition and a new storage/workroom area, that extend from the main structure are finished in local Atlantic white cedar.
Everyday Suburban Escape
Demonstrating how a peaceful escape can be constructed close to a major urban center, this house in Atlanta is a calm oasis that looks nothing like the cookie-cutter homes found in the suburbs. Designed by DiG Architects, the Split Box House has a simple form that started as a box twenty-two feet wide — the maximum width where no interior support walls are required. The two forms are mainly clad in low-maintenance grey cement panels, which are were installed as an open joint ventilated rainscreen to help control moisture and reduce energy consumption. The underside is finished in ipe wood. The main box is split into a double-height public area and a private one, which is turned ninety degrees to give better views of the woods beyond. Skylights and insulated windows use mainly sunlight for illumination. In the backyard, a series of walls are set into the steep slope, creating a terraced garden that flows down the hill.
Transforming a masonry structure that was out of sync with the neighborhood, this Chicago home was renovated to accommodate a workspace in the front and residential areas in the back and upstairs. While this was originally a dual-purpose structure, moss Design transformed it into a more modern, comfortable iteration. Making use of a historic butcher cooler that was preserved on the main floor as a divider, the architects focused on creating a new master suite on the second floor, which led to the cantilevered section at the rear, with a double-height bedroom, bathroom and private deck. The new construction was clad in Corten steel and the recessed style provides shade to the upstairs balcony. The roof of the new cube includes a system to collect rainwater that drains into a collection are for garden use.
As our families age, people are finding that there are not many housing options in the areas where they live. In Seattle, however, Best Practice Architecture has shown how you can accommodate an aging relative without sacrificing anyone’s privacy. Granny Pad is a multigenerational solution that converted a backyard garage next to a typical American house into spacious but separate living quarters. The 571-square-foot structure is now an airy, open living space that could also be used as rental unit, office, guest suite or studio. In consideration of decreased mobility, the living area was constructed as one large open space at ground level. Plentiful windows and skylights bring lots of natural light into the space, which has an entry, kitchen and sitting room. A few steps inside is the bedroom, closet with laundry and bathroom. A loft above the bathroom is used for storage but can easily be transformed for another function.
Unobtrusive Montauk Weekend Home
In a stroke of unusual luck, these homeowners were able to purchase two adjacent lots in Montauk, Long Island, allowing them to have two nature-focused structures. Designed by Robert Young Architects, the main house and guest house/garage have low profiles and use plenty of natural materials such as rough-sawn cedar planks, solid bronze hardware and raw zinc roofs. Instead of one giant mega-house, the construction of two forms leaves plenty of natural space in between adding to the serenity of the property. Each one is sited to make the most of the views of Lake Montauk as well as wide-open water views. The main living spaces have windows and oversized sliding doors separating them from the outdoors, which makes an ideal location for informal indoor/outdoor living. The main house is for the family while the guest bedrooms are situated over the boathouse, providing panoramic views. The modern rustic interior has an exposed structural steel frame and a neutral palette of white and bleached wood.
Rugged Steel-Clad Mountain Getaway
Some of the most beautiful homesites are also very remote and rugged, which can present some design challenges. This American house, designed by Skylab studio, shows how amazing modern style can be achieved just about anywhere. Owl Creek, located in Snowmass, Colorado, uses modern industrial materials to help it blend in with the landscape, particularly with the weathered Corten steel; exterior cladding. The residence is actually a stand-alone shared home for two families. All the living spaces are reminiscent of a lodge and are at the front and center of the home, while bedrooms are separate. The design was devised to maximize the visual connection with the outdoor landscape so that it can be fully enjoyed in an=y season.
Powerful colors and kitchens mix well together and red is a strong nuance, often overlooked or ignored exactly because of that. In the hopes to offer you some inspiration and to show that a red kitchen can in fact look very stylish and glamorous we’re going to check out a few designs and see what makes each stand out.
Red is a surprisingly versatile color which can blend nicely with a variety of styles. Red kitchen cabinets are the way to go if you’re serious about adding color to this space. A nice compromise is to have red cabinets for the lower section of the kitchen and white or neutral-colored ones for the upper section to avoid overwhelming the decor with too much color. Check out opulentcottage to see how this would look like in a cozy farmhouse-style kitchen.
A good strategy is to balance out the red cabinets with other more neutral-colored elements. This apartment from Bucharest designed by Studio 1408 introduces shades of grey, white and wood to give this spacious kitchen a pleasant and glamorous appearance.
The red kitchen also looks gorgeous in the context of this stylish Italian home designed by CAFElab. The red is deep and has a matte finish which makes it even more elegant. Framed by nuances of gray and white, the red furniture gives the kitchen a dynamic and exciting vibe.
Red is a warm color and you can take advantage of that, especially if you also use lots of wood in your design. A great example in this case is a project completed by RMT Architects. They set up this beautiful kitchen in a vintage-looking farmhouse-style house and it looks wonderful.
Red kitchen cabinets with a glossy finish have a certain glamorous vibe and look very beautiful especially when framed by crisp white walls or, in this case, large windows. This is a design created by Gomez de la Torre y Guerrero Arquitectos. The entire house featured shades of red in various different forms.
The kitchen in this case is almost like a totally separate and independent structure which happens to be placed here in the context of the living area. The red really makes it pop and look clean and modern in combination with white. The exposed brick walls around the kitchen add texture and character to the entire space. This is a design by Studio Plan.
Red combined with light color tones is a good look but then again darker nuances look beautiful next to red as well. It’s a matter of preference and context. Also, there are numerous different shades of red which you can play with and all sorts of textures and patterns to consider. Check out this example by DLB Custom Home Design for inspiration.
Red can be your primary kitchen color and you can use it in combination with other warm colors to create a harmonious decor. An interesting example is this eclectic kitchen remodeled by studio Corvallis. The lighting is in tone with the decor and adds a nice touch to the space.
Because red is such a powerful color, using it in large doses can become overwhelming so it’s important to balance out the red with neutrals. Black and white are always good options so consider a combination of red cabinets, white walls and black countertops.
On the other hand, using red in small doses is a great strategy as well. Red can be the accent color for the kitchen and can look beautiful in combination with natural wood, white, beige and other such options. This kitchen is a perfect example. It has a red island with a matching range hood while everything else is more on the neutral side without being too simple.
Here you can see how a red kitchen with a traditional design could look like. The grey backsplash and countertop add a nice modern touch to the design while the golden accents create a vintage vibe. The floor tiles are beautiful as well and they help create a warm and welcoming ambiance in the room. This is a design by Tsupikov Nikolay.
In a contemporary kitchen, red accents can create a very beautiful classical vibe, especially if you add a few old-school details. For a clean and stylish look consider white walls and a few elements such as some exposed bricks for example. The result would actually be quite eclectic. Check out this kitchen by Interior Design Roma as an example.
This right here is another interesting approach. This time red is combined with cool white lighting, white walls and floors and stainless steel appliances which have a huge impact on the design. This is a space designed by ODA Architecture.
Last on our list is of course another red kitchen, a spacious one with lots of character. The cabinets and island are all red with black and white countertops and the floor and ceiling are covered in two different types of wood. Also, lots of windows create a breezy and airy decor.
A house interior in Barcelona stands awash with brightly coloured accent pieces, popping with all the glorious colours of the rainbow. Photographed by Sergey Krasyuk, this happy home design is given a refreshing blast of nature too, with natural wood furniture that is scattered with large tropical leaves and bright flora. Royal blue and teal living room pieces are anchored by dark grey walls, whilst contrasting green and orange cushions vibe together against white in the adjoining kitchen diner. Green and blue stripes wrap a cool hallway, and a rainbow stripe swing chair inspires the master bedroom scheme. A multitude of colours jostle for domination in the other bedrooms too, delighting with new colour combinations at every turn.
A royal blue L-shaped sofa follows the outline of the lounge, crossing beneath large windows that let in a lush green view. Teal scatter cushions and a matching throw, plus a teal side table work beautifully alongside the deep blue sofa upholstery. A couple of burgundy accent cushions add a little fire, and the colour bounces to a set of candlesticks on the coffee table placed in front. Dabs of white lift the deep hued colour combo, in the form of two floor lamps, a gloss white side table, and a white and blue rug.
The legs of the floor lamps are natural wood, which ties in beautifully with a large wooden shelving unit that runs the length of the lounge.
An off-white rocking chair rests in one corner of the open plan lounge, facing toward the restful window view.
The differently ornate candlesticks are united by their plain white candles.
A grey vase tops the small side table by the sofa, which unites the colourful core of the room with its grey border.
The cabinets in the base of the light wood shelving unit are faced with smooth lilac doors to bring in another aspect of colour.
At the other side of the open plan room, a wood dining table set is punctuated with contrasting green and orange seat cushions.
The elegant white light shade shows crisply against the black kitchen accent wall. Light wood cabinets bring a softness to the black kitchen decor, and white crockery is put on display to further lighten the look.
The wood tone of the kitchen cabinets ties in with the built-in shelving units around the open plan room.
The rung under the dining bench has a cheeky coat of orange paint to match the seat cushions.
The wooden wall shelves in the dining room are set into a volume of white storage cabinets and drawers.
Some of the drawer fronts in the units are finished in the same lilac coating as seen on the cabinets in the lounge, and lilac shelf sleeves are dotted around to break the monotony.
Green swivel bar stools gather at the kitchen breakfast bar, which extends out from a central island.
The kitchen island is built in a fresh modern combination of stainless steel and light wood effect, with a concrete grey countertop.
Concrete floor tiles cross the entire floor of the open plan room, from the lounge to the dining area to the kitchen. Sheer grey voiles filter the sunlight from the large open windows.
A giant leaf cups the fruit on the kitchen bench as a natural touch. A freeform wood cutting board takes the natural theme onto the opposite countertop.
Blue and green stripes wrap the hallway of the home by the front door. Stripes climb the height of one wall and travel half the ceiling, before becoming simple grooves in plain white boards. A full height mirror is mounted between the stripes, and coat hooks protrude from the vertical grooves.
A more subtle stripe pattern, in shades of mauve and grey, covers another part of the hallway opposite a wood slatted wall.
As the old adage goes, everything old is new again—though admittedly, in the Internet age, the cyclical nature of trends can sometimes feel like it’s running at warp speed. While we’ve been mooning over ’80s favorites like terrazzo and glass bricks, a major ’90s style has been biding its time. Chintz is here—and it’s not like you remember it.
When we bid chintz farewell, it wasn’t exactly on good terms. That infamous British IKEA ad from 1996 advised people to “chuck out their chintz,” and so they did, getting rid of the dainty floral patterns that had, for a good while, defined U.K. style. In the States, too, the ornate fabrics made way for simple creams and beiges. But since then, we’ve reembraced maximalism and learned to love a good pattern. So it’s time to give chintz another chance.
See how designers are reviving the once-tired trend and not looking back.
The Preppy Handbook
Preppy style isn’t just about tartan and navy. With elaborate crown molding and a grounding base of dark green, this space by Corey Damen Jenkins is collegiate cool—and the splash of chintz on the ceiling gives it a bit of whimsy.
The Timeless Backdrop
This room by Peter Pennoyer Architects pairs a fresh, modern hue (lemony citron) with a classic wallpaper by Schumacher to create an eclectic vibe that’s far from old-fashioned. In gray and blue, this print blends in as seamlessly as a neutral paint color would—but with way more attitude.
The Bit of Blush
This space by Robert Passal checks off plenty of contemporary trends: curved sofa, blush tones, even a massive abstract nude painting. A chintz-printed armchair lends some welcome history to the mix. A modern silhouette helps it fit right in.
The Blue Beauty
The Inside is all in on chintz—the brand released a collection inspired by the motif, with throw pillows and upholstered bed frames that make it easy to try the look yourself. We particularly love this timeless blue-and-white option; its oversize roses (and those brass accents) give it a fresh twist.
The Coolest Canopy
Designer Sally Breer put her own spin on chintz in L.A.’s Firehouse Hotel, which we’re still obsessing over. The upholstered bed frame and matching curtain could lean too fussy, but when paired with a long block-printed lumbar pillow in bright pink, it’s the perfect mashup of old and new.
There are lots of clichés surrounding French style. Of course, most of them turn out to be false, so when we come across a few IRL it’s a true delight. For example, a basket in the corner of the kitchen whose sole purpose appears to be holding baguettes. We spotted this very thing in chef Mimi Thorisson‘s space—as revealed by a new Zara Home editorial snapped in Thorisson’s rustic country–perfection home.
Thorisson’s house is nestled in the rural town of Médoc, and her kitchen has all the trappings of a charming villa: walls heavy on the patina, retro checkerboard floors, antique wood furniture, and tons of fresh-looking produce on display (presumably plucked from the chef’s garden, of course). You can almost smell the cherry clafoutis.
Unfortunately, not all of our kitchens can look like Thorisson’s—but our kitchen supplies sure can. From the inexpensive Zara Home items she keeps on hand to the vintage scores we found dupes for, here are the essentials you need to reach peak French style:
Whether you plump for the drama of forest green, go for playful lime green accents or keep it classic with a sage-green sofa, there’s a look here for spaces big and small, blessed with light or lacking it.
Read on for all of our naturally brilliant green living room ideas.
1. Pair green walls with Millennial pink furniture
Pink and green should always be seen! As opposite pigment son the colour wheel, these two colours are the perfect compliment to one and another. This green living room features stunning pink velvet accent chairs, beautifully offset against the chalky green colour on the walls. The brass highlights, from the chair legs and the wire coffee table, also add a touch of glam.
2. Use green in oh-so-subtle ways
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A little greenery can go a long way to capturing the optimism of spring in your home. Start by introducing it through fabrics (or wallpaper) and prints featuring frond and fern motifs that create a graceful, romantic look. Furniture in natural wood and elegant metal complete the look.
3. Unify furniture and walls in one green tone
Paint fitted furniture the same shade of green as the walls, to create a continuation of space. Rather than highlight the frame of bench seating this room has cleverly integrated it into the wall so it’s seamless and less imposing. The pretty pink cushions then become the hero of this welcoming seating area.
4. Start with a statement green sofa
Image credit: Dominic Blackmore
Grey may go with anything and blush pink may be pretty, but if you’re looking for a siren of a sofa that begs you to sit in it, then we suggest you be brave and plump for deep green. This dark hue will draw you in and encourage you to sit and relax – no excuses!
For a snug setting, go equally dark on the walls – either with a matching green or an equally dark inky blue. Metallic accents bring flashes of brightness so the look is never gloomy.
Nothing can date a room like an of-the-moment motif, so it’s wise to keep it classic. A blurred Ikat or elegant fretwork like this is great at setting off interesting furniture, and is easy to mix with other patterns, provided you stick to a shared colour palette.
In a bright space, painting the walls in a flat matt forest green colour will dial down the glare. It also promotes a mellower mood that’s perfect for a room you just want to relax in at the end of a long day. Cocooning the winter and cooling in summer, it looks great balanced with equal amounts of flannel grey.
Yellow is the perfect accent colour here – just occasional hits prevent deep greens feeling too dark and gloomy.
7. Encapsulate relaxed country style
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A room with country house decor is the perfect home for a Chesterfield-style sofa. Keep it classic with wool-upholstered armchairs, tartan and lots of natural wood for timeless rustic chic.
Choose masculine colours and heritage patterns as they’ll stop the look becoming dated or a bit twee. Designed in 1871, this branch-print wallpaper adds subtle detail without dominating the room.
Go glam and team sumptuous fabrics and papers in forest green with high-shine copper highlights for a luxurious feel. Copper is a great accent for a living room as it’s glam, but has a warm tone that makes a space feel cosy.
9. Bring the outdoors in with modern botanical style
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Breathe life into a white decorating scheme with mixed shades of green and displays of real (or fake) plants. Our tip is to layer several shades of green for lush contrast – here, the blinds and a throw have been edged in a fresh lime fabric that stands out against the sofa’s deeper hue.
10. Combine teal green and tobacco for a classic, confident look
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Deep teal green has the unusual quality of making a room feel cosy and enveloping in winter, but cool and shady in summer. Bring it to life with woods and leathers that have an orangey undertone for a pairing that’s direct from nature. Add a shot or two of indigo blue and whether you create a room that’s rustic or glamorous – or somewhere in between – this colour mix will exude quiet confidence.
11. Keep things fresh with lichen and limestone
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Reinvigorate your home with a fresh yet calm palette of pale green and soft beige. Found in nature, these airy shades are easy partners. Use an equal mix of the two, then add shots of bright white to stop them looking murky.
Subtle colour rises need pattern for interest, so work in textural and botanical prints, and use faux or real flowers to underline the colour palette’s natural inspiration.
12. Explore the palette of an English country garden
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A lot of the latest looks for green are bold, daring and edgy. But if you’re looking for something less intimidating, turn to your own back yard for inspiration. This fresh take on classic rose and sage is as pretty as you like, though industrial coffee tables on hairpin legs keep things contemporary.
13. Invigorate your space with spearmint and denim
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Mint is the perfect colour to give your living space a cool, refreshing vibe. Create an informal, effortless feel by mixing it with relaxed denim blue and slate grey, then bring the whole palette to life with pops of crisp white, chartreuse and zesty lime.
Make it mellower in winter by switching in accents of navy blue and soft purple.
14. Layer green on green
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Shades of green work beautifully together, so don’t be afraid to mix light and dark, and both blue- and yellow-based palettes. Here, a green statement cabinet has been set against a wall in a similar tone, to classy effect.
15. Colour block with on-trend accent colours
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If you’re willing to be brave, colour blocking can reward you with a stunning and impactful new look. Here, dark sage green walls, a Millennial pink corner sofa and and a mustard yellow armchair and cushions work together, creating a joyful and welcoming scheme that’s never jarring.
16. Let purple reign with emerald green
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For a truly regal sitting room, let emerald green play consort to ruling heather and violet tones. Mix in some spring green accessories for vibrancy over the summer months, and work in some brass to bring more glamour to the look.
17. Add some zest with chartreuse
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Bring in some zing to a darker living room with shots of bright chartreuse. Halfway between yellow and green, it’s an uplifting colour that brings a scheme to life. Don’t shy away from using it on walls – this punchy floral-print wallpaper works well as an eye-catching backdrop.
Ground the scheme with dark wooden flooring and seating in more muted shades, then add accessories in grey to keep the look fresh.
18. Use green as a backdrop to full-on granny chic
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This minty shade is on the green side of aquamarine, and is hugely versatile. It works brilliantly with punchy florals, letting them sing out alongside grey-painted furniture or aged oak – either will deliver a classic country style. Or you could give it a twist with deep amethyst accents.
‘Blue and green should never be seen,’ the old adage goes, but we disagree! Mix just about any blues with any green (plus their sophisticated love child, teal) and you’ve got yourself an effortlessly harmonious blend.
Here, we can’t decide if the star of the show is the amazing Arts and Crafts wallpaper, that electric blue sofa or the teal coffee table that stands around in the middle of things. The point is, each piece is strong enough to work its own magic within the ensemble.
Is your kitchen in need of a total transformation? But you’re worried about the cost involved in doing so? Well fear not, as one budget-savvy couple show us just how impressive a kitchen makeover on a budget can be.
Jodie and Josh, from the Midlands, moved into their new home last November. They immediately wanted to add their own personal touch to it, deciding to revamp the kitchen first.
In most circumstances, a kitchen transformation can be one of the most costly jobs to undertake, but not in this case. They’ve made an £80 kitchen makeover look like an £8,000 one!
How to do a kitchen makeover on a budget
Speaking about the decision to tackle this room as a DIY project, Jodie explains, ‘We can’t afford a new kitchen yet, as we’d like an extension in the near future. So we decided to go to B&Q to have a look what we could get on a budget.’
‘We bought the own-brand Goodhome multi-surface paint in the shade Hamilton (satin). We then bought B&Q’s Colours white wood primer, along with paintbrushes, gloss rollers and Rust-oleum rose gold metallic spray paint.’
Photo credit: Jodie Potts
The couple started by removing the cupboard doors and handles, then took them outside and roughed up the surfaces with a sander. Jodie says, ‘We cleaned all the units and doors with Elbow Grease. Then applied masking tape to the areas we didn’t want the paint to touch.’
Once everything was in place, they primed the doors and outside of cupboards – using a paint brush for the awkward parts, and a gloss roller for the rest. Jodie adding, ‘once they had dried we lightly sanded them down again, to get a smooth finish. We left them overnight and started again the next morning on the paint.’
Using the same process, a paint brush on the awkward areas and a gloss roller on the rest, the cupboards and doors were given two coats of the on-trend grey paint.
The door handles were later spray-painted in the metallic finish.
Photo credit: Jodie Potts
Once all the components were thoroughly dry, the pair fixed the doors and handles back on, re-siliconing the doors where necessary. Job done, and we think you’ll agree what a great job it is!
‘To do this cost us just over £80! So not much but it’s made a massive difference to our home!’ exclaims a proud Jodie.
Oh, how we love a good room makeover. Especially one that costs next-to-nothing and looks amazing. If you have one you’re especially proud of, please share your photos with us in our Ideal Home Room Clinic.
We look forward to seeing your home transformation projects, no matter how big or small – all are welcome.
Pro organizer Shira Gill (@shiragill) has seen a lot of underwear drawers in her day. “Hundreds in fact,” she says. It’s the same story every time: socks with missing partners, tights with gaping holes, tangled bras, even dust bunnies. We convince ourselves we’ll get around to it on the next laundry day, all the while knowing we never will. Gill’s advice? Stop waiting for the right moment.
The next time you walk by your dresser, take 10 minutes to get it in order—seriously, that’s all the time you need. It’s amazing what just some proper folding and a few dividers can do. Plus, “it’s important to care for your things, even if those things are just the socks you put on before you work out,” says the pro. Follow her seven steps for organizing your underwear drawer, and we promise your mornings will be a bit brighter (or at least a bit less hectic).
Step 1: Do a Head Count
Empty your entire drawer’s contents onto a flat surface (the bed works great for this!) so you can take inventory of how much stuff you have and what needs to be tossed. “Instantly get rid of any socks or underwear that are aged, stained, ripped, or threadbare,” says Gill.
Step 2: Get Rid of the Paper Trail
Somehow, it became acceptable to use the underwear drawer as a filing cabinet. “Most have crumpled old receipts, gum wrappers, passports, you name it,” shares Gill. As you survey your belongings on the bed, remove anything that doesn’t qualify as wearable.
Step 3: Make It Shine
With a damp rag and a spritz of household cleaner, give the interior of the drawer a thorough wipe down, removing any grime that has been hiding out behind your bras.
Step 4: Divide and Conquer
“Drawer dividers are a small investment that will help keep things tidy and organized. Set up designated zones for underwear, bras, socks, and specialty pieces,” says Gill. (Psst: Shallow shoeboxes will also work!) To avoid another jumbled mess in 24 hours, make sure the items you wear the most are up front and center.
Step 5: Practice Your Folding
No, we’re not suggesting anything fancy (sorry, Marie Kondo). But if you want to make the most of a small drawer, Gill does suggest folding your bras—one cup into the other—so they keep their shape and take up less space.
Step 6: Give Up on Lost Socks
“Life is too short to spend hunting down socks that have deserted you,” says Gill. Her trick for avoiding the lost-sock epidemic: “Buy one style and color so that there are no singles.” Genius.
Step 8: Donate!
Want to keep your holey personal belongings out of the landfill? “H&M offers free textile recycling and welcomes anything you want to get rid of in any condition,” suggests Gill. “Warm socks are also one of the most requested items to donate to your local homeless shelter.”
I’m spending today at one of the most famous sites in all the world: Machu Picchu. To get access to this historical site, we had to buy tickets weeks in advance as they limit the number of people (only 2,500 per day) who can visit this UNESCO Inca sanctuary. Several years ago, Peru began limiting the number of visitors and the amount of time allowed in order to preserve the beauty and history of this sacred place.
I’ve written about overtourism before and how dramatically I felt it when I visited Prague last summer. Cheaper travel is reason for it, but there’s another phenomenon at play and that is the droves of Instagramers flocking to particular places “for the gram”. I’ve witnessed this peculiar activity many times, people popping in just to pose in a cute outfit in a famous place for the picture, then leaving a few minutes later, not even staying to appreciate the place they spent so much time getting to.
As a life long West coaster, I’ve been a long time follower of Sunset Magazine. Recently they posted an image on their Instagram profile of a beautiful coastal pool but didn’t identify the location. Within their commentary they referenced the influx of Instagrammers and and their effect on places of natural beauty. Followers chimed in with their perspectives as well (the comments are a worthy read.)
People have a right to travel to places that are open to the public and witness the beauty of the natural world as long as they’re respectful. Today I’m taking pictures in this historic place I’m visiting, but I’ll also be soaking in how special it is. However, I can’t help but notice how obsessed our society has become with our cell phones and social media shares of places of natural beauty.
Where do we draw the line? Is it up to governments to regulate, or is it up to us as a society to follow basic rules of decency and simply be respectful? Have you seen this phenomenon of the influx of Instagrammers in your towns or in your travels?