Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Make your TV look fab in your living room

The television, the television. A bug bear for those designing their living room, especially for those who want to keep the eye drawn to the more exciting installations within a room and not the black box.

Do you you want it to stand out? Not really, I love to watch a good film on it but it's not exactly a beautiful object in its own right to look at.

Do you want to hide it? Yes and no, I need to easily be able to watch it.

Do you want to merge it into the design of the wall its on so it doesn't stand out? Yes, but it is still an eye sore...

There are some very clever ways to 'hide' your television amongst artwork and shelves in your living room, some examples of which you'll see below. But how about going one step further and having a transparent television, which would have an incredibly minimal impact on the overall look of the room? This would overcome all your design just have to choose how to style the wall behind it! Still in concept phase but this Loewe Invisio TV could be onto something...

Some clever ways of blending your TV into the design of your living room;

Paint out dark walls & you'll hardly notice the television

Install a striking digitally controlled framed mirror aka LCD cabinet

Play spot the TV with an installation like in this Brooklyn loft apartment. (Fab green sideboard, non!)

Where there's a will there's way, see how you can blend your TV into your living room. Personally right now I could live without the TV as I never get time to watch it and in this glorious weather I'd much rather spend the evening chilling outside BUT I will admit, I am somewhat devoted to keeping abreast of what's occurring on Eastenders. I know, I know! *cheeky smile*

Loewe Invisio images courtesy of Yanko Design

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Expensive taste? Challenge yourself to find something similar cheaper elsewhere!

Absolute mental and creative overload happened last week. Chelsea Harbour took me by the horns and gave me one huge injection of design oomph for a current hotel project I'm in the early stages of. I'm crazy busy pulling the overall look and style together so my blog is taking a little back step but I'll still be sharing loads of fab stuff so keep on coming for a cheeky peek.

Today's "just gotta share this with you" is this most wonderfully beautiful and elegant Rose Gold Davlin glass tile. I chose it for the hotel bathrooms but when the very friendly Kaitlin at Ann Sacks showroom kindly informed me it retails at over £1,600 per sqm - yup per square metre - I politely smiled, gulped and thanked her for her help. Ok, so the tile is hand painted in gold leaf, uh huh real gold folks, but seriously I'm not designing a princ'e's palace here.

The showroom tiles in all their glory

Do you have expensive taste? Yes? Do you have the mega big budget? No? Well, take on the challenge: find what you love then find something similar for a fraction of the price, you'll feel so chuffed with yourself.

My alternative to the stunning tile above is Original Styles' Cleopatra, which incorporates the thinnnest layer of real gold foil beneath the glass, but only costs £224.72 per sqm. Sill quite pricey but a fantastic price for the look you'll achieve and you would save yourself over £1,375 woo hoo!

So what money saving design challenge are you going to take on?! Go for it and why not tell Home Restyler all about it here.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Let the sun shine right into your home

The timing couldn't have been better. Just as the sun starts to pump out some serious rays and we all throw open the doors to our gardens, Devon Home magazine feature, which is all about bringing the outdoors in has hit the shelves. When Stacey Sheppard originally asked me to contribute to the feature it was cold, miserable and positively wintery, so I was delighted at the prospect to have to think about all things outdoorsy and nature inspired. There are some great ideas as well as beautiful photography in the feature, so if you're looking for this kind of inspiration but don't have your own copy, keep on reading the feature is below...

Enjoy the sunshine *smile*