Creating your own personal haven

We all need a place in our house for ourselves, a room that we can sleep, rest, read a book, chill out or just have some me time. For me that is always my bedroom, it's my haven , a place that I can escape to for a cheeky nap or just some down time so I see it as my own little  haven.

With our busy lives these days it can be difficult to take time out for ourselves but as more and more research shows the effects that stress has on our bodies both mentally, physically and emotionally it's becoming so important to create that half an hour in your day to wind down. That can be reading, meditating, listening to music , standing on your head or colour coding your socks ...whatever it is that relaxes you. Your bedroom can be an ideal location for this purpose but it has to feel like a place of tranquillity,a place of relaxation where you can close the door to the outside world even if that means barricading yourself in and wearing some ear plugs!

Wit this in mind I've pulled together some great looks to inspire you to redecorate your bedroom into a place of calm without a huge amount of effort and expense. The key is to keep your palette simple, work predominantly with neutrals and create interest using a complimentary colour or by introducing either texture or pattern.

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Using a dark colour on your walls and teaming it with white is a great way to add a strong contrast to your room which challenges your senses. Playing with different sized pictures or alternatively using three strong uniform sized pictures creates interesting structure. Add a cosy textured throw - beautiful!

Mint greens are always a restful colour for bedrooms but by adding an interesting texture you transform the room from something mundane into something a lot more regal. Not everyon'es cup of tea but interesting all the same.

If you break down the elements in this room you'll see that there is very little to it but it has a very big impact...why? A really strong patterned rug pulls the room together, with painted furniture and floorboards, a statement mirror and a few well placed accessories - this room transforms into something fabulous space.

This is probably my favourite example of using a simpler palette and layering both texture and complimentary colours to create a really interesting visual effect. It's soft, yet aesthetically pretty with big bold lines and so versatile it would suit so many homes.

If only my bedroom could be this tidy and uncluttered for even an hour ...but alas I'm a hoarder. I like my bits and pieces within reach. But I do really love the simplicity of this design. Grey has made a monumental come back in recent years and is very evident in home furnishings and interior design. It's a much more versatile colour than browns and beige as it can be combined with so many more colour variations. You can use strong colours like this mustard or even citrus greens or dominant reds or soften it with pale pinks, layering with texture and even incorporating metalics.

A really good throw can transform any room - kept simple here with a few accent colours and your simple white bedlinen has been transformed.

Ok so maybe  not all of us are lucky enough to have a canopy bed but leaving that out the rest of this room is quite achievable.  Using a suede paint for your back drop wall you can create a texture that will work really well against washed out cottons and painted floorboards.

Painting your floor boards is a really great way to upgrade your flooring but do check the floorboards are in good condition before you tear out the carpet and that any nails have been flattened. Then throw some shaggy rugs or sheepskin onto your floors to create a fabulous loft feel - totally cosy.

If you've created the ultimate haven for your bedroom we'd love to see it - please send us your pics to and we'll publish the best on our social pages.


New colour pairings that are creeping into interiors

New Colours Pairings? I hear you say ..How can there be any new combinations...surely every colour combo that ever could be invented has been invented. 

There is always a search for new colours partnerships , new shades of an existing colours with different tones but some of the recent pairings have really stood out to me as fresh and bold.

We all have colour combinations that we like but it can be good to try something new not because it's fashionable or on trend but because colour can completely transform a room and also a mood.

Here are a few examples of fresh new colours I've spotted recently and I'll be posting more all this week on social media - please comment if you like or dislike


The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg

Following on from my post on the return of Rose Gold I had to continue my theme with the modernised interior staple of Yellow Gold. Gold has been used in interiors for centuries. It becomes very fashionable every few seasons and then it dampens down again for another few years.

Recently it is making a much more modern revival in it's shiniest of forms paired with more unusual colours and fabrics such as navy velvet, matt slate grey and even teal green. It's popping up in funky cylindrical lamp shades , bespoke wall hangings, up-cycled retro furnishings and tasteful  murals.

This is the modern urban use of gold with a designer edge, clean lines and mirrored surfaces. Take a look at some of these great examples to help you redefine your perceptions of how gold can be incorporated into a contemporary living space. Enjoy X


The Return of Rose Gold

One of the hottest trends in interior design at the moment is the return of rose gold. It's soft pink hues mean it can compliment many more colours than the yellowness of standard gold and it's such a modern trend it brings your interior right up to date.

It's been creeping back into fashion for a while particularly in watches - Michael Kors has a few magnificent examples which are on my wishlist. Although I don't wear a watch so I guess that's where they will stay.

Rose gold pairs perfectly with softer pastels and neutrals which will suit many homes and where using gold with these colours may come across a little too Miami circa 1980s, the rose hues add a much richer dimension and warmth to a room.

Personally I'm kind of in love with it at the moment and I'm on the hunt for some really great accessories for my own home. Using accessories means you can chop and change whenever you feel without a massive investment and little touches here and there can instantly change a room.

Here are some great examples of colours you can pair rose gold with in your home

50 Shades of grey...well nearly 50!

I'm currently championing grey as the colour de Jour. To me it epitomizes elegance and style as alone it creates a striking line but when themed with other colours it lifts them to new heights.

By styling your room in grey it enables you to add a touch of colour through accessories without dominating a room with a strong colour that might date quickly. You can stack various hues of grey to create interest and depth to a space. It works well with all sorts of patterns and in patterns itself.

In Ireland and the UK we have so many grey days outside we can be hesitant about bringing the colour inside but when you reflect the colours of your landscape outside it can reflect the light into the room.

But it's worth experimenting using deep charcoal grey for an accent wall or corner and lifting it with a striking pink, blue, white or even neon. It really can create quite a dramatic effect.

I've curated various ways in which you could explore this fascinating colour and hopefully it will inspire you with your own interiors. Enjoy XoXo

Subtly, seductive shades to draw you into a warm embrace

Pantone's colour of the year for 2015 is Marsala 18-1438, described as being enriching for mind, body and soul exuding confidence and stability. Wow bit of a tall order for a shade! 

This is not the first time this colour has been around the block and in fact a more reddish hue became really popular back in the early 2000s. Marsala does have a more burgundy hue to it which adds a touch of elegance and class but as with all string colours it is best to use as a statement piece in an interior or as colour to accessorize a room.

Below are a few great ways to add the colour subtly without dominating your theme completely. Enjoy XoXo

Adding a Twist of Lime!

Lime green is such a striking colour for any room but getting it right can be tricky. Too much a space can look tacky and too little and it gets lost amongst it's contrasting counterparts.

But it's a colour that adds interest and elegance to a whole host of colours and goes particularly well with black, brown and grey.

Take a look at some examples of how it has been used successfully.