An entryway before and after Monday, Feb 28 2011 

A redesign of the front of the house (by previous owners) resulted in a very strange entryway here:

hall entryway before interiors

A large concrete platform, topped with wood, filled the space.  This was the architect’s idea – I’m not sure of the purpose.  The floor was tiled in black slate – a completely different material to that used anywhere else in the house: wood stairs lead upwards to a wooden floor.  Pale tiles lead off to the other living area.

All in all, it wasn’t really working.  There was nowhere to put anything on arriving home, and no space in which to greet guests.

hall entryway before interiors stairs

This called for some structural work.  The concrete platform was demolished and removed.  The floor and stairs were re-tiled to match the other living areas in a lovely pale travertine tile.  These tiles are not real travertine, which is porous and stains, but a fabulous ceramic imitation. 

The photo below is the ‘after’ of the first photo….

hall entryway after interiors travertine tiles

When thinking of your hall or entry to your house, these are the things you might need:

1. A place to put ‘stuff’ when you get home.  This can vary from small items like keys – where I recommend an elegant solution like this.  You may also need space for coats, shoes, hats, umbrellas.

shelves entryway hall foyer

2. When you walk into your home (or anyone else’s) you want to feel welcomed.  One of the best ways to do this is to have the hall as a mini version of the rest of the house.  If your house is all in pinks and flowers – ensure the entry has that in abundance.  If you’re mad keen on taxidermy – include them on arrival.  Too many of us leave the good stuff for the other rooms – whereas you walk in the door every day – and need to see something stunning.  It also sets the scene for the rest of the home.

leather books gilt embossed pearl inlay

3. Make sure your acoustics are good.  In this hallway, it meant hanging a tapestry on the wall as there wasn’t enough room for a rug to blunt the sound.  Arriving into an echoing space is too much like entering a gallery.  Your ears will not tell you it’s homely.

antique tapestry travertine tiles

4. If you have the space, a seat on which to sit and put on shoes is ideal.  There isn’t space here so the stairs suffice.  One consideration was to put a seat at the far end of the shelves – but it just felt too inaccessible.

entryway hall interior antique tapestry travertine tiles

This area really reflects both the house and the owners.  Books, eclectic ‘objets’, harmonious colours…

front door hallway entry

So just once again: Before:

hall entryway before interiors

And after:

hall entryway after interiors travertine tiles

 Before:

hall entryway before interiors stairs

and after:

antique tapestry travertine tiles

Nudity: sexy, embarrassing or just plain wrong? Friday, Feb 25 2011 

Can you imagine opening the door to guests naked?  Can you picture their embarrassment (far greater than one’s own, I’m sure!).

I think that’s something few of us would ever do.  But would you have a picture of a naked woman on your walls?  Or a naked statue?

Tacky, tantalising or true art?  What do you think?

Is Rodin’s statue ‘The Kiss’ (below) too much for your home?  It’s a very sensual piece of art.  Would you feel comfortable seeing it in a gallery, but not in someone’s home?

Rodin The Kiss interiors sculpture art

What about this photo?  It’s anonymous (as it’s headless) but it is full-frontal nudity.

nude photo art arrangement interiors sepia

You may not have noticed, but it forms part of a Parisian-style art display here….

recycled interiors chair parisian art

If one picture is acceptable, how about a display of cheeky photos?

black and white photos interiors art nudity female form

Do you find them witty or too-much?

Or what about this lady?  I have to admit, she inspired the post as I fell in love with her last weekend!

ceramic interiors art nudity female form

She is drawn on a plate (and actually I have purchased her as a gift for my mother, who doesn’t usually read my blog – Dad does!).  Look at her crazy corkscrew hair and her dainty little feet!

ceramic interiors art nudity female form

Does nudity make a room sexy?  Or is it best kept behind closed doors?

Fabulously finger-lickingly fantastic fudge…. Wednesday, Feb 23 2011 

chocolate and walnut fudge

If you are trying to lose the last of the Christmas pounds, do not read this post.  If your dentist is stern, turn away.

But if, like me, you can’t resist a sugary home-made treat, read on.  This has got to be the best fudge ever.  And it makes a wonderful gift.  Far nicer than a box of chocolates…

making homemade fudge vanilla

Ingredients:

250g sugar

20-30g butter

100-125ml cream or evaporated skim milk (as a pretence at healthiness)

Pinch of salt

This will make a small amount – enough for a gift, but not enough to send you diabetic with sugar consumption.  You can increase quantities easily and I have made four times this amount on occasion.  Just ensure that you use a LARGE saucepan.  You want the pan about a quarter full. 

I did attempt to make massive quantities for a village fete once, and filled large saucepans with the mixture.  Worse, I was cooking on an Aga (that is permanently heated), and when the mixture came to the boil, it overflowed in a nightmarish imitation of the Sorcerers Apprentice.  The heat of the boiling fudge and the Aga rendered it all too dangerous to approach and I stood by, agog, as the lake of boiling sugar flooded over the stove, across the floor, coating everything with a thick oozing layer that carbonated on the stove, and left sticky patches for months on the floor.

Anyway.  That was years ago… 

Put the ingredients in an appropriately sized saucepan, and dissolve over a low to medium heat.  Make sure the sugar is dissolved before you turn the heat up.  Once dissolved, bring to the boil (see photo above) stirring to prevent it catching on the base of the pan.

Stir and boil for about 5-10 minutes until it reaches soft ball.  I don’t use a thermometer.  I use a glass of cold water (fridge cold, not tap cold) and I drop a droplet of the mixture into the glass.  When it forms a little ball that you can squidge in your fingers, it’s ready.

chocolate fudge making

Remove the pan from the heat and add flavouring.  This time I used:

30g dark chocolate, and some walnuts.

Instead you could use a teaspoon of vanilla, or raisins.  Orange zest is lovely with the chocolate too.

Do not add a lot of liquid (like brandy) – no more than a teaspoon or you’ll end up with fudge sauce.  (although that wouldn’t be a complete tragedy)

Now you must beat the fudge with a spoon:

homemade chocolate fudge

It’s important to cool it a little this way, as then it crystallizes beautifully and gives you that lovely fudgy texture.  However, it will reach crystallisation point quite fast – especially if you have added chocolate and walnuts, so you may only have about 30 seconds of beating.  Make sure it is thickening, and test a tiny bit at the edges of the pan to see if it is turning from a caramel sauce consistency, to a thicker, textured one.  It will feel a bit ‘crunchy’ or grainy.

Then pour it as fast as you can into a tin lined with paper.  It will set as you pour!

It’ll be amazingly hot still, so leave it to cool before cutting into squares.

chocolate walnut fudge homemade

(you can see that this quantity makes enough to cover a loaf tin).

Then call your friends to help you eat it!

Personalised Presents: the ultimate in luxury gifts Monday, Feb 21 2011 

personalised gifts initialed box interiors gilt writing

It’s so hard to buy presents these days.  We all have everything we could wish for.  When we want something – we just go out and buy it. 

So, what do you get a close friend for a special birthday?

Personalised gifts are the new ‘in’ thing.  These can be things you have commissioned someone else to personalise: linens embroidered with initials, stationery and so on.  Or, it can be something you’ve made.

When my close friend Ben had a significant birthday recently, I spent several happy hours creating something just for him.  A lot more fun than spending several desperate hours traipsing round a shopping mall…

Old filing box vintage before

Remember these boxes?  I bought several at a sale and have already altered two here and here.

personalised gifts initialed box interiors gilt interior

This time I painted the interior gold.  Once that was dry, I prepped the outside and used a spray enamel paint in a lovely masculine Burgundy colour.  I love how smart it looks suddenly.

Then, to make it specially for Ben, I designed a flouncy letter ‘B’ (not that Ben is flouncy) and stencilled that onto the lid.

personalised gifts initialed box interiors gilt interior

Of course, you should never give an empty box.  So I set about making some delicious goodies to go inside.  I already had Quince Paste that I had made, so I wrapped this carefully.  To add to the fun, I decided to label everything as though it was from a speciality store (old marketing habits die hard).  So the paste was labelled “Clare’s Quality Quince Paste”.

homemade gifts personalised jam quince paste

Plums are just coming into season, so I made jam: Clare’s Frightfully Plummy Jam.  (to be read in a frightfully plummy English accent).

homemade gifts personalised jam quince paste

And then to top it off, I made Fudge.  This is one of those things that I love making, and that I’ve made so often that I’ve become proficient.  I always take a big box to my family where it is consumed in record time.

I made chocolate and walnut fudge and labelled it Clare’s Fabulous Fudge.  Actually, there was another adjective there, but for those of you with a more sensitive disposition, I leave you to work it out yourselves from the photo.  Because the fudge really is that fabulous.

homemade gifts personalised jam quince paste fudge

I would never have had the luxury of so much time in my role as Head of Marketing.  What a delight it is to be able to give that to a dear friend.

homemade gifts personalised jam quince paste fudge box gilt

I’ll show you how to make the fudge later in the week.  Although don’t read it unless you’re prepared to eat a lot of fudge in a short space of time.  It is very hard to be strong-willed around it…..

Things that are making me happy Saturday, Feb 19 2011 

Kookaburra juvenile bird

Every year for the past six years, a pair of adult Kookaburras has come asking for food when their brood gets too much to handle.  This year they have FOUR babies – who are too cute for words.  The young are now as large as the adults, and they are getting through over a kilogram (two pounds) of steak a week! 

Kookaburra looking at you

I can’t tell you the joy I feel when these unfeasibly chubby birds line up, and trustingly take strips of meat from my hand.  At first the young would only accept it via their parents, but now all of them line up and laugh and gurgle away as I feed them.

The cats watch, furious and fascinated, from inside the house.

Kookaburra juvenile bird

Isn’t this baby cute?  I’ve never seen such un-aerodynamic creatures, but they can certainly fly.  And their laughing call, for me, is the epitome of Australia. You can check it out here.  This sound was used in the first Tarzan movies, as it sounds like monkeys.

I’m also happy that the heat wave is over – a week of temperatures over 40C has given me a new appreciation for the cool and drizzling 22c that it is today.  However, I’m content to know that it’ll probably be nice enough to go to the beach again on the weekend.

party sequined dress band

Finally, I’m relieved that the party went well on the weekend, and that we’re lucky enough to have so many fabulous friends with whom to celebrate.  That’s me (above) watching friends sing a hilarious song to the man.

What’s making you happy today?

How to create a colour scheme for interiors Thursday, Feb 17 2011 

Over the years I’ve tried various colour schemes in my home.  I’ve painted my hallway a vibrant fuchsia pink, to see whether I found that an energising welcome.  My study has been a moody midnight blue, a sepia, antique khaki colour and a colour thrown by the clouds over the English sea….  I found my pink hall jarred.  It didn’t feel like me.  It felt brash.  I would have loved it in someone else’s house for an evening, but not after a hard day’s work.

I do think you only discover what you like by trying different things, and hopefully over time, you settle into your own style.

Colour is key.

The eye sees colour first.

How immediately the eye is drawn to the two red ‘o’s.  And that’s exactly what colour in a room will do for you.

Developing a colour scheme can seem daunting, but in fact there are number of easy ways to do this. 

The first way involves taking something that you like (a rug or a piece of fabric) and using that as the basis for your scheme.

blue red fabric colour scheme interior

This luscious fabric offers either a neutral oatmeal, or a sun-bleached blue as a base.  The base should make up around 50 – 70% of the room’s colour.  Then add 20-30% of the other colour.  The remaining accents will uplift the room as a contrast that picks up the fabric.  Using this fabric somewhere in the room means that it all looks pulled together, rather than random.

green pink fabric colour scheme interiors

Abundant greens, from sage to olive are a fabulous basis for a room, with rose-pink accents.  As these colours are on opposite sides of the colour wheel, they create a more energising look.  This is kept from being overwhelming by the muted shades.  however, bright pink together with bright green can really shout!   More on that, and how it reflects your personality here.

patchwork fabric colour scheme green pink sage

This patchwork offers a similar colour palette, but even more muted.  Whereas the fabric below takes the green shade over the border into blue – a soothing aqua colour.

A fabulous painting can provide a wonderful basis for a colour scheme, especially if that painting is a focal point of the room.

Henri Rousseau painting interior colour scheme

If you’re lucky enough to posses an Aubusson rug – the colours woven into those designs could inspire myriad rooms.  (whether or not you cut it up, as I did here…)

vegetable dye blue rug interiors colour scheme

If you don’t have some fabric, a rug, a painting, or something that is inspiring you… choose a colour that you like – really like.

Then you can either work with its opposites, or its cousins, depending on whether you want a soothing room, or one with a bit more visual impact.  Even strong colours, when paired with similar, are more restful than opposites.

 Another place to start (if you’re still struggling) is to decide on the mood you’d like to create and then work on colours that compliment that mood.  If you’re aiming for beachy and coastal – stick to a colour palette of aquas and sands.  A moorish, Moroccan look will rely on rich spice colours of nutmeg, scarlets and cinnamons.

The $4000 shelves, three years of misery, and cutting my losses…or …What to do if you make an expensive mistake Tuesday, Feb 15 2011 

So – you’ve bought the house (or apartment) and it needs work.

Where do you start?  How much do you spend?  And how do you avoid expensive errors of judgement?

New research shows the average woman has 22 items in her wardrobe that she has never worn (but feels too guilty to throw out).  Sadly, purchases for the home are not immune from such lapses in judgment either.  And rather than languish unseen in the back of the wardrobe, they stare at us daily from whichever room we have thrust them into, unable to face the ignominy of admitting our mistake.

This is what I’ve learned….

Firstly, don’t rush into things. 

Oh, that’s so rich coming from me. 

I’m a complete rusher.  I’m brim-full of ideas and enthusiasm, can see lots of potential and I want to do it all now now now!!  I’m also very decisive and rarely change my mind, so this isn’t usually a problem.  Except that houses are different.

Ancient library leather bound books

Take, for example, the 42 boxes of books that were stacked up when I moved in here.  (I’m  a voracious reader…)  I couldn’t bear to have them boxed.  I love books in a room.  So, straight away, I had book shelves built in the living room.  Before (I can’t believe I’m telling you this)… BEFORE I had a plan for the room as a whole.  Which is the kiss of death to any space. 

To add insult to injury, the carpenters (I had too much to get done, so hired someone) had very firm ideas of what they thought should happen.  And I took their advice.  So I ended up with something that not only didn’t fit into an overall designplan, I ended up with something that wasn’t really my plan at all.  It was some carpenter’s idea.

I lived with it, resentfully, grudgingly, disappointedly for three years.  Unable to bear ripping out something that had cost so much.

Until I realise that I was adding to the dollar cost, with the cost of my unhappiness.  The offending shelves have long gone and taking them out was the best things I could have done.

What could be so wrong with them, I hear you ask?  Firstly, they were not built up to ceiling height (which I had asked for) – but to the top of the windows, some 30cm lower.  This had the effect of lowering an already low ceiling and making the room feel oppressive.  Secondly, they were not built from wood (again my first preference) but from laminate.  The carpenters insisted this would be better.  And although laminate these days is far superior than that of a couple of decades ago, it looked cheap and ‘fake’.  I should have stuck to my guns and had wood, which would have taken more time as it needed priming and painting.

So:

1. Don’t rush.  Books can sit in boxes.  Guests and friends can visit half-done homes. 

2. Make sure you know what you want, and don’t let tradespeople talk you into a different design unless there is a structural reason for it (such as an extra $5,000 to move the plumbing). 

3. If you make a mistake, don’t punish yourself by living with it.  Accept you got it wrong and change it.

4. Have a complete plan for the room before you start spending.

5. Investigate all alternatives to get the best price.  The carpenters were competitively priced (yes – even at $4000).  But I didn’t realise, at that time, that shelves could be purchased from antique auctions for a pittance, and then remodelled.  I could have had wood cheaper than laminate, and antique wood at that.  These experiences are one of the reasons why I now do so much myself.

So – if you are sitting with an expensive mistake in your home…. be kind to yourself.  Admit you were wrong and recycle the damn thing!

Throwing a party without headaches or hangovers Sunday, Feb 13 2011 

Bellini cocktail party planning

The last few days have been a bit of a blur as the man has had a significant birthday and I have been in the throes of throwing a party.  I love having masses of people over for a fabulous evening – so here are the tips I’ve picked up to make the night memorable….

Firstly, as with interior decor, think about the atmosphere.  Visually you want people to walk in and feel immediately that they are at a party.  So get the lights down low, and throw in a few fairy lights, candles, coloured lights or anything to create the ambience…

Move furniture and rugs either out of the room, or to the edges to give people room to circulate.  Leave enough chairs that people can sit in little groups, and enough tables that guests have somewhere to pop their drinks.

Generous flower arrangements help create a sense of festivity.  I went to the local florist and got four bunches of lilies for $10 because they were at their peak and would only last a day.  This is the perfect time to seize a bargain with flowers that the florist needs to move (not so nice to give as a gift when they are limp the next day).  I’ve talked about flower arrangements here, so I stuck to one flower, and built height by splitting them between vases of varying sizes.

white lilies flower arrangement how to

Whether you’re doing food or drink, make the table look generous by filling it: with food, glasses, vases… whatever.  Think of it as a display.  Cake stands are useful as they add height – which is the secret to a fabulous-looking banquet.  Make sure some plates (at the back) are higher than those at the front and you have instant drama.

party food table arrangement interiors

Welcome guests with a signature cocktail.  I did the classic Bellini, from Harry’s Bar in Venice: peach puree and Champagne.  It’s summery, delicious and glamorous.  This gets people in the mood straight away.  For those who are driving and not drinking, have a supply of classic Mineral Water.  We got through a whole case of San Pelligrino…

Many wine shops will lend you glasses if you buy your booze from them – a cheap and easy way of catering to the masses.

Ensure you have great music playing (we had the most fabulous band: Deejay Gosper) so that all sense are stimulated.  Plan your playlist prior to the event so that you have the music ready to roll, without the need for decisions on the night.

party food table arrangement interiors lilies

Even if you’re not serving a meal, ensure there is some food to mop up the alcohol.  Large serves of a few simple items is best: salmon and cream cheese on rye bread, rosemary and garlic flatbread: easy finger food.

Dress fabulously as the hostess (or host) and welcome everyone with a huge smile, a drink and an introduction to someone else.

Finally, when it’s all over…. get the man to clear up…..

Mood boards: what is your interior decor style? Wednesday, Feb 9 2011 

Much of a home’s impact comes from the mood it creates – in the same way that a theatre backdrop sets the scene for the play.  Our minds are built around associations so that beach themes are attractive because they remind us of holidays, relaxation and escapism.  Large loft-style living with industrial accessories make us think of cool, edgy and hip.

Different styles and looks appeal to different people.  I drew up some mood boards to help friends and clients decide on what they were really trying to create in their homes. 

Which one are you?

tropical caribbean decor interior style mood board

Tropical Caribbean Mood Board

The Tropical look is based around colour – bright and vibrant colour and lots of it.  Mango, emerald, Indigo, Fuchsia, turquoise and Acid yellow all zing in this style.  This is about pattern, and multiple combined patterns.  Flowers, fruit and birds proliferate.  Plants feature inside and out and accents in raffia, natural woods and woven furniture.

This is about being over the top.  And if you like this, it’s unlikely that you’re the shy and retiring type.  You’re probably as loud, cheerful and sociable as the picture above.

This look is not compatible with urban living or very citified environments.  It works best with open spaces that lead onto gardens.

Gilt-edged glamour decor interior style mood board

Gilt-edged Glamour Mood Board

Full blown glamour is a luxurious style  with lots of gold and gilt.  Colours are deeper: amber, oyster, forest green, midnight blue and violet.  This is about lots of sparkle – mirrors and glass, marble and travertine. The baroque, rococo and empire styles of history have strong influence here.

Furniture is likely to be antique or carved.  Fabrics will be rich: silk velvet, satins and brocades. 

This looks is not compatible with chrome and modern finishes.

Masculine club decor interior style mood board

Masculine Club Mood Board

The Masculine Club style relies on a sombre colour palate of charcoal, navy and grey.  There is lots of leather (sofas and even floors), wool and flannel.  Wood is dark and usually polished – this is a formal aesthetic, with occasional lapses into a collector’s study.

Include a car with drinks, bottles, and mirrors.  Throw in some leather-bound books.  Keep the lines straight, trims to a minimum and you’ll have the musky, hushed cigar-smoke atmosphere of a gentleman’s club or library.

This looks doesn’t go with frills and flounces, pastel colours or pinks!

Industrial loft decor interior style mood board

Industrial Loft Mood Board

The Industrial Loft is a rough-edged look with structure and pipes showing.  This is no time to hide the plumbing.  Rust, iron, brickwork and concrete form a key part of the style.

Flags, banners and repurposed objects feature heavily.  It works best in lofts and warehouse conversions.

This is not compatible with three pieces suites or matching sets of furniture. 

Eclectic rustic decor interior style mood board french provincial

Rustic Provencal Mood Board

This is an eclectic look - part rustic, part french provincial, part Tuscan.  Colours are faded or neutral shades of aqua, sage, lavender, pearl and oatmeal.

Textures are rich and layered with wood, coral, rustic stone, worn leather and fossils.  Linens and silks cover furniture and if patterned will be very faded and worn.

There is plenty of room for collected items (the more the better) adding to the overall sense of history and faded grandeur.  Wood is limed or distressed.

This isn’t compatible with chrome, bright and clear colours or artificial fibres (such as polyester).

Minimalist modernist avant garde decor interior style mood board

Minimalist Modernist Avant Garde Mood Board

If your style is minimal and avant-garde, then really I have no idea why you are reading my blog!  This is incredibly expensive to create.  it relies on perfect finish, slick clean lines and strong linear shapes or sculptural pieces.

Colours are pure white or black, with bright clear flashes of colour.  Surfaces are glossy: chrome, steel, plastic.  Storage is hidden and furniture is spare.

This doesn’t really go with antiques, pattern, clutter mess or dirt.

This looks is made by its quality and its upkeep.  If you like this – you gotta be rich.

English manor house decor interior style mood board

English Manor House Mood Board

The English Country Manor: florals, chintzes and patterns are layered with luxurious fabrics.  There are abundant rugs, trims, tassels and fringes.  Colours are natural but bright: leaf green, coral, butter yellow.  Polished rosewood and mahogany hold photos in silver frames.

It’s elegant, it’s classic, it’s classy.

Smart contemporary decor interior style mood board

Smart Contemporary Mood Board

The Smart Contemporary style is reminiscent of a luxury city hotel: colour schemes are simple taupes, wines and chocolate.  It is tailored, clean and formal.  Fabrics are leather, chrome and chenille.

This is generally a style that doesn’t display a lot of personality.  It is not compatible with mess or clutter, or with many personal touches. 

Fresh Country decor interior style mood board

Fresh Country Mood Board

The fresh country style has lots of wood and white with a single colour such as azure blue, rose-pink or apple green.

Antiques and vintage furniture sit on wooden floorboards with toile-de-jouy, striped or checked cotton and linen fabrics.  Willow pattern china or old dinner services sit on a dresser, with bowls of flowers, samplers and family treasures.

Atlantic Style decor interior style mood board

Atlantic Style Mood Board

Atlantic style is about wood-boarded walls, canvas and linen.  Pale colours such as chalk, grey and duck-egg blue summon memories of the blustery atlantic coast.  Nautical references abound.  Furniture is distressed and fabrics are sunbleached, with driftwood, sisal rugs, storm lanterns.

Wool throws and blankets keep it cosy.

This isn’t compatible with lots of colour or pattern – it relies on a very pared back colour scheme.

So…. which one are you?  Or are you a combination of one or two?  More than three and you’re confused – and if you’re having trouble decorating your house this is why!

Indoor-outdoor living: veranda before and after Monday, Feb 7 2011 

Veranda before

Sometimes I look at the before photos of the house (see above) and wonder that I purchased it!   This ‘lean-to’ was painted Mission Brown (remember the 1970′s??).  The brick of the house was unattractive.  It had few saving graces.

I did get the house rendered professionally (by an amazing Croatian family – who did an amazing job).  Then I set to on the paintwork myself.  What a difference a coat of white paint makes.  I chose Winter White in an outdoor paint formulated to withstand the Australian sun (after shown below).

White painted veranda after

The tiles were replaced, as I mention here.  The leaning brush was taken down and nature reed used to cover the lattice both for privacy, and for a more up-to-date look.  Here is another ‘before’ below.

Inside veranda before

This is the exact same view after.  Can you believe it?

Veranda indoor outdoor living

The chairs are the same.  I just painted them white and recovered the cushions.

day bed outdoor living veranda design interiors

I made the day bed myself.  That’s something for another post. 

You can see more on the outdoor patio area makeover here - but just a reminder of this view before…

roof garden patio before

…and after….

veranda with view to patio

I planted lilies all along behind the day bed to break it all up with greenery.  These Madonna Lilies are renowned for their ability to purify the air.  Not that we have much issue with that – but it’s nice to know!  They love it here – lots of light but no direct sun.

Day bed veranda indoor outdoor living design

I really wanted this to feel like a proper room, so I have used all the things that I’d put in a sitting room.  Whilst it is exposed, it doesn’t get direct weather.  So I chose to use indoor fabrics (not weather proof ones) as I like the feel of real velvet, and real linen. 

Day bed veranda indoor seating outdoor living design

Loads of cushions make it feel luxurious and relaxed.  I’ve kept the base colour scheme neutral so that if I feel like a change, all I need do is alter the cushion covers.

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