Walnut & Blue bathroom palette

Bathroom Design, Home Styling, interior design

I have been putting a bathroom scheme together for a client based around a palette of walnut and blue.

The painting on both moodboards is in the clients’ master bedroom, along with a wall decorated with walnut panelling and crisp white paint. It is important that the en-suite to this bedroom follows this theme to allow the two rooms to work as one.

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The first scheme (above) uses a fairly light colour palette and creates depth using texture. Alongside the walnut panelling I have proposed using a concrete plaster on the walls and a dark grey textured porcelain floor tile. The blue will be introduced in the accessories, including some glass pendant lights.

Above are two examples of how concrete plaster works in bathrooms. The material is hard wearing, can be used in shower areas, and can be used in recesses for a sleek finish.

Below, the concrete plaster, walnut panelling and Porcelanosa Venis Newport tile in Dark Grey.

The second scheme (below) uses a slightly warmer colour palette, as I received feedback that, as the bathroom is quite large, the concrete and light palette feels a little cold. As we can afford to give the illusion of a smaller space in this room, I have replaced the concrete with copper panelling and a deep blue paint to add warmth.

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Below is a closer look at the chosen palette. The paint is Farrow and Ball ‘Drawing Room Blue’, with the same walnut panels, the same Porcelanosa floor tile and the copper panelling.

Here are some examples of how a copper clad wall may look.

Watch this space for updates as the project progresses!

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light up your garden

Garden Design, Home Styling, Inspiration

Summer is in full swing meaning most of us are spending lots of time in our gardens.

I don’t know about you but one of my favourite things about summer is being able to sit in the garden late into the evening. It can be so relaxing, particularly with nice lighting.

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Candles are a lovely warm and subtle way to light the garden in the evening and create interesting shapes and shadows in the plants, too.

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Candle holders do not necessarily need to be extravagant and expensive. Sometimes the most simple are the most effective. Candle holders can be made from many food storage items, meaning they are free(!), such as tin cans and glass jars. The advantage of this is that you can decorate them as you wish.

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Here is a collection of simple, modern ways to light your garden with candles.

Lanterns:

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Pendants and hanging candle holders:

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Stakes:

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Freestanding:

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homemadebynatasha (and Becca) – CAKE

Food & Drink

Hands down the best cakes I have ever made. Even though I do say so myself.

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I volunteered to make Mum’s birthday cake this year so tried to excel myself with a helping hand from my pro-baker housemate, Becca. Raspberries and white chocolate – two of my favourite things. Starting with cupcakes, I got carried away and soon found myself with far too much mixture and making a large cake, too.

Putting raspberries in the cake mixture made the cakes beautifully light and moist. And taste incredible!

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To make the large cake slightly different to the cupcakes I made a white chocolate ganache to decorate, and then covered the top with raspberries. The photos below give you an idea of the mess made in the process!

Grating white chocolate on the top covered any imperfections and helped add even more yumminess.

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It’s safe to say the feedback was all positive, and I haven’t made the cake since, purely to avoid eating it all!

Here is a little taster of the recipe I used.

White chocolate ganache (thanks Mary Berry)

Classic victoria sponge

  • 200g caster sugar
  • 200g butter
  • 5 eggs (gives a better rise!)
  • 200g self-raising flour
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 2tbs milk
  • 200g raspberries, halved
  • Raspberry jam for filling

White chocolate butter icing

  • 200g white chocolate
  • 280g unsalted butter
  • 280g icing sugar
  • splash of vanilla extract

Enjoy! xx

Large Open Plan Traditional Style Kitchen

Inspiration, Kitchen

This kitchen was designed for a newly built traditional-style home. The large kitchen is open plan to a comfy seating area, second to the main reception room.

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Birdseye view

The island provides a lovely, vast cooking and social area at the centre of the open room.

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Perspective of kitchen to reception space

The kitchen is a light bone colour as the room is north facing and does not benefit from much natural light.

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Perspective of kitchen from reception space

With a granite surface on the sink side of the kitchen, the material is more practical around water than wood. The wood surfaces provide more warmth to the other parts of the kitchen that are open plan to the reception areas.

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Floor plan

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Mid-installation

Bedroom Wall Clock

Home Styling

This bedroom is looking for a wall piece to liven up the plain white walls.

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The room is very minimalist, with grey and copper accessories meeting current trends.

I have collated some wall clocks that suit the style and colour scheme.

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A clock with a slate grey background would work best as it will best break up the expanse of white. The slate clock from made.com is the perfect colour but the stone material is too rustic for the space. After an hour of browsing online I couldn’t find quite the right composition. Next step, find out how to make a wall clock!

Watch this space for a post on my success/failure of a DIY wall clock.