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The saying, ‘making something out of nothing’ can be applied to many a creative endeavour!  I feel these words of wisdom are completely appropriate and certainly relate to this post on small office spaces.

I truly believe, there is always a place in our homes in which to make room for a work area whether it be under a stair, in a cozy corner, within an all ready purposeful room or even in a forgotten closet.  Often times we just don’t ‘see it’ or we think we need more square footage than we actually do.

Yannick Heywang’s quote sums it up nicely “Being an architect isn’t only about creating, it’s about creating wide places with small spaces.”

Some very clever small offices below.

wood board with stool Rustic, natural and unassuming.

attic canadian house and home A great hideaway to settle in and work.

ba_office in living room nate berkus Combining two areas into one.

black digsdigs According to colour psychology, a dramatic black relates to ‘control and absorbing information’ ….fitting when working.

bookshelves floor to ceiling 2 fresh home A compact use of space.

caramel chair mrpri Tucked away simplicity.

cozy white nook with light blue chair the homedecors A narrow corner area using every inch of space in a cleaver, thoughtful way.

loft with ladder Lofty idea!

shelves around room digs digs Picture rail adds texture and personality.

orange chari taupe painted desk area digs digs Very warm and functional.

turquoise with bulletin board pinterest Playful.

pink closet Splash of pink. Great use of a small corner and  cupboard!

under stair fresh home 2 Under the stairs.

behind curtain apartment therapy Clever use of curtains – to add softness and separate the work area from a place of relaxation.

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When I think of David Bowie, two things come to mind – a really talented artist and the husband of a beautiful and intellectual wife (she is the daughter of an African diplomat who studied political science at Nairobi university).

Not only a world renown supermodel and actress, she has her own line of cosmetics, personal fragrance and fashion accessories.  Her dazzling career has now  fruitioned into “globally influenced fabrics and chic home décor”.

Iman Home comprises a wonderful selection of fabrics: Modern Glamour, Urban Electric, Timeless Treasures and Magic of Mandalay. There are so many patterns and colours to choose from:  ikat, floral, damask, batik, animal prints, lattice  …….    All collections can be combined or used individually.  See her website to enjoy her diverse collection –

Take a look at some of my favourite vibrant, bold, lively and vivacious fabrics.

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GUGGENHEIM COLOR by Fine Paints of Europe

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I was intrigued to learn, the Guggenheim in conjunction with Fine Paints of Europe have developed and created two paint collections:  Classical Colors and Gallery Colors.

(Fine Paints of Europe is a company from Vermont who imports their quality paints from the Netherlands.)

The Gallery Colors collection, comprising soft neutrals, was formulated as “backdrop” colours.  All 50 hues have been designed to a create perfect scenery in your home …….  as well as visually support your artwork and other colourful collections/interior pieces.

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The Classical Colors offering 150 tints, shades and tones (from soft to strong) were recreated from masterpiece classics such as Cezanne, Kandinsky, van Gogh …… (see below).

 Each colour in the collection has been derived from original artwork pieces that will certainly make an interior statement.


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Both fan decks and sample pots are available for purchase

For further information, click on to

All images from Guggenheim website.

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LIGHTING – Crystal Chandeliers


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The word crystal derives from the Greek word Krystallos meaning “ice”.

Historically, crystal chandeliers were a highly functional form of lighting.   Reflecting crystals and candle light was the most efficient way of illuminating a room.

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When we think of chandeliers our mind often conjures up lots of sparkly crystals that twinkle as the light hits them.  In the past, it would have not been unusual to have once considered them as a formal type of light fixture, often seen in stately homes.  This concept has changed over the years due to updated and more cost effective designs; created for just about any style of décor.  Chandeliers look fabulous in most interior spaces, not only in dining or living areas but also over the bathtub, dressing table, office desk, or even in a child’s room.

Chandeliers not only comprise of lead crystals, rock crystals or cut glass, (coloured, black and plain) they are also offered in many finishes:  brass, satin, polished silver, brushed nickel antique rubbed bronze and a host of other guises.  The below pictures give a good cross-section of how good they can look in our home.

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Or, if you find  you are not ready to commit to a crystal chandelier, there is always this option…….  a “Luster” ceiling silhouette sticker chandelier for US130.00!!!!  Tres FUN!



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simple white budget blinds


Roman shades work well in any type of room.  They can be applied in both traditional or modern settings and can create a casual or formal mood.  They look great in all fabrics from solids to stripes to patterns and can offer you full or partial privacy.  Also, if used in harmony with panels they can contribute to a layered window effect.

Below are some images to browse through.

relaxed roman wind indulgy

grosgrainroman decorpad

greek key nestinggame

damask fringe roman blindalley

danask on door cana h&h


decorpad bamboo

large room sheer shades can h&h

dark gauze kitchen

sheer shades betsy brown inc

border nursery romans

taupe kitchen soft pattern cand h&h

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PORCH PIZZAZZ – Eileen Marshall

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Hamilton Interiors Magazine

Spring 2014

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GOING GREEN – Another Country Furniture – UK

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Daybed (mattress is made by Naturalmat-contains certified organic latex
and coconut fibre.  The lambs wool is locally sourced).

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Introducing a furniture line we regard fondly and think you will too once you see their beautifully handcrafted line of products.

Take a look at Another Country Furniture designs and you will recognize influences from Scandinavia with a twist of Japanese creativity.  The quality and design of these pieces evoke a reminder of the past.  At the same time the simplistic ‘lines’ provide a contemporary  ‘attitude’.   This marrying of time periods  contributes to the company’s philosophy.  They believe that their products should arrive to the client as “direct” as possible.  They promote handmade, quality designed pieces with straightforward pricing.  They also try to implement as many GREEN concepts as they can via wood sourcing, packaging and materials used in the mattresses  …. and even through some of the hand techniques used to construct the furniture.

They ship worldwide and their website is


blue clothes horse a modern take on a dressing centre

Clotheshorse…a modern version. More like a piece of sculpture.

bench one back kitchen setting

Furniture looks beautiful in this kitchen setting.  Compliments the traditional and contemporary decor.

childrens table

For the children! Pretty and practical.

pottery designer Ian McIntyre

Pottery designed by Ian McIntyre for Another Country.  Promotes a sense of serenity.

white table with pitcher

Simple and effective.

sideboard two

Unpretentiously perfect.

sofa one blue red pillows

A favourite. Inviting but not overwhelming.

floor cushions

Classy and comfortable.

bar stool one another countr

Unassuming but handsome!





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In my (British) opinion there is nothing like settling down, on a Sunday evening at 9.00 p.m., to view an episode of Downton Abbey.

I love everything about it from the story line to the personality of the characters – both upstairs and downstairs.  Not only is it insightful to see how the upper and lower classes of England worked and lived together, it is also portrays a good understanding of the upkeep and maintenance of a home of this immense magnitude.

In addition to my weekly fix of this great series, I confess to being in awe of these aristocratic and historical interiors.  The intricacy of each room; the priceless art and antiques, married with splendid jewel tones fabrics and saturated wall colours leaves me both enthused and inspired.  Not only are the interiors exquisite, here are ten interesting facts you may not know about Downton Abbey:

Downton Abbey is infact called Highclere Castle.

It is about four times the size of Central Park. (Daily News.)

It is the home of the 8th Earl and Countess of Carnarvon.  (Geordie and Fiona to friends.)

There are approx. 200-300 rooms; at least 50-80 bedrooms. (Los Angeles Times.)

It is speculated the Castle may be worth in the region of 150 million pounds. (TIME business and money.)

Highclere Castle and it’s gardens and grounds are open to the public. Tickets can be purchased on-line.  It also offers a tea room and gift shop.

The Castle employs 60 to 80 staff.  The oldest being close to 90 years old.  (Los Angeles Times.)

It is situated on 1,000 acres in Hampshire, England, 70 miles west of London.

The Estate farms approx. 2,000 acres.

The Estate costs around one million dollars a year to run.  (Daily News.)



For more scoop on Downton visit

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These floors are absolutely exquisite.  They are examples of how patterned flooring can uplift and bring playfulness to our interior spaces.  We often apply pattern through our fabrics and art work but maybe we should consider being somewhat adventurous with our floors. By adding pattern underfoot it establishes some charisma and individuality. Start small if this is your first patterned floor endeavour; an entrance way or bathroom would be the ideal floor surface to extend your creativity and create some magnetism in your home.  



bath blue tiles attic mag Playful.

bathroom graphic  chictip (From Elle Decor originally.) Graphic.

porcelain floor tile  trendir Porcelain tile!

tracery interiors white bathroom marble hexagon mosaic tiles flooring floor cococozy Marble hexagon mosaic.



herringbone kitchen Herringbone.

honeycomb kitchen grey soft nate Painted honeycomb pattern.

kitchen circles arkoop Circle pattern on tiles.

T Patterned Linoleum.

hexagonal tiles italian  dezeen Hexagonal tiles creating a honeycomb ‘look’.

kitchen follor black cup emily henderson Wow.

prism pattern mosaic kitchen Prism patterned mosaic.



dining black and white lacquer Painted.

herringbone undfinished can H&h Unfinished herringbone wood…rustic.

painted stripes, nate Painted stripes.

large sseams, white Nate suttle Large pieces of flooring with seams…subtle.

patterned wood andrewbarnes Herringbone wood in warm wood tone.

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The name Kate Spade, conjures up handbags, (gorgeous), shoes, (wonderful), clothing, (tres chic), accessories (fabulous) and jewellery (amazing).



In 2004 Kate Spade launched her home line comprising china, glassware, dinnerware, tabletop items and home decor. So what makes this brand of home ware so successful?   We think it’s because it’s fun, vibrant and has a colourful vibe.  Take a peek and see the delightful products we adore, or, alternatively take more of an in depth look on





Set of four coasters.


Mail plate.


Salt and pepper shakers.




Sugar bowl.





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