Posts tagged ‘Desire to Inspire’

February 9, 2011

Styling Idea # 118 Moroccan Splashbacks


We are such a lucky country. In the wake of floods and droughts playing havoc with the very weather patterns that feed us we can still access and enjoy incredible food. Today I was fortunate enough to take home a mystery food box. In effect I selected the fruit and vegetables from the shoot (additional left overs were delivered to shelters) but I now have an abundance of delicious colourful, unique and flavorsome food I have to work out what on earth to do with! It is an exciting prospect to deal with. Swiss brown mushrooms, fennel and blueberries anyone?

Since I roasted vegetables with a Moroccan rub last night let’s get inspired by Moroccan kitchen elements….

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House to Home

Kitchen Clarity


  • There are some many colour and combination’s to choose from but you will find many of the base patterns are heavy in a blue and white- see the patterns I have included below for inspiration from other palettes.
  • These splash back do not need to be very high- the patterns are intense so you can keep them at a low height to create the impact without looking themed.
  • Continue to select your kitchen elements as you like- this look will go with beachy, traditional, classic or modern so if you want a new kitchen but cannot afford one go for new splash backs!
  • The last picture is a kitchen but I think this shows how it could work easily inside a cupboard or a butler pantry to add an element of surprise!
  • I would avoid decorative trims across the top- you will already have enough going on and the trims might look a bit bath house!

More tiles for you…..cause I love you all ;0

January 11, 2011

Styling Idea # 98 Fake Grass Courtyard


Oh My Goodness. I love clever ideas for city  dwelling/space poor chaps. See- that is what I am. Despite my grand posts on tartan and sunken rooms I really have no where to implement these ideas (readers that is where you come in – volunteers???). Nor, truth be known do I actually have somewhere to implement this BUT I would if I could! Promise yourself to read about this space so you see what is going on…….its worth it!

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I only read this today on Desire to Inspire and had to do a post on it- for more click here !


  • Why do you need to have a watering can and some ground level land to have a green mossy space? Make like crazy people and get some fake lawn on your terrace now!!
  • Large windows will love the pop of colour and mentally your feel like you have a slice of heaven rather than a slab of cement.
  • Okay, this mini bathroom is some sort of design Olympic Gold Medalist. Apart from the grass let’s look for a moment at how this works. First we have dark wood, aqua tiles and white accents- huge tick for modern colour scheme. Second we have a mirror that reflects the space back on itself, a small contained white basin (best to not go to the floor in small spaces). But the real magic is in the layout- use the shower as a private glass box or open it outwards to the fresh air and private courtyard– also the space to enter the courtyard is actually through the shower creating a walkway and an activity space in one! Something I have never really seen done in a bathroom! So a space that is probably 1.5 m x maybe 2.5m becomes a room with a bath and shower and access to a rooftop. Genius