Back in the days when I had complete freedom to decorate my house without fear of sticky fingers, a trail of breadcrumbs, opinionated non-decorators and generally messy family members, I opted for an all-white interior, with accents of blue.
Some might find white on white too cold and clinical, reminiscent of hospitals and canteens, but I long for those days of effortless simplicity. Classic, calming, bringing back happy memories of the sea and endless horizons… Holiday time!
Paula Navone industrial style loft, from Est Magazine.
From Domaine Home.
Kitchen/diner, from decor4all.com
Brazilian beach house, from Domaine Home.
Conservatory from homedit.com
Per Jansson flat in Stockholm, perjansson.se
Beach house with driftwood furniture, from aneciik.blogspot.com
What do you get the house-owner who has everything? Well, perhaps one of life’s extra luxuries, such as one of these:
Wine bar in the living room. From Domaine Home.
A slide for going downstairs. From Buzzfeed.
Roof terrace. From Decoist.
A modern Bridge of Sighs between the two wings of the house. From Buzzfeed.
The king of all conservatories, designed by Katie Tarses, from Domaine Home.
Floating fireplace. From Decoist.
Or perhaps just that stalwart favourite: a library with a sliding ladder?
No, sorry, my mistake! That isn’t a luxury, that is a necessity, of course.
What would be your little (or big) home luxury, if money were no object?
Because no bedroom is complete without a comfortable reading nook (even though I do like reading in bed too)… especially when it comes with a view.
Because even a jungle lodge in Belize needs a place where you can tuck into a book, away from mosquitoes…
Because, according to Domaine Home, even film stars like Jessica Alba need some downtime in their own library… (and if I had a library like that, I wouldn’t even bother to go out to be a film star).
For the more modest, a little home office in the corner can become a reading nook…
From Coastal Living.
But sometimes only a garden pavilion will do, when you want to get away from it all, and finish your book…
Finally, to put you in a Christmassy mood, here is the ultimate chalet reading nook… Warning: if you have a house like that, I may never want to leave!
It’s been such a busy week! What better way to end it (and look forward to the half-term holidays) then with a few pictures of the places where we have been so good and hard-working…
Copyright: JAM Design.
No, I’m not sure what that over-sized gemstone is doing under the desk, either…
Domainehome.com, apartment in the Dakota Building, NYC.
Blue, blue, electric blue … is the colour of my room… Yes, it might give you migraine after a while, but what a joy to come home to! (And did you notice the bottles?)
Ah, that’s much calmer, monochrome, almost Zen…
A great combination of feminine charm and masculine practicality. But can I exchange the dog for a cat?
Writing Shed, from Flavorwire.com
Preferably in a forest, far, far away from here, with no Internet connection…
Have a lovely weekend!