Design Patterns Bathrooms

Design Patterns Bathrooms

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Need some bathroom design ideas? The bathroom might be the smallest room in the house, but it’s also one of the easiest to update – a fresh lick of paint, some new tiles or updated bathroom accessories is all you need, as these pictures prove. We’ve collated our favourite bathroom images, packed with stylish decorating ideas to get you inspired, however large or small your space. Looking for even more bathroom ideas? See our ideas for small bathrooms.

The walls of this en-suite bathroom in Domaine de la Baume have been painted a vivid red, which looks bright and cheery thanks to the sunlight streaming through. A white double sink and rustic light in the corner completes the stand-out look of this room.


The industrial style hydrotherapy bathroom of Carskiey Estate has its original shower, bath and teak wet-room floor. The Edwardian plumbing still survives, with taps displaying hot and cold saltwater and hot and cold freshwater in the magnificent bathrooms – though the salt water pipes have now corroded and are no longer in use.


On the second floor of Clare and Mark’s Georgian house, the bathroom features a whole wall of églomisé mirrored glass, which Clare produces and restores for designers and private clients. The room is furnished with an antique dressing table and a small sofa bought at a flea market, covered in a fabric from Claremont.


‘I wanted the interior to look massive but simple at the same time,’ architect William Smalley explains. ‘Almost as if it had been carved out of a single space.’ The furnishings chosen by Kim Wilkie perfectly complement William’s design. The clean lines of Kim’s flat are seen here in the bathroom, which has taps from Vola and a matching bath and basin from Holloways of Ludlow.


Around the corner from the bathtub in a compact west London flat designed by Nicholas Spencer & Sophie von Wedekind, a pair of mirrors creates symmetry above the basin. The black mirror frames and brass fittings add decorative touches to the light-filled space.


Suzy Hoodless, known for her mild eclecticism and smart monochrome backgrounds, designed this bold patterned bathroom. The geometric tiles create a sense of division and space, complemented by the brass taps and reclaimed wash stand.

Cement tiles are bespoke, but the ‘Cube No. 65’ from Emery & Cie is similar. Each tile is 20cm square and costs e138  a square metre. You can order any combination of three colours out of a dazzling array of 51.


If you have the space, opting for free-standing storage allows you to use furniture not specifically designed for the bathroom. Here, Henri Fitzwilliam-Lay has chosen a glass-fronted wooden cabinet, which, teamed with an antique rug, creates an unstructured aesthetic.


The bathroom in Lauren Gurvich King’s Belgravia house has floor-to-ceiling cabinets with a decorative fretwork design backed with pale linen and a deep bath. The neutral palette creates a sense of calm, and allows the two reproduction Chinese urns, which are used as vases, to stand out. Lauren bought the glass étagère to the left of the bath fromPaolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam in south-west London





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Join House & Garden and Glyndebourne at an exclusive event exploring inspirational landscapes with celebrated garden writer and broadcaster Anna Pavord and renowned garden designer Arne Maynard.

Hosted on July 21 at Glyndebourne Festival, this intimate event will take place in the outstanding surroundings of Glyndebourne’s gardens and will be followed by a performance of The Marriage of Figaro. Join Anna, Arne and our expert panel including Clare Foster (House & Garden‘s garden editor) and John Hoyland (Glyndebourne’s garden consultant) as they examine what makes English landscapes so unique.


Hosted on July 21 at Glyndebourne Festival, this intimate event will take place in the outstanding surroundings of Glyndebourne’s gardens and will be followed by a performance of The Marriage of Figaro. Join Anna, Arne and our expert panel including Clare Foster (House & Garden‘s garden editor) and John Hoyland (Glyndebourne’s garden consultant) as they examine what makes English landscapes so unique.


The panel will host a Q&A at the end of the event, after which guests can enjoy a glass of Champagne while experiencing Glyndebourne’s bucolic landscape on a tour of 12 acres of cultivated gardens. Enjoy the wild flower meadow, kitchen garden, rose garden and vibrant borders. Visit the shop for hand-picked souvenirs that capture the creativity of the music, the gardens and of course, the operas. There will also be a book signing following the event where Arne and Anna will sign copies of their new books The Gardens of Arne Maynardand Landskipping: Painters, Ploughmen and Places.



Tickets for the event cost £25 each (including a glass of Champagne and a goody bag). Event bookers must have a ticket to that evening’s performance of The Marriage of Figaro to attend the event – opera tickets range from £15 to £200. Tickets for the opera and event can be purchased at Use priority booking code: 13001. The event starts promptly at 3pm.


Terms and conditions:

1. Offer ends 23.59 July 20, 2016. 2. This is a ticketed event. Access will not be granted without a ticket. 3. Garden event bookers must also have a valid ticket for that evening’s The Marriage of Figaro performance on July 21, 2016. 4. Garden event tickets are limited, early booking is essential. 5. The event goody bag and glass of Champagne cannot be exchanged. 6. If you require any assistance, call Glyndebourne’s Box Office on 01273 815 000, Monday – Friday, 10am-6pm. 


Glyndebourne’s gardens are the perfect setting for al fresco dining during the long interval. To celebrate, House & Garden event bookers will be entered into a prize draw to win one of Glyndebourne’s famous picnics complete with porter service. The prize will be based on two people sharing. The deadline for entry is 23.59 July 17, 2016. Click here for full Ts&Cs.




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How does your garden grow? With city gardens, the answer is with ingenuity. ‘I always light city gardens more than country gardens in order to create the effect of having another “room” when looking outside at night,’ says Sally Storey, design director of John Cullen Lighting. Whether you have a roof terrace, an itty-bitty balcony or lush cityscape, get inspired by these garden design ideas perfect for city gardens. (Looking for more? Don’t miss these small garden ideas.)

Jinny Blom’s small city garden is a neatly walled space, replanted only months before this photograph was taken. Clipped box cubes contrasts with a clever planting scheme that mixes large-leaved exotic plants with cottage-garden favourites.


Architect Alan Higgs converted a Georgian pub building in London into a subtly modern flat for himself. He constructed this sleek roof terrace to maximise the natural light within his interiors. A line of pleached trees planted in pots softens his urban rooftop view. The white hydrangeas edging the decking are the perfect floral choice for any minimalist.


This wisteria-clad pergola in the garden of a London flat designed byCharlotte Crosland provides shade for outdoor dining. Hanging wisteria and striped cushions make this an idyllic outside space.


Above a west London house designed by Rabih Hage is a vast and gorgeous roof garden. It features iroko decking, a barbecue, a Jacuzzi and enough space to have a great party. The space looks even bigger thanks to the continuous use of wood panelling, expanding the vista up the back wall of the garden.


This roof terrace makes the most of its incredible architectural view while maintaining complete privacy for the creation of two ‘rooms’; one for dining, the other relaxing. Seasonal flowers soften the planting, while pots are positioned to create focal points and draw the eye. A circular table with a central hornbeam trained to the shape of a parasol offers a creative shade from the sun.


The double steel doors leading to the terrace were designed by Ebba Thott to give access from the main corridor. A rustic rocking chair and brightly patterned cushion give the London flat’s outdoor space a relaxed atmosphere.


These colourful parasols are handmade in cornwall by artists Charlie and Katie Napier. Made from either vintage or designer fabrics that have been treated to make them waterproof, each parasol is unique, designed to showcase these special fabrics in an interesting way. The parasols come in three sizes – small (260 x 200cm diameter) medium (270x 250cm diameter), large (280 x 300cm diameter), and cost £1,450, £1,650 and £1,850 respectively, including a canvas


At just 1,200 square feet, this is the second smallest house in Manhattan. When two architects, Anne Fairfax and Richard Sammons, bought it, they transformed it to create a bijou interior with a sense of spaciousness that belies its exterior appearance. Leading out of the kitchen is a small enclosed garden with ivy topiary.Lucas-Allen-4-house-5jun14_pr_b_426x639

Struggling for natural light? These steel french windows ensure an abundance of natural light in the sitting room of Jos and Annabel White’s house in Manhattan’s West Village. Try Clement Windows for something on the same scale, which would cost around £9,600 to supply, fix and glaze.



Styling the entrance to your home

Styling the entrance to your home

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There’s no better place to start styling your home than

There’s a saying I like that’s perfect when talking about the entry to your house: “We don’t get a second chance at a first impression.” The design, placement and style of your front entry can have a strong effect on the look and feel of your home. Here are a few ways to help you make your entrance a statement.


When it comes to selecting a front door, I look at a few important issues. Firstly, it should suit the style of house – if it’s a traditional terrace or intrcharacter home, then a panelled door painted cherry red or even gloss black may be perfect. If it’s a contemporary home, then a sleek door with a long vertical handle would be the perfect.

The size of the door is usually defined but if you’re renovating, think about ditching the thin door with the narrow sidelight and replace it with a wide 1200mm door. This allows easy access, looks stylish and modern, and completely changes the look and feel of your home.

the entry. James shares four things to think about.


Coloured pots by the door are a great accent but, if you’re bold, try a statement door. Bright yellow, deep blue or seductive purple on a front door can work so well. It can help clearly define your house if all the doors on your street look the same.

The remaining exterior is usually neutral so a coloured front door, like a scatter cushion or vase, is a small amount of strong colour that can be just what your house needs to go from drab to fab!


EntranceNatural light adds to our sense of wellbeing, and it’s practical – much better than turning lights on during the day! You can add natural light to your entry in a couple of ways. A highlight above the door, or sidelight next to it, will allow light to flood into your entryway.

You can use the window to peek outside but remember, people outside will be able to see in, so consider translucent or frosted glass. Another idea is a light panel in the door itself – there are so many door designs with either horizontal or thin vertical glass panels, and these are usually toughened glass to provide security.


Highlighting the entry of your home is usually done with a portico, columns or a feature to make it noticeable from the street. If your home lacks a formal entrance, highlight it with planting!

Place feature potted plants either side of the entry to clearly identify the front door. It’s a great way to add colour, and a simple addition that you can change over time to suit your tastes.

How to Install a Fence

How to Install a Fence

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Everything you need to know about DIY fence installation.

If you’re in a DIY frame of mind, and thinking about buying the fencing materials and design but installing it yourself, these are the things to consider.


Before shopping for materials, get clued up about your local requirements.

Each city council across Australia has its own set of fencing regulations that dictate the type of materials that can be used, as well as rules on fence height, colour, style,
location, size and slat spacing. Some neighbourhoods like to align their aesthetics, so also have constraints based around that.

If the fencing is around a pool, look up your state’s special instructions – every one has its own rules about placement, spacing and materials.

To avoid the cost of amending or removing your fencing later down the track, just ensure the materials and dimensions you order are in line with the regulations in your area.


Once you’ve got your head around rules and regulations, focus on the length of fencing.

It’s worth staking out an outline of your property to make sure the measurement is as accurate as possible. While you’re at it, inspect the flatness of the area – hilly properties often need slightly more material, and some materials are better suited to flat properties.

Next, choose your materials – and think about the climate and your property’s proximity to the ocean. These are important considerations as they’ll determine whether you should go for steel, timber or aluminium. For instance, aluminium is best for seaside homes as it is rust-proof.


You may need to rent some tools, such as augers and nail guns. Be sure to do your research when it comes to any safety gear you may need.

The right tools will help you to install materials properly – and if you don’t use them, you may find your fence doesn’t last as long (or look as good) as it should.


It’s always a good idea to get a few different quotes from contractors before you start. Then, think about whether the savings are worth the time and effort it will take to do it yourself.

Installing fencing isn’t really a project for beginners, it’s ideal for those with some trade experience.

How to cosy-up your décor

How to cosy-up your décor

Interior styling tips for the cooler months.

Have you started to notice the brisk evenings? Bring on the movie nights and reading by the fire!

We spoke to TheHome’s senior stylist, Mari Silva, about how to bring this comfy vibe into your décor.

She says, “the perfect winter look is all about using warm tactile materials in the same colour family, and the variation of tones and piles is what makes it so inviting”. Here are Mari’s top tips.


Mari tells us that bringing touches of the outdoors in will add instant warmth to your home. This is especially beneficial in the winter months, as you JulesHouse16of59can’t spend as much time outside as you’d like!


Layers are the easiest way to create a cosy atmosphere. As Mari explains, “To layer textures successfully, start with the lowest pile and build on that. For example, a leather sofa with velvet cushions and a sheepskin throw works well because they are all different piles.”


Winter is the perfect time to play with tones. Create depth in your décor by pulling off the tone-on-tone look. To do this, Mari says to use varying textures: “Natural materials are a great way to create visual interest – try sheepskin, basket weaving, knitted throws, leather and textural artworks.”


Décor isn’t just about the things you see – it’s also about the things you smell and hear. So to complete the cosy experience, involve all the senses: “light scented candles, dim the lights, put on some mellow tunes and crack open that bottle of wine!” Sounds like the ideal night in to us!

Zen and tidy living is a priority for modern-day students

Zen and tidy living is a priority for modern-day students

Yes, we have to confess, we were surprised too…

‘Tidiness’ and ‘students’ aren’t generally two words that we would naturally connect together in a word game. It’s not so much that students are intrinsically messy, but, with so much fun to be had, cleaning doesn’t always make it high up on the to-do list.

Well, it certainly didn’t when we were at university – and honestly, it wasn’t that long ago… I’m a pretty tidy person (always have been – at the age of four, I was known to make my own bed without being asked to). However, while I didn’t live in a dirty pit at university, I definitely did forget about the
studcleaning. Other things – namely friends and fun, oh and studying of course – were on my mind.

But times are changing. According to a survey by, 55% of students like to keep their halls ‘calm, minimal, Zen and spotless’. Meanwhile, only 15% conform to the stereotype of a scruffy person surrounded by unwashed coffee mugs.

Admittedly, working is easier in a tidy space. And perhaps it’s because of whopping £9,000 tuition fees that students are taking things more seriously. With nights out in bars and clubs being so expensive as well, it’s no wonder that students are hanging out at home.

What they do splurge on, it seems, is their accommodation. According to the same research, 70% of those surveyed were prepared to spend money on decorating their rooms, with anything from fridges and sofas to silk sheets (whatever happened to a poly-cotton mix?).

Past generations might have preferred a sweaty dance floor to luxurious bedding, but today’s student is tidy, super diligent and an interiors whizz – goodness me, it’s a whole new world!


Hollywood Style to Your Home

Hollywood Style to Your Home

 Stylist Ashley Pratt on how to add a Hollywood touch to your home


Wes Anderson’s bold use of pink in The Grand Budapest Hotel was without a doubt a standout feature of the film.

1460074015709_InternfinalTo introduce this look in your home, try painting just a hallway or a powder room so as not to overwhelm.

Keep the shade crisp and clean and accessorise with black and brown furniture to smarten up the look. Anything white or pale in colour will give the space a doll’s house look.


The matching floral bedspread, curtains and desk chair were eye-catching in the film Midnight in Paris.

While this look can fell quite dowdy and old fashioned there are ways to modernise it.

Firstly stick to a monochrome floral with a large scale print. You can then add contrast through more graphic upholstery, solid blacks and a touch of gold for sophistication.


Production Designer Catherine Martin set the tone for The Great Gatsby with use of subtle textures, delicate fabrics and soft colours all of which were reflected in the art throughout the film.

Try this at home by mirroring the colours and textures of a favourite painting through your furniture and soft furnishings.

Artwork can bring a room to life, even more so when it enhances the rest of the features.


A home office can be one of the most important rooms in a house, especially when it is needed to spark creativity.

Try your hand at styling this space by giving it an industrial feel like that inThe Intern.

Start with a sleek desk, a bold rug and a statement pendant light. Add fresh flowers or plants, designer desk accessories and a sweet smelling candle to give the space a cosy, inspiring feel.


Taking inspiration from the homes of your favourite characters is a fun alternative form of inspiration but its important to be mindful that they are movie sets and recreating them in their entirety might feel too staged and overwhelming.

Instead pick and choose just a few of your favourite elements from a scene to bring the film to life in your own home.


Top tips for your autumn garden

Top tips for your autumn garden

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The temperatures may be dropping, but there are still plenty of good reasons to get out in the garden. Now is the time to set your garden up for success during the months to come.


Autumn is the perfect time to take cuttings from your favourite hardwood shrubs. Ensure the parent plant is well watered before taking cuttings, and take stems long enough to bury 40-50mm into a sandy loam mix. Be sure to keep the roots watered.


Remove dead flower heads from roses and give them a light prune to encourage continued flowering. Don’t prune too harshly now, just enough to generate new growth. Remember, it will be around six weeks before the next flowers arrive.toa


To add tranquillity to an area, use moving water. A sealed pot or urn with a pump in the centre will form a small spout of water to break the surface and create this effect. Plants that move in the wind is an idea – bamboo is perfect to generate a soft rustle. Birds are also peaceful but use bird-attracting plants⁄flowers, not bird feeders and seeds, which can get messy with unwanted droppings.


Bare wooden handles benefit from boiled linseed oil. Rub the oil on with a rag and allow the wood to absorb the first coat before applying more oil. toThis prevents drying out and splintering.


I always carry a roll of Whites cloth plant tie, $10.25 for 40m, from Bunningsfor jobs where a plant needs tying safely back to a support stake, trellis or just be out of my way while I’m working on something underneath. It’s made of soft material that won’t damage a plant’s trunk under strain.

How to organise your garage in 8 steps

How to organise your garage in 8 steps

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It’s time to tidy your garage! Here are our helpful hints for getting yours organised in no time.

It’s easy to think of your garage as a dumping ground – it’s not technically a part of your home and guests rarely see inside. But your garage is a great space for storage or even a man cave. Here’s how to organise your garage so it’s tidy yet functional.


Start by proving to yourself you are not a hoarder. Prioritise your valuable space and de-clutter. Timing your clean out to coincide with a council clean up day is a great idea, but don’t use that as an excuse to hold off! Another option is to earn some extra cash by selling your stuff on ebay or having a garage sale.


Now it’s time to group like products. This will help you figure out how to best use the space you have. Some things to consider: should you add in shelving, how much space do you need for the car, and how will you be using the garage (do you need a clear bench for tinkering).


Purchase a label maker. Identify each storage container and also allocate and label zones e.g. gardening equipment, sporting equipment. That way everyone in the house knows what goes where.


Make use of your wall space by using magnetic strips to hang tools, or attach sturdy hooks to studs in the wall or ceiling for hanging your bikes.


Categorise items into labelled containers that are stackable to maximise shelf and storage space. Small bits and pieces like nails and screws are a great place to start. Use clear containers so you can see what is inside.o


If you are storing paint, chemicals, cleaning products and other potential hazardous products consider installing a lock up cupboard or cabinet to keep these out of reach of children. Or hide them on a high shelf.


Install solid shelving to store heavy items, and make sure they are installed into wall studs.