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September 10, 2010

So, my stint editing Ideal Home’s Complete Guide to Christmas officially comes to an end in less than an hour and normal service will soon resume over here at Homes On Film. I can’t wait for the magazine to come out. There are some gorgeous features I’m dying to share with you – Christmas crafters watch this space – plus behind the scenes pics from my snow-filled shoot in Oxfordshire. Browsing one of my favourite blogs this afternoon, the beautiful Me and Alice this picture gave me a guilty pang! So, sorry to all my disappointed visitors  – I promise I’ll do better in the coming weeks!

Have a lovely weekend!


BEHIND THE SCENES: Perks of the job

August 16, 2010

There were a few flowers left over from my shoot on Friday so I took them home and popped them into a couple of my favourite ‘vases’ – the knitted ceramic one is by Annette Bugansky and the old pharmacy bottle was picked up on a recent visit to Honiton in Devon.

OFF ON A SHOOT: Just add snow!

August 9, 2010

I’m dashing around getting ready for our Christmas lifestyle shoot for the next few days so this post is to make my excuses for my absence and show you where I’m going… a house like this would do me just fine I’d say!

Add a few bags of ‘snow’, Christmas trees and voila! I’m going to take the camera so hope to have a few behind the scenes pics for you sometime so you can see how it all happens – bye for now!

THE FINISHED ARTICLE: Sophisticated Period Home

August 8, 2010

A short while ago the lovely Caroline McGrath invited us to photograph her historic cottage located in a sleepy Oxfordshire village. Her home is really pretty but inside it’s the kind of space many people would struggle to decorate, with low ceilings, thick walls and a quirky layout over three floors – the lower floor was originally a grain store, with living space above. However, Caroline’s confident use of bold colours has given her home a look that’s cosy without being too ‘country’ – and it works a treat! Let’s find out more about Caroline and her style…

Sophisticated Period Home photographed by David Parmiter

What do you love best about your home?

The period features

Describe your style in five words

Old cottage living with Scandinavian style

What’s your favourite homes buy and why?

My Russian oil paintings of two female heads by Alexei Bazanov – they’re contemporary and classic at once and get everyone talking over dinner!

What’s your favourite local interiors shop?

I love Fade in Woodstock because it combines a fresh Scandinavian look with a refined version of British shabby chic

What’s your favourite national or online interiors shop?

Caroline McGrath of course!

Tell us about your worst decorating disaster

It would have to be when I decorated our little drawing room bright yellow!

What’s your decorating secret?

Use stylish neutral tones, then add punchy, colourful accents


July 28, 2010

I’m almost buried under piles of fake snow and baubles at the moment (the joys of Christmas in July!) but haven’t forgotten what it’s really like outside in the real world! These lovely coastal-themed fabrics and textiles have been popping into my inbox so have a look through and choose your favourite…

I’m not keen on overly ‘kiddy’ designs for children’s rooms, so this vintage-inspired boat bedlinen is just right. It’s brand new from Cabbages & Roses and is also available as an oilcloth too which is ideal for the breakfast table. Lots of their signature florals are in the sale at the moment too so pop along and have a look.

For sheer Nautical Factor it’s hard to beat Ian Mankin… these new ticking fabrics are organic so you can shop, decorate and feel virtuous all at the same time! (actually, they’re not too bad at £25/m either)

These cushions are from Fabrics and Papers. They’re relaunching their website on 1st August but they sent me this sneaky peek of these cushions made from seaside-inspired prints. I absolutely love the vintage tea posters on the wall at this location house since seeing them in my number one favourite book of all time, At Home With White by Atlanta Bartlett. She’s selling them through her shop, Pale and Interesting… well worth a click if you want to indulge yourself in achingly beautiful products and photography that makes you feel inspired and inadequate in equal measure!

Finally, this bold Lighthouse Stripe fabric is from Runaway Coast. I love their colour palette and windswept photography. Happy shopping!


July 23, 2010

Ok, so Laura Ashley‘s no secret in itself – if you want to get Emma’s classic, timeless look it’s the place to shop. But what you won’t have seen are these gorgeous new designs for autumn/winter. They don’t hit the shops until the 9th of August but I’ve managed to arrange a sneaky peak for your viewing pleasure!

I really love the strong crimson colour of the wallpaper and butterfly cushion. It’s one of those colours that adapts to any season – it will remind you of festive cranberries in winter and fresh raspberries in summer. And how beautiful is that ceramic lace pendant lamp – lace designs are going to be everywhere next season and has to be one of my favourite trends in ages. Check out these beautiful bowls, bird plates, and mugs on Etsy to whet your appetite. Have a great weekend!

BEFORE & AFTER: Furniture Makeover

July 20, 2010

Emma and Jeff’s serene coastal home had been used as a holiday cottage before they moved in and they inherited some pretty tired rental furniture, like this ‘1990s Chic’ orange varnished pine shelf unit. Mmmmm.

I’m always expounding the virtues of a coat or two of eggshell to update furniture but even I might have overlooked the potential of this nasty number. But not Emma – a lick of Farrow & Ball and some new shaker-style handles and… ta dah!

Lovely or what? If you’re wondering, the colour’s Borrowed Light from Farrow & Ball. If you want to have a go at painting furniture, there’s click on this easy three-step guide or head over to Design Sponge for loads more before and after transformations. Have you ever updated or customised a piece of furniture?