How to be a master of the Renaissance trend

Fashion to Home Renaissance decorating trend Decorator's Notebook

Ever since I learned of the concept, I’ve been fascinated by trend forecasting. At first I was a little miffed that the design trends I loved to see emerging each season were set out well in advance and therefore more of a self-fulfilling prophecy than a mystical zeitgeist. Now though, I love the guessing game… 

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Patterned tiles: floors I saw and liked

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Looking back, I think it probably all started with this bohemian bathroom in Norway. What began in the bathroom has spread to almost every room in the house as my love of patchwork tiled floors has grown to almost alarming heights. Anyone else find themselves afflicted? {unknown via Pinterest – please get in touch if… 

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The Room Mixer: global farmhouse

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Here’s a new post idea I’m playing with. Five rooms that could be in the same home, but aren’t, in an attempt to create the perfect blend! I’d start in this hallway, with its red brick floor and painted tongue and groove… {via Terrain} …it would lead to this cosy living room with its lovely… 

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Storage idea: pretty-up your clothes rail with beads

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Here’s a simple idea for hanging your clothes more stylishly from Mira Schröder, who lives in a small open-plan apartment in Berlin. {all Marlen Mueller / Freunde von Freunden} Mira has created a clothes rail-come-room divider using strings of wooden beads hanging from the ceiling and hooked plain coat hangers through the ends. I don’t… 

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House tour: artist’s home with a bohemian twist

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This stylishly comfortable house reminds me of this Sydney home I featured a while back… they both work for all the same reasons. A crisp white canvas filled with unusual, casually-arranged finds from around the world. {James Stokes for VT Wonen via The Style Files} I can just imagine feeling really welcome and comfortable in… 

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House tour: relaxed vintage style in the Finnish countryside

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Last week the lovely Soile from Ada & Ina emailed me some photos of her pretty Finnish home and asked if I’d like to feature it on Decorator’s Notebook. One look and the answer was most certainly yes! Soile and Sami’s wooden house was built in the 1950s and I love how they’ve mixed original… 

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More plywood kitchen love…

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I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again… plywood kitchens are cool. {both Studio Oink via The Style Files} See more of this dinky German apartment (including plywood bedroom) on The Style Files.

House tour: officially my new Favourite Home Of All Time

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There are few things that please my inner decorator more than a crisp new Farrow & Ball colour chart. The thick concertina of cardboard fanning open to reveal subtley shaded chips of painty gorgeousness inside. Such a treat! I had the same warm glow of delight when I found this beautiful Swiss chalet. The designers… 

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