• Bank holiday BBQ – home-made style

    by  • August 28, 2015 • 0 Comments

    Ah, the summer bank holiday weekend. Time to kick back with friends and family and make the most of the longer evenings.

    Enjoying life outdoors, sun shining (well, we’re all about optimism at Livingetc), food sizzling on the BBQ, it doesn’t get better than this. Or does it?

    Celebrity garden designer Diarmuid Gavin reckons we could all take it a step further and turn our garden or outdoor living space into an alfresco kitchen-diner – in just under an hour.

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    Sleek urban apartment

    by  • August 28, 2015 • 0 Comments

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    Today, we’re in a New York state of mind… Tall, vertiginous buildings that make you crane your head up. Unless you’re inside, of course, in which case, like the clever couple that decorated this chic Brooklyn penthouse, you keep all your furniture nice and low and let the architecture – and the surrounding skyline – do the talking. The navy blue feature wall grounds the scheme, while the rosewood furniture reflects the look of the rust-red ironwork encasing the apartment block. ‘I wanted a sense of continuity between the building and the industrial-luxe pieces we’ve used to furnish our home,’ says the owner. A New York state of mind? Absolutely…

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    Monochrome magic

    by  • August 18, 2015 • 0 Comments

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    Black and white – what could be simpler? Well, if you’re a devotee of daring décor like Livingetc, why not take your monochrome schemes a step beyond the norm with clever but easy to re-create techniques. Running a zigzag paint pattern up the wall, as in this space, draws the eye across the whole room, while papering below the dado in a bold Graham & Brown wallpaper grounds the look. Dress your windows in a Zimmer + Rhode stripe and choose both black and white Y chairs by Tom Dixon and bingo – an artful display that even David Hockney would love.

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