The American Idol star is moving on!  Her Mansfield home, a short drive from the small town where Kelly grew up, is for sale for a cool $3.545. This hefty price tag affords the buyer a 56 acre estate with meandering pathways , stables, a rock lined creek, a barn, a swimming pool, and even a tree house.

If you’re not fond of  tree climbing, there’s plenty of space in the main residence, which stretches to 6,880 Sq Ft. The house, which has five bedrooms, 5 and a half bathrooms, a gym, steam room and home theatre, was built in 1993 but was largely customised by Clarkson when she moved into the property.

Like most celebrity homes, the pristine decor makes the house look as if nobody has ever lived here.  Either Kelly was too busy living her jet set life to ever settle in, or it’s quite possible that her home was staged for selling.

Hopefully there are some new owners out there who can give this gorgeous house some love…

Front porch with traditional white rocking chairs

Sitting room

Kitchen

Dining Room

Den

Guest Bedroom

Bathroom

Cinema

Gym

Master Bedroom

En Suite

Guest Bedroom

Outdoor Area

Lap Pool

Tree House


If you’re not short of a few bob, stay at the Zetter Townhouse in Clerkenwell, East London.  Looking out onto the cobblestones of St John’s Square, this fabulously quirky boutique hotel is full of colour and old-world charm. The turquoise and red room below could easily belong to Alice in Wonderland! When you’ve finished trawling through Liberty and Harrods, it’s the perfect place to come back, relax and enjoy an excellent tea party…mad-hatter optional (ask the concierge)!

Deluxe Sitting Room

Club Room

Club Room

The Grand Suite

Townhouse Apartment Bedroom

Townhouse Apartment Bathroom

Townhouse Apartment Living Area

Deluxe Room

Deluxe Room Bath

Townhouse Suite Bedroom

Deluxe Bathroom

Townhouse Apartment Bathroom

Townhouse Suite Living Room

View from St Johns Square

 

The Zetter was designed by Russell Sage, who tried to imagine what the spectacular Georgian buildings looked like 200 years ago. The rooms are filled with decadent antiques and junk shop finds, with wacky touches such as the ping pong table in the dining room adding an unexpected modern vibe!

Dining Room


Now that the Secret Circle has been cancelled, we may not miss the cheesy story lines about teen witches discovering their powers…and each other, but we will miss the amazing set design. After her mother dies in a tragic accident, Cassie moves to a fictional Washington town called Chance Harbor to live with her Grandmother. The show was actually filmed in Vancouver, British Colombia.

Chance Harbor, Washington

Cassie’s Grandmother’s House

Cassie’s Bedroom Fireplace

Cassie & Emo boy Adam sitting on her wrought iron bed

Cassie’s Grandmother in her Kitchen

Cassie’s Grandmother’s Dining Room

Diana’s House

Diana’s Kitchen

Diana’s dad in the Kitchen

Faye’s Sitting Room

Faye’s Dining Room

John Blackwell’s Old House

This is the creepy old house that the teens use as their hangout where they practice their magic. It’s filled with old bottles and strange plants that they make their potions from.

Creepy Hangout

View of the Staircase

The Boathouse Grill Owned by Adam’s Dad

The Boathouse Grill is really located at a place called Sunset Marina on the road to the popular Canadian ski resort, Whistler!

Interior of the Boathouse

Watch a set tour with Chris Zylka, taken during the season finale. Zylka played Cassie’s moody next-door neighbour with a thing for both Cassie and her bitchy frenemy Faye.


This traditional white-washed house can be found on the windswept Greek island of Tinos, in the Cyclades archipelago, a 5 hour ferry ride from Athens. In antiquity, Tinos was well known as a sacred place in the eastern Mediterranean, visited frequently for its temples of Poseidon and Dionysos.

I’m loving the turquoise Smeg, just like mine!


Revived by the BBC last year, the atmospheric period drama Upstairs Downstairs returned to our screens on Sunday night, for more heightened histrionics in the lives of the residents of 165 Eaton Place.

Lady Agnes, “I frequently don glittery ballgowns to pose in my cavernous foyer, surrounded by the help”.

The story picks up in 1938 on the eve of the Second World War, as Sir Hallam Holland’s diplomatic skills (he works for the Foreign Office) are put to the test during Chamberlain’s negotiations with Hitler over the Munich agreement. While he broods ominously on the sidelines, his wife Lady Agnes is back in London attempting to run her household with the help of her trusted staff. Though the lavish lifestyle of the Hollands differs dramatically from their servants below stairs, what ties them all together is a shared address. Indeed, the handsome Georgian townhouse in Belgravia, a salubrious London neighbourhood, is as prominent a feature of the show as the colourful characters themselves.

Clarendon Square, Leamington Spa. 

Unlike the original 1970s series, whose exteriors were shot on location at 65 Eaton Place (the 1 was hand-painted onto the pillar), the production team decided to shoot in Clarendon Square, Leamington Spa, as it was a quieter street with less noise pollution.

The interiors were created in two separate studios in Wales (Bridgend for the “Upstairs” set, and Pontypridd for “Downstairs”) and the sumptuous attention to visual detail is breathtaking. Set designer Arwel Wyn-Jones, who came straight from working on the recent Sherlock adaptation with Benedict Cumberbatch, recalls “Everything was entering the Art Deco stage, from the furniture, interior decoration and architecture of that time and you have to be careful that you stick to it. However, it’s a drama not a documentary so there is always an element of embellishment allowed…It’s a great period to work in because there are lots of the fabrics, colours and textures suitable for Upstairs that are in again now, so much of that was available to buy off the shelf. I also sourced things from prop houses in London who specialise in theatre and are very good.”

“Downstairs was a bit more of a challenge because we had to create a frenetic, busy, working kitchen. I never wanted it to be grimy or dirty though, so used wallpaper patterns with sheen and glaze and moulding.”
Photo from Inside Updown by Richard Marson
While the upstairs world is defined by the opulence of Art Deco glamour, from the chandeliers dripping in jewels and sunburst-decorated doors, to the cockle-shaped headboard draped in peach silk, downstairs is a more rugged and organic space that accurately represents the working classes. In keeping with the social constraints of the time, there is a place for everyone and everyone in their place!
*BBC One Sunday 9pm

This dapper and dashing home is happily perched on the shores of Dangar Island, a tiny tropical outpost (it takes barely five minutes to saunter from one side to the other) in the Hawkesbury River, North of Sydney, Australia. Reachable by ferry, the island is a motor-free zone. Packages and supplies are moved from the dock to the sole shop on the island using wheelbarrows, how quaint!

The house has a very colonial, yet beachy feel to it.  A hint of the waterside locale can be found in the scientific poster of a shellfish displayed  in the living room.

Some mid-century magic is thrown in, with the Arkana side table and modernist lamp, above.

The kitchen has been fitted out with dark cabinetry that contrasts beautifully with the white wooden ceiling.  Scuffed-enough red chairs, large metallic ceiling shades hanging by chains and a traditional storm lamp visible on the mahogony table adds to the cozy cabin-like vibe of the place.

Each of the bedrooms is decorated in a similar, yet unique style. The sage-green paneled walls, French linen grain-sack bolster cushion, and tiny deer-head nailed to the wall make me want to curl up and read an Ernest Hemingway novel at once.

The bathroom has a pair of handsome vintage sinks, beautiful brass fittings, a quirky old dental cabinet used for storage, and some rather important-looking gents to gaze over you while you’re taking a bath. Oh I say Madam, doesn’t this make quite a splash!


Favorite artist of mine, Japanese-born Atsushi Kaga studied at NCAD and is based here in Dublin.

If this isn’t already your personal mantra, then it should be…

Dear Colleen on Etsy (from $19).

Decorate your walls and be kind to the environment at the same time!

Anthony Burrill’s woodlblock posters are printed on 100% recycled materials (£40).

Overheard on the Titanic by Austin Kleon ($50-200).

Who knows, these could very well have been the last words Kate and Leo whispered to each other before they had to jump ship…

This amusing print is from Kleon’s series of Newspaper Blackout Poems. He simply sources articles from the New York Times and blacks them out with a marker to make quirky poetry.

Anatomy of Love print by the Rifle Paper Co. ($40).

From an original gouache painting by Anna Bond.


Based in Melbourne, Australia, Interior Design duo Gardener & Marks, have succeeded in creating homes that are industrial yet cozy, quirky and vintage yet totally en vogue. They have used my absolute favourite colour palette with lots of grey, red, black and beige thrown together. Enamel factory light shades, chalkboard walls, rustic wooden tables, and tufted ottomans are all elements which add to the Anglo feel of these properties which couldn’t be farther away from old Blighty! Perhaps they are going for a nostalgic colonial feel.

This pretty guesthouse in a place called Daylesford, Victoria, with its “unique tailored linen for each individual bedroom, 1930s club chairs, vintage collection of antique furniture and artworks, industrial lighting, a rare French chandelier, and Deborah Bowness hand-painted wallpaper” is a far cry from the horribly musty and overcrowded hostels I stayed in when I travelled around Oz. I would definitely have to check this place out if I ever ventured back to the other side of the world…


If you’re a fan of interior design, then you’ll absolutely adore the first season of the new Bravo show Million Dollar Decorators. Starring well-known designers Jeffrey Alan Marks, Kathryn Ireland, Mary McDonald and the outrageous Martyn Lawrence Bullard, the interaction between the cast, who are all eccentric in their own way,  and their wealthy clients, is hilarious at times and makes for fun viewing. However, the most exciting part of the show, in my opinion, is that we get to see glimpses of the homes of Kathryn Ireland and Jeffrey Alan Marks. Unfortunately we only get a brief look at Mary and Martyn’s offices!

The most unusual design feature in Jeffrey’s home has got to be the upside-down rowing boat attached to the ceiling above the master bed. I really hope they used some strong nails!!! I also love the unusual hand-painted fish wallpaper by de Gournay on the dividing wall in the kitchen.


Photos from Elle Decor, screenshots taken from Bravo.


Although I have to admit by now that summer is pretty much over, I thought I would give it one last nod with this pretty holiday cottage near Truro, in Cornwall. You could go on romantic weekends away and pretend you are living in a Mary Wesley novel. Oh Calypso!

I love the use of colourful rugs in a lot of the rooms to brighten up the space.




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