The Idealist

Joanna Simon

Joan is an interior design project planner and freelance writer from Boston Massachusetts who lives with her husband and two bulldog terriers outside Wellfleet on Cape Cod.

A Guide to Parquet Flooring: What is it and why do we love it?

In this guide to parquet flooring we find out why it's a perennial favourite and take a look at some beautiful new colours and ...

National Picnic Week: 12 Fab Finds for Picnic Perfection!

Fans of picnicking rejoice – National Picnic Week takes place across the UK this June. Time to fine tune your sandwich making skills, stock ...

Outdoor BBQ Ideas

Dining in the Great Outdoors – Nine Great Barbecue Ideas

Barbecue season is finally upon us. We've found some gorgeous essentials for outdoor grilling and decorating. Here are nine great barbecue ideas.

Idealist City Guide: FLORENCE

Florence, the beautiful capital of the district of Tuscany, is located in the heart of Italy's northwest coast. Known for its leather goods, inlaid ...

Orange in the Kitchen

Colour Scheme: Orange in the kitchen

Bold colour in the kitchen is a hallmark of confident design. Take orange, for example. It's a hue that gives off a lot of ...

Get The Look: The Japanese House style

We're taking inspiration from the amazing exhibition at London's Barbican Gallery today by choosing Japanese style furniture and accessories. Keep the look light and ...