Amazing India

It has been about 8 years since I went to India, and a place like that stays with you. It was a wonderful culture shock and a whirlwind of a trip involving driving a tut tut, gazing at the Taj Mahal, almost being kidnapped, meeting amazing people, crazy trains, cows, palm trees, azure waters, coconuts and bananas and of course colour, pattern and sound! Today I fancied diving back into those exciting hues and explore some interiors inspired by India. Take a peek..

Amazingly detailed room in a ice-cream blue. I love how Indian architecture is so decorative, saturated in embellishment and exotic hues.

Amazingly detailed blue interior, India

The beauty of a hot climate is bringing the inside out, with faded pink, intricate lanterns and handmade textiles this garden is a paradise.

Indian garden in aged pink

With so much to take in it can be nice zooming in, the powder blues here magnify the skill involved in this botanical carving.

Blue carvings in an Indian pattern close up

This is very similar to a sari I have, a great way to bring some interest to window treatment.

Pink Indian textile used as a window covering

Amazingly green! So fresh and vibrant.

Emerlad green detailed Indian building

You can never have too many Indian textiles! Pile them up for visual happiness.

Orange and yellow Indian textlies

A grand Indian home edged in candy striped pink and golden yellow. Love the canopied chairs.

Covered outdoor space in India with covered seating edged in pink

There’s an old world beauty to this deep jade bathroom. Dark furniture sits alongside a myriad of pattern.

Green and blue Indian bathroom

A richly coloured room that blends brick red, turquoise, orange and gold. That bed is pretty amazing!

Orange, turquoise and brick red luxurious Indian bedroom

A brilliantly blue sun room that is as elegant as it is bold.

Indian blue interior with white doecration

This is an easy way to add some ornate interest into your home, inlaid furniture. Though upcylcing an aged chest of draws with some bright paint, a steady hand and white stencilling might do the trick (see below).

Mother of pearl inlaid blue draws

Blue draws with white Indian pattern stencil

This immensely pink interior I remember spotting in a Vogue years ago, owned by Fashion designer Liza Bruce and her artist husband.

Pink patterned Indian interior of fashion designer Liza Bruce

There is an antique shop where I live that has random richly carved Indian doors, I love running my fingers over them!

Richly curved wooden Indian door

Tangerine dreams – intricately detailed orange corridor in an Indian palace.

Immensely detailed orange interior of an Indian paalce

I love this pineapple lamp stand, a little bit of the Indian tropics!

White shade and brass palm lamp stand

Just look at the amazing detail of this room – its like a festival of colour and illustration.

Amazingly decorative Indian interior

If that is a little bit much for your happy home, how about adding some regal Indian opulence with a crushed velvet cushion.

Golden yellow velvet cushion

And finally the amazing architecture that is the pink palace in Jaipur. Sadly I never got to see this in the flesh, but my trip to India will serve as rich pickings for inspiration for many years to come. So hope I make it back!

Pink palace in Jaipur with birds in flight

Dream Staircases

The kind of staircase I like is one that is elegant, falling from the ceiling like a ribbon cascading to the ground. Not clunky, asserting its presence – but brilliantly designed so you feel all the more lighter as you alight.

Like the flick of the brush this beautiful staircase makes the room.

statement staircase in flowing black lines

A pool of light is revealed as the curvaceous wooden staircase cuts out the floor. I love how it follows through underneath.

wooden curvy staircase

This feels very architectural, perhaps not elegant but certainly refined. The white steps stretch to the sides creating a perfect perching patch.

black and white stairs in slabs

A delightfully minimal hand rail flawlessly twists into the ground.

Black metal hand rail elegantly bent

Old school charm! Wonderfully wide for those gigantic skirts, this staircase transitions from wood to stone effortlessly. 

French feeling staircase in wood, metal and stone

A rhythmic staircase with a linear balustrade. There is something quite nautical about the black tripes. Perhaps it is their uniform nature, beautifully done.   

 Modern interior with beautifully elegant staircase

Black white and gold stair case with contemporary room divide in glass and black metal

We have an Egyptian feel next with these stone steps. Spacious and gently rising out of the ground, the smooth sides allow the light to bounce. 

white walls and stairs rise to an open space

A nod to Art Deco, these stairs create a pleasing zig-zag just stopping short of the floor.

wood and black metal with glass stairs

Striking putty pink stairs reveal a cut-out handrail as they swirl down the wall. 

smooth stairs in a pinky natural hue

Pleasing shapes are created with this simple black metal handrail. 

Pleasing shapes are made in this black metal handrail with steps cut from stone

Strong concrete stairs make their presence known as they twist from the ceiling. 

concrete grand staircase in public space

A slight but beautiful enclosed staircase. I like the blonde wood and vertical thin white-washed strips that follow the curve. 

wood and white stairs flanked by vertical wooden strips

Ending with a note of monochrome, a confident staircase that breaks away from the wall has a playful feel.   

black and white room with gloss black stairs that come from the wall

The Green Room

Its that breath of fresh air, green. It can be cooling, contemplative as well as bold and elegant or perhaps brash. I think the reason we love it so is because nature is so liberally painted with it, in broad varied strokes. Bringing green in the home feels, well, natural.

Not entirely sure where this colour fits, lets sit on the fence and call it blue-green. I always love a bit of wood panelling (as you can tell).

Wonderfully natural wooden paneling in a softly blue green

I don’t know if I would be bold enough to paint a wall in such a rich shade of forest green. I love the effect though, set off nicely by brass and a sumptuous tufted velvet settee.

Rich forest green walls and velvet sette

A fresh look, a geometric mural in soft green, a slight blue and a rose tinted white. The Mid Century Modern touches are lovely.

Dining table by a geometirc green wall

Golden orbs hang from chalky green walls and ceiling. Copper letters shimmer, all grounded with denim blues and a parquet floor.

Green walls in a cool restaurant Zona

What a peaceful spot, a sleeping nook with botanical touches. The carved wood is just lovely.

Botanical feeling room like stepping back in time

Sage green stairs in the perfect shade. I love them against that paper bag, I think a putty pink would be a nice complementary colour.

White wooden walls and a light green painted staircase

What an idea, pairing chalky black walls with grass green curtains! It works though, complete with a showpiece chandelier to boot.

Ornate gold chandelier with black walls and green curtains

The same emerald green here acts as backdrop for a refined floral chair.

Floral white coach with a rustic bright green wooden wall

Something about these elements would look just as happy with a great master’s muse sitting just so. The grey-green walls and worn wood are a welcome combo.

Cafe with green walls and simple wooden furniture

Achingly rich green is lavished on a wall of cupboards.

A storage wall in deep blue-green

Something about this image is very reassuring, a stripy green coach with giant cushion sits in front of a verdant green wall. It proudly displays slightly ancient botanical prints. Not too formal, a little shabby to go along with that chic.

green pinstripe settee with aged botanical prints on a grass green wall

Our final thought uses matt shades in a new Shaker style. The charcoal grey, mint green and milky lime are a soothing blend in a space that feels old and new. In the best kind of way.

Kitchen in green and charcoal

The Versatility of Tiles

Its sizzling hot here is Cornwall today, lovely and very much holiday weather. It does make my toes appreciate a good, cool, slab of tile underfoot. In my kitchen its grey slate but today I am exploring geometric beauty and rich exotic shades. Tiles to me have a far away feel. I loved the ones I came across in India and Morocco. So much detail on something we just walk over.

This is how I think the universe would look if tiled. The deep inky blue is carved up with mesmerising shapes.

Complicated deep blue geometric tiles

Lovely layered tiles just like mermaid scales. Every shade is beautiful in its own right.

Beautiful tiles like mermaid scales

Pale pink patterned kitchen tiles perfectly complement copper pots, pipes and pendants!

Pale ipink pattern tiles with copper pots, pipes and light

Sky blue higgledy-piggledy tiles look so fresh and vibrant alongside the mottled white.

Hand cut sky blue and white geometric tiles

Elegant shoes for an elegant floor. These fanning mosaic tiles are just perfect.

White fan pattern with mosiac floor tiles

These must be Moroccan, jewel rich colours in intricate patterns. Its tiles like this which make maths beautiful.

Geometric intricate tiles in green, yellow blue and purple

A modern take the geometric design. These gold and grey tiles have a 3d effect with tactile surfaces to touch.

Gold and grey cube tiles with texture

The wall tiles in this bathroom catch the light adding depth and interest.

Bathroom wall tiles that catch the light

I love this depth of green, I could just dive in. Stylised blooms fit together in pleasing shades of turquoise and teal.

Teal green tiles in stylised floral forms

A feathery zig-zag in soft white and dove grey. The perfect backdrop to black taps and a marbled sink.

Bathroom tiles in stripy zig-zags with a pendant light and a marble sink

Giant geometric floor tiles impress in terracotta, grey, pink and black.

Terracotta, pink, grey and black huge floor tiles

Little blue square tiles carry a mesmerising sun pattern.

Little square tiles in blue with white sun pattern

This ice-white snowflake pattern looks very luxurious, with shimmering grey diamonds.

Snowflake pattern in white tiles

An easy way to add some glam to the bathroom, these large white tiles shimmer with an intricate gold pattern. Love the fittings too!

Large white tiles with gold geometric pattern on top

Here we have the same interlocking hexagon design but first in forest green, white and black while the second is more subtle using a blush pink, a slight grey and deep blue. I love the effect.

Overlapping geometric patterned tiles in green, black and white

Geometric tiles in overlapping shapes

And to finish off this tiling collection we have mosaic squares framed in black, complete with silver sandals!

Square patterned mosaic floor tiles

And Relax…

The sun is beaming, its Friday and all I can think about is kicking back and relaxing in the garden. At home I have a lovely view with a little wooden deck, I tend to drag the furniture outside when its really nice. Today I thought I would collate some sun loungers, if money was no object, these are few I would happily have dotted around my fictional pool.

What elegant curves, gently bobbing here seems rather perfect to me.

elegant wooden pool funriture

A rocker made for two. The natural linen looks so inviting.

Giant rocking lounger with a metal frame and linen seat

Or perhaps do it yourself, the internet is bursting with recycled pallet ideas, I rather like this one.

DIY garden furniture with pallet wood

From the rustic to the surreal – pink metal palm leaves bring shade to a rather glamourous day bed.

metal leaf canopy acts like a four poster bed in baby pink

Simple lines and neutral furnishings, a classic way to soak up some sun.

Sun bathing in comfort

Submerged chairs in the pool! Love it.

Sun bathing chairs in the pool

This lounger looks poised to pounce! Red leather and steel, perfect against the matt black background.

A red poised chair for the garden

Smart ‘deck chair’ for the beach, easily portable and kind of cool.

beach chair portable and using the sand as a seat

What a happy place, dappled shade with silvered decking, metal framed seats, wooden tables and sinkable grey cushions. Not forgetting a fire pit!

Soft grey outdoor sofas with metal frames and wooden tables built in

Unusual design that I rather like, the head rests meet a point rising for that cushioned support.

Infinity pool with sea view and cool designed sun loungers with back rests that meet at a point

This basket weave day bed borrows its design from the waves. A handy cover in harsh sun, to me it has a welcome Seventies vibe.

1970s feel to this covered sun lounger

I hope you find some time to relax this weekend!

The Details

As you may know I live in England and we have a wonderful thing called the National Trust. They basically look after our beautiful old buildings, preserving them for future generations, our coastline too. What it means is, nosey people like me can immerse themselves in amazing architecture, and imagine, what if… Near where I live in Cornwall we have Lanhydrock House, a gorgeous Victorian home that has a perfectly preserved upstairs-downstairs lifestyle.

You can get overwhelmed  by the amount of embellishment and grandeur, but I like looking at the details. We actually have a company locally, Bromleighs, who specialise in period fixtures and fittings. The door handles, light switches, letterboxes etc. that fit a specific period. They have even supplied the National Trust. I mean imagine a Downton Abbey parlour with white glaringly plastic light switches!! The shock.

In praise of period details, here a few elements that shouldn’t be missed, the unsung heroes that make a space authentic.

The real-life Downton Abbey, Highclere Castle

The Master in Downton Abby

Period details from Downton abby

Rich dark wood of the library in Downton Abby

Dramatic scene from Downton Abby

When you are restoring a period house some people strip everything away but the bones of the place, and then fill the interior in contrast with the ultra modern. Sometimes though I think the soul can be lost. I am zoning in today on the overlooked details that can preserve the integrity of a building.

Here we have a dove grey door with a silvered handle, complementing it perfectly.

Antique style door handles

As you may well know, I am a fan of mix and match. There is quite a lot going on in this bathroom, but I think it works. What I really like is the mirror and light fittings in this dark, brassy metal.

Old brass fittings in a contemporary space

I love these old radiators, especially in sunshine yellow!

Blue walls and yellow radiator

Beautifully finished, this kind of handle would look at home on a ruggedly knotted and aged door.

Brass ribbed door handle

The handles here, in my humble opinion, make this kitchen. Lovely rich dark blue units, marble counter tops and a touch of brass.

Kitchen units in navy blue with brass metal handles

I love this light, so solid, so certain. Bolted onto the wall like it really belongs there!

Wall light in brass and white glass

Back to blue again, it just works so well! And what a lovely leathery colour.

Bathroom door in dark blue with antique style handle and lock in brass

Of course it is important to look up too. Georgian houses especially had beautiful freezes of intricate plaster. This is actually taken from another National Trust property, Llanerchaeron in Ceredigion.

Plaster work detail from a National Trust house

Another great mix. I included this bathroom because of the peg hooks, a lovely detail, and because of the sage green and zesty orange combo!

Roll top bath, peg hooks and black wire storage in a contemporary twist on a modern bathroom

My final thought goes to lighting. You can’t go wrong with a chandelier, no really. Even this rustic space is made complete with an antique-style pendant.

Brown interior with dark wood and an antique style chandelier

Barmy About Barns

What is it about barn conversions that I like? Well I recon you can’t go wrong with acres of wood, glass and light. They can of course turn out very wrong. When you try to squeeze a normal house-like space into a barn it doesn’t work. But for those who are prepared to re-think ‘house’ and indeed, space, they can be magnificent. Here are a few I like.

Wow, what a confident space. I love how it stares you straight in the face! The slit windows and giant door look more like a fort. The curved grey roof is a worthy feature.

Grey brcik and galvanised arched roof barn conversion

I love a beam, provided I am not going to hit my head (unlikely, 5ft 2 and 3/4s), or if they are ‘lets pretend’. These wooden wonders look just perfect against the crisp white walls and exposed brick.

Two chairs facing a wood burning stove

The oak frame here is happily highlighted by the sage green walls.

wooden interior with fresh county colours

Located in rural Switzerland, this home makes good use of contrasting textures and horizontal lines.

Lovely wooden vertical lines on this barn conversion

Another view inside another beautiful home. The infinite tiles and bricks are the perfect backdrop for some hugable topiary.

Beautiful converted barn with green formal landscaping

I like how open this space is, and the combination of wood, brick and black metal. An enviable island too!

Modern kitchen with wooden beams and exposed brick

Sometimes it is nice to retreat into a dark interior, I love the cut-out window of this bedroom up in the eaves.

Dark wooden interior with giant angled window

Moments of joy in architecture – this barn-shaped wooden frame links the two floors with striking grace.

Moments of joy in architecture

A bespoke kitchen that brings a balance of curves into an olde worlde space.

Wooden beams, range and bespoke kitchen

We end on a more rustic note, calming symmetry, and a view that goes on and on!

Rustic barn conversion