Today I wanted to focus on structure. From the pleated preppy skirt to the folded cladding of a modern high-rise. How the light falls on a natural ribbed wooden surface and the wavy shell encasing a home. Love it!
Today I want to retreat into nearly not there neutrals. Those shades that are hard to categorise. Layers of tone that just come together so satisfyingly that you want to sit a while. To contemplate.
‘Neutral’ can feel like a dead word. Today, however, I am enjoying the colours that exist in the light and in the shade. the hard to define.
The masters of chalky whites, Farrow and Ball.
What a space, those windows flood the room with a cool white light, the subtle grey walls slightly mottled. Perfectly Parisian.
This colour I have always referred to as ‘blackcherry yogurt colour’, ever since a child. The muted mauve is a great backdrop for the sprawled-legged light.
Painted white bricks are always a joy. Combined with the well worn cobbles and various sage painted wood work.
Oh that chair, perfectly made for two. Soft colours of the sea mix with various textures. Linen, velvet, brick, tile and woven thread.
A Colonial sitting room with an amazing inlaid chest. The silvered greys are brought together with a moody Turner-esque painting.
Well this is pretty perfect isn’t it. I love the clean cut marble unit and the depth the carved wooden adds. An ageing mirror and bud-like light fitting add interest. I am partial to a Bialetti coffee maker too.
Peppermint ice whites and crushed velvet, what a delicate space. Decaying grandeur with modern moments.
Putty pink complements eucalyptus green, a happy combination I think.
White metal edged glass doors with ample linen curtains.
Various shades of white harmonise in this boudoir. Apparently this colour is ‘elephants breath’, a strange notion.
Evidently I am drawn to wood panelled interiors! The rise and fall in the wood just creates so many tones to enjoy. This room incorporates coffee creams and metallic tones that lift the space.
A grand proportioned room with wildly contrasting pieces of furniture, ornaments and art. The soft pink is brought to life with the glossy deeper coloured pieces. That table is magnificent.
If a room can be a weather front, this one brews a storm. A picture window frames the Tasmanian countryside. Mottled walls soften a cooling space.
In a similar vein, these walls provide a tonally textured backdrop to some striking furniture.
More bohemian but equally beautiful, there is a French feel to this feminine room.
Modern art brings the dark to a cooling blue/grey palette. I love the parquet flooring too.
Enjoying the dreamy hues of Hydrangeas, pale lilac with a lemon yellow.
With just a hint of neon this collection works. That light is a little breathtaking.
Linen blues, so calming and welcoming. It just so happens this room sports a Warren Platner chair, the design classic I illustrated for our November newsletter.
An indoor swing, need I say more? Linen and chocolate combine bathed in glorious sunlight.
Another apartment with a stunning view. Curved furniture neatly highlighted. Marble, brass and eggshell come together with ease.
Finally we end with dove grey, enhanced by white objects, a giant woven lamp shade and deep, dark wood.
Wintery hues for a muted day.
I am feeling decidedly autumnal. The air has turned fresh and crisp. Glorious golden light pieces through the deep dark clouds and then is swallowed up by gusts of wind and spats of rain. When the outside is this unpredictable I go in, time to think about an autumn interior and how to bring the warmth home. Here’s what I need to create that golden inward glow…
First things first, its all about blankets. Throws, rugs, textiles rule in a cosy home. With a grey geometric pattern and orange trim, this one works perfectly.
Light is key, there is something about the flicker of a fire or candle flame that is so comforting. I love these geometric lanterns, a glowing cluster to guide you up the stairs.
The perfect view for that autumn cosy would be one like this. The undulating hills and evergreen trees emerge from the mist. Golden orange accents add a little of nature’s warmth to the scene.
The sights and smells of the season are brought together here, a gorgeous array of colours from olive to turmeric to hang in the home.
For colours think ochre and other earthy pigments. This herringbone blanket wraps around a wooden bowl on weathered table.
Burningly bright, sculptural branches make a welcome addition to the autumn home.
My ideal vision of autumn comfort certainly involves food. Spiced parsnip soups, rustic bread inch thick with butter and hot chocolates swirled with cinnamon. This caramel, pear and pecan pie would fit the bill nicely.
Grey and burnt orange textiles, neatly folded and piled high.
The mantle is the ideal place to layer your seasonal wares. Tiny pumpkins pile on cloth-backed books with an illustrated hare, an enamelled candle holder and deep green foliage brimming with berries.
Mix and match the height of your lighting, I love my standard light at home, my shade is covered in delicate vintage florals but this mid-century-style mustard drum is beautiful in its simplicity.
Still feeling cold? Nothing can rival a hot bath as the nights draw in. With matt black walls and a vintage copper bath, this is a room to wile away the hours.
Time to embrace the most magical of seasons!
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.
The beauty of a hot climate is bringing the inside out, with faded pink, intricate lanterns and handmade textiles this garden is a paradise.
With so much to take in it can be nice zooming in, the powder blues here magnify the skill involved in this botanical carving.
This is very similar to a sari I have, a great way to bring some interest to window treatment.
Amazingly green! So fresh and vibrant.
You can never have too many Indian textiles! Pile them up for visual happiness.
A grand Indian home edged in candy striped pink and golden yellow. Love the canopied chairs.
There’s an old world beauty to this deep jade bathroom. Dark furniture sits alongside a myriad of pattern.
A richly coloured room that blends brick red, turquoise, orange and gold. That bed is pretty amazing!
A brilliantly blue sun room that is as elegant as it is bold.
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).
This immensely pink interior I remember spotting in a Vogue years ago, owned by Fashion designer Liza Bruce and her artist husband.
There is an antique shop where I live that has random richly carved Indian doors, I love running my fingers over them!
Tangerine dreams – intricately detailed orange corridor in an Indian palace.
I love this pineapple lamp stand, a little bit of the Indian tropics!
Just look at the amazing detail of this room – its like a festival of colour and illustration.
If that is a little bit much for your happy home, how about adding some regal Indian opulence with a crushed 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!
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).
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.
A fresh look, a geometric mural in soft green, a slight blue and a rose tinted white. The Mid Century Modern touches are lovely.
Golden orbs hang from chalky green walls and ceiling. Copper letters shimmer, all grounded with denim blues and a parquet floor.
What a peaceful spot, a sleeping nook with botanical touches. The carved wood is just lovely.
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.
What an idea, pairing chalky black walls with grass green curtains! It works though, complete with a showpiece chandelier to boot.
The same emerald green here acts as backdrop for a refined floral chair.
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.
Achingly rich green is lavished on a wall of cupboards.
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.
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.
When I was little a had a lovely bedroom, with an engaging freeze of alphabet letters all around my tiny room. For some reason I started reminiscing about my little room of peach and grey with Laura Ashly floral wallpaper, and it got me thinking, what alphabet options do we have for nurseries today? Oh and there really are some beauties! Take a look at my favourites…
I love this idea, alphabet cards pegged on a line! Fun colours too.
I would love to illustrate my own!
Make it monochrome with black and white wallpaper and lovely doodles.
You can’t go wrong with squidge, grey crocheted letters that are huggably good.
Anything with an embroidery hoop I love, these appliqué letters are no exception.
For a more neutral take, I love the white letters acting as a freeze.
Or perhaps something like this, a white chest of draws up-cycled to be tactile fun.
Not technically decor, but aren’t these brilliant? Wooden alphabet blocks with letters and sign language.
What a great idea, a giant magnetic letter wall!
Or these lovely draws which have a deep richness with chunky wooden letters varying in size.
Creative ways with the alphabet! Nurseries can be such fun.
What could be more luxurious than velvet. Recently I’m hankering after a velveteen sofa that I could sink into, but what colour? From jeweled hues that dazzle to the perfectly pale – I love them all.
Where to start! This show-stopping blue sofa brings a little pizzazz to an antiqued interior
Another moody room, this time matt blue walls and floor are perfectly complimented by a golden velvet coach placed at an angle
A cosy cat in a peachy velvet chair, could we get any more hipster!
This curved Chesterfield is a breath of fresh air in an icy greyed blue
Opulent gold looks so lavish with on a laid back sofa
Taupe shades are layered together with this deep, velvety sofa
You can never have too much blue, cushions cascade to a waterfall effect
The perfect combination of rustic wood, a woodland view and a verdant green tufted corner sofa
A gentleman’s dressing room is set off by a dark wooden sofa upholstered in a deep luxe grey
Effortlessly elegant, this room boasts a blush pink sofa coupled with tufted rug and layered golden frames
Oh my, black walls, tropical prints and a green velvet sofa that glows like an emerald stone
It may be little, but worth including in this velvet collection I think, tufted blue velvet is incased in an angular metal frame
And finally, a orange-gold velveted chair that would be just like sinking into a sunbeam
Are you sold on velvet? I think I am.