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!
A slightly different slant today on my world of interiors. I wanted to appreciate a room through the eyes of the artist. Just as I am a lover of colour in decoration, I also enjoy vibrant art. Composition matters, drawing your eye in, appreciating a detail or being struck in awe at the whole. Here are some interiors caught on the canvas.
Lets lead with red, what a regal space. Golden walls are enriched by geometric panels of light off-setting the fiery accents in the room. ‘A London Interior’ by Herbert Davis Richter.
In a completely different style, Tom Haugomat plays with perspective. The Mid Century furniture emerges from the dark, your eye is drawn, like the lone man, to the window on the world.
Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, the French designer, captures my heart with everyone of his interiors. He celebrates colour through his varying tones. Subtle, dramatic, but definitely enviable!
Here, the room’s scale is beautifully communicated, painted in 1921 with evergreen and inky black.
The vastness of this room is evident, from the rounded ceiling your eye follows the immense chandelier to the intricate embellishment picked out in gold. Ruhlmann’s vision for these rooms is breath-taking.
Even in simplified lines Ruhlmann conjures an impression of that time. Here I love the how the colours play, the silvered blue, vibrant violet (I had the exact same colour carpet as a child!) and the fresh yellow. Do seek out more of his paintings, they are glorious.
In a sort of unfinished frenzy of green we have this fireplace by Kathleen Melian. ‘Remains of Desire’ (2012) caught my eye with its rich greens and little interior touches.
Peacock colours intrigue in this dramatic glimpse of the room beyond. I like this arrangement, entitled ‘Interior with Opera Cloak’, painted in the early 20th century by Francis Campbell Boileau Cadell. The cloak is the subject, but all I want to know is what the rest of that royal blue room contains, yet we are kept in the dark!
Who would have thought I would be happy to gaze upon a utilitarian sink, but painted by Chelsea Bentley James it becomes a thing of beauty. In cool blues the artist divides this dull spaces into a patchwork ready for us to appreciate.
Sometimes a room exists to complement and frame a view. Here Edward Gordon paints ‘Music Room’, an inspiring space with stunning scenery wrapping round the house. With such skill the artist traces the light around the room, revealing the curve of the piano and the equally stunning Girl with a Pearl Earing by Johannes Vermeer in pride of place.
To me this painting conveys one thing perfectly, jazz. My eye dances around the room struggling to settle but enjoying the ride. Painted by Anton Henning.
Dark lines separate the cool colours in this series of rooms. Preston Dickinson painted this humble home in 1922, I like how the painting feels like a series of shapes rather than objects, I am rather partial to those rugs too!
Back to elegance, the wonderfully serene ‘Green Room’ by Marie-Louise Roosevelt Pierrepont. Such a happy space, a perfect reflection of the inviting garden shown through those giant windows.
Caro Niederer reduces her interior to its abstract essence. Citrus coloured blocks are recognisable as furniture and walls. Pink roses in the foreground remind me of Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
There are so many more I could show you! Its like a rabbit whole, once I started looking I couldn’t stop! Happy Friday everyone.
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.
A pool of light is revealed as the curvaceous wooden staircase cuts out the floor. I love how it follows through underneath.
This feels very architectural, perhaps not elegant but certainly refined. The white steps stretch to the sides creating a perfect perching patch.
A delightfully minimal hand rail flawlessly twists into the ground.
Old school charm! Wonderfully wide for those gigantic skirts, this staircase transitions from wood to stone effortlessly.
A rhythmic staircase with a linear balustrade. There is something quite nautical about the black tripes. Perhaps it is their uniform nature, beautifully done.
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.
A nod to Art Deco, these stairs create a pleasing zig-zag just stopping short of the floor.
Striking putty pink stairs reveal a cut-out handrail as they swirl down the wall.
Pleasing shapes are created with this simple black metal handrail.
Strong concrete stairs make their presence known as they twist from the ceiling.
A slight but beautiful enclosed staircase. I like the blonde wood and vertical thin white-washed strips that follow the curve.
Ending with a note of monochrome, a confident staircase that breaks away from the wall has a playful feel.
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
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.
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.
I love these old radiators, especially in sunshine yellow!
Beautifully finished, this kind of handle would look at home on a ruggedly knotted and aged door.
The handles here, in my humble opinion, make this kitchen. Lovely rich dark blue units, marble counter tops and a touch of brass.
I love this light, so solid, so certain. Bolted onto the wall like it really belongs there!
Back to blue again, it just works so well! And what a lovely leathery colour.
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.
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!
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.
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.
There is something so satisfying about a storage canister, sure call me crazy but they are just so snug, tactile and useful! I have a bizarre mixture at home, orange shiny ones that were my mums, an Orla Kiely ceramic and wood brown one from my sister, cut glass with stoppers and speckled pottery all sit together. Here are a few other kitchen storage jars that I wouldn’t mind clustered on my counter…
These trio are very pleasing, the tactile white ceramic pot is finished nicely with wood and leather lids.
For more strokable texture, below are storage pots that came from the Summertime range by Hornsea Pottery, made between 1962 and 1964.
These smoky objects are by Belgian architect Vincent Van Duysen. The oak lidded bowls come in ceramic, clear and smoky glass. Quite beautiful.
Lovely and simple, and labelled so no confusion! The minimal text and glossy white vessels works really well. I believe they come in black too, for that gothic kitchen vibe.
The endlessly pleasing triangle motif wraps around these storage pots. Light wooded lids fit just so.
A quirky shape and those great 80s colours of grey, yellow and black. I like the cork lids too!
Jolly patterned, again with a cork lid, these storage jars look substantial.
Mango wood lids, a hint of colour through the glaze and twirly knobs! A nod to Arts and Crafts, they would make a happy edition to the home.
What a pleasing collection! Geometric black lines carve up the white space, all wonderfully different but all working so well together.
An finally a little neon to brighten the day. That retro Nordic feel sits together with a grounding of grey.
Just another opportunity to add some personality to the kitchen!
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.