Marmalade and slate: a decorating recipe for all seasons. Part 1 of 2.

*Orange, often associated with 70s style interiors, is taking on an altogether sophisticated warmth this Autumn in a perfectly balanced partnership with cool slate greys. From linens to wallpapers to lighting and paint there are some really refreshing new interior designs. It is a colour combination which will ensure that your room is as cosy as you wish it to be in winter and has all the necessary vibrancy and light for summer living too.

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Indigo and blush – Summer’s Preppy style interiors and fashion trend: Part two of two.

My celebration of Indigo blues culminates with this summer’s Preppy take on Indigo. It is almost as if the fashion and interiors industries sat down and considered the colours of the The Leander Club in Henley for their summer collections! The Leander Club is one of the oldest rowing clubs in the world, has produced many of GB’s great rowing Olympians and its members sport a rather jaunty rowing blazer and cap in  – you guessed it – pale pink (traditionally known as ‘cerise’) and Indigo. With the Royal Regatta imminent (Weds 28th June to Sunday 1st July) what better time to see how everyone from high street fashion to interior decorators, textile designers, restaurants and bars are embracing Preppy style.

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Spitalfields: Lewis and Wood’s new collection at Chelsea Design Week 2017

There is a certain mystique about wallpaper and fabric brand Lewis & Wood. When I think of their designs, ideas of enchanted woods and fairy tales of faraway places spring to mind. So let me take you ‘into the enchanted woods’ and show you behind the scenes of one of Britain’s national design treasures as they launch Spitalfields – a fabulous new collection for Chelsea Design Week…

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Sleeping beautifully – how to style your bedroom for the best night’s sleep ever … zzzzZZZZ

At the beginning of the 1970s, a particularly ‘domestic’ revolution was taking place, this wasn’t the ‘Chuck Out Your Chintz’ advertising campaign (as extolled by Swedish furniture giant, IKEA) – that came later. Households up and down the country were, in fact, joyfully ditching blankets, eiderdowns and flat sheets – breaking free from the chains of endless bed making and the ironing that entailed…

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Outdoor baths: taking the ‘inside out’

There is a new interiors trend a-brewing in the UK which is much less hassle than a ‘basement dig’, less costly than a ‘bespoke wine cellar’ and although you won’t triple the value of your house, it is potentially a lot more fun …

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Beach style interiors

 

 

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Top row: Small bay, Polruan, seashell door canopy, Polruan, seagull wallpaper, bedlinen, Minimoderns; Bottom row: staircase, painted with stripes, Pinterest; SS13 Coastal Collection, styled by Charis White, Photography, David Garcia, Laura Ashley; Saronic Isles, Greece.

Beach-style interiors is a trend that surfaces each Spring pretty much without fail. I must admit to being one of the many willing ‘goldfish’ who forget from one year to the next that its jaunty style isn’t actually anything new. Continue reading “Beach style interiors”

‘New Brights’ decoration at Ham Yard Hotel, London W1

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Bright wall covering and frame at Ham Yard Hotel, photograph taken on Iphone, Chariswhite.com

There has always been room in interior decorating for ‘Brights’, these are the colours which are the antithesis of neutral and dark – but how to interpret them in 2016?

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