House tour: Vintage Barn Interiors

It is just a small personal theory of mine that the roots to the careers we desire are often to be found in childhood. However, for various reasons people don’t always get an opportunity to go straight into the career of their dreams. It can take many years to find an ‘in’ and fulfil that thing – whatever that ‘thing’ is. Tracy Head, co-owner of Vintage Barn Interiors, has always loved interiors. Before having children, Tracy worked in banking and her first foray into the world of interiors was at the plucky age of 12 when she wallpapered her mother’s bedroom.  Continue reading “House tour: Vintage Barn Interiors”

Scottish style

It’s that time of year again, when many Scots and expats around the world celebrate Burns Night (Wednesday, 25th January). I just can’t help but revisit (please see my post from Scottish Style 2016) some traditional and also not quite so traditional Scottish Style interior design and fashion.

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Frost Fare – Interior decorating with White

While friends in the North of England and Scotland have already had their first snowfall of the year, in Berkshire we awoke to the work of Jack Frost yesterday. The light had that twinkly, bluey tinge and every surface in the garden was covered with tiny white light reflecting crystals. I don’t know if it is the same for you, but this awakens all sorts of childhood images and fairy tales in my mind from the snow laden forests of the Snow Queen’s Palace in Narnia to the breathtaking scenes of Russia in David Lean’s film masterpiece, Dr Zhivago. The idea of the 17th – 19th Century Frost Fairs that took place on the frozen Thames in London has always captured my imagination too.

imFrost covered plant pots, Photo: Charis Whiteage
Frost covered plant pots, Photo: Charis White

Winter Solstice

With just over a month until the Winter Solstice, when the days shorten and we are in much need of light, I am in the mood for some inspiring crisp white interiors. Some might instinctively wish to cosy up their homes with a pot of Farrow & Ball’s ‘Rectory Red’,  a forest green or midnight blue, but I like to take inspiration from Swedish interiors who use plenty of white and light with a touch of evergreen foliage to decorate their homes.

White pannelled halway with Swedish Style staircase, courtesy of Light Locations
White panelled hallway with Swedish Style staircase, courtesy of Light Locations
White sitting room, courtesy of Light Locations
White sitting room, courtesy of Light Locations

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Laundry room, courtesy of Light Locations
Laundry room, courtesy of Light Locations

Pure White

Scandinavian simplicity was the inspiration for these panelled baby and toddler rooms I styled for Mothercare.

White cot, Mothercare, styled by Charis White, Photography: Tim Burkitt
White cot, Mothercare, styled by Charis White, Photography: Tim Burkitt, Basement Photographic
Toddler bed, decorated with Scandinavian style by Charis White, photography: Tim Burkitt
Toddler bed, decorated with Scandinavian style by Charis White, photography: Tim Burkitt, Basement Photographic

The trick with white is to layer up and combine different textures from quilting, to knit, faux fur and linen. Look no further than The White Company or in fact John Lewis’ Croft Range. Add in some neutral colours, such as greys and taupes, and finish off with lots of twinkly fairy lights, tealights in vintage French jam jars and plenty of evergreen foliage. Wooden furniture adds in another texture too.

Winter Wonderland

On one of the hottest days this Summer, I styled some images for the sofa company Dfs. The theme was white decorating ideas for Christmas and we were featuring their new Marl Mid Century style sofa by French Connection. I used some vintage white leather skates and a bunch of fresh Eucalyptus (the scent and longevity of its freshness at Christmas is nice to have in the house) and hung fairy lights and paper stars from a fallen branch from my garden.

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Ice skates and Eucalyptus, styled by Charis White, Photography Dan Annett for Dfs
Snow on branches
Photo by Charis White

Sofa fit for a Snow Queen

Scandinavian style sitting room for DFs, styled by Charis White, Photography, Dan Annett
DFS sofa, styled by Charis White 2016, Photography: Dan Annett
imageChristmas table styled by Charis White, Photography: Dan Annett for Dfs, 2016
Christmas table styled by Charis White, Photography: Dan Annett for Dfs, 2016

Get your skates on

If you love the thrill of skating outdoors, the UK now proudly boasts some fantastic venues around the country. Check out the nearest one to you in this round-up by The Daily Telegraph. 

Somerset House Ice skating, courtesy of Time Out/Pinterest
Somerset House Ice skating, courtesy of Time Out/Pinterest

Snow White interiors

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WIN a glamorous luxury silk sleep mask by Counting Lambs! … zzzzzZZZZ

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Calling all Sleeping Beauties …

You may have read my latest post Sleeping Beautifully – How to style your bedroom this Autumn for the best night’s sleep ever zzzzzZZZZ and now a treat is in store as Counting Lambs have very kindly offered one lucky reader of the blog the opportunity to win a luxury silk eye mask with hand painted horse design which retails at £108  …

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How to style your bedroom for the best night’s sleep ever

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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House and garden tour: Indigo Rye owner Karen Kennedy’s Oxfordshire home

Well before the UK design community had reconsidered Moroccan pattern and encaustic tiles as desirable for the home, Karen Kennedy, owner of Indigo Rye had them up as the surround to her reception desk in her hairdressing salon. Hanging above the desk are a couple of punched metal Moroccan pendent lights from Liberty. Not only that, but Niki-Jones home cushions sit on window seats either side of the front door to the salon and literally scream ‘come inside’ to the passers by of Berkshire and Oxfordshire. At least they do to those of us sensitive to exquisite decorative home accessories … !

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Outdoor entertaining

When we bought our tired 1930s house I knew it had potential and it came with quite a sizeable established garden, a converted garage, a very useful but slightly ugly pebble dashed workshop and … ahem … an outside bar …

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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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Styling the perfect drinks cabinet

What does an image of a ‘drinks cabinet or trolley’ say to you?  Do you perhaps cringe at the thought of 1950s boat-shaped drinks cabinets (complete with porthole windows and bar) that were too large for the domestic spaces they inhabited? Or do you rejoice because these ‘bars’ were a light-hearted way of showing the fact you were partial to a bit of a party?!

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Bucklebury Trading’s The Corner Shop

 

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The Corner Shop, Woolhampton: Photography, by IPhone, http://www.chariswhite.com

How do you create a successful lifestyle boutique which is both inspirational and financially viable? Do you begin with an online business first and then, when you know it is going well open a shop, or do you open the shop first and let the online business follow?  Continue reading “Bucklebury Trading’s The Corner Shop”