Have you noticed how the idea of a ‘soiree‘ or ‘salon‘ has been emerging as a way of bringing together like-minded people in the worlds of art and interiors? Talks by specialists, dinners with gorgeous ‘grammable’ tablescapes all put together with small groups of people who are, of course, networking – albeit in a much more subtle way. I have to say I didn’t hesitate when PR Georgie Pridden invited me along to meet a group of extremely interesting guests for a Midsummer Night’s supper in June. As a special one-off for Georgie, the venue for the evening was Howe’s achingly stylish showroom in London.
As a stylist/journalist I am often asked what I think the latest trends might be. At any one time, there are inevitably more than just one but there are sometimes a few trends which stand out more than others. Whilst I don’t personally adhere to every one, I do get a thrill when something comes along that has a meaningful design ethos, such as the current Arts & Crafts interiors and fashion trend. This is set to be fuelled by a large retrospective of Edward Burne-Jones at Tate Modern in October.
If you aren’t one of her followers on Instagram, then there is every chance that you won’t have heard of artist and decorative painter, Flora Roberts. For fans of surface pattern, Flora is the artist behind many highly successful floral wallpaper and fabric designs for companies such as Lewis & Wood.
Before you throw another log on the fire (I jest – as I am hoping the weather is now firmly Summer-bound!) the worlds of UK interior design and publishing have everything you need to bring the turquoise shores and warmth of Mediterranean sun into your home. No passport required, no need to practise your Brexit queuing techniques at immigration…
It may be the smallest room in the house, but the ‘powder room’ (as it’s sometimes more glamorously known in the US) is becoming the focus for a bit of serious interior design attention. Brits have long been known for a bit of humour when decorating a cloakroom or loo be it with quirky family photos, cartoons or with trophies of sporting triumphs. Now designers on both sides of the Atlantic are going all out with maximalist decorating schemes.
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Back in the embryonic days of the blog (all of two years ago!) pale pink was one of the first posts I wrote about. It’s not quite bordering on a sugar plum fairy complex … but I am a bit of a pink fan – particularly when it comes to decorating. I returned to the colour again last summer with a post on Indigo and Blush so you can imagine my excitement at recent London Design Week shows to see more interior and fashion designs emerging for 2018. Continue reading “Pink blush interiors”
These are exciting times for small businesses because with the advent of Instagram, many people can now control their own advertising/marketing campaigns (on an hour by hour basis if they so wish!) as well as use it as a selling platform for their fledgling lifestyle brands. One such person who is not only an inspiring new fabric and wallpaper designer but extremely adept at social media and new marketing ideas is Northumberland designer Charlotte Gaisford.
If you are unsure about decorating with Monochrome in your home, frightened perhaps that it could look too stark or too gloomy, remember it’s really just about getting the colour percentages right and adding a little texture. Think about the success of Chanel, Jo Malone and The White Company branding and you can’t go too far wrong. You may remember that I wrote about Monochrome last Summer – Style It Dark For Summer – but my love of it has recently been stoked again.
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There is a bit of a 30s thing going on, not just because of Kenneth Branagh’s new film adaptation of Murder On the Orient Express. My green theme blog last year was about the trend for dark forest greens in fashion and home. Eighteen months on, it has now morphed into what I can only describe as 20s and 30s in hue – more moss than forest green. This flatter green is being showcased in both sophisticated Art Deco schemes (such as at Turnell & Gigon’s pop-up showroom at Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour) as well as in its more homely and organic roots from the interwar years.
Where has bobbin furniture been all my life?! Although it has been creeping up on my ‘interiors awareness radar’ for a while, it isn’t a style of furniture which has been much celebrated or talked about in recent times. Maybe it doesn’t appeal to everyone and has been regarded as ‘country’ furniture – not worthy of merit. I suspect that it has also been one of the many forgotten about but actually rather gorgeous chair designs (mainly dark wood) which languish in antique shops up and down the country.