Monochrome Interiors

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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Coldharbour Lights

During these late January days when daylight is still in short supply, it seems more than a little appropriate to share a great lighting idea.  Coldharbour Lights‘ theatrical feathered bicycle wheel chandeliers are where Art Deco design meets Baz Luhrmann with just a dash of Boho chic. The perfect concoction perhaps to spice up the darker days of midwinter?

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Interview: BBC1’s Howards End set decorator, Tanya Bowd

Sunday night rituals in the winter for me entail putting the fire on and settling in to watch the season’s best period drama. I was so excited and, if I am honest, a little worried that I would be disappointed with the current BBC 1 TV serialisation of Howards End. Continue reading “Interview: BBC1’s Howards End set decorator, Tanya Bowd”

Clinique at home with Jonathan Adler

Seventies glam interior style or as Jonathan Adler calls it – Modern American Glamour – is something I know a little bit about. I grew up in Elstree, Hertfordshire which has one of the UK’s largest film studios. The leafier lanes of Elstree village were also home to celebrities such as Simon Cowell, Pete King (business partner of Ronnie Scott’s jazz club), Joan Collins and other visiting stars who were filming at the studios. Continue reading “Clinique at home with Jonathan Adler”

British Design Edit: Vanessa Hogge

For the second of my British Design Edit posts, I am thrilled to have been given a blog ‘worldwide exclusive’ interview by British porcelain ceramicist Vanessa Hogge. There are two reasons: one is that I love her work but the second is that I believe that very shortly Vanessa will be feted in every blog, newspaper and magazine in the land for her extraordinary work. Gardeners and painters who portray flowers such as Georgia O’Keeffe, Frida Kahlo and Marianne North have all been inspirational to Vanessa’s work.

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‘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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