If you want to experience a cross between a magical midsummer night’s dream whilst entering the secret walled garden of a genteel country house (one whose Victorian glass house has charmingly ‘seen better days’) – then Richmond’s Petersham Nurseries is the place for you!
If only it were as simple to change your interior decoration as it is your clothes. If it were, exploring the depths of Indigo blues would be high on my decorating agenda this summer. The trend for Indigo blues has been simmering away for a few years in the UK. For holiday homes in the Hamptons, Scandinavia and in parts of the Greek Islands, it never really disappears. Blues are sometimes accused of being cold, but there is nothing icy or ‘blue’ about Indigo. It is velvety warm at its deepest hue and can be as smart, boho or as classically pretty as you wish it to be.
I have inherited a rather pronounced ‘hunter gathering’ gene which in plain English means that I like to shop – actually, really rather a lot! If you are a retail buyer or someone who frequents car boot sales or jumble sales or just generally enjoys this kind of ‘sport’ then you will know exactly where I am coming from …
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…
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 … !
As the seasons change, do your ideas on how you wish to decorate your home alter a little too? Do you adopt a bit of a squirrel mentality and find yourself stockpiling various homely items to line your nest for the winter months ahead? The Autumn/Winter ’16 interiors ‘Global Fusion’ trend is definitely one for those with strong hibernating instincts but also for those who want their home to reflect a little of far away places too…
What do you think the link is between this incredible cake and one of the most influential artistic dynasties of the last 100 years? Designers are often multi-talented, turning from one discipline to another, but this cake design not only took my breath away because of its lifelike cactus decoration but because it was created by British designer Cressida Bell.
If pushing the boundaries is your thing and having a decorating scheme that makes your heart skip a beat every time you walk in a room, then this one could be one for you. ‘Modern Glam’ certainly has the ‘It Factor’ and cries out to be noticed.
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?!
As London’s Chelsea Design Week comes to a close this weekend, I am opening my stylist’s notebook (a closely guarded document – mined with more tripwires than the vaults at ‘The River House’ – aka MI6!) to share some of the beautiful designs showcased for 2016.