Aug 31

Copycat room


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One of my favourite rooms was featured in Elle Decor’s spread on Keri Russell’s home:

Isn’t it great? Very laid-back and natural but elegant too. And lots of neutrals, which is carried through the rest of the home:

So I was looking at this room tonight and thinking that (aside from the incredible fireplace, windows and cornices), it wouldn’t be too hard to re-create, or at least borrow from..here it is again:

If I were ‘borrowing’ this look for myself I probably wouldn’t do the shaggy flokati rug, they are cosy to walk and lie on but there’s something about them I don’t love. I think it’s mainly the idea of not being able to vacuum out all the unseen dust and dirt – yes, I can be a little obsessive in this area! So, I’d probably replace it with this from Madeline Weinrib:

or maybe one of my old favourites:

As for the chairs, there are a million gorgeous natural linen armchairs out there! I like this one because of the slipcovers (cleaning again!).

But this one is good too for a slightly more structured, masculine look:Then, the buttoned ottoman:

For the side table I’d either use this sleeker version of the timber box:

Or one of my favourite tables, incorporating a little rusticity, a little masculinity, a little geometry, and lots of airiness.

I’d have to look harder to find the light in the original room,  but this is a pretty good substitute (we used it in a client’s house and it’s even better in person- real ‘wow’ factor!):

Then a gold round mirror for above the fireplace (again, a million options!):

Finally, there’s the accessories: the potted tree, the flowers, books, fan coral and fur throw. All the fun stuff!

 

Aug 19

Living room in greys and blues


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I love this beautiful Hamptons-inspired living room. The shades of grey with powder blue and pale lavender are gorgeous, and I love all the natural light and the beachy white tongue and groove panelled walls. But the best part has got to be the herringbone brick floors paired with the casual-but-stylish sisal rug. If I could build my dream home my double-height living room would have windows and floors like this!

Aug 15

Cozy dark neutrals


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I am a big fan of dark-walled rooms. Especially for tv rooms and studies. And bedrooms. I think dark walls can help to make white or light coloured furniture and architectural details look so much better. Don’t these rooms give you that feeling of being enveloped?

 

White is usually the preferred wall colour in open-plan kitchen/living rooms just because there are so many walls to cover, and if you don’t like the darker colour it’s a hard mistake to reverse. But I love this room (above)! The dark grey/brown walls combined with the lighting, tall windows with sheers curtains, dark floors and accents of chrome make it really glamorous and sophisticated.

 

Darker textured wallpaper can have a similar effect (above). I think the white sofa and black side tables look so much better against the darker seagrass wallpaper than they would against plain white. It also helps to tie the cushions and the artwork together, creating a sort of textured, natural theme.

 

This moody dark brown is perfect for an elegant formal living room (above).

There is nothing more appealing in a house in my book than internal views through rooms to spaces beyond. The dark grey bookshelves in the distance make a beautiful focal point at the end of this hallway (above).

I’ve had this dining room saved for quite awhile- the style might be a little too ‘country’ for my tastes, but I just love the wall colour paired with linen upholstery and the timbers in this room. And I love round dining tables – so much friendlier than rectangular ones!

Jul 18

My favourite room of the moment


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I am a little bit obsessed with this living room at the moment, it’s definitely a favourite for me. That dark blue grey is my colour from way back, and I love that light fitting! Also love that sculptural potted tree, it just brings the whole room to life..

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