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Trend Report: Autumnal Reds In Interiors

As I sit at my table writing this post I am looking out of the window onto my sunlit garden but you can tell that autumn is well and truly here now. At the back of the garden I can see my neighbours’ tree covered in beautiful bright red and orangey leaves. When my interior magazines arrived at the beginning of the month I noticed that these autumnal colours are reflected in interiors this season. Just look at the covers of Elle Decoration. 

Favourite Rooms

After quite a long break with no posts – had a busy time and a lot on my mind, I decided to break the silence with another of my favourite interiors. This one was chosen for it’s cosy warm relaxed feel – just the kind of place you want to be in and read magazines when it’s cold outside. And the Eames chair is one of my favourite design classics.

Dulwich Midcentury Modern Show

Today I decided to treat myself to a trip to Midcentury Modern Show in Dulwich – a regular show held in Dulwich college that brings together major vintage retailers as well contemporary up and coming talents. I have been a regular to this show for a few years now and it’s always a very nice experience. If you love Scandinavian or American modernism, Bauhaus or Industrial design this is a great place to shop or get inspiration. This is what modern shows website says: “Find everything for the eclectic home at this much-loved one day show from an original Cherner chair to a contemporary piece from a hot young British designer. Source the latest furniture, wallpaper, ceramics, cushions and gifts upstairs after you have scoured the most collectable vintage furniture and home ephemera on the planet downstairs. Collectors on the hunt for even more mid-century furniture, ceramics, fabrics, art and glass can take a walk to the South Cloister, Lower Hall and North Cloister where 40 more dealers are situated. Midcentury Modern and The Midcentury Show …

Studio Dimore

I’ve decided over the next few weeks to do some posts with the a few interiors that I find most inspiring. This one immediately comes to mind as one of my absolute favorites. I love the light, candles, table, grand but shabby surroundings and colours. This exudes calm sophisticated simplicity, it looks timeless. But I am actually not sure that this is a real room. It could be a promotional image for an Italian furniture maker and interior designers – Studio Dimore. Over the past few months I have been pinning lots of images that U loved to realise later that so many of them are works of Studio Dimore. Here is some brief information on what they are that I’ve taken from their website: “Dimore Studio was founded by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran out of an explicit need to create a more sophisticated identity, primarily for those wishing to distinguish themselves by crossing over boundaries momentarily en vogue. By avoiding the use of superfluous or provocative forms we are able to create an …

Incredible Tiles

Sorry there were no posts from me for a while. Last week I have come back from a slightly extended holiday. Having no job to go back to can sometimes have its’ advantages! I am still trying to get on top of all the housework and piles of washing so this is a short post for now. Just want to share a couple of images that cought my eye the other day. These are tiles by late French ceramic artist Marguerite ‘Guidette’ Carbonnell (1910 – 2008). Pictures were taken at her home. Amazing individuality!  

A Day at Petersham Nurseries and Eel Pie Island

The weather was very uncertain today and in the morning it was beginning to rain so we were deliberating whether it was a good day for a river walk and part of us wanted to curl up at home in front of TV and get depressed but today was one of the very few opportunities to visit Eel Pie Island and a chance to combine it with a visit to Petersham Nurseries.    I am glad we didn’t give up. I have heard about Petersham nurseries before but have recently read about it’s history in London for Lovers book (a lovely little guide to romantic days out in London that I recently bought as a Valentine’s gift for my husband, at least that’s how I justified it, as I really wanted to read it myself and it was surely worth it, lots of interesting facts, ideas and good writing style. Actually I found out about Eel Pie Island and the open days that were taking place this weekend in this book too). This made me …

Dark Walls

I have been gradually converting to the idea of dark walls thanks to influences of designers like Abigail Ahern and seeing lots of great examples on Pinterest and other inspirational websites. After living with white walls for quite a while I am getting tired of the same look and ready to be more adventurous. Dark walls make space look sophisticated, add glamour, individuality and character, pull different objects and accessories together and make you feel like you are in a boutique hotel or a club. It can work just as well with small spaces making them cosier and a lot more interesting. I have decided to select a few favourite images but as I was going through them I realised how many there are, all wonderful in their own way, so never mind that there are so many, it would be a shame to exclude some of them. Here is a feast for the eyes, most taken from Pinterest and you can recognise some of Abigail Ahern’s. As you can see dark can work everywhere, but particularly for me, if you …

Neoclassical Wall Mural

I have recently been noticing many interiors where a simple contemporary setting was combined with classical art. In this image the idea is taken to another level with a photo of a Pierre-Paul Prud’hon neoclassical painting blown up to mural-size. I absolutely love this! My fascination must be partially caused by rediscovering the art of Old Masters and particularly painters of Dutch Golden Age. What makes it work is the contrast between the classical image and contemporary interior. I generally like when an interior has influences from different periods, it makes space so much more interesting. In this particular image the interior itself isn’t really that contemporary but quite simple, uncluttered and the darkness of the wall mural contrasts well with the surrounding white walls. I can imagine this consept to work just as well in combination with contemporary or mid century modern furniture and accessories, like in the image below that I absolutely adore. Love the painting and the way it’s matched so well by the chair and minimalist accessories . And one more …

Favourite Designer of the Moment: Abigail Ahern

I have discovered Abigail Ahern quite recently and now I am completely obsessed with her glamorous decoration style. I have lived with white walls for suite some time and although my interior isn’t minimalist I can see now that there could be more to it. I have an urge to create something maybe a bit more grown up, and try to add more glamour. And I too am now tempted by the darker more seductive and opulent interiors: dark grey walls, a few splashes of colour and lots of accessories! I am not quite ready to repaint my walls Down Pipe, one of reasons it being quite a lot of work and I am lazy and also I probably wouldn’t be allowed, but maybe one corner, one wall is the way to start experimenting, trying out something new, getting ready fo bigger projects in antisipation of the next move. And that’s exactly what Abigail’s work – her blog, her new book inspires you to do, to be braver, to be more creative, and as she …