The design of the Mad Men rug is edgy, abstract like a work of art and the colours are a soft, moody black with a sophisticated copper.
Mustard and yellow have been around now for a while but there still is no sign of them going out of fashion any time soon. It's such a timeless, sophisticated combination. The grey is the new 'neutral', while the yellow perks things up a bit. Grey and mustard yellow mix well with black & white, … Continue reading Shop the trend: grey and mustard (and a bit of velvet too)
Last year I had the pleasure of designing a living room for a lovely couple in Aberdeen. Typical Victorian granite property, high ceilings, fire place and a large front window. They loved dark moody colours for their home interior and the dining room was decorated in a beautiful deep blue.
I am quite drawn to pink this year, probably because it has made a bit of a comeback in the world of interiors. It is surprising how good it looks; soft, sophisticated and still giving a space a lot of personality. I also came across this amazing stair runner made out of (pink!) kilim rugs.
Do you hang out at Pinterest a lot, pinning images of beautiful, eclectic rooms and wondering if you are ever going to be able to recreate something similar? Where do people find all these perfect vintage pieces of furniture and objects? How do they put it all together?
You want to throw all the toys out of the window you say? Momma, I hear you. I remember the days, before having kids, when my husband and I would look at each other in horror after visiting a bomb site at a friend's house. "I can't believe the state of their house. Honestly, the amount of plastic toys...surely they could tidy up, right? If we ever have a family, I will never have so much junk." *laughs hysterically*
If you have ever visited markets abroad, especially with a strong folklore tradition, you know you're likely to find some gorgeous woven or embroidered textiles. Rugs, blankets, stacks of fabric. I have come back with suitcases full, from the souks in Marrakesh and the markets in Ecuador. You can often get carried away, blinded by the bold colours and beautiful patterns. Once home, you end up wondering what to do with all that fabric. Mine ended up neatly folded away in the wardrobe for years waiting patiently to be put to use. Sounds familiar?
When choosing a kitchen, most people nowadays will play safe and buy a white one. Bright white, off white or cream. Either sleek and contemporary or a shaker style to create a more traditional look. But how about stepping away from the white and throwing in some colour? A wall in a bright colour, a bright yellow vintage cabinet, colourful mosaic tiles or a mixed bag of old painted chairs.
Oh, I can drool over pictures of bathrooms on Pinterest, as I'm sure many of you do as well. We had our own bathroom redone two years ago and we went for something quite simple and timeless ourselves. Still, I can't help going Oh! and Ah! when flicking though images of bathrooms with a lot … Continue reading Eclectic bathrooms: blue mosaic tiling, copper pipes and vintage accessories
Design project I recently had the great opportunity to work with some lovely clients in Aberdeen, who asked me for help with the redesign of their living room in a ground floor Victorian apartment in the city centre. A beautiful living room is must be said; with the characteristic high ceilings, giant window, wooden floor … Continue reading Interior design inspiration for dark walls and drama in your living room