Colour me happy


Apologies for the lack of posts lately but I have been flat out! The grey weather has made me crave some cheerful colour so here are some inspirational interiors that I like to think I might have dreamed up myself…

Love the huge yellow painting in this incredible home office, which completely brings the room to life. The juxtaposition of the beautiful ceiling and doors against the clean lines of the furniture and the bright pop of colour in the painting is just stunning.

Dusty pink, blue and gold are my all time favourite hues so this space totally does it for me in every way. So gorgeous and glam… Just how I like it.

Most of us paint our ceilings white but using a colour is a clever design trick that really works, as beautifully illustrated here. I’ve also worked with an interior where the ceiling was a beautiful pale blue, which was subtle and incredibly elegant.

Now please bring us some sunshine!

All that glitters


All images from US Elle Decor or UK Elle Decoration.

Cocktail glasses by Marcel Wander for Marks and Spencer

Ritz cutlery by Zara Home

Bedside cabinet by Graham & Green

Mirror by Graham & Green

Whether you like a bit of bling at breakfast or bedtime, introducing a touch of gold to your interior can really create a feeling of glamour and luxury. Gold is the perfect companion to cool blues or greens and looks beautiful when contrasted with tactile linens, natural woods or rough plaster. With Christmas fast approaching, you really have no excuse.

Blues


Today it’s pouring with rain in London, despite it being the height of summer. No change there then! Despite the general consensus that rainy days are depressing, I find that they always make me feel calm, relaxed and more clear in my thinking. The rain pouring down overhead and the slow descent of raindrops down the window panes can bring on a reflective mood. Surprisingly, rather than longing for bright, vivid colours I often feel most relaxed and happy on these days surrounded by the peaceful tones of blues. I’ve been thinking a lot about redecorating our home lately and one of the colours I’ve constantly been drawn to is blue. I’m particularly longing for a blue velvet sofa… Here are a few of my favourite images I’ve collected as inspiration for a blue interior.

Image via Elle Decor.

One of my favourite colour combinations is warm grey with cool blue, shown beautifully in this room designed by Thomas Obrien in New York. Brought to life by gold accents such as beautiful crystal wall lights or a fabulous antique mirror, this colour combination works particularly well with antique gold accessories as shown here… So classic and elegant. I love it.

Image via Solid Frog.

This room uses the warm grey and cool blue combination again, but this time with mid century modern furniture – another love of mine – and industrial materials against wool, wood and velvet to ensure that there are plenty of interesting textures.

Image via Elle Decor.

The focus in this room is the blue painting while the rest of the decor is neutral, but the blue is picked up as an accent colour by the blue velvet cushions, the patterned textiles and the blue coffee table book. Here again, there are some glamorous gold touches – the colour scheme in this room, designed by Benjamin Dhong, is all about the styling.

This last image just goes to show that a little bit of colour can go a long way so if you don’t feel like decorating your whole home in blue (or any other colour) simply adding a vibrant and beautiful object can completely transform a space.

And finally, perhaps my search for the perfect blue velvet sofa is over? The Ackroyd sofa, designed by Sir Terence Conran, will be available at Marks and Spencer from mid September as part of his new range for the British store. Definitely worth checking out.

Blue


Here are some of my latest images, styled by me and photographed by the wonderful Ingrid Rasmussen. I’m lucky to work with such a great photographer and I love working with Ingrid. These images were shot as part of a series we did while working together in France last week. I hope you like them.

All images copyright.

Shades of grey in Loches, France


I took these photographs in the small town of Loches in central France, while taking a break from our latest project. I’d been researching colours for shutters and exterior woodwork and was captivated by the beautiful shade of palest grey used on these shutters, gates and doors. What was magical was that most of the houses in the town had painted their shutters and woodwork the same or a similar colour, creating unity and a sense of peace and harmony.