Lately I’ve been thinking about the relationship between old and new furniture. I used to think that the way to create a beautiful interior scheme was to start with an empty room, spend large sums of money, buy everything shiny and new and voila – a beautifully stylish interior.
Now it could be because I’m getting older or the influence of being in a country that has so many historic sites and buildings but I have slowly grown to love beautifully aged and distressed pieces of furniture.
I recently visited a local garden centre. My eye was immediately drawn to an old rusted table that was sitting in the rain. It had aged and oxidised to the point where the surface was no longer smooth and shiny, but textured, rough and lumpy. The legs which would have once been considered ornate had rusted over into a wonderful copper colour. There was something magical about that little round zinc topped table and it took a lot of will for me not to take it home. I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
So it got me asking the question, how can I incorporate old furniture with new? I think that the trick is to make it the star of your scheme. Embrace that it is aged and sit it alongside something very clean and contemporary so that it stands out. Another option is to re-use it for another purpose, for example if it was a cabinet, use it as a closet instead. Think outside of the box. Here is some inspiration…
The examples show that an old distressed item can sit quite happily within a contemporary setting. Do you have any aged items of furniture in your home? Do you like to mix old and new furniture in your scheme? I’d love to know. Till next time. xD
Image Source: Title: Richard Powers Photography , 1 – Design Sponge, 2 – Casadecor.es via Crazy Mary Revista, 3 – Remodelista, 4 – Design Sponge
Good morning, just a quick note to inform the winners of the Seal Design Studio prints. I took all the names from the comments list and put them through the random.org lists generator and took the top 4 names that came out.
The winners are:
- Geraldine from Little Big Bell
- Lauren Kellim from Girl and the Abode
- Interior Designers in Orange County
Congratulations, I will be in touch with each of you to get details of where to send the prints.
Thanks to everyone for entering! If you didn’t win, you can still order the lovely prints for a very good price from Seal Design Studio’s Etsy Shop here.
Special Thanks to Leon and May for generously providing the prints for the giveaway.
Till next time. xD
I was very excited to have recently attended an evening talk at the Victoria and Albert Museum with one of the UK’s best-known Interior Designers Tricia Guild. She is the founder and Creative Director of Designers Guild and is known world wide for her bold and colourful fabric and wallpaper collections as well as a large range of home interior products.
Tricia Guild started Designers Guild in 1970, when as a decorator was unable to find any fabrics that suited her purpose so created her own instead. Since then, Designers Guild is a world wide leading brand and Tricia has been awarded many accolades including an OBE. To add to this impressive list, she has written fifteen books. That’s right one, five!
She is truly an inspiration to anyone in the design profession and here are some notes I took from the evening which was a conversation about Colour and her new book titled Colour Deconstructed. She was interviewed by Susan Crewe, Editor of House and Garden Magazine.
- Though her designs are colourful, the colours are always mixed in with a neutral base like black or white.
- When creating an interior, play with the scale of the prints and patterns, ie mix large prints with small to create contrast.
- Texture is very important with choosing a fabric.
- When deciding on what colour you want in your home, create your own mood boards.
- Educate yourself about your own colour sense, every one has a different idea on what colours respond to them.
- Linen and Velvet are an unlikely but brilliant fabric combinations.
- When designing a scheme, choose a dominating neutral colour and then accessorise with pops of bold colour.
- White is probably the most difficult colour to use in an interior because there are so many different shades of white, so be careful.
- Go with one thing that you like such as a fabric or pattern and use that as a starting point to the design of your interior. Then take the colours and shapes and work that into other aspects of the scheme.
- Interior Design is all about the feeling, it’s not prescriptive, I don’t follow rules.
Tricia Guild is clearly passionate about colour and pattern. It was interesting to hear that all of the patterns designed in her studio are hand drawn or painted first before they are replicated and that a lot of her inspiration is taken from photographs that she has taken over the years during her travels as well as nature (she’s a keen gardener).
I have to admit that some of her work is a little on the flowery side for me personally, but I can appreciate the talent and the beauty of her designs and patterns. While having a look through her design portfolio however, I was drawn especially to her Ombre wallpaper which is part of the Saraille Collection which is also featured in her new book.
What is your take on colour in an interior? Do you go bold and like it bright, or are you inclined towards a more understated palette in your home? I’d love to know.
Be sure to tune in on Saturday where I will announce the winners of the Seal Design Studio prints give away. Till next time. xD
Image source: Designers Guild Blog
I’m in the process of re-designing the layout of an Open Plan kitchen for a new client which is very exciting. I promise to reveal more of this in time. As a result, I have been working on getting some “blue” inspiration as my client has a rather lovely blue wall that they would like to keep.
During my research, I came across this industrial looking study nook. Though at first it may seem like a desk has been plonked into a rather small area, the design of the space has utilised some clever techniques that are commonly used in small spaces. I’ve highlighted these below:
I love this image because it just goes to show that even the smallest corner of your home can be utilised to great affect. Of course, I was also drawn to the industrial style lighting and vintage furniture which in my mind make a magical combination. What do you think?
If you haven’t already, there is still time to enter the competition to win one of four fabulous prints from Seal Design Studio. Just comment on the post to enter here. The winners will be revealed on Saturday 30th November. Till next time. xD
Image Source: SFGirlbyBay.com
I was asked the other day about the idea of utilising outdoor furniture inside. A friend of mine was toying with the idea of buying a sofa that she could take outside during the Summer months and then bring back into her open plan kitchen to use during Winter.
Since she has a very Eclectic style interior in her home, I thought it was a great idea and decided to do some research to give her some inspiration and idea’s.
What do you think about Wicker furniture indoors? I’d love to know. I hope your week is going well. Till next time. xD
Image Source: Top – Femina.dk, 1 – Sketch London, 2 – LivingAgency.com, 3 – Unknown, 4 – BohoGlamour.com
I hope you are having a lovely weekend. I have a special treat for you today. When I was in the process of designing Little J’s room, I came across a lovely shop on Etsy called Seal Design Studio.
Leon and May sell the most lovely modern design prints from their studio based in Sydney, Australia. I immediately fell for their Star Wars inspired retro prints and ordered some for Little J’s room as pictured in the post here.
I’ve been wanting to giveaway something to my lovely readers to date, so when I asked them for an extra print, they didn’t send just one but four! So you have four chances to win one of the four prints below.
All you have to do is write a comment at the end of this post and tell me where you would imagine the print would go in your home. I’ll then put all your names in random.org to choose the 4 winners. This giveaway is open world wide so anyone anywhere in the world can enter.
You have until Friday 29th November to enter and the winners will be announced on Saturday 30th November so that I can send them to you hopefully just in time for Christmas!
So get commenting and Good Luck! xD
Please note: the giveaway is for the prints only – frames in the images above are not included.
Image source: Seal Design Studio
It has been dreadful weather of late. Grey, wet and gloomy outside, so I decided rather than spend another day with LIttle J parked in front of the TV (which I hate doing but sometimes you just run out of ideas), that we’d take the opportunity to clean up his bedroom and take some pictures of it.
When little J grew out of his old cot back in July, I decided to take the opportunity a give his room a makeover. I’m not going to show you a before picture as it was just a white room before with a cot bed and nappy change table. That’s it.
When I asked little J what he wanted his room to be like, he immediately said “Space and rockets” and as he also loves Star Wars, I went with it. Here are some snippets of his room.
Some tips for designing a kids bedroom are:
- Keep the big ticket items such as the wall, floor & large pieces of furniture neutral so that you only need to change the accessories as they grow older.
- When designing the layout of the room, think with longevity in mind, will you have to eventually put in a desk? Will you eventually need to change the bed?
- When using frames, think about weight. Try not to use glass as they can break and cause injury. I have used light weight frames made out of light wood and plastic so if it falls, it won’t cause any harm.
- Utilise old toys to create displays in the room.
- Don’t be too precious about anything, it’s their room after all.
I hope you enjoy the rest of the week. xD
Photography: Doris Lee