When my husband and I moved in together we did that hapless thing of taking two people’s worth of possessions and plonked them altogether in a house. It doesn’t make for the most cohesive interior design, let me tell you! Over the years, I’m slowly whittling away at what we have and replacing with what I’d rather have – hence jumping at the chance to curate an edit for the lovely people at Houseology – but I’m still a while away from my vision of a chic, minimal home with splashes of curated colour!
Which is why starting with a clean slate is an absolute dream and something we’ve been lucky enough to do with an old farmhouse we’re doing up in Portugal. Although styling a holiday home is slightly different to a London Victorian terrace, the lessons I’ve learnt are ones that I would apply in both. And I think that’s more to do with refining my taste and how I like a home to look – here are my top tips.
01. Build a room around a carpet! Might sound crazy I know, but the right carpet on floorboards or tiles can make such an impact and really set the tone for a living room or kitchen. I’m really loving textured neutral carpets like this shagpile PR Home Flock rug right now.
02. Layer up lighting with side lamps and floor lamps. I am not a big fan of overhead lighting – the wrong kind can might me feel uncomfortable and stressed. So I love mixing up lower levels with industrial style table and floor lamps; this Lene Bjerre table lamp is gorgeous. Create space for these pieces, so you don’t end up with a cluttered look.
03. Of course a room should be full of useful objects, but it doesn’t mean they can’t be pretty and decorative at the same time. I’m such a sucker for baskets which can have multiple purposes – laundry and wood baskets as well as storing beauty products, magazines, toys, shoes and books. This matching set of three by Lenne Bjerre is perfect for scattering round the house.
04. Tying the style of a room and house together is something that can be easily done by clever use of colour. Decide on your palette – my ideal is a light base (eg. light-coloured or white floorboards and big furniture pieces), copper mid-tones, ideal for eye-catching kitchen accessories and lighting – love these Tom Dixon bowls – and accents of pink, yellow and green for cushions, throws and art.
05. And lastly, mirrors. I love how other worldly mirrors in unexpected places are and how wonderfully transformative of a space an unusual piece of glass can be – I can’t take my eyes of this industrial style zinc one by Andrew Martin. Experiment! The right positioning can be elegant and beautifully decorative.
With thanks to Julia Rebaudo, Stylonylon