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3Aug

From Our Colour Box: Whisky

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In this week’s colour hunting expedition we focus our eyes on Whisky; which is always better aged! You will find whisky amongst other seafaring hues in my palette Tradewinds which can be found in my book Etcetera etc: Creating beautiful interiors with the things you love.

Tradewinds reflects my fascination with all things maritime, from the ocean-going explorers of the 18th & 19th centuries to the pirates to mythological sea creatures of storybooks. Whisky is the drink of choice for seafaring folk: the hue reflects this rich & smoky spirit. It is however soft & milky in appearance, reflecting the calm side of the Tradewinds palette.

Think sailors & sea shanties, beautiful aged barrels filled with home brewed whisky, rope lined canvas sails,  paper many-times read full of sweet whispers sent in bottles.

Whisky works with any of my foundation colours & perfectly amongst any of the Tradewinds hues. If you are going for a more moody interior mix Whisky with Dark&Stormy or Tattoo.

For a softer effect, splash Anchorage or Seaglass around your room.

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1Aug

The Alphabet Of Arcane Trades: X is for…

X is for…

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Xylographer
Wooden stamps are one of the pieces that rank highly on my treasure hunt list. I love the look and feel of them and I’m always hard-pressed not to bring them home when I see them. Xylography was the earliest form of wood-block printing, though of images and not of words. The xylographer would carve the timber with an inverted view of what they were hoping for, as the element left protruding would be what marked the page. I love this idea that they would have to think in reverse – a skill that is perhaps rarely called on but impressive nonetheless. Seeing the world as it is and not even inverting it can be confusing enough, sometimes.

The Alphabet of Arcane Trades:
A is for…      B is for…
C is for…      D is for…
E is for…      F is for…
G is for…     H is for…
I is for…      J is for…
K is for…     L is for…
M is for…    N is for…
O is for…     P is for…
Q is for…     R is for…
S is for…      T is for…
U is for…     V is for…
W is for…

29Jul

Adding Unexpected Details To Your Interiors

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Though it may sound like an odd thing to say, I am a lover of fun. I have always found great joy in my job and have relished all the adventures I have had because of it. And hopefully you see that I aim to weave a sense of fun into venues I design or the pages of my books. I love a little jolt of surprise or cheeky detail. We can’t be all serious, and yes perhaps we want our homes to exude an air of grandeur, but you can’t help but feel a bit of childlike abandon when you spy a slightly tongue-in-cheek detail.

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And it’s not only you that should enjoy adding these unexpected details that make you smile. A laugh is even more fun when it’s shared, so weave in your sense of humour in a manner that might catch the eye of a friend or guest. Here you see a considered vignette, but look a little more closely and you might catch the porcelain doll standing to the wall as if in disgrace. A detail in a larger picture that demands a closer look.

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I love the way these moustached men have such presence and airs about them, but there’s just something slightly comical. While the colour palette they bring to this space is refined, they also add a smile-inducing detail, which also rethinks the “pride of place” status of the mantelpiece. Design trickery that does not take itself too seriously.

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The game can manifest in literal forms. I have long been collecting random gaming pieces (not whole sets), which come in handy while styling. Who doesn’t love a game? And if you can draw some of that thrill into your interiors, no matter how big or small, you can enjoy the sparkle of fun and share it with friends, too.

 

28Jul

The Stylist’s Guide to LA | HOTEL COVELL

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LA | STAY | HOTEL COVELL

Many of my travel destinations are determined by fabulous places to stay, and this was definitely one of them!

Eastside Establishment has a few hospitality offerings under their belt and designer, Sally Breer, has nailed this with a big dose of imagination & great taste at Hotel Covell!

The 5 room boutique experience offers a room for each chapter of fictional author, George Covell. Room 1 is George as a young struggling writer trying to make his mark in Oklahoma and progresses through to Room 5 where he’s an accomplished successful author in his stride in New York City!

The Society inc | Hotel Covell
The Society inc | Hotel Covell

I stayed in Room 4; I thought this point in his life, where he would be at & what he would be surrounding himself with, would suit me! This is the room which combines George’s collections from his New York days and a few pieces that he has picked up in his travels whilst visiting his lover in Paris.

Hotel Covell is not your run-of-the-mill hotel, firstly there is no concierge but willing, friendly staff who assist your every need from an office, open during office hours, which is the hub of other ventures as well. They are only ever a phone call away & you feel somewhat more connected due to this communication.

The Society inc | Hotel Covell
The Society inc | Hotel Covell
The Society inc | Hotel Covell

The room sizes are generous to say the least, more apartment than room with vintage furniture, knock-out wallpapers, upholstery, green claw footed tubs, a spare bedroom and records & players. When we arrived we cancelled all plans & just hung out & wished we had more friends to invite over to our new pad!

This is pure magic, fantasy and fabulous design.

Hotel Covell – @hotelcovell

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26Jul

Deconstructing a Still Life

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So often the beauty of an object resides from the process of its making. This could be the tightly woven strands of natural fibres stacked amongst an array of baskets, the uneven ridges of seagrass underfoot or the fine translucent nature of a hand loomed garment. The character defining uneven stitches on a leather-bound notebook or the raw hem on a length of salvaged cloth.

If you surround your spaces with objects with character & visible stories, you will never have unsightly storage boxes or organisational drawers to conceal. This still life shows an effortlessly romantic vignette of hand loomed baskets for storing prized garments.

The Bomba woven baskets in small, medium & large, Swarm Cushion – Gus, natural water hyacinth mat and soft lengths of cloth from Korea are all inspired choices to recreate this still life in any room.

Shop the look here.

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25Jul

The Alphabet Of Arcane Trades: W is for…

W is for…

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Wainwright
One of my favourite travel adventures would have to be spending the night in a Gypsy caravan in the Scottish highlands, so it goes without saying that I look into the little-known & rarely discussed history of the wainwright, or  wagon builder. Perhaps the original traders focused on one style of wagon – fairly run of the mill – that would take drivers and their cargo from point A to point B, but I would like to imagine that somewhere along the line, there were a couple of truly creative wagon builders who tinkered with the formula and tricked out their designs – I’m thinking hidden storage compartments, beautifully upholstered seats and intricate timber work on the side panels. Whether they fell into the former or latter camp, I love their focus on transportation, and you can imagine that you could say that these traders could be considered early inventors, making minor tweaks to their original wagon for speed, aesthetics or to optimise its design.

 

The Alphabet of Arcane Trades:
A is for…      B is for…
C is for…      D is for…
E is for…      F is for…
G is for…     H is for…
I is for…      J is for…
K is for…     L is for…
M is for…    N is for…
O is for…     P is for…
Q is for…     R is for…
S is for…      T is for…
U is for…     V is for…