Getting the entrance to your home just right, gives you not only a lovely feeling when you get home, it keeps you less stressed by being organised and it is always a great way to welcome visitors and perhaps show off a little!
Whether you have a small spot by the front door in an open plan living area, or a large entrance hallway – getting the basics right means any space can work for you. Before deciding on the cosmetics, get the practicalities fixed. Depending on your available space try to add as many of these as you can….
For Project Weinberg the entryway was too small for the house. A family home requires quite a lot of organising to run smoothly and a few changes were required.
The entryway was extended forward in line with the garage – planning restrictions prevented a larger extension, if you have the space then a larger area would have been better but I found another space further inside for coats so the area became big enough for what I needed.
I look forward to showing the proper ‘After’ in a couple of months…
Outdoor flooring inside is a great twist of the unexpected… I wanted an outside-in feel for the entryway and found some good inspiration in the images below.
The wood panels and brick floor are a lovely contrast with the antique console and buffet. Don’t be afraid to mix woods…
Above: If I was living in a warm climate I would love an entryway like this… but all the glass and a Swiss climate would not work so well! This works with an elegant rustic limestone and a rusted garden console.
Below – you don’t need to reserve stone for the floor.
Below a cosy cottage feel with tongue and groove panelling, the light grey is the perfect contrast to antique brick.
Table or shelf
I love the use of outdoor lights inside a hallway…
Purpose build coat storage/seating can be useful for smaller spaces…
Even the tightest spots can accommodate all you need….
I look forward to showing you how I have incorporated these elements into Project Weinberg Entryway soon… make sure you subscribe I’ll keep you posted!
Anthropologie chose Patina Farm as one of the locations for their Spring Summer Furniture Collection.
My favourite house on the planet, Patina Farm has teamed up with my favourite lifestyle store on the planet, Anthropologie so, for me, this is literally a match made in heaven!
I love Patina Farm (a new build) because of the wonderful authentic architectural elements and materials used, antique roof tiles, limestone and oak floors and pale blue-grey metal windows. The interior is light-filled is a wonderful mix of tradition with a modern layer of comfort…. it helps that the vistas are amazing and the house was sited to take full advantage of the wonderful gardens which now envelop it…..
The lovely Brook Giannetti who designed and lives in this paradise, built by her family company Giannetti Home shared the collaboration with Anthropologie on her blog and I just had to share with you these fabulous images……
The house is normally furnished with an eclectic mix French and Swedish antiques with soft linen colours, which I love. It is a strange sensation to see it kitted out with the new Anthropologie range, surreal but at the same time awesome!
glam boho chic – above, palms and prints with strong colours and texture. Earthy natural elements contrast so well with the brass accents, below the brass detail of the coffee and side table which I love….
Below, the graphic print sofa with hanging textured art gives a more tribal look the geometric print echoed in the lines of the coffee table.
Wall hangings and cushions a quick and easy way to add a textured look to your room. This selection is lovely.
Casual dining with mismatched chairs and bench teamed with a sturdy farmhouse table looks effortless and is also practical for sticky fingers too!
I love the blue and white mix up below…..
Texture is a big trend for this year – the stylists at Anthropologie show us a masterclass in layering texture – image below. This look is a white Moroccan style
Prints over prints another trend for 2017….. keeping the colour palette similar and varying the size and depth of the print makes this work.
Rugs rugs rugs…… shot in the last pink rays of sun over the Patina Farm vegetable garden…..
I am off to see what I can have Anthropologie deliver to Switzerland – until they open a shop here! Begging letter in the post! Please come to Switzerland!!!
We are at the height of our summer and the mood is relaxed, looking forward to holidays… Turquoise for me is the ultimate colour of July!
Turquoise stone is sacred to Native Americans, it is said to be the bridge between heaven and earth. It is said to be healing, protective and allows you to release old vows that are no longer relevant, and stop self sabotage.
ok… now I have good reason to buy one of these beauties…
Turquoise falls between blue and green on the colour wheel – a cool colour that opens up a room making it recede away from you so it feels more spacious. As it tends towards the green side, your eye’s lens has to flex very little to see it and that is why it creates a feeling of calm. It gives a feeling of cleanliness and freshness. Here are how interior designers use this wonderful colour and the some design principles explained.
This small bedroom above is a blank canvas of white to open the space to the max, by adding the turquoise in light absorbing velvets and light reflective ceramic vases it creates enough interest but too much that it is busy. Balance is achieved by perfect symmetry, with the painting as the focal point. Symmetrical balance is very calming to the eye because our eyes want to see balance and harmony. The footstools and side tables are on legs which shows more of the floor, another trick to make the room feel larger…. The touches of orange-brown in the painting are at the opposite side of the colour wheel to turquoise (called a complimentarycombination) and that is yet another tool a designer can use to make the turquoise pop out and please your eye… The scale of the ceramic table lights being slightly oversized adds a touch of unexpected and gives the room interest. Repetition of the turquoise dotted around the space moves your eye around the space nicely…
Below are some rooms that reflect elements of the above mood board…..
Here the darker shade is achieved by adding black to the mix. The paint effect on the wall is contrasted with the small scale print on the chairs. The general scale of the room is balanced by the window arching downwards and the lamp meeting that line or vertical axis as designers call it. Balance here is interestingly a mix of symmetric chairs but the overall room is asymmetric with the window and the offset basket of logs… As in the first image the complimentary colour of orange-brown is used.
Above the sofa is the only solid piece of colour in this skilfully decorated room. To layer print on print takes a good eye. It is successful here because all the prints are a form of IKAT. By keeping the same colour palette and varying the scale and design of the print it works beautifully. The rug ties them together. Brass accents offer repetition and rhythm which pulls your eye around the space making it interesting for your brain. The colour palette once more is the tried and trusted combo with orange-brown. The black background floor and screen draw the room in and make it cosy. The opposite of how the white works in the very first image.
Above an oversized mirror plays with the scale and the specialist plaster finished wall offers bespoke luxury… for similar ideas see Terrafino who specialise in polished plaster. Again brass accents lift the colour and provide repetition. Balance of texture is achieved because the varying gloss surfaces on the brass, mirror and console are offset by the course linen curtains and rug, in a soft beige complimentary colour.
A whimsical wallpaper and vintage bath appliances make this panelled bathroom and unexpected pleasure. Scale here is really clever here because the mirror is under scaled (yes, more subtle than over but adds a touch of fun). The reflection in the mirror shows the wallpaper on the opposite wall which looks smaller because of the distance – a great trick! The big thing about interior design is that every project should include something that makes you smile….
Below are some products that you may find useful….
I currently working with Camira and Vescom fabrics on a project, and the swatches don’t do the products justice – they have wonderful ranges of velvets and linens too…
I hope that you have enjoyed seeing so much Turquoise… and learning a few interior design tips along the way!
Thanks for reading,
p.s. the link to my pinterest board on Turquoise here
My favourite colour just bursts into our gardens every April and May as if to say winter is over. I love this time of year anyway, full of a promising summer to come after a long, cold winter. The birds are back and all the plants just spring back up as if winter had never been!
Inspired by my favourite garden tree
Colour theory – Pink is the colour of happiness and is seen as light-hearted. Teamed with light colours it is soft, feminine, romantic and sweet. Paired with back can be seductive!
I wanted to share with you some interior design ideas based on this beautiful feminine and romantic colour………
Pink has been popular since Georgian times…
Teamed with bolder colours can make this soft pink seem quite art deco inspired and I love the eclectic look that gives …..
You could always add just a rug……
Some eco paint colours to consider….
an eco velvet for upholstery to consider….
a pure lambswool sofa throw …
or some designer fabrics to add a classic romantic or modern geometric twist….
Just a few ideas of how enjoy this soothing pink with soft greys and cream or mix it up with bold and bright colours and pattern!
Something that has been catching my eye recently is a beautiful embroidery design called OTOMI.
Named after the dialect spoken by the people living in the Tenango Valley of Hidalgo of Mexico.
Otomi became more commercial in the 60s after a severe drought forced the people to find alternative sources of income, although its roots can be sourced back to Spanish and Aztec roots. The design features animals and flowers, symbolising man’s connection to nature and it is thought that its origins lie with cave paintings found in the region.
Most of the embroiderers work in collectives which are registered by the government, ensuring fair pay. They are mostly women, of all ages, it is undertaken in homes, in the market and on the street. Otomi empowers them as it is often the only source of income in their family. This craft is a very sociable profession done with a lot of pride!
The process: Water soluble pen is used to sketch deer, hares, armadillo, fish roosters and agricultural scenes….The balance of clear space around the objects is observed and designs are fluidly done with much repetition. Stencils are not allowed and the quality of the drawing has a clear impact on the end result.
The stitching is done by catching the thread on each side (satin stitch) with the facing side showing the design. This saves on the quantity of thread used. Created on natural cotton, using silk or cotton thread, this art has a place in contemporary and traditional interior design. The trend towards artisanal design means it could not be a better time to add a little bit of Otomi to your home! This is no mass market production by machine from Asia and is therefore a highly prized craft, fair trade means the prices are high and it is seen as a luxury product to be appreciated for years to come.
A more affordable option is to buy pieces which you could use to make cushions or frame for instant impact!
There really is no boundaries for this wonderful art!
Suited to classic or contemporary homes, with or without lots of colour this is a wonderful way to add an authentic touch to any space…….
As you can tell I just LOVE Otomi and look forward to supporting those wonderful ladies from Tenango with some purchases for our home renovation soon!!!
Red is a powerful colour to use when decorating your home. Being a colour of extremes; passion, seduction, anger and adventure it takes careful consideration where you will use it. Depending on your personality and how often you use a particular room, red can be a great way to make a statement and create a wow factor.
Red is warm and advancing it’s wavelength is long and makes the lens in your eye flex more than other colours and gets your attention because of that. Think of a stop sign; in fact, globally red is the colour for stop.
It is also one of the top two favourite colours of all people…. In Asia red is the colour of happiness and luck, and it is the most popular colour in China. In Russia the word for red means beautiful. Brides in India wear red saris… On Valentine’s Day in the Anglo-Saxon culture we send red roses to someone we love….
So red really does make a big statement when used in interior design. It looks fresh and sober on the blue side of red and more fun and relaxed on the orange side of red….
found great inspirational ideas for red on Pinterest….
Teamed with white, red is fresh, happy and light. Used in modern or traditional bedrooms it is very inviting and great for a guest room…
… and can be used to make a candy stripe fun theme for children ….
A cheerful and fresh bathroom……
Teamed with blue it is more sophisticated and sober, giving a more elegant feeling….
It becomes more moody and seductive when teamed with deeper shades..
Red adds a focal point to a multi colour scheme, your eye is drawn to it and it grounds the room for your eyes….Red has always been used to decorate from cave times until today, but since the beginning of the 19th Century (and advanced production methods) it became more available to the mass market and not the reserve of the rich.
In period homes it is often used and suits the proportions of Georgian and Victorian properties very well, with high ceilings and large windows.
If that might have given you a little inspiration to look at red, whether you want a modern or traditional look. On the resource menu at the top I have started to list eco suppliers and here are a few that have great reds!
Some of my favourite eco paints in red……..
Have a great weekend, I would like to say paint the town red but that would be far too cheesy!! 😉
Very few of us have enough space. I am pretty sure Her Majesty or various Russian Oligarchs are not reading this blog… so what can the rest of us do? Moving house, adding an extension or building in clever storage, great, but can be expensive and time consuming. Don’t we all have an area in our home that we wish was just a bit more roomy? For me I always end up in houses with the world’s smallest entrance hallways (except, of course, when I was a student and didn’t care) and my current house is no exception! Well I would like to share with you a few design tips to make your tiny space feel bigger… that together with a good dose of declutter/recycling could do the trick! Who knows, you may not even need to extend or move.
One easy/less expensive way is to change the colour. There are a zillion books about colour, but when it comes to maxing up your space using colour, then all you need to know is the following. Warm colours advance towards you and cool colours recede away from you. Making a colour lighter tends to make it cooler therefore recede i.e. pink is more receding than red. Reds, oranges and yellows will draw a room in and make it feel warm and cosy. Blues, greens and blue-violets will have the opposite effect and make a room feel more spacious and open. Yellows and violets can be warm or cold.