The trend for grey interiors continues, at least in south west London where I and most of my clients live. Most paint their interiors in various shades of grey and then wonder what they can do to brighten them up. After all, it's grey outside most of the year in London so why would you want to bring that indoors?!
One of my current clients has a large Victorian house in Balham for which she needed my help to choose colours for most of the rooms. She's a very creative person and not afraid of colour or dark interiors so it was a joy to work with her. Not sure her husband always agreed though! For example he came home to find the front door painted yellow which he hated so by the next day she had painted it dark grey!!
This client loves grey but isn't afraid to introduce pops of colour. I used Farrow and Ball colours for the whole house as it's the most popular brand of paint in this neck of the woods! For the hall, stairs and landing I chose Mole's Breath below the dado rail, a white dado rail and Purbeck Stone above the dado. At a later date when budget permits, we'll add a colourful stair runner up the first flight of stairs and new carpet on the first floor landing and above.
The kitchen was next and I chose a palette of two of my favourite Farrow and Ball colours - Railings which is a soft black with blue undertones and Purbeck Stone with pops of yellow provided by painting some of the kitchen chairs in Babouche. The walls and upper units are both Purbeck Stone. Having them the same colour means the units blend into the wall rather than dominate the space. Lower units are Railings and I also painted a whole wall of Railings opposite the units where a large piece of art will hang.
I encourage my clients to have some fun in the ground floor loo/cloakroom especially if they are afraid of colour. It's a small space and not somewhere you linger so why not have a wow factor?! For this loo I chose Downpipe on the walls and woodwork with a pop of yellow provided by the mirror painted in Babouche.
Don't be afraid to use a grey palette but do introduce some colour. Also, don't be afraid to paint a room in a dark colour. However, beware as it can look dramatic or fall horribly short and look downright "naff" if you have too much contrasting white woodwork. Get some professional advice if you are unsure.
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We are in mid winter here in London. Temperatures plummeted a week or so ago and we barely reach 6 Celsius most days. However I won’t complain as when it’s so cold there is less of the debilitating grey skies and more of blue skies and sunshine which really do elevate the spirits.
Monday 21 January was Blue Monday the most depressing day of the year. What a load of twaddle, isn’t it?! Why would you identify a day as the most depressing? Most of us stuck two fingers up at Blue Monday, smiled and got on with our lives.
January started with a vengeance from a work perspective so I’ve had no time to feel the post Christmas blues. And I have a trip to Sydney to look forward to in a few weeks - family, sun, sand and sea and loads of oysters and Riesling!
Between a lot of client meetings and client work at home, I managed to squeeze in some outings. First up, a day of sourcing for clients started with a visit to the Decorative Fair in Battersea Park with an interiors friend. I enjoy a wander around the stalls as they are all so beautifully styled but everything is eyewateringly expensive!
This week has been action packed. I’m furiously trying to finish a two-bedroom flat which the owners want to put on the market asap (they are moving out of London and already put in an offer on a house).
I’m delighted to announce that my home is featured in the latest issue of Homes & Antiques magazine’s Art Issue. The beautiful images were taken by the brilliant photographer Mark Bolton. His wife Sarah Bolton wrote the feature.
Large Edwardian family home in Tooting, South West London, with a well established bed & breakfast Parklands Bed & Breakfast.
I was contacted by the client to revamp the guest suites and communal areas with new colour schemes and to restyle each room with different accessories. In most instances I was able to recycle all the accessories in the property.
Single professional male; first home he has owned; South West London two bedroom ground floor Victorian apartment; east facing.
The client had no furniture when he moved in except a deck chair! The whole apartment needed to be painted, decorated and filled with furniture and accessories. His brief was for a stylish and comfortable design as his previous abode had been a real bachelor pad! And all on a very small budget.
One of the biggest problems with posting my projects on my website is the fact that the projects are ongoing. My clients are all residential and the projects don't have a start and end date mainly due to budget restrictions or the time it takes to source a particular item(s). I'm happy to roll with it - dip in and out of the project as and when the client needs me but it makes it difficult to share the finished article with you. So I've decided that I'll share my projects with you as a work in progress.
Recently my home was opened up to members of the Decor Cafe for an evening event. The DecorCafe Network, of which I am a member, is a collaborative community of those of us whorun our own businesses in the interiors industry and those who just need inspiration and help to decorate their homes. These home tours bring members together to connect, learn and share ideas.
Petersham Nurseries is one of those places that is good for the soul. It is all about beauty and style, both outside and inside. I'm there at least three times a month and have rarely left there empty handed!
It's a half hour drive from my home which takes me across Richmond Park, another place that is good for the soul. It's hard to believe that you are in a big city when you are in the middle of the park surrounded by trees, bracken and deer.