When I was 18 I travelled around Japan with one of my best buddies Nina. It was a country that had always fascinated me and although it was nearly twenty years ago now I can still see the experience so clearly, the sights, the smells, the people and the style. At 18 I was all about the kitsch, Japan is good at this, even neighbourhood police stations are marked by flying superhero mice emblems(!). I visited Sanrio Purr-o-land (Hello Kitty’s house dont y’know!) bought seventies looking panty cards and more hot pink items than I really should have been allowed back in the country with! How times change, I am no longer collecting Hello Kitty (though admittedly there are choice items of kitsch throughout the house), what I crave these days in the home is serenity and this is where the more traditional approach to Japanese aesthetics steps in.
As someone who has shopped on the high street for all of their adult life I am delighted to be joining forces with British high street institution M&S for the next couple of months to share my favourite picks from their latest collections. I will be styling my favourite items on the blog each month for the next three months highlighting the key pieces that I am most excited about, and this season there is a lot to get excited about. In fact the whole new collection plays into one of my main enthusiasms – colour and how to translate it into your home. There a few real hero pieces in the new range for spring/summer and I’m looking forward to showing you them, in fact don’t tell anybody but I may be most excited by the final edit I’ll be sharing so stay tuned for upcoming posts!
The byline (as you have hopefully noticed) for my blog is colour, pattern & patina. I chose these words early on as I felt they reflected my style in the home. I was always inspired by colour (and often with a paint pot to hand trying out new shades in our rooms), forever on the hunt for unique vintage pieces that spoke to me from the past (patina), and using pattern to create texture within schemes. These are still the bones that inspire most of the spaces I’ve designed. However, as my style changes over time I’ve refined my mantra to include modern elements, lots of natural history and investment in artisanal products that show the craft behind them.
Is it just me that loves the squidge of a brand new sofa?! There’s something about the fact that a cat hasn’t tried to scratch it yet, a child hasn’t smeared jam fingers on it yet (if you know, you know!) that’s very alluring. But choosing a sofa can also be a painstaking task, not least because it’s one of the heftier investments in terms of cost, but also in terms of the space it takes up. Within your living room I would hazard that the sofa(s) takes up the main space-real-estate of the room. So, what you choose needs to work within the look of the current space and fit your style well enough not to date.
I always feel a little light headed when Danish brand Ferm Living produce their latest brochure. How will they interpret the new season in their signature style which is both beautiful and accessible, aesthetic but totally liveable? Ferm Living is one of my very favourite brands, they really can’t do wrong in my eyes, so today I thought we’d take a brief look at how Ferm Living have designed their interiors landscape for 2019, there is much inspiration amongst it (and a few pieces I am desperately coveting!), enjoy!