Decorating Details

Today is the day of my Grazia shoot. The last few days have been spent gathering baubles, foliage, t-lights and a whole host of other bits and bobs and Christmas fying the house so to speak.

The most exciting thing I brought (and apologises to those of you who think this is beyond dull but I get excited about odd things) were two plaster mantle pieces to flank the fireplaces on the ground floor of my house. For years I have left them as just an open hole which was sweet but a little too boho. I fancied a change (now I have taken to wearing rock chic high high boots I wanted a rock chic style pad – sophisticated, sexy a bit Rolling Stonish if you like. I need the smoky eye make up to go with this look – Claudia Winkleman how do you do it  – I am obsessed with your eye make up?? ). Anyway back on the case in point adding mantle pieces adds another layer to your walls – suddenly I have two yes two platforms to put t-lights, paintings, flowers oh and crows – beautiful black crows that I found at Caravan in East London. The walls have come to life – so excited was I by these two new vignettes on Saturday evening with a glass of wine in hand, a flickering fire in the hearth and some moody jazz  I sat and studied my new latest finds (sad yes ok maybe I need help)!

Two fireplaces below tantalise the senses – both are from apartments in Paris – one grand and opulent the other interesting and a little crazy – its funny once you start layering picture over picture –or in my case crow next to t-light etc you just want to go on and on and on. Layers I cannot stress enough add intrigue and excitment, plain unadorned walls are boring and just don’t cut the mustard in my book I hate to say!

Look how beautiful the layers are – nothing matches yet everything makes beautiful sense telling a story about the person who lives in this apartment.

Super grand and whilst many of us don’t have apartments looking like this this image inspired me to paint my plaster fireplaces out the same colour as my walls. I have of course opted for sludgy, inky downpipe and I love how they blend into the wall yet at the same time add a grandeur ornate tone!




Home for the holidays

6.16 am ( as I typing this I am saying it in a Jack Bauer 24 ish type voice). Off to the flower market to decorate my house for the holidays which  Grazia Magazine (hugely honoured) are photography on Monday.

So am looking for glam ideas that are super easy to put into place but are slightly quirky and unusual. Have many ideas on the subject which I will keep under wraps under the magazine comes out in a few weeks but the key is to go for ideas that very much fit into your style. For example if you home is quite minimal and modern then spraying  winter branches in white and simple hanging silver baubals off it will look super glam. I am all for oversized – so will be looking in the market for oversized baubals and vases that I can suspend and hang all over the house.

Had better dash – have a sister waiting to be picked up from the station (she is the true genius when it comes to flowers and foliage having worked at Wild at Heart as well as many other incredible top London florists – she once did the flowers for a President Clintion – yikes). Below are some of the inspirations I pulled – happy thanksgiving to all my American readers xx

Textiles to delight the skin

Maud and I have over slept – instead of turning off the alarm and getting up at 5.45 as usual I stuck a pillow over our heads to drown out the noise of the alarm and we snoozed for another hour – Maud not so impressed with the pillow over her little head! So now I am paying the consequences – I have nothing prepared for todays blog and am late to the store. Today is a very exciting today we are expecting a delivery of cushions that we ordered in September and I have literally counted the days for their arrival.

Made by a small Italian collective they are handwoven in the most beautiful colours – think barbie esq pink, burnt orange and scarlet. They have a bit of a rock chic vibe going in (and am sure this is to much information – but have just brought some rock chic boots so they should be best buddies at home)!

All of this leads me onto how fabulous it is to change a room with textiles. Think of them as the 5 minute face lift of the decorating world – in a jiffy you can turn a room from drab to fab with a little grouping of cool textiles. Or you can change the whole vibe by layering throws across your bed for a super snug nest.

Photography Graham Atkins Hughes

Rough luxe

I want to live in upstate New York on the weekends  – I want a home in the woods just like below and I want to bake bread and garden and cook and potter and maybe learn to knit! Monday to Friday I can commute to London and work I’m thinking – although that’s not particularly eco and responsible I realise.

Below is the home of model Shannan Click and photographer Dan Martensen and I am beyond jealous. I love the simplicity of how everything just slots together nothing is pretentious and everything feels as if it has always been.Texture which is in abundance in this space creates a rustic charm and provides a casual. boho lived in vibe.  By applying wood to your walls – you instantly create another visual layer. I did it at home in a little nook in the basement and painted it out the same colour as the walls. My house was built in 1860 so some of the walls were slightly imperfect and tongue and groove is a great way for covering them up and adding texture at the very same time.


Records piled on the floor under a rustic old table with layers of rugs skimming the floor – heaven.

Are you jealous yet – I am – its the perfect little weekend country pad – for pottering around in wellies, lighting fires and listening to jazz.

Photography Grahm Atkins Hughes

Panelling city style – a nook in my basement where I put up some tongue and groove and painted it out the same colour as the walls adding another layer of texture. Its super easy to do – think of it as DIY in a lazy Sunday afternoon kind of way. Its all in my book A Girls Guide to Decorating which is the most perfect Christmas present one can buy. Can I say that?