Celebrity Style

Few things are more fun than nosing at celebrity’s pads from casual to traditional, off-beat to over the top. Often times I am quite surprised (in a good way) just how down to earth they are apart from Donald Trumps pad of course and that’s just  bordering on the criminal so tasteless is it. Money as we all know has absolutely nothing to do with style – you just can’t buy taste .

Below Christy Brinkley hangs out in her living room, Daniel Liebeskind works in a super cool library and creative director Doug Lloyd looks pretty cool in the office. All images by Ditte Isager.

Very low key but in a refreshing way  – oodles of pillows heaped on a sofa make it feel comfy and relaxed.

I long for a whole room with nothing else but floor to ceiling shelves containing books, books and more books. You need very little else, great chair, table, lamp and wham bam you have yourself a library – heavenly.

My favourite space out of this little collection, yes its an office but the art softens the whole look and transforms the space into something quite individual.

Curve appeal

We run a free style clinic (first Saturday of each month) giving advice and helping out with style dilemma’s. Something I see again and again when looking at people’s pads is the lack of curves. Sorry to preach but curves are so important in a scheme as not only do they add that little extra dose of personality to a room they also allow a room to flow. Anything from voluptuous coffee tables to subtly rounded vases or lighting will soften the hard lines of a room.  It’s also important to have more than one curve in your scheme, as they need to connect in some way

The image below pretty much nails what I am going on about. The rug anchors the scheme and is a great focal point with occassional tables beautifully and  subtlety mirroring the point. Fabulous

Boho Chic

Say the words Boho chic to me and Helena Christensen and Anthropology immediately spring to mind. Helena’s store in NY was very much like her pad homely and full of stuff (the store sadly has shut down). As for Anthropology well who hasn’t fallen in love with the gorgeously inspiring merchandise. The question of today is how to create such a bohemian yet chic look that gives Anthropology a run for its money.  And dear friends it’s all about mixing –  the hottest trend in decorating right now is eclecticism.  The thing that scares many of us (sadly not me) is where to start, how to achieve that look that not only surprises the eye but also at the same time is harmonious and well balanced.  Well in a nutshell here goes – start slowly and build up. Say you’re looking for a cupboard to store crockery in for example as I have been for what feels like an age –rather than running to Ikea, Pottery Barn, B&B Italia and who knows where else consider going down a vintage route. I bagged an old industrial thing peeling, textural and letting off a right old pong on the weekend which Graham (god bless him) had to push home because I wanted it NOW and it wouldn’t fit in the car and I couldn’t wait until Monday to order a courier! The thing about mixing in the odd vintage thing with your modern stuff is that it adds a far greater level of quirkiness than something mass-produced. It tells a narrative,  it lifts one’s spirits (well apart from the smell that is) and is uniquely personal .  Adding a medley of styles to a space from different periods from sourcess like flea markets, antique/junk shops  or eBay is in my opinion one of the most enjoyable things to do.

A few other pointers otherwise I shall never stop – play around with scale – plonk large items on small tables for example and super small things on large areas. Become a mixologist and juxapose textures – let woollen cushions hang out with some metallic stunners , tribal rugs skim super sleek floors and generally mix up the rough with the smooth. Make walls chic by figuring out some unusual displays of artwork or photos to wow your friends. Have confidence, re- work reinvent and customise. In very little time your home will be given a jolt that turns it from faded to fabulous and all with out breaking the bank. Cool hey!

All the images below are from Anthropology.

How fabulous does this room look? Its not stylistized its lived in  paintings are tacked to shelves and books are heaped and stacked in disarray.

Although I would never dare to paint my walls red somehow this works, rugs layered on top of each other skim the floor. The look is eclectic, interesting and unique.

Have said it before and shall say so again it really is all about layering – heaps of cushions, piles of books – walls and shelves full of stuff nails the boho chic look in a nutshell.

Colour update

Have been rather over whelmed with phone calls and emails asking on my new kitchen paint colour so have posted below some images of the colour ( its called Lave from the French company resources – http://www.ressources-decoration.com). It was after I  visited the most fabulous store Merci in Paris that I become obsessed. It took months of phone calls (few language probs) and emails to finally nail it and locate the paint manufacturer. So obsessed am I by it that another room is going the same way except this time floors, walls and ceilings rather than just walls and ceilings.

Its grey and its super soft in some lights you can see the lilac in other light say dusk and dawn its inky. Seen here it’s at its lightest.

And here if you peep at the ceiling its at its darkest and my most favourite. My kitchen is the darkest room in the  house since its on the lower ground floor, and I love it. I long for the evenings to draw in early  and winter to arrive so I can pop on my zillion lights, light the fire and cook in my new enchanting space.