You can go to design school, you can read a zillion decorating books you can even come along to theÂ master classes (yes please) Iâm holding at homeÂ but the thing aboutÂ decorating is a lot of the time it’s all about intuition. Iâm here and design schools are here (some of them at least) to encourage and inspire you to think a little out of the box to create magical tantalising spaces that make your heart beat just that little bit faster. If you follow the rules everything will be perfectly proportioned, all hues (generally taupe I find) will harmonize, accessories will be grouped in little clusters of three and cushions will be positioned on a sofa on their point as I saw Robyn Holt do on The Renovators. Bad Robyn bad,Â I shouted so loudly at the TV when you did that that both Mungo and Maud leapt up (sorry guys). Cushions should be punched in the middle to relax them and then angled slightly â simple, simple, simple â up on a point and its way too uptight.
Who wants a home that looks like a show home âshiny, new,Â super trendy with about three things in it . Follow your heart if you are attracted to a rustic vibe, an eclectic vibe, an industrial vibe, all three, or any other vibe for that matter go for it. There is only oneÂ rule when it comes to decorating and itâs an Abi one â decorate with things that make you happy. Follow your gut and not trends, nothing I buy for the store is on trend itâs purely what I love. Everything in the store (as many of you will soon see) I have at home everything from the plates to the drinking vessels to the tons of fake flowers (even in the garden dare I say) to the textiles, lighting, mantelpieces and accessories etc etc.Do thatÂ and you will instantly get a space that shouts laid back, happy lair.
There is no one better to demonstrate my point than the fabulous Mr Jonathan Adler – whilst not all my cup of tea his interiors totally endorse what he loves,Â fun, upbeatÂ and pretty fabulous as illustrated below: