Style is a constantly evolving thing and as you know, I’ve had problems pinning it down before! Right now, a bit of grit and a dollop of glamour is how I like to describe my style lately. Might sound a bit loose-weave, but let me try and explain what I mean (and how to achieve the look!).
There’s a constant glamour puss vs tomboy or uptown vs downtown tension that I like to explore in all my interiors. The pictures here are both of Soho House Chicago hotel, which I adore – I think it just nails this look so perfectly. So maybe it’s roughly hewn consoles layered with glamorous shiny trays or cowboy style floor lamps plopped next to a luxe chair… that’s very much my kind of vibe. It’s sort of become our signature look mixing the rough with the smooth.
First things first then – a quick note on mixing. I’ve noticed from all my days teaching that the thing that scares people the most is mixing. Worrying if this will go with that seems to be a big issue and understandably so. If you’re ever come to one of my design classes you will know what I’m about to say next. If you reign in the colour palette then you can mix to your hearts content. I tend to keep colours subdued. Once upon a time I mixed in poppy bright hues but I don’t really do that anymore. Since the house has gotten darker, inkier and swampier than ever (love those words by the way) the bright hues felt too gimmicky somehow and less sophisticated so I have toned it all down.
So my top top top best ever take away tip is please don’t worry about what you can mix with what if you restrict the colour palette you can mix anything with anything – promise! Oh and the more opposite the texture or material the cooler it looks so always contrast, create tension and create friction. Here’s everything else you’ll need to get the look…
Textiles are one of my main design components whenever I’m pulling a scheme together. I love the texture they add, whether it’s slubby rugs, cosy sheepskins or our softly woven merino cushions.
Dark paint colours have transformed my home (and my life!) forever. They’re cocooning, glamorous, flattering, masculine and edgy… what’s more they’ve catapulted my biz into the stratosphere. Once you convert to the dark side there’s no going back.
Flowers and foliage should play a leading role in every room! Rare breed heirloom varieties and wild foliage are my favourites. I’m particularly obsessed with foliage – think branches, sprigs of berries and feathery fern fronds. Grouped together en masse they make a beautifully simple arrangement on their own. Overdose on them, I say.
Oversized lamps are my go-to trick whenever I want to transform the atmosphere in a room. True fact: when you get the lighting right no one notices, but get it wrong and it’s a glaring mistake. You want a snug, cosy glow and magical little pools of light. It takes skill but the quickest route to beautifully lit rooms is to dot lamps around the place, and layer the lighting so you’re never just using overhead lights. Do that and you’ll never want to leave!
KEY STYLE INGREDIENTS