Happy 2013, Iâm excited to be back at my desk blogging (a little later than usual), yabbering to you guys about all things design. Iâve just come back from the coolest break, Christmas Eve in Paris which was beautiful especially at night, wandering along with Seine, the left bank, the Marais incredible, and then off for a four day break in the Dordogne at Chateau La Thuilliere
It was amazing; the food, the Chateau, the owners, Patch their dog the whole shebang. I feasted on foie gras soup, risotto with truffles, duck , salmon locally caught, pork, carrot crÃ¨me, petit pois mousse, some hazel nut bread with a slither of salami, home made earl grey ice cream with whisky, on and on I could go, out of this world food.Â The fire never stopped burning and scenting the air with the intoxicating smell of wood smoke, owls hooted at night as the two Mâs and I walked the grounds for a late night potty run (not me them just so weâre clear). Hurricane lamps with huge fat candles lit up the castle at night, whilst the huge wooden stairs were layered with t-lights at night so you could see you way to bed. No noise no hustle no bustle just quiet country sounds .
I didnât want to leave and in the summer Iâm going back. Being winter we eat inside but in the summer tables and chairs dot the grounds so in the warmest of weathers you sit, relax, drink and eat some of the yummiest food I have eaten in a long time. By day you can drive to hill top villages perching perilously on cliff tops, and stroll by the beautiful river (canoeing is the sport of choice) not sure how Mungâs and Maud are going to handle a canoe but weâre working on that one. I found a super cool ceramicist in Salut who doesnât want to wholesale to anybody (God I want her life) so I brought most of the place up, jugs, cups, little hand thrown beakers all simply but beautifully hand thrown.
So that was my break,Â something I haven’t done nearly enough off but that I hope to change, now down to biz. Â This is the year when dark interiors really take off I reckon. I can see it in the stars, (well almost) as more and more people are getting bored of dullsville white and are wanting spaces that mesmerize tantalize and seduce. Regrettably you canât seem to get that with neutral hues so you sort of have to ditch convention, think out of the box and take the plunge. You donât need to paint the whole house, or even the whole room dark, Â but once youâve crossed over there is literally no going back. No more procrastinating I say if you âve been thinking about converting for a while, then covert.
We only live once, if you hate it (you wonât) hell its paint you can always go over it the next day!
Iâm asked a million times a day if going dark will make a room feel gloomier, if having small windows will effect things, if its north facing will it work, if its located in the north pole or the south pole will it work. What if itâs in a hot country or a cold country, a city, or on the coast, uptown, downtown, it doesnât matter paint it dark. It will work, not only that it will make you happier and change youâre life at exactly the same time. PROMISE. Its called raising the bar, and you canât raise the bar unless you push a few boundaries and take a few risks, simple as that.
Happy new year again x