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Talking colour with the BBC

Hi all, just got back from China this morning. We’ve been working on next season’s collection and have some big plans afoot! Of course I’ll share some sneak peaks of the new collection in a bit, but for now in real need of a kip.. bone tired and jet-lagged, but also excited about everything we’ve got planned. I must […]

Talking colour with the BBC

Hi all, just got back from China this morning. We’ve been working on next season’s collection and have some big plans afoot! Of course I’ll share some sneak peaks of the new collection in a bit, but for now in real need of a kip.. bone tired and jet-lagged, but also excited about everything...

MY NEW COLOUR: HAVE YOUR VOTE!

I am obsessed with drab. The word itself, and the hues and mood it evokes. Drab, murky, silty, sludgy, dirty, hazy type hues are my idea of heaven. Does that make me sound crazy do you think? The New York Times ran an article called Delightfully Drab recently with this strapline “the English...

THE LIFE-CHANGING POWER OF COLOUR

Morning all, if you’re on twitter you’ll see that I started today (as I start ever Monday!) with a bit of a motivational quote. This one from Mr Mario Testino, no less: “There is no use just liking what you do, get obsessed with it.” I couldn’t agree more. I was asked...

#ABIGAILAHERNCOLOUR WINNERS

If you’re following me on instagram you’ll have seen that we’ve been having a very exciting and colourful time as of late. I just hit 25,000 followers which I just can’t believe! Thank you so so much to all of you, it’s amazing. I’m really grateful for our fab online community, I really...

FAQs about dark hues

This is a fun post and one close to my heart – I’m debunking some of the myths that crop up when it comes to painting out things dark. When you want to go dark, all of a sudden all sorts of people will chip in with their opinions. Decorators tell you...

HALLWAYS IN TECHNICOLOUR

Thought we should talk about hallways to kick today off. Always, repeat always the most neglected rooms in the house in my opinion and yet they set the tone and should of course be as beautiful (if not more!) as any other room. I guess because they are such transitional areas...

FINDING YOUR COLOUR INSPIRATION

If you have no idea where to start on your colour scheme, the best, simplest advice I can give you is to follow your gut. When I decorate, I don’t get hung up on particulars, like the amount of natural light in a space, the architecture, the size of a...

Back to basics with colour

Colour terrifies a lot of people, especially when you’re daring to be different with your hues. But I have the simplest trick to pull off any colour – pare down your palettes. Over the years I’ve pared down more and more – gone are the rainbow assortment of colourful accessories, upholstery...

TOP COLOUR POSTS OF 2015

It’s been a particularly colourful 2015, I must say! As you know I am totally, utterly obsessed and evangelical about colour. It’s the best bang for you buck ever – nothing transforms a space quicker, cheaper or more completely. Upshot is I’m always banging on about it on the blog. So there...

5 reasons to go dark in the hallway

Hallways are not the easiest spaces to make homely or stylish. They’re often narrow, with long stretches of uninterrupted wall, so colour is super important. Go bold with your colour choice and it’s an instant game changer. Now colour is personal of course, but obviously I’m going to try and continue on my...

33 rooms in the most stylish colour of all time

Can you guess? It’s black of course. In interiors at least, it actually is the new white. I should say I can back up that statement with stats too – 100% of respondents agreed that black’s where it’s at. (I just polled myself and figured that was enough!) Joking aside dark hues...

Five colour experiments to try now

Morning, its so nice to be home, it was our craziest, busiest, shortest but best trip ever. Please forgive me for not responding to comments quickly. Our heads were crowded with plans, ideas and concepts as we travelled throughout China. We had meeting after meeting, I put us on the craziest schedule,...

Hilary Robertson & Monochrome Home

Today I’m interviewing Hilary Robertson, stylist extraordinaire who has recently written a book entitled Monochrome Home. The pictures are dramatically beautiful (check out the slide show) and so without further ado let me hand you over to Hilary: How did Monochrome Home come about? I had been looking at a...

6 ways to add colour

We are all a little blown away by the reaction to my new book COLOUR. I love waking up to all your comments on twitter and social about it, and thank you to everyone who has bought it already. Seriously blown away! I say this a lot in my classes...

EASY ON THE EYE NEUTRALS

How to elevate neutrals to new levels!

COLOUR COMBOS TO OBSESS OVER

The thing I love about being a sticky beak (Aussie slang for a nosey parker!) is that it takes you occasionally out of your comfort zone. Case in point designer Ditte Lamptey’s Copenhagen home which recently graced the pages of Elle Decoration. Now I’m normally not one for mint and...