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How to create cool spaces

I am obsessed with stylish glam spaces that marry of bit of cowboy edge with a bit of luxe, mix grit with glam and feel unabashedly timeless, classic yet cool. Here’s how: Layer your lighting You need multiple (repeat multiple) light sources in a room to make it cool. At least 8 possibly 10. Do that and you’ll dial up the coolness in a room. Hang art of the outside of bookcases The Americans do this a lot, we less so and that is hanging art on the outside of shelves. It adds oodles of layers, confuses the eye (good thing not bad) and feels super gallery-esq.  Fireplace eating I dine by the fireplace – I know that sounds very grand but having dinner by the fire is such a treat, I love it – super Soho House! Add in some classic shapes Deep club chairs, winged backed, velvet, lions claw consoles I love modern as much as the next girl but all modern feels a little one dimensional. Mix styles I say, antique or vintage pieces tell such a narrative.

How to create cool spaces

I am obsessed with stylish glam spaces that marry of bit of cowboy edge with a bit of luxe, mix grit with glam and feel unabashedly timeless, classic yet cool. Here’s how: Layer your lighting You need multiple (repeat multiple) light sources in a room to make it cool. At...

Abigail Ahern X Wayfair

I am super-excited to tell you guys about my new collaboration with Wayfair. Mixing up my moody palette with an earthy twist for a look that is unique yet affordable… and there’s a huge selection too! The launch is happening today, 10th October, so make sure you follow the #AbigailAhernXWayfair to stay...

5 Kitchen essentials for a Dream Kitchen

As the heart of the home, the kitchen can be one of the most personal spaces to design. It’s where I hang out with the M’s, where friends and family gather for casual meals and conversation. We all know your dream home, let alone a dream kitchen, can’t be built...

No 29 Power Station West, Battersea

Being a big foodie, I am always on the lookout for new places to try out. I stumbled across this place on, Conde Nast Traveller website, No 29 Power Station West, Battersea. They are an independent neighbourhood bar and restaurant with a contemporary interior providing the perfect back drop for...

BED STYLING FOR AUTUMN

It’s Monday, and like me, you can probably do with a quick power nap. The rain would suggest summer is well and truly over and this got me thinking of bedding, duvet days and the importance of how your bedroom makes you feel. So, I thought I would put together...

MY 3 DUVET DAY ESSENTIALS

With the dreadful weather here, I thought I would put down my top tips to making my perfect duvet day list. Mercer Green COLOUR People should never shy away from using moody, inky hues in the home. I’m absolutely evangelical about going to the dark side, because nothing has made...

HOW TO STYLE YOUR BEDROOM ON A BUDGET

As the evenings are getting a little darker a little earlier now, it got me thinking about the importance of my bedroom in the autumn. As you guys know, my style is eclectic, moody and glamorous but still incredibly laid-back. I always want to create spaces that are able to...

4 DESIGN IDEAS TO STEAL FROM MY DELICIOUSLY DARK LIVING ROOM

In a world of dull, beige living rooms I am always finding new ways to add dark colours to my home, through paint hues to home accessories including vases, flowers and furniture – I could go on. As you guys know dark tones are definitely a statement but there are...

How to Keep Your Home Looking Fresh

You guys know I am never one to follow trends, I always go by my gut. That’s not to say trends are a bad thing, I just think decorating with colours and things you love, you can’t go wrong. The thing with trends, is that as soon as they are...

THE HOME DECOR PIECES THAT KEEP ON GIVING

Who doesn’t want more out of their furnishings? Flexibility and versatility is one of the key things I look for, for exciting new items in my pad or a new collection. That’s why I’m always shopping for furniture and accessories that have a side hustle, which in the world of...

MY LATEST OBSESSION: GRANDIFLORA

I am totally obsessed with Claire Bingham’s latest book: Grandiflora – in fact, I think we may even begin to stock it in-store. The fabulous read is all about interiors inspired by nature, so I am utterly in love. Alongside the blossom-filled abodes, this book is crammed full of ideas...

HOW TO NAIL FOOLPROOF LAYERING

I adore layering, it is one of the secrets to achieving my AA style. If carried out well, the result will totally create a cool laid back space you’ll never want to leave. RUGS A rug (or two) is especially important when you are glaming up your pad. It can...

How to create AA Bedroom Chic

The weather here has been absolutely dreadful for the past few weeks, so I have been thinking a lot about our new season autumn/winter17 collection. We have been beavering away pulling together our newness for our the cooler seasons and I can’t wait for you guys to see it. With...

BEST DESIGN APPS

I know that decorating/designing can seem like a daunting task at times. I ‘ve been at it long enough and run enough classes worldwide to listen to the anxieties people have about making some really tough decisions. Choosing the wrong colours is high up on the list, or messing up...

HOW TO BE A BUYER IN INTERIOR DESIGN

Whether you are just thinking about going into buying, or you’re currently a buyer for your own biz, it’s a competitive crazy field to get a head in. I entered into it with not a bean of experience. I mean, I have a good eye, which worked in the early...

HOW TO MAXIMISE SMALL SPACES

One of the top questions I get asked about in my Design Classes is how to maximise space in a small room. Well let me tell you how: Mirrors are a great way to create instant depth and expansiveness. Placing a mirror behind a candle, a pendant light, or a...