I recently spent just over two weeks exploring Los Angeles for the first time. I've long had the Californian dream and whilst I plan to do a Cali road trip very soon to see more of the massive state I wanted to focus on LA this time as it has so much to offer.
Below are just a *few*photos from the trip! Highlights include Venice Beach sunsets, Silver Lake reservoir, interior and antique shops, Malibu's rustic beaches and incredible mountains, hiking up Runyon, Griffith and Temescal Canyons, street art, Abbot Kinney in Venice, Sunset Boulevard in Silver Lake and the Richard Neutra's House in Silver Lake. I always planned to visit some of the amazing mid century architecture around LA and we only made it to the Neutra Residence but it was so informative and emotive. You can visit a lot of the Case Study houses (Lautner's 'Silvertop' Residence, the Eames House...) but some need booking way in advance. I highly recommend the tour by local architecture students of the Neutra residence which is drop in.
Suffice it to say the interiors (and exteriors!) in LA are something else and I now have an obsession with beachy, hippie, laid back sophisticated SoCal style! Macramé, mid-century furniture, rattan, an abundance of botanicals and layered rugs are all part of the look and antiques and artwork give an oomph of character. The architecture is also incredible wherever you go and what I found so unique to other cities is the pure individualism of each building compared to its neighbouring buildings. A clapboard cottage sits besides an oriental themed mansion and a mid century modern geometrical creation.
Here's some more Californiam interior design inspiration:
One very cold week last December I frantically moved house and styled a shoot for Lombok's new range of sofa's in collaboration with The Ochre House. It seems to be a pattern for me to be styling a large-scale shoot when I move house and it pains me to say I will be doing the exact same thing come June this year! It was a fun shoot though working alongside Brad Stephens and Reef Design as well as Rawlins George PR. Check out the rest of the images from the shoot in Styling 02.
Last week I was invited along to the launch of the collection at Lombok's renovated studio space at the Tottenham Court Road store where they have teamed up with The Ochre House to offer a bespoke upholstery service in a cool new space. The lower ground floor offers plush banquet seating and refreshments and a full interior design service is offered. Definitely worth a visit!
I've been lusting after all things yellow in my interiors and sartorial choices recently. Honey and citrus are top of my list but any yellow will do really! See my pick of the best yellow pieces to add some pizzaz to your space.
Amongst other things I've been really busy working on over the last few weeks was an installation at the Instagram and Facebook Brock Street office with Quintessentially Events. It was a fun concept and involved sourcing upwards of 1400 books and lots of intriguing objects which were all then sprayed white. Many thanks to Cloud & Horse and Roddy Clarke for your help on this!
My latest visual musings from this week... A strange time when we have below zero temperatures and thick snow on the ground but we have just entered spring. I'm looking forward to some exciting new projects and pushing my creativity. And also some warmer temperatures and perhaps not having to wear four layers to leave the house! Roll on the blossom and bare legs please.
Last November I styled the latest collections from Anthology which I shot at Castle Gibson's Blue Factory in Dalston, a really cool versatile industrial location that I've used previously for a Zoffany shoot (see photos below). The talented Damian Russell was on the camera and his dark and moody lighting was perfect for the Anthology tone.
The planning and research stage is a part I love and I draw on loads of different forms of inspiration to create each set up. As well as location scouting and planning the elements, set, composition, look and feel of each shot, I especially like sourcing amazing props and this takes up a LOT of a stylists time. Thanks so much to all of the brands who loaned me pieces including Martin Huxford, Porta Romana, Tom Faulkner, William Holland, Elise Luttik, Original BTC, Jo Sampson, Friends & Founders, Nest, Julian Chichester, Chapel Street London, Heathfield, Tom Dixon, Brink & Campman and Amara! I spotted the divine verdigris copper bath by William Holland at Decorex 2017 and knew I had to feature it and it works perfectly with the teal Modulate paper. I came across Martin Huxford at Maison et Objet 2015 and am obsessed with their beautiful marble and metal pieces and exquisite lighting. The dreamy rainbow perspex Prismania chair by Elise Luttik is a real showstopper that I happened across a few years ago. I attempted to ship it from the Netherlands (where Elise is based) to Switzerland last year for the Anthology Definition wallpaper shoot but it proved a tad tricky! When I saw the chair again at London Design Fair 2017 I had to style it with this collection. It's amazing design is cutting edge and I love the way it plays with colour and light - it is both art and product design and I'm in love!
Below are some sketches I produced when planning the shoot. I find drawing invaluable as a stylist, even just a quick sketch helps you figure out how you want it all to work together and when you have upwards of 20 room sets just in your head it can be overwhelming!
Well I've totally slacked on my self-imposed anticipated 'weekly' blog posts. Perhaps that was a tad over-ambitious but hey that's me! So whilst I have loads of drafts for what I hope are interesting interiors posts that remain unfinished and unpublished, for now here is a mood board of some of the images that are inspiring me of late in my styling projects.
I have styled my fair share of incredible statement wallpapers and as a nearly year-old freelancer the endless range of amazing wallpaper brands out there is a pretty exciting prospect to play with. Whether you're papering your downstairs loo, the wall behind your bed, your hallway or your entire living space these designs below are guaranteed to make an impact. Go forth and be brave!
I've been obsessed with this wallpaper since the moment I laid eyes on it. I love a painterly floral with a bit of an edge and this ticks all my boxes. Obsessed. I just need a home with a wall large enough to take it.
Clarke & Clarke have seriously come up trumps with this beautiful loose floral.
I assisted on this shoot way back when and fell in love with the painterly watercolour landscapes by Jessica Zoob. The dream. I think this would look brilliant just about anywhere!
The ultimate cool rock 'n' roll statement. I LOVE this cracked paint wallpaper and I'd say its surprisingly easy to use in any space, even if your room proportions are not large.
Yes I may have styled this image but the fact of the matter is this wallpaper is incredible in every colour way and will always be a favourite!
And yes I may have styled this image too but I'm an absolute sucker for a painterly swoosh and whilst this does make a statement it's refined enough to also be classed as pared back and minimal I say!
No wallpaper round up would be complete without a Designers Guild beauty. This masterpiece from their new collection appeals to the romantic in me and would look insane in a dining room I reckon.
The ultimate statement paper.
HOW TO WORK IT : INSPIRATION
Details are key to any interior and can make the world of difference to an otherwise dull space (especially if you are renting and can't put anything on the walls!) Collecting pieces with different materials and textures adds character, intrigue and warmth and you can easily add several colours into a neutral room through curated accessories. I've rounded up some cool pieces that I've come across whilst planning my latest styling projects that are guaranteed to elevate any home.
I'm totally obsessed with candlesticks right now. Possibly a reaction to the over-use of Diptyque, Jo Malone etc on a stack of coffee table books in a lot of those popular Pinterest-able styled interior shots you see everywhere. Maybe it's the grandiose extravagance of a traditional candelabra but I also like contemporary sleek designs in matt black and concrete. There are so many great ones around - try West Elm (the sculpted brass candlesticks are spot on), Habitat and Trouva too.
Round rugs have been firmly on my radar for the last couple of years as a fun alternative to your usual rectangle. I love this grey one from House Curious. I've also got a penchant for more traditional patterned and printed rugs and have had my eye on this beautiful French Connection one for about a year! I'm loving the tones of these Ferm Living knitted cushions below and add some flirty boudoir vibes with a fringed or Dalmatian print H&M cover.
Interesting objects and vases are the perfect easy way to create vignettes around your space and change it up frequently; on shelves, mantelpieces, bedside tables, coffee tables, side tables, dining tables, console tables... The floor even! Mixing styles, materials and shapes is key and no need to put flowers in all of them (or any of them). I do love ceramic white sculptural trios to tone down a busy, cluttered space however but add some interest in sparse neutral schemes with a mixture of coloured glass, stone and bold jewel colours.
Forget the boring DIY shop hooks- it's finishing touches like these brass and lapis lazuli ones from Ferm Living that make your home feel individual. Brass and concrete touches will always elevate your space and will work with almost any vibe you already have going on- just look for interesting details like the turned-down edge of this glamorous bowl. Statement mirrors can act like a piece of artwork and also help brighten and lighten your space and give the impression of more depth. I love this neon-detailed one which comes in a few different colours from Petite Friture.
Every home needs a tray, be it marble, metal or concrete- they are never-endingly practical, floating from room to room holding candles (the Diptyque type), a collection of objet d'art, succulents or even your post.
Don't forget about the kitchen when it comes to stylish and unexpected details. Swapping in some on-trend brass or matt black cutlery will keep your home updated and interesting and you can make tea-time the opposite of quaint with these marble teacups from Bethan Gray. The Ripple champagne saucers and carafe in delicate corrugated glass by Ferm Living are high on my wish list to give that essential Great Gatsby vibe that every dining table needs.
Because Pink. And it's Friday.
I'm sure green features in almost everyone's home even if it is just in botanical form. Greenery has that amazing power of elevating even the most neutral of schemes to another level, but I'm far more invested than house plants in this wonderful colour. Case in point I have just bought a forest green velvet sofa for my new flat and I have an emerald green pouf on the way to sit with it (who doesn't love a pouf right now?) Go green or go home is what I say! Enter my latest inspiration board below. I'm planning some shoots at the moment and I always love to draw inspiration from different disciplines and look at a wide range of inspirational imagery in order to channel a unique vision in my images. Enjoy!
An ode to the Pantone colour of the year Ultra Violet. Being an Aquarian I love a bit of amethyst however for me the jury is out on full on purple for the home... A bit of dusky velvet or a candy-hued cushion is another story though...
Adding to my current aesthetic obsessions: embroidery, carpets, lo-fi photography, Seventies colour palettes...
My recent trip to Budapest has given me a new -found lust for faded grandeur. Loving all things gilded and slightly shabby right now. I haven't been to Moscow but I felt that the city had a certain touch of opulent Russia about it but I also loved the BIG buildings, ruins and fairytale-esque architecture. Who doesn't love a city filled with buildings that look like one-time castles and where state buildings (or any building for that matter) are painted pale pink, green or yellow?
I have been easing myself back into work after Christmas by researching visual connections and essentially re-inspiring myself for 2018. I like to call this one January Blues, because you know, it works. Looking forward to some exciting new projects and new directions to throw myself into this year.
In August I styled Lucero, the new fabric and wallpaper collections for Harlequin, and also Seduire, a sumptuous new upholstery book. We shot in 2 locations in London, which is always a challenge in one week but the logistical stress was worth it to get the vibe right. Some sketches and results below. See the full collection here, here and here. Thank you to all the brands that I worked with on this especially Chapel Street London who made so many beautiful pieces for us!