Category for: Home Tour
As I’m in Norway today shooting for the Bright.Bazaar book I thought it would be the perfect time to take a look at what’s hot in Norwegian design and colour right now. In fact, it’s perfect timing as Fargerike recently unveiled the new purple-centric decor of the Mikado suite at the Grand Hotel, Oslo, which is in honour of Norway’s colour of the year.
Let’s start our tour in the desk nook area where the Alto table by Andreas Engesvik and Fjordfiesta sits in a gorgeous indigo shade in front of a deep plum wall. Personally, I wouldn’t have thought to layer shades of purple in this manner but it totally works, especially with a splash accent of hot coral in the curtains to give the palette a vibrant lift. Speaking of bold colour accents, can you spot the Bunad throw by Andreas Engesvik? I waxed lyrical about it on the blog last year after it debuted at 100% Norway as part of London Design Festival, so I’m really excited to see it as part of the Mikado suite. I’m also delighted to see the Beacon Lamp by Magnus Pettersen because it’s such a simple yet beautiful piece that’s perfect for introducing a purple accent into a space. A new discovery for me was the Thibaut wallpaper, an exclusive design for Fargerike that I would bring into my home without second thought – I love it! I think the suite shows how versatile the colour purple can be when decorating: when using several shades in one scheme the key is to introduce a surprise accent hue from outside the purple colour family to bring visual interest to the room, or introduce pattern as a way to soften the stronger, more dramatic shades at the darker end of the spectrum. Have you ever decorated with purple? What inspires you about the decor of the Mikado suite?
// Photography by Sveinung Bråthen | Styling by Christine Hærra | via Fargerike
Remember a few weekends ago when I visited Home Barn? Well, despite winter deciding to come back in full (gail!)force on Monday – the wind was biting and snow was gently falling – I decided to venture back out to Home Barn, this time with my pals Igor and Caroline joining me for the antiques adventure. When you enter Home Barn there’s a real sense of excitement as you have no idea what you are about to find; a feeling only accentuated by the softly falling snow that managed to fall through the gaps in the barn’s roof. The barn itself is of lofty proportions, with wooden beams so wonky they might as well call them The Definition of Character! Swooping drapes accentuate the height and create an almost theatrical feel to the space, within which I discovered an eclectic mix of vintage furniture and accessories across industrial, reclaimed, antique and modern themes. The owners, Sarah and Sally, regularly change up the assortment of products and finds on offer, cleverly weaving modern day trends through the myriad of vintage pieces. This is most notable with the fluro accents seen across both furniture and accessories throughout the barn. I may have left HomeBarn with a cold nose but I was fizzing with creative ideas for my home – have you ever had a magical antiques experience?
// Photography by Will Taylor
I’ve spent a wonderful weekend meeting with bloggers from across Europe at London’s Meet The Blogger event, so instead of my usual 10 Things post I thought I would update you on the decorating progress in my rental. Last time I shared some pictures of the new removable wallpaper in my living room but today I’m focusing on the bedroom. I think colour can be difficult to get right in a bedroom, especially as I like the space to feel cosy and cocooning by night, yet fresh and uplifting by morning (I don’t expect much from my walls, do I?!). I decided to paint with Farrow & Ball’s Cook’s Blue because I’ve used it in an old apartment (seen here) and I was so impressed by how it looked that I knew I wanted to work it into a room in my new place. It turns out that it’s the perfect choice for this space because the colour feels coastal-like with a bright and breezy character by day, but in the softer nighttime light it expresses a much deeper and warmer quality. The typographic ‘Rise and Shine’ screen print is perfect because it reminds me of what my gran used to say to me every morning when I stayed at her cottage in the school holidays. Plus, the golden yellow hue is the perfect match for the blue walls. I introduced pattern into the scheme via graphic bedding and placed a simple yet cheerful vase of daffodils beside the bed. There are still a few more pieces to add but it’s really coming together – what do you think, folks?!
// Photography by Will Taylor