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Brief: I am moving around the layout of my home, as I want to make the most of the South-facing room that gets filled with sunlight throughout the day. Currently, it is my bedroom, but I want to be able to have guests lounging there and even have a little dining area where I can share a meal with my daughter and enjoy a good conversation. The room in not big, so I want the decor of the room to be as much pared down as possible. I want to infuse Mediterranean accents through a terracotta limewash paint and natural textures such as palm leaves, jute, linen and wood. Choosing a limewash paint for the walls will enable me to add even more texture and provide an authentic feel to the room. I will paint the skirting in the same colour to add height to the room. The focal points of this room will be the pendant, a curated collection of large wabi-sabi vases and a designer sling chair with cognac leather. We are so lucky that, despite living in central London, our window view showcases big trees and our neighbours’ well-maintained gardens so I am conscious of keeping the window sill streamlined.

Keywords: primitive, tribal, minimalist, wabi sabi, experimental


Brief: Since our large living room is not getting much daylight (being North-facing), I will transform it into the master bedroom. The size of the room is substantial but as it will contain most of my furniture it won’t feel oversized. To reinforce the feeling of cosiness and intimacy I will choose a dark colour of deep intensity for the walls, probably using limewash or chalk paint to create texture. I will complement the blue-grey walls with neutral linen bedding and dark wood antique stools, aiming for a ‘old-new’ style. To contrast with the darkness of the room, I will use antique brass and golden touches like table lamps and hardware. Dried foliage and architectural branches are always a good idea: they bring nature and scent into the home, add another layer of texture and result in interesting displays. Fresh eucalyptus is the perfect greyish green to use in winter and it smells divine. Adding a few sources of light are crucial for this inky room and will create pockets of glow, especially in the evening and during gloomy days.

Keywords: inky, moody, natural, soothing


Brief: One of my good friends recently moved into a new house with her family and had so much space that she was hesitant about how to use her most North-facing room, located next to the entrance. She and her husband talked about turning it into a library but there was no vision of what this room would function as, for whom and when; it was pretty much dead space. She had already painted the walls in sage green and her husband insisted on getting a Chesterfield sofa for that room. After much discussion, we all agreed this would be a space where adults can relax after a day of work or looking after the children as well as the husband’s main work area. We chose a restrained palette that includes fern green, tan leather and soft grey. I advised complementing the Chesterfield sofa with modern, masculine chairs that create sharp lines and a strong impact. Adding sculptural elements would be a great way to add interest to the room. As the room is North-facing it is important to pay attention to lighting and have a few sources sprinkled around the room.

Keywords: masculine, sculptural, modern, elegant


Brief: This room functions as a guest room. My friend had already put up the peacock wallpaper (image included in the moodboard here below). She also had a velvet-like bed cover in deep blue and asked me if she should keep it. I am a strong advocate of “shopping your own house” and repurposing objects rather than buying everything new so of course, I said yes. This fabric will help us achieve a sense of opulence, also enhanced by the exoticism of the wallpaper. To add depth to the room and introduce contrasting shapes we will hang a round mirror that reflects daylight and spread it across the space. Here again, we are working with a restrained palette to ensure the space feels cohesive, soothing and polished. The final touch will be to add a large potted plant (one big looks neater than a few little) to purify the air and give pizzazz to the room.

Keywords: playful, lavish, exoticist

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When decorating a space, it is important to find your WHY, the very reasons that motivate the change you want to see. The more you clarify your intention, the more able you will be to stick to the brief, make the right decisions and achieve your dream space. Getting a deep understanding of what we value the most help us prioritise our time and resources, and will prevent us to get sidetracked when searching for inspiration. Your end goal should always reflect you, not be a replica of someone else’s style. I am here to help you to create a space that feels authentic and meaningful, echoes your values and aligns with your lifestyle.

It is important to note that any room benefits from being created at a slow tempo. Building a pause before buying furniture or decorative items and considering thoughtfully what visual story you want to compose is essential.

The first step in styling a space is to declutter. I don’t intend to go all Marie Kondo on you but it is helpful to think about the things you want to live with. Decluttering is an ongoing process; it is best to start small and be consistent so as not to get overwhelmed. You can start by discarding useless knick-knacks while keeping items that are both aesthetically pleasing and practical (e.g., trays, baskets, etc.) Investing in beautiful everyday items is a clever way to keep a space refined and functional. If you have useful things that are unattractive, simply put them away in storage. This first phase alone will energise your senses and soften your sight.

10 TIPS FOR SUSTAINABLE, SLOW TRAVEL

Being away from home and the responsibilities of everyday life not only gives you the freedom to reset, but immersing yourself in different cultures make you see other ways to live and be happy.

Indeed, happiness comes in many forms and,  through the exploration of the world, you are reminded that life does not need much to be completely fulfilling.

But while travelling is so profoundly beneficial to our personal sustainability, it is important to consider the impact we have on the environment and host community. More and more hospitality brands are taking steps to become more sustainable but it is equally important for customers to take responsibility and travel in a conscious manner. We can not afford for low impact tourism to be a trend. We have rounded up here some travel-specific tips and tricks that we use to be more sustainable travellers.

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HOW TO PERFECT YOUR CAPSULE SUMMER WARDROBE

The holiday season is getting closer and it is finally time in the UK to transition to a Summer wardrobe. 

More than a trend, the concept of a capsule wardrobe aligns with the ‘less is more’ philosophy. Discerning consumers are increasingly looking to invest in fewer but higher quality pieces that will last for a lifetime. High-end craftsmanship, classic designs and quality fabrics have become the parameters of a thoughtful purchase decision along with a concern over sustainable production and the label’s values.  

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