Inspiration from the Amalfi Coast


29th April 2014

Illustration in pen and ink with watercolour of the view from Ravello on the Amalfi Coast by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living

How do you get inspired to design a room? Designers often say that they get inspired by so many things – a view, nature, architecture, a beautiful dress, a particular colour combination – the list is literally endless.

My advice if you’re looking for inspiration for your home is to make a collage of images that simply resonate with you – they don’t have to be images of interiors – just whatever appeals to you. You’ll begin to notice patterns and things that recur over and over like certain colour combinations that you really like or patterns that you can incorporate in fabrics or flooring. This view of the Amalfi Coast (which I was moved to paint in anticipation of a visit in May) is full of inspiration for me for a wonderfully, summer fresh room. I’ll design a room based on this and publish it as my next blog post so you can see what I mean!

A beautiful outdoor terrace


16th April 2014

I’ve been working on ideas for a holiday home in Ireland and one of the changes I am proposing is the addition of an outdoor terrace off the kitchen. The style of the interior is very light and neutral with lots of painted wood and weathered grey wood. A little bit New England and a little bit Swedish. So the outdoor space would be something like this* with simple and unfussy planting and lots of green and white. What do you think?

Weathered wood outdoor terrace

* This drawing is based on Janelle McCulloch’s photograph of the beautiful terrace at Fern Vale Farm in Australia which was resdesigned by its owner, Melbourne based interior designer Jane Charlwood.


The Style of Summer


11th April 2014

OK so we’re not quite in the summer season yet but I thought it was time to start thinking about it at least! Weathered wood, rattan, silver and lots of white and pale grey. It’s a look that can work at any time of year of course but there’s just something about sunshine, salty air and bare feet that makes it feel so right. In the spirit of getting into summer mode, I’ve put together a moodboard of summer style to inspire you. I’ve a whole board dedicated to this style over on Pinterest if you’d like even more inspiration. And if you’d like some advice on getting summerhouse style in your home, please do get in touch – I love designing homes in this style.


Summerhouse style moodboard

The magic of transformation


6th April 2014

Do you love makeover shows as much as I do? Where a tired old house or room is transformed and literally brought back to life in some cases?

One of the things I love most is imagining how I’d go about these transformations myself and although my focus is usually inside the home as an interior designer, I often find myself looking at exterior spaces in the same way. A great example is this small country house I came across near a beautiful lake in the middle of Ireland. It had certainly seen better days and was quite a sorry sight but even so I couldn’t help but imagine it restored with new windows (begone ugly plastic windows!), new rendering, some detailing under the eaves and its garden planted with lavender and roses. Scroll down to see it reimagined…


Cloonoon 002

Country house reborn