Icons of Style – Restoration Hardware

 

29th August 2014

This is a bit of a bumper post but I hope you’ll see why! Today I’m featuring one of my all time favourite interior decor brands, Restoration Hardware, whose style treads a path between Parisian elegance and a more raw industrial aesthetic.

The 'Auguste Salon Bench' from Restoration Hardware in an elegant Parisian style room set illustrated in pen and ink with watercolour by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living

This US firm offers furniture, lighting, soft furnishings, art and a host of decorative items for your home. Sadly there are no stores in the UK – yet?! – but if you’re desperate enough for their gorgeous wares, you can always get items shipped.

The colour palette is resolutely neutral and restrained and the immaculately styled room sets range from light and ethereal to dark and dramatic.

A neutrally upholstered Deconstructed French Victorian Chaise by Restoration Hardware with circa 1900 French Brasserie table illustrated in pen and ink with watercolour by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living

If I were to write about all the goodies on offer, from framed sea fans and delicately deconstructed furniture, to contemporary artworks and oversized chandeliers, this post would fill a very large tome.

So instead I’ll leave you with a taste of Restoration Hardware style in a final illustration of another of my favourite room sets and urge you to visit their website.

Just make sure you set some serious time aside!

Elegant bathroom by Restoration Hardware with dramatic hanging lights and a Venetian style mirror illustrated in pen and ink with watercolour by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living

Create a great first impression

 

24th August 2014

The entrance to your home, whether a soaring double-height vestibule or a more modest hallway, sets the tone for the rest of your home.

So it’s worth investing the time and effort into getting it to look just right.

The beautiful vestibule of JK Place on the island of Capri off the Amalfi Coast in Italy

This beautiful hallway is the entrance to the villa that is now the luxury hotel JK Place on the island of Capri. It has been designed to feel like you are entering a beautiful home rather than a hotel and even through its scale is more than most of us have to play with there are ideas we can borrow.

    • A hall table is the key piece of furniture – make sure yours is practical (drawer for keys, for example) as well as beautiful.
    • Fresh flowers or an attractive plant are always lovely additions.
    • Don’t ignore your walls. Can you add panelling for interest if they are bare? What about art?
    • Is your hallway a dumping ground for shoes and coats? If so, can you add attractive storage so that clutter is banished?
    • And finally, how does your hallway smell? Yes really! A friend of mine has the most gorgeous scent diffuser just inside her door that wafts grapefruit at me in a most delicious way every time I visit – a memorable welcome.

Icons of design and style

 

7th August 2014

This post is the first in a series about designers and style icons who are both inspiring and influential.

I’m pretty confident that they will inspire you too – so if you are ever in need of ideas or inspiration for your home, you know where to come!

The first design company in my roll call of elegant fame is the New York based Chango & Co which was founded by its Creative Director Susana Simonpietri in 2009.

Feast your eyes on my illustration of the kitchen of this drop dead gorgeous East Hamptons beach house, reimagined by Chango & Co. Can’t you just smell the ocean?

 

The kitchen of the beautiful white Hamptons beach house designed by New York based design firm Chango & Co with Tolix chairs and oversized pendant lights (llustrated in pen and ink with watercolour by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living)

 

And you simply must click here to see the rest of this amazing East Hamptons beach house in soothing neutrals with classic accent colours.

Of course this summer home is just one of Chango & Co’s inspiring transformations which you can see on their website – and be sure not to miss the before and after pictures. I’ll leave the superlatives to you!

As you browse Chango & Co’s classic and elegant body of work, I’m sure you’ll spot the other aspect of their design that is just so appealing – their instinctive ability to create spaces which are inviting and ‘real’. Spaces you can imagine actually walking into and living in. Not just spaces that look great (they do – and how!) but spaces that you know will feel as good as they look.

And that’s the best kind of design.

Inspiration for a summer fresh living room

 

5th August 2014

 

This post is all about the style of summer so I hope it’s summer wherever you are – and if not, then I hope the sun is at least shining!

 

Summer fresh living room with hints of New England style - in neutral tones with accents of blue and white designed and illustrated by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living

I’ve been working on this living room for which the brief was ‘warm, welcoming and elegant’.

It’s a summer house for the family so it needs to be a home away from home, with all the comforts you would expect but a truly relaxed vibe.

I took the cue from the fact that it’s a summer house to make it reflect this most wonderful of seasons with lots of light and pale fabrics.

But you can see how it will provide a warm welcome year round with the gorgeous ivory woodburning stove surrounded by a classic limestone mantel.

If you like nothing more than curling up with a good book, then the wall of shelving will surely appeal. The dark background is a great design trick to add drama and allow the items on the shelves to really stand out.

If you are a fan of blue and white, then using this colour combination in accents is a great way to make a room feel fresh and inject colour at the same time.

As Aerin Lauder says her gorgeous book ‘Beauty at Home‘ : “Blue and white is part of my decorating DNA. I love it in any way, shape, or form.”

And who can argue with a style icon like Aerin?

 

Furniture and accessories to decorate a summer style living room by Amalfi White Living

 

If you’d like information on any of the items I’ve included in this living room please email me and I’ll give you all the details of where I sourced them.

And if you have found this post inspiring and you would like some advice on how to inject some summer fresh ideas into your home, then please do get in touch!