Style Icon – This is Glamorous


21st October 2014

There is an alluring mystique to the taste maker ‘This is Glamorous’ which curates and gathers the best of design and style from around the globe. As a reader, you are also given tantalising glimpses into the world of its glamorous founder, Roséline Lohr, but always with an old-fashioned sense of decorum and restraint.

What is not restrained is the elegance and glamour with which the reader is treated daily. The aesthetic which Roséline has cultivated so beautifully is wholly romantic – think flower shops, bunches of roses, images of architecture, fashion and art.

And her editor’s eye is unerring. While many blogs veer around a style, This is Glamorous curates images in a consistently elegant way – just one of the reasons it has gained so many followers around the world.

With a burgeoning Instagram audience, Roséline’s images treat her fans to real-time glimpses of her life. Many of these images showcase the architecture and splendour of Scotland’s capital city, Edinburgh, which she now calls home. As a fellow resident I am naturally biased about the beauty of the place but if you’re in any doubt, Roséline’s exquisite eye for an image will convince you.

She recently uploaded a collage of images to Instagram which I illustrated and which she graciously allowed me to share here.

Collage of images by Roseline at This is Glamorous illustrated in pen and ink with watercolour by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living

If you ever need a dose of beauty during the day, This is Glamorous is the ultimate resource. And if you’d like a little bit of that beauty in your own life, check out, the stylish leather goods and accessories brand launched recently by Roséline and her partner Paul.

PS I share a passion for the colour pink with Roséline and have dedicated a whole Pinterest board to its charms here.

Style Icon – Studio William Hefner


14th October 2014

If you visit the website of Los Angeles-based architectural firm, Studio William Hefner, you’ll notice that they showcase their stunning design projects as either ‘Traditional’ or ‘Contemporary’. But for me it’s the way they mix both of these styles that makes their work so exciting.

Take this dining space in William Hefner’s own home in Hancock Park which is a huge favourite on Pinterest for more than obvious reasons.

US architect William Hefner's stunning dining space in his own home featuring floor to ceiling steel windows (Illustration by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living in pen and ink with watercolour)

The huge floor to ceiling picture window with sleek, steel framing opening onto the terrace makes a modern statement alongside dining furniture which has elegant, traditional lines. The rest of this amazing home continues the theme of mixing modern and contemporary with traditional and elegant to great effect with carefully chosen lighting and artwork. And as you’d expect in an architect’s home, the attention to detail is exquisite both inside and out.

Studio William Hefner undertakes entire projects melding architecture, interior design and landscaping to create some of the most beautiful homes you can possibly imagine. Feast your eyes on the rest of their impressive portfolio here.

PS If you’re inspired by William Hefner’s statement steel window, do check out this Pinterest board where I’ve been collecting the best steel window and door designs I have found.

Make your home cosy as the nights draw in


10th October 2014

While summer is my favourite season I can’t help loving the changing colour of the leaves at this time of year – the clear autumn skies, pulling on cosy jumpers to go walking and enjoying seasonal foods.

If you’re lucky enough to have a working fireplace, now’s the time to rediscover the joys of that too. One of the most successful improvements made to this Edinburgh flat was the reinstatement of the fireplace in the living space. It transformed not just how the room looked by providing a focal point, but how it felt as well.

You can see from the first image that the fireplace had been completely removed and bricked up by previous owners.

Chimney breast of Edinburgh flat before the fireplace was reinstated

It took a bit of work but with the flue thankfully still intact and working, it was possible to reinstate the fireplace.

Living room redesign in an Edinburgh apartment by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living

While a real fire is not to everyone’s taste, and does take some work, there are other options like stoves or gas fires which may be more suitable.

And if you can’t have a fire, candles are a great way to light the dark evenings.