The perfect kitchen for summer

 

11th June 2015

I’ve been a fan of this stunning tropical kitchen for a very long time now so I thought it would be fun to share it with you.

It is Marianne Brandi and Keld Mikkelsen’s kitchen in their summer home in St Barts and it’s just one of those spaces that is so finely and perfectly balanced. The high airy ceilings offset the dark cabinetry perfectly and the rattan pendants are stunning centrepieces of the sleek space.

Marianne Brandi's beautiful tropical St Barts kitchen

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.

Style Icon – Muskoka Living Interiors

 

7th October 2014

Picture the most beautiful lake you can imagine – peaceful with wooded shores and dotted with small islands. Now picture the most perfect lakehouse you can imagine with wooden panelling, great lighting, a classic, neutral palette and pretty windows providing views out to the lake. Chances are it’s been designed by Muskoka Living Interiors.

Reflecting the beauty of the place known as Muskoka – an area of pristine lakelands north of Toronto – the interior design and furnishings company provides the lucky owners of beautiful homes with classic and elegant interiors with subtle nautical touches.

I just had to illustrate this image when I saw it – I mean is this not the most perfect space to park a car that you’ve ever seen? The use of wood and the detailing like the brass light and the perfectly pitched lettering of the name come together to create something truly spectacular and memorable.

Classic Lakehouse design by Muskoka LIving Interiors based in Canada - a very stylish place to park your Porsche (Illustration by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living in pen and ink with watercolour)

And if you can imagine a more exquisite spot to relax on a summer’s evening than this gracious, comfortable living space looking out over the water, then I’d love to hear from you.

Classic Lakehouse design with wooden panelling by Muskoka LIving Interiors in Canada (Illustration by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living in pen and ink with watercolour)

To see more, visit the Muskoka Living Interiors website or join their army of ardent Instagram fans here.

Just looking at these images makes it feel like summer will last forever doesn’t it?…

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.

Black and white chic

 

12th May 2014

Chanel was a famous fan of that chicest of palettes – black and white – which is as fresh and elegant as it was when she introduced it to the world. You can dress it up or have a more relaxed look – it’s totally up to you – it’ll look wonderfully chic either way. Here’s some inspiration so you can see what I mean and I also have a whole board dedicated to using black and white in your home over on Pinterest if you’re interested.

Black and white chic