The look of summer

 

30th August 2016

Summery dining room inspiration from Halcyon House in Cabarita Beach, Australia by Amalfi White Living

With September just around the nearest corner, I’m already dreaming of an ‘indian summer’ – anything to hold onto the feeling of summer and long days of sunshine!

One place that to me evokes everything that summer is about, is Halcyon House in Cabarita Beach on Australia’s beautiful east coast. I’ve just written a piece about it on This is Glamorous so I was inspired to design a moodboard inspired by it and its richly layered interiors which were designed by the extremely talented designer Anna Spiro.

Halcyon House is a uniquely styled space which evokes the fun and happy memories of summers gone by, with a definite nod to 1960′s glamour. Its interiors welcome you with colour and pattern while entreating your to kick off your shoes and make yourself feel totally welcomed and relaxed. The ultimate compliment for any space surely?…

Blue and white – eternally fresh and stylish

 

7th June 2016

Blue and white is a colour combination I return to again and again. There’s a timelessness about it and an undeniable freshness to it that’s redolent of salty breezes and ocean waves.

 

Pen and ink illustration of a Lilla Villa Vita vignette

 

The pretty seating area above is an illustration of an image I have loved for a long time by Swedish blogger ‘Lilla Villa Vita’. I hadn’t done any illustrations for this site for a while so I thought this one would make a nice summer addition. What do you think?

I’ve recently sourced some wonderful blue and white fabrics that aren’t available in the UK so if you’re in need of new soft furnishings or would like to reupholster an old chair, then do get in touch. I’m currently getting a chair refinished for a client with a wonderful navy Greek Key pattern on white. I’ll share pictures very soon but here’s how it looks made up as a cushion. So timeless and fresh.

 

Navy and white cushion with Greek Key pattern by Amalfi White Living

I’ve also been gathering a gorgeous selection of pins celebrating the joys of decorating with blue and white on Pinterest for quite a while now. Definitely worth a look if you’d like some further inspiration.

And as ever, if you’d like some help to get your home looking as fresh and stylish as you know it can, just send me an email and let me know what you’d love to achieve – I’m sure I can help.

 

The styling details that make the difference

 

7th April 2016

There are lots of elements that you need to get right to have a really well designed room. One of my favourite parts of the process and one where you can make a big difference is in the final styling touches. A bit like choosing the right jewellery to finish an outfit beautifully, it should never be overdone, just enough to give the effect that you wish to achieve.

Interior styling detail by Amalfi White Living

 

I’ve changed things around on my Instagram feed of late and am adding more ideas for styling and placing objects to make your room really sing (as well as other fresh and elegant images just to inspire!). Instagram is increasingly a great place to come for interior inspiration – although Pinterest is still a treasure trove of ideas too! – Louise

Good design can actually save you money

 

In the same way that many truly stylish women will mix items from high street stores with more expensive designer clothing, I’m a fan of mixing inexpensive finds into your home.

Starting with a sturdy cream linen Chesterfield sofa from The White Company, I’ve come up with a moodboard for a ‘Coastal Chic’ living room that costs less than £2430* for all the elements featured, using well designed pieces from less expensive stores such as H&M, Zara and Ikea.

Coastal Chic moodboard ideas sourced entirely from the high street and costing less than £2500

While I would always advise clients to invest in larger pieces of furniture, buying from the high street stores can be a great way to play with colour or try out patterns without breaking the bank. And it also goes a long way to proving a point which is dear to my heart. And that is that clever design should not be beyond anyone’s reach.

I’m a firm believer that you can actually save money by working with an interior designer – not only can we share our knowledge of clever finds and secret sources but we are trained in how to pull it all together to work in your space.

If this piece has inspired you and the time is right for you to get your home looking as you’ve always known it could – for less than you thought it would – then please get in touch and we can start planning your very own makeover.

* The cost of £2430 covers all the items in the moodboard including the sofa. If you would like a copy of the shopping list, please email me and I’d be happy to share it with you.

Dreaming of a house by the sea

Moodboard for house by the sea with blush and navy, weathered wood and brass

 

Sources: 1 via CB2 | 2 via Slettvoll | 3 via CB2 | 4 via Neptune | 5 via Lamps Plus  | 6 via H&M Home | 7 via H&M Home | 8 via Oka | 9 via Neptune | 10 via Jonathan Adler | 11 via West Elm

In my mind’s eye, I can already see my dream house by the sea – covered with weatherboard, a seat outside to watch the sun rise and a pretty garden with hardy plants to withstand the salty breezes.

Inside there would be white-washed wooden floors, simple blinds or billowy drapes on the windows and lots of cosy places to sit. A fireplace is a must with baskets of logs nearby ready to warm up chilly days and evenings, even in summertime.

The palette would be inspired by the coast with lots of navy and white but for a pretty twist, I’d add blush pink and finally touches of brass or gold to give it that little bit of glamour that we all need.

How would your dream home look?…

Scandinavian inspiration from Vibeke Svenningsen

 

26th March 2015

Some people have sublime taste. And some people can translate that taste into gorgeous interiors that others can capture in photographs that sing. And then you have those rare individuals who can do all of these things. Enter Vibeke Svenningsen whose cool yet pretty Scandinavian style has been delighting the growing fans of her blog.

Pen and ink with watercolour illustration of tulips based on an original photograph by Norwegian stylist, photographer and blogger Vibeke

She has created the most beautiful, white home in Norway which she shares with her husband, two daughters and her dog Nure and which she styles and photographs for her blog and Instagram pages. 

I find that certain images just cry out to be illustrated – yet so many of Vibeke’s images were crying out to me, it was a veritable cacophony! But I chose the one above because I think it sums up the mood of a year just turning towards the warmth and light of Spring and Summer.

I love the way she has paired tulips in a glowing range of colours with the fluffy neutrals of the catkins. And the casually hung tea towels and aprons in pale blue and white against the backdrop of simple, white panelling provide a lovely, restful counterpoint to those spots of glorious colour.

Do make sure you visit Vibeke’s blog for a host of other pretty and inspiring images and you can also get your fix of her special brand of Scandinavian loveliness here on Instagram and follow her here on Pinterest.

Oh and did I mention that she also paints? To quote the words Vibeke uses on her blog, ‘You can’t use up creativity… the more you use, the more you have…’. Words to live by indeed.

How to create a Hamptons style bedroom

 

19th January 2015

Hamptons style is very much inspired by the ocean and a Hamptons style bedroom should have a calm and soothing palette while retaining the subtle sense of glamour that this style is all about.

Mix different textures like the glass lamp and glass droplet chandelier (below) with a rattan covered stool and mother of pearl topped bedside table. Then layer subtle colours that are reminiscent of the sea – blues, greys and whites – and accessorise with a statement mirror and pretty metal candle holders. And you’ll have a soothing sanctuary which feels fresh and light with that Hamptons touch of glamour.

Create a Hamptons style bedroom in soothing shades with these ideas from Amalfi White Living

I’ve been collecting Hamptons Style images here on Pinterest for a while now so do follow me for ongoing inspiration. And if you’d like me to design a Hamptons style bedroom for you or you would like to source any of these items, please get in touch.

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?…

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!

Amalfi inspired dining nook

 

6th May 2014

As promised in my last post, here’s a space I have designed based on the classic view of the Amalfi Coast below.

Amalfi inspired dining nook with built-in banquette seating designed and illustrated in pen and ink with watercolour by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living

 

While the colour palette of the image has been an obvious influence on the design, it’s also the sense of the Amalfi Coast that I also wanted to capture. I’ve chosen a very light palette against which the blue can really stand out with white walls and a white painted floor as well as a white linen banquette (treated with stain guard of course!). It’s that idea of brightness and intensity which makes this space feel summery while the slightly greyed wood of the dining table balances it out and stops it feeling too blindingly white.

When I think of Italy I imagine great food and lots of time spent around the table enjoying it with family and friends. The layout of a dining space with a built-in banquette is to me just the most welcoming and convivial layout. Doesn’t it just invite you to sit and stay awhile?