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?…

The power of an exterior makeover for your home

 

31st July 2016

Although I am an ‘interior’ designer, I am passionate about making homes look beautiful inside and out. One of my favourite things to do is to reimagine tired and sorry exteriors, making them beautiful and welcoming.

Some transformations may require the skills of an architect to realise the potential of a house. But if the overall shape and proportions are already pleasing, then it truly is amazing what new windows, doors, roof materials and landscaping can do to totally transform a home from one that you’d pass by without a second glance, to one that makes you smile.

I stumbled across this extremely worn out 70’s home on a property website and could immediately see its potential using the existing structure. With the help of a photomontage technique, I’ve come up with two ways to update it with an exterior makeover, first with modern steel windows and then with a more traditional style. Both makeovers also rely on pretty landscaping to complete the look. What do you think? Which one do you prefer?…

 

1970's house in need of an exterior makeover

An exterior makeover of a tired 70's bungalow by Amalfi White Living

An exterior makeover of a tired 70's bungalow by Amalfi White Living

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.

 

Is it time for summer style in your home?

 
25th May 2016

Are you as delighted with the brighter weather and longer days as I am? I make no secret about my love of summer and everything that is associated with it. Trees in full leaf, blossom bursting out everywhere, sandy toes, the smell of barbecue smoke and the anticipation of a day at the beach…

 

Summer house style montage by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living

 

I’m also very interested in how to bring a sense of summer into your home, not just for a few months of the year but all year long. It’s all about a light, fresh backdrop with bursts of brighter colour and easy, relaxed textures like wood, sisal and rattan.

I’ve been gathering images of this style, which I call ‘Summer House Style’, over on Pinterest for a while now so do have a look and see if you love it as much as I think you will.

It’s well known that our environment has an effect on our wellbeing so just imagine it feeling like summertime every time you put your key in the front door…

{If you’re ready to inject some summer fresh style into your home, I have a few slots open for design work currently. Get in touch and let me know what your dream is for your home.}

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?…

An inspirational place to work

 

25th January 2016

Do you have a inspirational place to work in your home where it’s a joy to spend time? With many more of us now working from home, having a dedicated space is a real asset.

This is my workspace with a simple antique desk placed beside a window for the best light and I often keep my drawing board on top of it so it’s to hand. Importantly, I also have a changing pinboard of all my favourite images to keep the inspiration levels high so my clients get my best work!

 

Interior designer and illustrator Louise Keane at work

 

If you’d like help to design your home office or redesign any aspect of your home, please get in touch and let’s see how I could help.

Getting cosy as the nights draw in

 

22nd November 2015

With the nights getting longer and the temperatures dipping, we are spending more time indoors. So it makes sense to add a few touches to ensure that your home is as cosy as it is stylish. Here are a few ideas for a cosy living room using coral shades and warm metals to chase away the cold and the darkness.

Interior ideas to make your living space cosy this winter For more ideas on how to make your space cosy this winter, visit my Pinterest board. And if you would like information on any of the pieces shown above, please drop me a line and I would be happy to let you know its source.

Thibaut’s glorious summer style

 

5th August 2015

Is there a season more wonderful than summer? Sunshine, holidays, outdoor living – heaven. And now even if the sun is not shining, you can still experience a sense of summer with a new range of outdoor fabrics from venerable American fabric and wallpaper house Thibaut. The colours and patterns are simply glorious, my favourites being the pinks and oranges you can see in the illustration I’ve done below.

Thibaut Portico Collection Summer 2015

This range, entitled ‘Thibaut Portico’, has been produced in partnership with outdoor fabric experts Sunbrella. So you can be assured you will be able to enjoy these stunning colours and patterns without having to worry about fading, weather damage, ice-cream drips or any other summer dangers. And they are so gorgeous you may even be tempted to bring the summer indoors and use them in a living space or kitchen.

The designs include bold stripes, flowers, branches, trellis patterns and even pretty turtles. As well as the delectable pinks and oranges you can see illustrated above, you can also choose from greys, bright greens and blues ranging from cobalt to navy to turquoise.

Thibaut has long been a treasured resource of mine for fabrics and wallpapers. Its range is vast and my favourites have always been the more vibrant colours and patterns. Thibaut’s colourful takes on classic chinoiserie patterns, for example, are both fresh and modern and their range of bold yet elegant geometric patterns is hard to beat. They are quite simply the ‘go to’ for exciting fabric and wallpaper designs in chic colours.

If you’re a fan of summer style, do visit my Summer House Style board on Pinterest which has a wealth of design tips for bringing the summer into your home, all year round.

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?…

Style Icon – Perfumer Jo Malone and her new brand Jo Loves

 

25th September 2014

There’s something utterly poetic about the fact that Jo Malone’s first ‘Jo Loves’ shop is just doors away from the site of a florist where she worked when she was sixteen years old. She reminisces, “I remember the subtle scent of tuberose and lilies, freesia and roses alongside crushed green stems on the floor and the smell of twine and brown paper.”

After building her hugely successful eponymous brand, Jo took a break, but thankfully for her legions of adoring fans worldwide, is back with a fresh new brand and a host of delicious new scents. How about ‘Orange Tulle’? Or ‘A Shot of Thai Lime over Mango’?

The ‘Jo Loves’ brand bears all the hallmarks that we’ve come to expect of this style icon – clean, modern lines with a freshness and elegance that is unmistakeable. This line-up of perfume bottles (which I just had to illustrate) pretty much says it all.

A selection of pretty Jo Loves perfume bottles illustrated in pen and ink with watercolour by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living

It didn’t surprise me when Jo was quoted in a design magazine recently describing her home as feeling like “a tiny beach house in the middle of London….all white, wide white-washed floorboards, huge white linen sofas and white bare walls with hints of red”. Her description conjures up a space that is the perfect combination of elegant, stylish and relaxing.

I’ll bet her home smells utterly divine too.

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.