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!

How to bring summer into your home


27th July 2014

Beautiful Cornish Beach by Amalfi White Living

Oh how I love this time of year! Not only is the weather wonderful and the days long and bright, but there seems to be design inspiration at every turn.

I love the style of summer so much that I’ve been gathering images over on Pinterest of what I call ‘Summer House Style‘. It’s the kind of laid back, welcoming style that invites you to come in and take your shoes off. It’s unpretentious and pretty and light and airy.

Think bare floorboards with simple sisal rugs, white slip-covered furniture, jugs of summer flowers, painted furniture in chalky colours and pretty accessories to add that touch of glamour.

Although it’s timely to be talking about Summer House Style while we are enjoying great summer weather, it’s actually a style that can work year round and ensure that the spirit of summer lingers longer than the good weather generally does!

I’m currently working on a summer inspired living room which I’ll publish here next week which I hope will inspire you to introduce some summer style into your home. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy lots of design inspiration on Pinterest!

The Style of Summer


11th April 2014

OK so we’re not quite in the summer season yet but I thought it was time to start thinking about it at least! Weathered wood, rattan, silver and lots of white and pale grey. It’s a look that can work at any time of year of course but there’s just something about sunshine, salty air and bare feet that makes it feel so right. In the spirit of getting into summer mode, I’ve put together a moodboard of summer style to inspire you. I’ve a whole board dedicated to this style over on Pinterest if you’d like even more inspiration. And if you’d like some advice on getting summerhouse style in your home, please do get in touch – I love designing homes in this style.


Summerhouse style moodboard

Colour inspiration for a Cornish hideaway


4th November 2013

I was asked to provide inspiration for the total redecoration of a Cornish holiday cottage in a beautiful fishing village by the sea. The first step was to create a palette and a look to inspire the overall design. The basis of the palette is the colours of Cornwall itself – colours of sky, cloud, sea and weathered wood. I then added coral and blush pink as accents and complementary colours to enliven and extend the palette.


Remembering a great summer


4th September 2013

It really has been one of the best summers I can remember and I’ve been dreaming of a summerhouse somewhere by water – maybe the sea or maybe a lake. It would be covered in weatherboard and the interior would be light and fresh and encourage you to kick your shoes off and relax. As we move into September and the nights begin to draw in I thought I’d put together a little visual reminder of the sights and scents of summer. I’ve also got a board on Pinterest where I’ve collected lots of summerhouse images to inspire you further.



Nantucket summer


24th June 2013

Today is Midsummer’s Day (not to be confused with the summer solstice on 21st but they are linked in that 24th June was the solstice in the old Roman calendar as far as I’m aware). In honour of that I’ve uploaded some wonderful, summery pictures that I took on a holiday to Nantucket a few years back.


I spent a week in Nantucket and was bowled over by its charm. Every shingle covered home seemed to be covered in cascades of pale pink climbing roses – you could literally point your camera in any direction and get shot after amazing shot. Even with my very basic (film – don’t laugh!) camera, I got these shots which I recently dug out and scanned. The style of the East coast of America is one of my favourites and if these photos don’t convince you, well…!