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.

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.

Scandinavian inspired painted white plate rack

 

8th September 2014

You will often see plate racks in Scandinavian and Provencal homes and I have always loved them as decorative features. So when it came to filling this wall space above a dining table in an Edinburgh apartment, I searched high and low to source the perfect one.

 

Painted white plate rack designed by Louise Keane of Amalfi White Living. Shown here with red and white transferware and an antique grey and white Swedish platter.

My search proved fruitless so in the end I decided to design a plate rack specifically for the space.

My eternally patient joiner Derek Carnochan (who had previously installed the New England style kitchen on the other side of the room) interpreted my drawing perfectly and the finished plate rack that he made ended up looking like it had always been there.

If you would like further inspiration, I’ve started to gather images of plate racks on a dedicated Pinterest board and if you’d like help to design a plate rack or other bespoke shelving for your own space, I’d love to hear from you.

Painted vintage furniture

 

21st June 2013, Summer Solstice

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I am a great fan of adding vintage or antique items to your home to add character and uniqueness. They also add a personal touch and I love the idea that the pieces you now own had a life in another home or setting.

While I’d never advocate painting really good antique furniture, if you find a good basic piece with a shape that you really like but that’s not a great colour or is scuffed or marked, you can give it a whole new lease of life by painting it.

The pretty demilune table pictured above was a decidedly unattractive shade of deep reddish brown when I spotted it but a few coats of Farrow & Ball ‘Light Bllue’ later and it’s another story. (‘Light Blue’ is actually more of a grey than a blue with pretty green undertones.)

I also recently bought a very pretty table with barley twist legs and really nice detailing around the edge and overlooked the fact that it was kind of wobbly because I loved the shape so much. So once I got it home, I realised I needed an expert to repair it for me and was really happy to find David Meek, a skilled restorer, who works here in Edinburgh. Once it has been brought back to life in a few weeks, I’ll share the before & after pictures here.