A little while ago I was approached by the members only homeware boutique Casafina and invited to curate a tastemaker sale for them. Using some of my own furniture, rugs, lighting and decorative objects as a starting point I worked with the Casafina team to help them put together a sale designed to reflect the look, feel and colour palette of my own home.
“At the dressing table every woman has a chance to be an artist, and art, as Aristotle said “completes what nature left unfinished.””
— Sophia Lauren
Living in a relatively small house where storage is in short supply, a dressing table always felt like a luxury we couldn't really accommodate in our current bedroom.
With storage our main consideration, when we originally decorated and furnished the room we wanted to incorporate as much shelf and drawer space as possible, fitting built in wardrobes and cupboards along the walls on either side of the bed and positioning a large chest of drawers on the only remaining wall. As a result, I'd resigned myself to the fact that having a dressing table just wasn't really an option. But in truth, I've never really been happy with the room layout, and it always felt like a bit of a compromise.
So when Habitat got in touch recently and asked if I'd like to get involved in their current collaboration with Birchbox we decided to ditch the old chest of drawers and see how things worked out with their lovely new Emil dressing table instead.
Although I'm perfectly capable of appreciating bold colours and vibrant prints, when it comes to textile design I invariably find myself drawn, first and foremost, to weave, texture and touch.
So when I visited London Design Week at Design Centre Chelsea Harbour last week and viewed the new designs from Italian textile house Dedar I was happy to discover a collection that is overwhelmingly tactile in the most luxurious way.
I quite literally gasped when these images dropped into my inbox a few days ago via Est magazine.
The use of colour in this Melbourne home designed by Fiona Lynch feels incredibly fresh and exciting. By boldly using unexpected colour combinations - who knew that an emerald green velvet cushion could look so amazing against a pastel pink backdrop, for example - Lynch has created an interior in which the overall mood is surprisingly soft and harmonious.