A golden rule of decorating is that you need to have neutral elements (white, or wood) to let the eye rest. Here, the rule is turned upside down, with the simple bed taking a backseat to the more unusual wardrobe, chair and wall art.
It pains us to admit, but sometimes even our eagle eyes can miss canny design buys. Case in point? The children’s selection at Designers Guild. A recent visit to their King’s Road flagship store revealed a treasure trove of delightful finds, like this ‘Little Owl’ rug (£195). Which only begs the question: what else are they hiding? Find them online at designersguild.com – where they have not only a UK shop, but US, Japan and Australia shops as well.
Architect Francesca Oggioni had to set aside her rationalist principles when she was planning a new layout for her listed house in west London, so it would work as a family home, workspace and backdrop for an extensive art collection. This spare bedroom on the top floor has neutral decoration allows the artwork to be the focus of the room.
Folksy textiles look fantastic when added to an otherwise simple scheme. The eclectic display of ornaments on a shelf above the bed fits with the theme and looks great – just ensure you hang it high enough so you don’t hit your head every morning!
The main bedroom of textiles designer Susan Deliss’ French country house is painted in the softest of blues – pink curtains in an Osborne & Little silk add a contrasting jolt of colour. A mid-century modern chair has been reupholstered in a fresh gingham and the bed quilt was hand-dyed with indigo.
To furnish the rooms of Song Saa, the private island hotel in Cambodia that she part owns with her husband, Melita Hunter travelled widely through South-East Asia gathering ideas and commissioning craftsmen. This four-poster bed was commissioned in Cambodia, and copied from a design Melita had seen in Chaing Mai. It is hung with White Muslin from Thailand.
Transform a nursery into a bedroom by introducing striped wallpaper and a patterned window treatment, such as this butterfly blind and matching voile canopy. The adorable doll’s house shelf finishes off the style.
Enjoyed looking at the photos. Very inspiring. I like how you featured different colors – not just pink. I designed a fun tween retreat for the Spring Show in Charlotte that was packed with some fun ideas…(pardon me while i toot my own horn:-))
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Amazing collection Emily! Among all, the design of Alina Isaev is the one that captured my attention the most. Perfect combination of simplicity and elegance, this is what I want my dream room to look like.
In a girl’s bedroom with plenty of bold colors and prints, scale back the wall color to invite serenity into the space. Look for a white with undertones of a color used in the room. Here, a white with a pink cast provides a break in the action while blending with the room’s cheeky pink accents. The little girl’s bedroom furniture provides a stark difference to the pastel walls.
Proof that you can make the functional beautiful is this mosquito-net-draped bed at the Segera eco retreat in Kenya, started by businessman and entrepreneur Jochen Zeitz, a passionate advocate of conservation sustainable tourism.
Fabric, ‘Toile Rivière Enchantée’ (corail), by Charles Burgerlinen/cotton, £106 a metre, at Turnell & Gigon. Skirting, ‘Light Blue’, £36 for 2.5 litres matt emulsion, at Farrow & Ball.Wallpaper(in bedroom), ‘Dragged’ (1214), £60 a 10-metre roll, at Farrow & Ball. Metal half-tester, ‘Laurel’, 11 x 74 x 42cm, £89, at Oka. Bed curtain, ‘Rayures Nantes’ (blue), by Clarence House, linen/cotton, £276.80 a metre, at Turnell & Gigon, lined in ‘Lining Stripe’ (black), cotton, £19.50 a metre, at Ian Mankin.
This bedroom by Samantha Pynn is my dream bedroom! The soft colour palette with the simple design gives this room such a relaxing feel, while the blue floral ceramic stool and pillows add another dimension to the room, and keep it from feeling too soft. The sheer curtains let in lots of light, keeping the room lovely and bright.
The owners of this west London house employed a skilled team to restore its original features, and create a home with a feeling of permanence after a lifetime of moving. The house is a tall, mid-nineteenth-century white stucco building that they wanted to work well for twenty-first-century family life. ‘We were determined to avoid beige banker chic,’ the owner explains. The daughter’s diminutive bedroom is hung with Cole & Son’s ‘Hummingbirds’ wallpaper.