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A Pastel Pink Christmas

December 18th, 2013 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (0 Comments)

Captivated by this image today.

photography by Lisa Cohen. styling by Indianna Foord for Country Style Australia

Pastel pink linen, peonies, mismatched china and pewter candlesticks create a romantic and non-traditional look that I absolutely love. Perfect for Christmas afternoon tea. Add tiny packages tied with velvet ribbon, a few shiny baubles, pour the Earl Grey and enjoy!

Silver, gold, pink, table setting for Christmas

Shop this look: 1 Mercury silver candlesticks 2 Pink linen napkin 3 Wedgewood Palladian teacup and saucer 4 Pink velvet ribbon 5 Baubles 6 Peony bowl 7 Wedgewood Palladian plates 8 Dipped cutlery

Main image: photography by Lisa Cohen, styling by Indianna Foord for Country Style Australia

A Masterpiece from Ikea

October 15th, 2013 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design - (3 Comments)

I couldn’t resist showing you today this new item from the lovely people at Ikea.

silvakra hanging from ikea

Isn’t she beautiful?

With all the elegance of a fashion sketch in a soft pink watercolour and suspended from a pretty pink ribbon.

It’s the new SILVÅKRA wall hanging and it’s only £10!

And yes, that handsome chair is from Ikea too.

Don’t you just love em?

Stylist Camilla Krishnaswamy

September 24th, 2013 | Posted by deardesigner in Stylists - (3 Comments)

Two photographs today from the portfolio of Swedish stylist Camilla Krishnaswamy.

I was drawn to the colour palette initially. The soft wash of pink on the wooden wall.  The brighter, more pastel pink of the flowers.  The battered wooden table and steps.

But then, the different shades of green cut through all that cuteness and add contrast and bolder shapes.

I love it.

Camilla Krishnaswamy [1]

I love that it’s a two-dimensional moodboard.

The flowers may be fading in our gardens.  The greens may be turning brown and falling, but I will be pinning these images to my office pinboard to cheer up my winter.

Camilla Krishnaswamy [2]

Camilla Krishnaswamy

Hello lovelies.  I hope by now you’ve all read the latest issue of Heart Home magazine.  Did you see the feature on page 76?  Yes, it’s my house, photographed by the very talented Andrew Boyd.

I had a lot of comments about the very pink console table in my hall so I thought I’d tell you all about it.

I’ve had it for ever.  It’s nothing special.  Just a reproduction writing desk that I picked up in a junk shop to sit in that very spot.  For years it remained as it was, dark wood with a green leather inlay on the top, embossed with gold.  I bought the chair next to it almost at the same time and that also was dark wood with a cream silk seat.  All very traditional and very safe.

A couple of years ago I painted it gold and had some glass cut for the top to hide the green leather.  I painted the underside of the glass black and changed the knobs to black faceted ones to match.  It still didn’t seem to be right.

And then, with the prospect of the photo shoot looming I painted it pink. And hello!

The black and white photograph of Miami with the pink Cadillac, I picked up in Homesense and I painted the frame black.  The chair was next.  Black gloss paint and a  new seat fabric (a returnable fabric sample, that oops, I forgot to return) gave it a new lease of life and it became the home for the cushion I made at the Clarissa Hulse studio.

And there you have it.  Nothing cost very much but I am very proud of that little corner now and the pink table always makes me smile.

Oh, and just in case you’re hankering after something similar, here’s one you can buy.

Available from Alexander and Pearl.

Don’t say I never give you anything.

Desperately looking for some inspiration for a young lady’s bedroom.  The pink is non-negotiable.  The black is already there.

Am I the only one who messes around on polyvore instead of working?

Is it constructive time well spent?

Sources: here.

It may be so last year, (honeysuckle – Pantone colour of the year 2011) but I’m so not over it!

Anyone who knows me, knows that pink is my favourite colour, and this most saturated hue is my favourite pink of all.  But, a word of caution, never was the phrase ‘a little goes a long way’ more true.

Another overused phrase ‘less is more’ also happens to be true with this hot shade.  Use it as an accent.  It goes particularly well with white and all shades of grey.  I wouldn’t personally use it with the warmer neutrals such as beige and taupe.  But maybe that’s just me.

It’s such a statement colour and it works particularly well in unexpected places.  It’s not called shocking pink for nothing!

If you love it but can’t quite commit to it as a colour block, it looks stunning used in graphic patterns.  Looks particularly well with this polished wood too.

Of course you can easily use it on those soft furnishings that can easily replace next season.  But some might say you have committment problems?

And don’t feel that an accent colour has to be repeated around the room.  It can, but sometimes just one splash of colour is enough, especially in a small room.  More pink in this bathroom would look contrived and overdone.  A room should look as if it has evolved and that you haven’t tried too hard.

Another unexpected use of pink.  And paint can easily be changed when you are ready for a change.

It’s the perfect colour to soften and feminize a room.  All of the hard surfaces here, both glossy smooth and spiky look all the better for some soft, upholstered, buttoned hot pink!

So do I. So do I.

Sources:1 Harriet Anstruther 2 Our City Lights 3 York Wallcoverings 4 Micasa Revista 5 Apartmenttherapy 6 Michael Graydon 7 The Long and Short of it 8 Etsy

Pretty in Pink at Ikea…

February 17th, 2012 | Posted by deardesigner in Interior Design | Shopping - (5 Comments)

There have been one or two short periods this week when the sun has made a brief appearance.  The freezing temperatures of last week have started to fade from memory and there seems to be a tinge of optimism in the air. 

Is it too early to be thinking of spring?

All it takes is a few pretty pictures in my in box and I’m planning a weekend of cleaning and sorting.  And I never could resist anything pretty and pink. 

And if I needed another reason to post these gorgeous shots – my niece has been fitted this week for her first pair of points.  There, what more reason did I need?

Have a lovely weekend all.  I hope the sun shines.

All photos from Nina Broberg/IKEA Livet Hemma

The Power of Pink

January 11th, 2012 | Posted by deardesigner in Inspiration - (3 Comments)

Today I think I will treat myself.

I don’t care what flowers they are.  As long as they are pink!

flowers,pink,simple

Don’t you just love a simple arrangement?

Sources:1 A Creative Mint 2 Bouf 3 Flickr 4 Miratis 5 Flickr 6 Decor8 7 Handpicked Collection

Today I’m painting the bedroom walls. Again!

Inspired by deep greys and my favourite…pink…in all it’s hues…

Via Pinterest: The Alternative BrideOasi Tumblr. Little Big Co79 Ideas.

Via Pinterest: Vintage Rose Garden Tumblr. Flickr. FlickrWe Heart It.

Via Pinterest: Alli MacBally. Unknown. Style Me Pretty. Asos.

And maybe a collection of roses?

Clockwise from top left: Rosanna NovellaArt.co.uk, Melody Maison, Art.co.uk, Allposters.

I can’t help it, it’s the romantic in me.

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