Style inspiration for romantic interiors
Banish winter blues with shades of taupe and plaster pink, and layer up with textiles and decorative antiques for a timeless, romantic look. Feature Selina Lake.
Style your space with florals
After months of being used for work, rest and play, our kitchens, living rooms and bedrooms have begun to feel uninspiring. With spring on the horizon, it’s time to show your home a little love. Flowers of all kinds, from fragrant narcissi and hyacinths to joyful dried blooms such as hydrangea heads and gypsophila can transform a space. Gather vases, jugs and planters and team your floral arrangements with favourite antiques to create vignettes on window sills, tables and dressers.
Faux hydrangea in soft pink
Floral wall print
The Frances bouquet
Handmade natural dried flower wreath
Eichholtz caliente vase
Strip back your interiors
Tired of your surroundings but not ready for the expense of redecorating? Stripping away the old wallpaper can be an exciting half measure: bare plaster has a timeless appeal and is the perfect backdrop for art, antiques and vintage pieces of all styles. Make an audit of the smaller decorative elements you own and swap some of them out. Cushions can transform a sofa – look for bright colours, contrasting textures and embroidery. Lampshades are another quick fix: choose glass or ceramic, or fabric with tassels.
Coral floral patterned silk damask curtains
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Oli ruffle pink linen cushion
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A recipe for romance
Now, more than ever, is the time to make use of the things we love, and usually save for best. Months of lockdown have taken their toll on our culinary repertoire and the simple pleasure to be had from a cosy meal at home. In these first months of the new year, elevate the everyday and use beautiful plates, cutlery and table linen whenever you can. And if it’s a romantic meal, add candles to complete the mood. Look for sconces, as well as candlesticks, to suffuse the room with candlelight.
Green ribbed hurricanes
Copper leaf wall sconce
LSA International gio gem tumbler glasses
Pink leaf tablecloth
Anna + Nina metallic candle holder
Beautiful bedroom decor
Reclaim your bedroom as a place of rest and relaxation. Rethink your storage and perhaps invest in a beautiful chest of drawers or linen chest – pieces that are not only practical, but ones that will also give you pleasure. Luxurious bed linen in fine cotton or linen might feel like an indulgence, but higher-quality textiles last and last, often improving with age. Look for pretty, vintage eiderdowns to layer on top; not only will they look gorgeous, but they’ll also provide extra warmth in chilly February and March.
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