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winter whites .. the warmth of white interiors

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, June 10, 2015
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Winter is officially here, the ski season has commenced and we have had our first fall of snow ... much to the relief of all.

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I may have said this before but ... white does work in winter. We have all heard the expression in the fashion world ... winter whites !! Well the same can be applied to the world of interiors.

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There is nothing quite as warming as white on white with the accent being on texture, line and self pattern. Mixing shades of white and cream adds a richness to the palette.

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A white scheme is enhanced by incorporating neutrals such as sisal rugs, hints of gold or other metallics and timber furniture and flooring.

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Bedrooms allow you to build upon a predominantly white/cream scheme with layers of bedlinen as we move from Summer to Winter. Don't feel the need to add colour for warmth.  There is nothing quite as cosy as cream mohair blankets, a cream silk eiderdown, cream velvet or quilted scatter cushions or a rich cream flannel bedhead.

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The elegance of white is transseasonal !!
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stylish storage in all forms

Deirdre Brennan - Sunday, November 23, 2014

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Industrial display ... like with like

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Faux and fabulous

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Making the most of every usable space ...

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So simple .. so elegant.





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the new neutral interior ... how to create this look

Deirdre Brennan - Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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The new neutral is really just a combination of black and white, grey and timber ... think Scandinavian and pared back design.

It is natural, organic and calming.

The perfect backdrop for vibrant colour, should you desire it.



To achieve this look, your first stop should be Ikea for wall hung storage in all shapes and sizes.  This helps create a sense of space and clean lines. 

For 'modern classic' timber and painted furniture, visit Thonet.  Bentwood always works and you can customise your colours.

The choice in pendant lighting is endless however Huset will give you an overview of the different styles.  Once you have decided on your look ... and budget, you can start shopping.

Koskela is all about thoughtful design ... rugs, fabric and homewares, followed by lunch at Kitchen by Mike, under the same roof.





  

winter greige ... your warm colour palette

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, July 23, 2014


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I am taking my winter inspiration from The Wild Rabbit in the Cotswolds.  This is yet another stylish project by Carole Bamford of the Daylesford Organic empire. 

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The classic English Country House style that we have loved for so long has come of age.  Still deliciously warm and inviting, the colour palette has changed and is very much of the moment ... stone, putty, greige, khaki and cocoa ... just perfect for a cold climate or in fact, our winter.

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We do a cooler version of it here with our warmer climate, however in winter it is all about replacing the crisp white with softer hues of rich cream, biscuit tones and greige.

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Stone flooring in warm tones (see The Wild Rabbit above) can underpin the overall feeling of warmth and can be layered with wonderfully textured rugs in a similar colour palette.  

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The introduction of soft bleached timbers works well with this colour palette as does a fabric choice of stone washed linens or aged leather in faded shades.

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To complete the picture just add an open fire and a cashmere throw rug ...




5 ways with dark colour ... timeless

Deirdre Brennan - Saturday, August 10, 2013

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1. dark colours on walls really let the furnishings, artwork and in fact, anything else in the room, shine !!

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2.  dark colours on walls work particularly well with polished concrete floors and sisal flooring in natural tones 

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3.  dark walls show the richness of timber and leather

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4.  dark walls are timeless ... and classic style

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5.  dark colours are inviting in winter but equally so in summer, teamed with crisp white and pale timber ... enjoy creating your own stylish interior. 

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how to do black and white ... softly

Deirdre Brennan - Friday, July 05, 2013

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it is all in the detail .... a predominantly neutral palette with a hint black or charcoal ...

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or a hint of buttoning, antique stud trim or cushion detail

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or a smart contrast ... just one

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a distinct contrast in style, line and materials ... this works

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black, white and stone to soften

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the detail softens what would otherwise be ... just black and white

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black, white and shades of grey ... always !!

 

 

 

the warmth of wood ... now winter is here

Deirdre Brennan - Thursday, June 27, 2013

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Cold, wind and rain abound and we are thinking warm and cosy interiors and all that go with it. 

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The glow of candles, bamboo lamp light and the warmth of timber.

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Earthy tones and rustic settings.

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Exposed timber new or old, makes an architectural statement and creates its own warm colour palette.

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The appeal of wool and cashmere fabrics no matter what colour palette.

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The warmth of rustic materials, fabulous design and clever lighting .. so simple !! 

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beautiful bookshelves ... working with colour

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, May 27, 2013

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Since my last post I am noticing bookshelves and bookcases everywhere and the ones that work really leap out.  The bookshelves above are my idea of perfection.  Such an interesting combination of colours, both books and decorative items.

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One could call this styling ... the ability to put together bits and pieces that work ... and it is all about having an eye for colour.  It is the combination of colours that pull it all together ... or to be quite specific, always work with a complimentary palette of colours.  

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Apply this principle to any collection whether it be bookshelves or dressing table. There is nothing as elegant as white or cream with a hint of soft metallic. Have a play and see what you can achieve.

 

 

neutral palette with a splash of colour

Deirdre Brennan - Wednesday, May 08, 2013

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Any neutral palette will come alive with the introduction of a little colour !

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It could be anything from muted dusty shades to vibrant colour !  

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A black and white scheme looks sensational with a splash of ... well, any colour really ... hot pink, soft pink, bright orange, brilliant yellow or cobalt blue ...

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Refer to previous posts for tips on how to introduce colour into a neutral palette but it can be as simple as fresh flowers or a bookcase full of books.

 

a hint of gold ...

Deirdre Brennan - Monday, April 08, 2013

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A touch of gold or gilt adds an element of warmth and style to any interior.  It looks best I believe, where the palette of colours used is minimal or neutral.

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There are no hard and fast rules for the placement of gilt mirrors except to say, the larger the better. 

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This palette of colours and textures works like a dream.  Gilt ... furniture or mirrors, adds a touch of elegance ... or even faded glory !!

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For all your restoration requirements ... whether it be regilding mirrors and picture frames or conserving your Old Masters, it is worth speaking to International Conservation Services who have a very impressive portfolio.

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