Inspiration comes in all shapes and forms and from a whole plethora of design styles. As a young adult something ignited my flame of desire in the wonderful world of design and from then on in I have seen my way through many changing styles and design heroes, and hopefully will continue to do so.
Starting off with a Conran era in my teens and twenties (but still his design offerings are as current as ever) I scoured Habitat for key pieces, a few of which I still have.
After that it was my Laura Ashley phase, but moving on swiftly from festoon blinds and oilcloth tables I soon entered my scandi moment, painted everything white thinking like many of us that it would make my space look bright and fresh but sadly resigning myself to the fact that it just looked a little dull and unadventurous.
I am surrounded all the time by beautiful homes (how lucky am I?) and have developed my own personal style and look over the years. Yes I do tweak it along the way but there is a core ethos running through my work, it shows I am a fan of colour, and texture. The two go hand in hand just like those lovely older couples you see in the street, lost without each other.
And when I speak of colour I mean saturated gorgeous inky tones, deep space blue, magical black and deepest greens and greys. Having been a fan of the cosines that those colours bring for some time, a certain designer’s style popped up ever more frequently on my Pinterest boards, Abigail Ahern.
She too had had her white phase but was now championing that we should all dare to go dark. After having stalked followed her for some time I was lucky enough to win a master design class day with her…. and even better it was in her home!!
Now this day is etched in my memory for like ever!! From the moment I entered the dark grey door of her beautiful four storey home in East London it was like a day’s worth of warmth and comfort. Everything was painted a deep shade, ceilings and skirting included. It was such an eye opener to see someone do something different, pushing the design envelope. And it worked, throughout the house were beautiful deep shades that lead on from each other. Four floors of pure joy, with interest at every level. Beautiful scented candles, amazing unusual artwork and fabulous lighting.
Oh and then there were the blooms. She is the doyenne of faux flowers, having recently opened a concession in Heals Tottenham Court Road solely for her fake fabness. These are not your average garden centre offerings but cool giant cacti, amazing foliage and the best of the best roses and hydrangeas I have ever seen.
Her recent second book, simply entitled COLOUR has been read and re read by myself and is a great coffee table book full of inspiration. Featuring homes worldwide including one of my favourite bloggers Athena Calderone’s New York masterpiece and Kelly Weastler’s pad.
So if you fancy a dabble in the dark and in her words “banish the beige” take a look at her daily blog http://blog.abigailahern.com/ I personally need another day at her place, once was not enough.