4. And remember, opposites attract
All smooth and sleek looks gorgeous. Rough and rugged is a double act that will always win applause. That being said, opposites attract just as much. A super chic glass table with a chunky blanket resting below, challenge paintwork tradition and put high-gloss on walls and matte on woodwork, hang an elegant mirror against a worn concrete backdrop. And, hear us out on this one, not every item in your room has to be beautiful. We attended a design workshop at interior designer, Rita Konig’s, home a few weeks ago. A superbly eclectic, bohemian London townhouse that left us momentarily speechless. She pointed out that her home is an interplay of lovely and ugly. A knackered lamp with a crooked shade sat on an antique table looked nothing short of magnificent. She spoke of how ‘ugliness’ can add texture to a room. A philosophy that not everyone will buy into, but we can testify, is true.
And although we don’t consider ourselves as trend followers (we design with timelessness in mind), we’ve accidentally found our spring/summer collection nailing one of 2016’s biggest texture trends: bringing the outdoors in, and the indoors out. It’s a little dose of the unexpected (or sometimes a lot of the unexpected, see Jo Malone’s Cherry Blossom tree at its Sloane Square store). Inside, it gives us a connection with nature and the great outdoors. Outdoors, it brings home comforts like candles and cushions from behind closed doors into the outside world.