5 IDEAS TO STEAL FROM THE SHOPKEEPER'S HOME
Monday, 9 November 2015
Caroline, the editor behind 91 Magazine - a lovely online publication I've had the pleasure of contributing to - took a break from the magazine to work on her amazing new book, The Shopkeeper's Home. The book is a beautiful ode to independent shops, and the shopkeeper's behind them, delving into both their shop interiors and the places they live to glean decorating ideas for real homes. Here are my 5 decorating ideas to steal:
1. Lift a room with a statement light. Light fixtures are sometimes seen as an afterthought, but picking something to specifically fit your home aesthetic makes a striking difference. It doesn't have to be as big as the IKEA PS MASKROS light pictured above - although I do have it in my own home and it definitely makes an impact. Think about the proportions of the room and what you want to achieve with the light; sometimes spotlights are the most practical choice, and then you can have fun with a few interesting lamps.
2. Go big with a gallery wall. I always think of gallery walls as having lots of small pieces, but I love how this example from the home of The Hambledon owner, Victoria Suffield, shows that a small collection of larger pictures can have the same effect. We have a huge chimney breast with a vintage movie poster (on loan from my Dad!) hung on it. The framed poster is huge, but it still seems to be a bit lost on the wall, so this is an idea I'm definitely stealing for myself.
3. Don't forget the bathroom! Art in the bathroom? Why not! I wouldn't have thought to hang pictures by the bath, but I love the effect they have on the plain wall above. It's a nice reminder not to be too precious with the things you own, and to put them in a place where you can enjoy them every day.
4. Charcoal + colour = best friends. I've always thought that white is the best backdrop for showing off colour, but as these charcoal painted shelves show, they're perfect for setting off both warm and cool tones. We're re-decorating our living room in January and I've left this out for Darren to see.
5. Make use of vertical space. I've always loved the look of cosy blankets hung on a vintage ladder, but I think the picture above demonstrates how important it is to remember to think about negative, vertical space. See how the ladder fills the blank between the bed and the high ceilings, while the bunting creates width to the arrangement? It's an especially good idea if you live in a rental and can't put nails in the wall. Who needs art when you have blankets?