I’ve had quite a break over Christmas and New Year but back now and kicking the year off with a project from one of my favourite designers… Mixing pattern, textures and materials are the key to Studio McGee’s designs, for example juxtaposing a leather sofa next to a linen sofa. A dark almost black buttoned […]
Another fabulous project from Studio Mcgee, contemporary meets traditional… What’s not to love about this space, a mix of contemporary pieces and traditional give it a modern look with a heritage nod. Textures are big with Studio McGee and if you look closely at the coffee table in image 5 you will see it has […]
Crib Creative If we want to make a personal good impression we will want to dress our best, this can also be said of the first impression one receives as they step inside our home… When someone visits our home for the first time, it gives them an impression of the person we are, it […]
Described as “Cape Cod meets West Indies”, another fabulous project by one of my favourite design companies. The exterior architecture of this new build leans towards Hamptons, however Black Band Design have also injected a tropical feel inspired by quote, the “vibrant waters of the Caribbean”. When planning a new build by oneself with no interior designer […]
1. Image via Mercer Interior The word, ‘boho’ may conjure up a riotous mix of colours and patterns, muddle these together in a messy but creative way and throw in some greenery and you may have the boho of the past. However, today boho can be far more chic, in fact…..’boho chic’. ‘Boho’ stems from the word […]
“Casual and sophisticated, modern and timeless, serene but colourful” is how the designer describes this relaxed, South Carolina home. The designers, Guest House Studio, have used varying shades of blue for this project, with paint, soft furnishing and artwork. Blue is ‘cool’ on the colour charts but can evoke a moody or calming affect when you […]
Peek inside a gorgeous cottage of blue and white with the addition of a few surprising colours. Designed by award winning interior designers and home builders, Cottage Company of Harbor Springs, this sweet home has the perfect balance of style for coast or country. Specialising in creating “beautiful, classic cottages where generations of families can […]
Breeze Giannasio is an interior designer to the stars and I literally have stars in my eyes when I see the transformations she makes to these Hollywood homes. I’ve been in love with the distinctive style of designer, Breeze Giannasio since I viewed a video of her transformation of Mila Kunis parents condo on Houzz. Breeze takes […]
If you follow my blog you will know I am totally obsessed by blue and white interiors, a timeless combination that never fails to transport me to holiday mode. This week while searching for some new inspiration, I came across designers Indah Island, who have a wonderful, tropical feel about their work.
Indah Island is run by Director Natalee Bowen. Natalie has over 20 years experience in the design industry. Much travelled, Natalie has a love for Hamptons and Cape Cod styles which feature widely in her projects. Indah Island however, is not just about the interior but the whole project from initial architectural concepts to the the build and interior design, a full project management approach.
Natalee obviously has a love of blue and white, as do her clients. Today I wanted to feature images from a few projects Indah Island have worked on, they depict the relaxed, holiday feel that seems to come freely with Hamptons style of decorating. Of course you can’t have Hamptons without blue and white, my own favourite combination. Blue and white automatically makes you feel transported to the seaside. I don’t like it overdone with bold blue, however understated and mixed with lots of white it is a welcoming combination. Often when people see my home for the first time they say how relaxed and welcoming it feels and I am convinced it is because I follow a neutral palette with touches of blue and white.
I hope you have enjoyed looking at Indah Island’s work, it has inspired me to be a little more creative this summer with my outdoor entertaining area. If you love their style, I encourage you to hop over to their Houzz website (link above) or Indah Island to see more inspiration or maybe contact them for your own project.
One of my favourite US Designers is Blackband Design and this weeks ‘Spaces I love’ comes from one of their Newport Harbour Projects.
What is it about these spaces I love so much?
Above: Panelling can add charm and character to a space. If you don’t have much architectural detail in your home, panelling (wainscot) will add detail and take it from boring to interesting. My beach house is panelled in the hallway and I intend to do this in my little cottage. I love stud detailing on chairs, it’s so classy.
Above: It is all about clean surfaces and minimal styling, don’t clutter, take note from the simple flowers and white bowl of crisp, green apples that enhance this gorgeous grey veined, marble island.
Above: Bookshelves need not be for books which can often make them appear untidy, instead opt to display a few photographs and some decorative pieces. If you want to display books, keep them to a minimum and stack them horizontally, topping them off with a decorative piece.
Above: Look for interesting furniture, this cane chair has curves to die for and is a striking piece in this living room.
Above: Textured wallpaper has made a return, gone is beige and browns, today it’s about colour and interesting textures.
Above: In an all white space, add some texture with natural raw or stained wood
When I look at spaces like these it makes me realise how much I need to un-clutter my home. I have found it hard to get motivated lately and I put this down to the clutter hidden in my cupboards and creeping into my office, I may be good at hiding it, but I know it is looming behind closed doors. I believe that a clear mind comes from a clear home, so I have decided to start by writing a list of the spaces I need to clear and tick them off each week. Either it is going to be a big garage sale or I give a lot to charity but whatever I decide I definitely need to purge big time.
If you would like to see more images of this home, please hop over to Blackband Design