There is nothing more exciting than creating your own home, in your own style.
I think it’s important when you’re creating a style for your home, to listen to your aspirations rather than your fears. I often hear people say: ‘Oh, I would never dare use such-and-such a colour, I think I’ll stick with beige’.
If a room has low ceilings, fill it with long, low-level furniture. If a room is a bit small, fill it with see-through furniture: wirework dining chairs; glass-top tables.
If you’ve got big, Tudor beams in your ceiling, paint the space between them a pale shade of pink. It creates warmth and softness.
You can give a modern interior an additional layer of individuality by adding the odd antique to the mix. Just as you can give period rooms an extra edginess with a few modern pieces.
If you’re looking for inspiration, you can’t underestimate the value of going out. I’m always getting ideas, not just from going to design shows in Italy, but from going to the theatre, to the opera and to museums.
They don’t just have to be functional walkways. They can be painted in great colours, and given their own personality.
If you want to sell a loft apartment, dont put a black leather sofa in there. It is not only a cliche, but it dominates the space, and creates a heavy, overtly masculine feel.
It’s all part of the house. A good way of building an extra (albeit outdoor and temporary) room, is to erect a simple, metal frame and hang banners of linen from it.
By using wallpaper with a leaf print, or yellow and green colours, in rooms overlooking the garden.
If you have a sofa or a piece of furniture you can’t stand, throw it out. There’s no point spending money on making your home look better, when you’re having to work around something you don’t like.
You can purchase accessories to incorporate within your interiors directly from the A La Maison website.