Coastal interior style 2024
Charis White
by chariswhitestylist
1M ago
It’s that time of year when beachcombing for coastal interior style is in full swing on the blog. With winter’s storms behind us, this year’s surf rolls in with a colour palette where thundery North Sea greys meet the balmier tones of Atlantic and Cornish coastal blues. A sea spray of sepia tones wash over 2024 coastal styling, highlighting the textures of antique and vintage treasures along with wavy scallop shapes and the magic of artisan-made shell decoration. Coastal colour palette Perhaps with more unpredictable weather patterns, I am drawn this year to a moodier coastal palette. The clas ..read more
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Borders giving designers the edge
Charis White
by chariswhitestylist
3M ago
Borders are back. In paper form for walls, but also as textiles for upholstery and soft furnishings. They are increasingly becoming a focal point in schemes, giving interior designers the edge in more ways than one. Knowing how much to use and where is a matter of interpretation, but knowing where to source is key. Adored by interior designers worldwide, top British textile designer Pink House by Rebecca Cole has become the go-to name for bespoke and vintage textile borders. Meet Pink House by Rebecca Cole I had the pleasure of meeting Rebecca a few years ago when some of her work was on displ ..read more
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Interior design directions 2024
Charis White
by chariswhitestylist
5M ago
A very Happy New Year to you. I hope you had a peaceful and happy Christmas. As is tradition, the blog is looking forward to some of the interior design directions that have been catching my eye for 2024. On the list are some sweet feel-good colourways, new designers, bespoke muralists and antiques. And just when we need it most, high street stores have arrived like the cavalry with some terrific design to layer up our homes.  Colour palettes If you are looking to decorate your home in 2024, you may find yourself being seduced by an edible inspired new paint palette from companies such as Dulu ..read more
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Whimsical interior style
Charis White
by chariswhitestylist
6M ago
Whimsical interior design ideas as mooted on my Interior Design Directions 2023 post have now well and truly arrived. This quirky, interior design style that transcends the generations is what some might consider a much needed, mood-boosting tonic. With a playful sense of humour, design companies are putting us back in touch with our inner child, suggesting that decorating with cartoon and storybook designs isn’t just for the nursery. Quirky interior design ideas Key decorating elements to look out for are designs with a playful use of scale based on childhood stories, films and cartoons such ..read more
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A New Age of Elegance
Charis White
by chariswhitestylist
8M ago
Not since the 1970s when Laura Ashley’s love affair with all things Victorian/Edwardian has there been quite so much interest in this decorative era. Ruth Eaton, Coco Conran, Anna Mason and Sarah Vanrenen are in the vanguard of fashion and interior designers creating a new age of elegance for the 21st Century. To find out what is so appealing about late 19th/early 20th Century design, the blog invites you to visit The National Trust’s Lanhydrock House in Cornwall. But before we start our tour, I am wondering why this retrospective might have taken root now? Looking back to the hugely influenti ..read more
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On the button
Charis White
by chariswhitestylist
9M ago
As is so often the case with fashion or interior design, it is the finishing touches that have the power to elevate a design into something truly special. Along with ruffles, piping and passementerie, bespoke covered buttons are once again being specified onto upholstery and smart soft furnishings too. With this in mind, the blog takes you behind the scenes of Button Covering Services, an inspiring artisan button covering business on The Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall. Bespoke interiors couture Whilst I love an interior with relaxed and even makeshift styling, there is also something very appe ..read more
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Ralfes’ Yard Antiques
Charis White
by chariswhitestylist
10M ago
A Somerset antiques dealer has not only been catching the eye of fellow antique dealers but is now feted by several A-list architectural and interior designers who cross the world to visit Rebecca Christie-Miller’s showroom near Bruton. What makes Rebecca’s style stand out is her intuitive eye for the antique designs decorators might be after but also because she seeks to source new to the market pieces that have been in the same family for generations. So it was high time the blog paid Ralfes’ Yard Antiques a visit… The journey west to Somerset I wasn’t exactly travelling from California like ..read more
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British coastal style 2023
Charis White
by chariswhitestylist
1y ago
“Last night I dreamt I went to Manderley again” is the hauntingly evocative first line of Daphne du Maurier’s novel Rebecca. So many authors, artists and designers have been captivated by the Cornish coast both for its magical coves and for its colour and light. Inspired by a recent trip to this part of the country, the blog pays its yearly homage to coastal decorating ideas with a tour of some of the fairy tale castles, country houses and follies that hug the British coastline. British coastal style In the late 19th century railways opened up the British coast to holiday makers with purpose-b ..read more
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Garden Room chic
Charis White
by chariswhitestylist
1y ago
Precisely engineered box pleats, tented ceilings and trellis-inspired walls are just some of the tenets of interiors haute couture being adopted by interior designers for garden room designs. Elegant as well as poised, these chic interior design schemes are not only witty in their use of scale and of trompe l’oeil but also offer the perfect sanctuary in which to connect with nature. I have been writing about garden room design for some time, including a feature in the June 2022 issue of Saga magazine. Since the pandemic, so many of us have realised that a connection to nature has many benefits ..read more
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Interior design directions 2023
Charis White
by chariswhitestylist
1y ago
A very Happy New Year to you, I hope that you have had a wonderful Christmas. Rather like the Roman god Janus, interior design style for 2023 looks both to the past and to the future for inspiration. Finding decorative ways to capture the beauty of nature in our homes continues along with antiques playing an even greater role. You can look forward to lighting ideas that don’t require electricity (could be useful!) and inspiring ways from the past on how to use colour and pattern. There are some welcome ingredients of quirky humour as well as new designs from top UK interior designers. Capturin ..read more
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