Don’t overthink it. For me, the personality of a home is more about the feeling than the place. So, making your home somewhere that you want to return to each day is about creating an environment that celebrates a sense of happiness, nostalgia, and joy. When it reflects your style and you feel comfortable cocooned within your own walls – whether relaxing, partying, dreaming, or rejuvenating, then you have made a home. Worn around the edges, sometimes tidy, sometimes messy is good – for me it is simply about keeping it real and being true to your vision and personality – no one else’s.
I love using natural foundations as the basis of creating a timeless home – wood, limestone, stone, concrete, and marble. Natural materials age beautifully over the years and their patina gets richer and more interesting with wear. I have had to learn to live with the fact that marble chips, so do make sure you can cope with that before making your choices. Decoratively, touch is important, so I love to combine softer layers of textiles in wool, cashmere, linen, and sheepskin, along with rougher textures like rush, jute, rattan, and cane. The beauty for me is always in the combination of them all and mixing opposites creates a tension that adds character and individuality. Think rough with the smooth, sleek and embellished, luxurious and humble, tailored and worn, perfect and imperfect.
In hard working areas, I always mix form with function. I like things to be both beautiful and practical. However, decoratively, I have a soft spot for ceramics, lighting, and art. These are the quirky layers that transform a room and home into something truly beautiful. Never underestimate the power of lamps – I have eight in the kitchen and chosen well, they can turn a practical space into somewhere decorative and welcoming. Always mix heights, shapes, styles, and periods.