Starting off this week with a very beautiful house which may be familiar to some of you from Instagram – I never know how many of you are on there. It’s the Holiday House which was founded in New York by Iris Dankner, a survivor of breast cancer who set up the first house to showcase high end interior design and raise money at the same time. Its strapline is Decorating for a Cure.
You can buy tickets to go and see it from now until 10 December or buy tickets on the door – there are two houses at Hamilton Terrace, NW8, and they are also both for sale for £23m should you feel, you know, inclined. These are just two of the rooms you will see, both decorated with de Gournay wallpaper.
The top room was designed by Amelia Carter, whose work is also shown below. I love the unexpected addition of the wallpaper in this kitchen. I’m always saying you should bring in pattern in surprising ways and this is exactly that. Kitchens, despite being the heart of the home, can be full of cold surfaces and straight lines and this extravagant wallpaper is the perfect foil.
In contrast what about this very architectural and also elegant kitchen by Humbert et Poyet, a studio that was also responsible for the Hoxton Hotel in Paris, newly opened and already deeply fashionable with the Instagram crowd.
I particularly like the way the marble comes down over the front of the cupboards in this stunning, and clearly earbleedingly expensive, effect. Or what about this kitchen below by the same team? I have always fancied a ladder in a kitchen but sadly my ceiling isn’t high enough to need or justify one.
Moving over to New York and the work of the Jesse Parris-Lamb studio, which may be my new favourite. Below is an industrial workspace they have created – note now the plants and wooden floor work to soften the concrete while the fragile paper lampshade also contrasts with all the tough materials used.
But it’s their interior schemes which I love. Look how this grey bedroom comes alive with the warm blinds behind the curtains. It also comes back to the idea of using pattern and colour in unexpected ways. It would have been easy, and predictable, to throw a couple of cushions on the bed or a throw. But by using it in the blinds it instantly adds more personality to the room.
These days you don’t have to look far to find a gorgeous navy blue kitchen and this is no expection. The leather stools bring warmth and tactility to the space in much the same way that Amelia Carter has done with the wallpaper at the top and a few plants never did any room any harm.
Next up for anyone thinking of painting their hall and going only halfway up the wall or just around the architraves. You don’t have to have panelling to pull this look off. It will work just was well if you decided where to stop painting on a flat wall. It will probably look more contemporary in fact, whereas this room has created a modern space by using a non-traditional colour for the woodwork and played with our perceptions that way. Note also that orange wall at the back. A small detail that makes a huge difference to this space. Huge.
Finally back to the cool, calm shades of grey of another new opening in London, the Pilgrm Hotel in Paddington (and yes I’ve spelt it right). This could be pavilion grey by Farrow & Ball, which is already a warm shade but look how it loves the natural wood. If you have grey and want to warm it up then take this room as your inspiration. Some black for definition and some wood, preferably old, for warmth and character.
And with that I shall leave you for now. I hope you have been inspired by today’s 10 Rooms.