Greetings, dear readers, and welcome to my journal.
As many of you will know, I gather inspiration for my designs and pieces from the places I travel, the people I meet, and sometimes they just come to me in a dream. However, there are times when I turn to my design counterparts in Europe to see what they are working on, and how these styles can be tailored to suit the Australian home.
I have decided that it is time I share with you who these people are, and it may surprise you that not all of them are interior designers.
An interior stylist, art director and best-selling author, Sania Pell is one of my London inspirations. Her ability to make a family home both stylish and welcoming is one I envy, and her gift of adding the perfect amount of colour to a room is a trait few have.
To find out more about Sania’s style, visit her blog and be inspired.
Abigail Ahern is a highly acclaimed retailer and interior designer. She launched her unique blog in 2009, and is now a force to be reckoned with in the online interior world. I very much enjoy browsing through her ‘House Crush’ section to see the different styles and designs others have come up with. I even sometimes find a piece or two that I decide to use in my own space.
To find out more about the stylings of Abigail, visit her site and be swept away.
This blog is a freewheeling tribute to the multitude of ways a person can inspire others. Run by trend consultant and freelance journalist Rohini Wahi, this blog is the perfect way to let your mind flow through a plethora of ideas and concepts. Her recent Interiors & DIY article on faux succulents was the perfect way to introduce those who have no interest in gardening to the benefits of greenery in the home, even if it’s fake.
To find out more about the musings of Rohini, see her eclectic site here.
Karine Candice Köng is a French national living in London with her New Zealand husband and child - my, what a cultural mix! As a co-founder and Creative Director of design, fashion and inspiration company Bodie and Fou, Karine is a shining light among other bloggers. Everything she produces reminds me of how designing a happy home is the ultimate joy, and her French style is très magnifique.
To see the world through Karine’s perspective, see her French chic blog.
Along with owning a charming store in London, Ben Pentreath and his business partner Bridie Hall also have an ‘Inspiration’ page on their site that holds a special place in my heart. The images in their articles are a true measure of how they see the world around them, and I very much enjoy reading about their exploits both in the UK and when they travel overseas.
To learn more about their style, see the Pentreath & Hall site today.
This site I must confess I find oddly fascinating. It is a collection of stories about people, but the only information given about the person is their name, city, and a photograph of their bedroom. I had never considered before just how much you can find out about a person merely by observing them in a room that is a reflection of how they see themselves.
I fear I must now return home and assess what my bedroom says about me … perhaps I will even tell you one day.
To experience this astounding concept yourself, visit the What’s In Your Bedroom site and be amazed.
The last site that I wish to share with you as a source of European inspiration is decor8, which provides a charmingly fresh commentary on inspiring interior styles, creative living ideas, and how to teach these gifts to others. Holly Becker, founder of the interior design studio decor8 and blog of the same name, is a skilled stylist and journalist, and one I admire very much for her keen eye and impeccable taste.
To read more about how style doesn’t have to be hard, see the decor8 blog here.