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A Return to Elegance


Giles Kime makes a bold prediction as he perceives a new wind blowing through the World of Interiors. It’s easy (and tempting) to dismiss trend predictions, but you only need to look at Country Life to see that interior design is a restless business. The dramatic changes that took place in the early 20th century demonstrated a profession with creative ADHD, as prevailing styles swung from Arts-and-Crafts to Art Deco to an extraordinary Rococo revival in the space of two decades. I’ve never seen anything intrinsically wrong with the idea of interior design being trend-driven. The only danger is when they lack substance  or when they’re taken to fashion victim extremes.

Here are some design predictions for 2017, the first of which is the return of elegant upholstery. Although an L-shaped sofa might be the ideal place for a Saturday-night , they miss the point that  well-designed sofas are intended to enhance an interior, rather than simply provide a quasi-bed. Sofas aren’t just for vegetating on — for an insight into the infinite possibilities of upholstery, look no further than a Conversation Piece sofa, Secondly, an idea which is more nebulous but potentially even more exciting: the return to a more considered approach to design. This is a move on from the unhinged eclecticism that resulted in people being encouraged to ‘mix it up’ and accept that ‘there are no rules’, precipitating some disturbing juxtapositions of pretty much every style under the sun—a bit of Miami here, a bit of Scandinavian there and a light dusting of Vintage. Designers such as Rose Uniacke and Ben Pentreath are the masters of the more disciplined approach. The third source of interest is the return of the four-walled room (as opposed to the open-plan space ).
Interior Design Trends You Should Stay Away From in 2017

Interior designers have spoken to Architectural Digest, and they each selected a trend that they definitely do not want to see this year. So, if you want to know which interior design trends you should avoid in 2017, now is the time to keep up.


Interior designer Sasha Bikoff says that “leather couches, apart from English-style Chesterfield’s, have got to go in 2017. Comfort and design can go hand in hand, and leather couches can sometimes be tacky and are easily stained. Not to mention, they are uncomfortable in warm summer months. I would love to see more people taking a chance on sofas and couches with bright colours or printed fabrics.”


Tiffany Fong, creative director of Capsule believes “we’ve seen wooden, mid-century legs on everything from sofas to dining tables for years now, and I am looking forward to seeing more unexpected silhouettes incorporated into homes.”



Designer Shelley Johnstone says she’s “over spaces being too minimal and cold. I love the layers of fabrics, velvets and wools, grasscloth and rattan creating texture and depth, and lacquered ceilings and the attention to detail. I want to see more rooms that are interestingly layered and comfortable without becoming fussy.”


CEO of Rapt Studio, David Galullo hopes “that the trend to replicate mid-century-modern spaces inch by inch in 2017 fades away”. The designer believes that you should “build a room around what you love from every year and a variety of styles. Life is too short and space too valuable to freeze it all in time.”


Designer Glenn Pushelberg stated that “we would be happy not to see any more white, loftlike, art gallery–inspired, over styled interiors. What we do want to see is moodier, more artistic expressions and richness in colours and materials.”


Interior designer Anne Hepfer “would love to see Ombré be replaced with beautiful printed fabrics and watercolour paintings, like those from Ferrick Mason.


Famous interior designer Jonathan Adler says that what he doesn’t want to see in 2017 is “people not making an effort. Moderation: It ain’t a trend, but it is a blight!”


Designer Wesley Moon stated that the one trend she wants gone is related to “that cheap-looking bright gold metal that is on every piece of new furniture. Old brass is great on antiques, but the trend of having a bright, shiny (yet somehow also matte) version of it on every new piece of furniture (often paired with lacquer, sometimes chevron patterns) is wearing very thin.


Loren Kreiss, owner of Kreiss believes “the industry has been over-saturated with the greyed-out look. I would love to see the grey colours that have dominated wood finishes and fabrics move toward warmer and whiter in 2017. Customers are requesting more and more white, ivory, and ‘white white.’ These kinds of off-white finishes feel very current.”


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Guest Bedrooms You Would Never Leave

1428532796-540f580953304-vdx-09-napoleon-iii-tufted-beds-18th-century-antique-venetian-fauteuil-0313-mscTo allow forms and textures to come to the fore, designer Pamela Pierce’s Houston house, down to the guest rooms, is pattern-free. Napoleon III tufted beds and 18th-c. Venetian fauteuil in Bergamo Oseille Sauvage linen. The console table is the mate to the one in the guest bath.



A streamlined canopy of Jim Thompson silk accentuates the lofty proportions of a guest room.

Headboard and side tables, Jan Showers Collection. Walls, Benjamin Moore Regal Select in Inukshuk.


A guest room’s array of patterns is unified by a cohesive palette.

Bedcovering and wallpaper, Pierre Frey. Antique bench in Scalamandré velvet. Antique French armchair in Clarence House fabric. Lamps, Robert Kime. Carpet, Stark. Art (left), Jim Dine.


Charles Stewart chair in Brunschwig & Fils toile. Antique saddle as stool. Rusticks four-posters. Léron linens. Bed skirts and draperies in Jane Shelton stripe. Holland & Company lamp. Rug from Stark.


Colorful Turkish textiles brighten a guest bedroom. Bed curtain and pillow, C&C Milano fabrics. Bed linens, Ann Gish. Hanging light fixture, Flos. Antique Turkish rug, Timothy Paul Carpets + Textiles


5 great ways to give your home modern edge



Expert advice that anyone can use

Not everyone can bring in an architect when they’re remodelling their home, so Livingetc asked Mike Stiff, of leading UK architects Stiff + Trevillion, to give us five, easy-to-follow tips as to how to give a property a thoroughly modern edge.

1. Create a clear line of sight

‘When you walk through the front door,’ Mike says, ‘make sure you can see the garden. It’s a simple thing, but it makes the house feel open, vibrant and positive. There’s no doubt about it, light is the key to interior design, so think about using glass doors internally to let in light and invest in a really good-quality glazing system and insulation to ensure the house doesn’t burn excess energy.’
2. Install semi-hidden light fittingsStiff-diner-long-shot

‘I prefer not to see the light source, unless it is a beautiful object in its own right,’ Mike continues. ‘We often install downlights and LED strips for the way the light looks and illuminates. I’m pretty fed up with the bare-bulb look – it’s overused and predictable, although we do like reclaimed pieces from companies such as Skinflint and Trainspotters.’3. Storage is key to a clutter-free look


‘We tend to use concealed storage in the more classically minimal projects,’ says Mike. ‘The “industrial chic” look works well with open shelves and suspended features, while in more rural projects, we might use materials such as timber and wicker. Storage needs to sit well in the background rather than draw attention to itself. Space is at a premium more than ever, so looking at the Japanese style of living is a good starting point. Read Marie Kondo‘s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.’

4. Your choice of materials matters

‘There’s a definite interest in brick, which was unfashionable for ages,’ Mike explains. ‘We used a slim, crafted-looking Danish brick called Petersen on a project in London, which looks the same as the day it was finished. I also like using brick flooring and white-painted brick walls are nice. There are a lot of shiny materials around, which liven things up a bit, but stainless steel and black anodised metal will always be classics – a bit like black shoes.’Stiffs-kitchen

5. For long-lasting style, cut out the bling
‘We’re not flash – we try to be respectful and timeless,’ says Mike. ‘I’d hate to design a place and go past it every day thinking, “God, why did I do that?” Architecture can sometimes be a victim of fashion, but I’ve learned not to be too precious about things… My wife and I moved into our home about 15 years ago and I was quite enthusiastic, renovating and extending the entire house. Then we had the kids and a dog and they wrecked it!’Stiffs-bay


To learn more about this Stiff + Trevillion project, click here.

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8 Paint Colors That Will Make You Rethink White




The power of a white room is stunning—clean and crisp, the neutral palette adds a dose of instant chic to any home. With a never-ending array of undertones and finishes, finding the perfect white paint for your space can be a daunting task.

So what’s the perfect formulation for your molding? Your bathroom? How about your ceiling? We’ve asked designer Rozanne Jackson to break it down. Here, she discusses her favorite shades of ivory for every space:

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1. Sherwin Williams – SW551: Greek Villa. This is my favorite soft white, it looks beautiful in any light. I have used this both at projects on the coast, and in the hills of Tennessee. It neither reads pink nor yellow, but stays true soft white.

2. Zolatone – the Counterpoint Collection. Several varying shades of white, all pearlized. An awesome set of paint options to glamorize cabinetry for bathroom vanities and closets. Subtle, but elegant.

3. Sherwin Williams – SW7637: Oyster White. Just like the name states, a perfect white with slight gray undertones. This is a wonderful more gray option for walls and trim, providing a sense of mystery without appearing too dark.

4. Farrow and Ball – Strong White #2001. Another great white for walls and millwork. I love the crispness that it adds to a space.

5. Farrow and Ball – Joa’s White #226. This is the color of antique French linen. It is a gorgeous warm white.

6. Fine Paints of Europe – WC-05. This paint is very luxurious and thick in texture, great for your front door! I love the high gloss finish – it is reminiscent of the stunning doors you encounter in Europe.

7. Sherwin Williams – SW6259: Spatial White. It has a soft lavender undertone. I use this color when I want to create a romantic mood.

8. Benjamin Moore – OC-130: Cloud White. This soft white is another great go-to for your walls and millwork. As the name suggests, it reminds me of a big fluffy cloud on a hot summer day.


Ceiling drapes

Ceiling decoration

Ceilings can look surprisingly beautiful, give a room the true grandeur it deserves with a tented ceiling. A fabric-draped ceiling creates a dramatic and romantic atmosphere. Elegant swags cascading outward from a central hub is an elegant design.  This design can also be used effectively in a master bedroom with vaulted or high ceilings. Gentle rolling waves of fabric can be installed across a lower ceiling for a similar soft, billowy texture.

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Interior Design by SYZYGY




syzygy ˈsɪzɪdʒi – noun
1. ASTRONOMY – a conjunction or opposition, especially of the moon with the sun.
“the planets were aligned in syzygy
2. a pair of connected or corresponding things.

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