A couple of weeks ago I headed to The House Fair at Olympia in London. It was the first event that I’d been to with a real interior styling /design hat on, rather than oohing an aaahing over pretty things (which naturally I also did a bit of!) It was a fabulous event, really friendly and welcoming, but also hugely insightful… I was able to talk to loads of experts and lovely people too, so I thought I would share with you all my day at The House Fair
I went to a seminar where Farrow & Ball’s Head Colour Consultant Joa Studholme (I mean that’s her job and she has a F&B white named after her!!) presented and talked through all things colour. It was such a fascinating talk about colour theory, how she consults in colour and how to make a room wow in colour, whether its all the F&B whites or its teal and clashing pink! She reminded us all that we have six walls in a room; four walls, a ceiling and a floor… and that we need to use all of them to make a space truly unique and ours! Food for thought – thank you Joa!
At the same talk, Joa also talked about using colour as a surprise, whether its using a dark and moody tone in a tiny cupboard-esque downstairs loo, or muted tone outside cupboard doors and a super neon inside, go wild and trust your instincts when it comes to colour, they are normally right! It got me thinking how I can use colour to surprise, for the bedroom make over i have gone really muted with scandi greys and blush, but we have now painted the inside of wardrobe a bright fuchsia which I am just loving! I will show you guys in a couple of weeks time once all is completed!
Martyn White showed that minimal, clean and a simple design can be Oh. So. Elegant. and those pops of green against the moody tones of dark wood just lift the room to another level. Beautifully styled wouldn’t you agree?
Then I headed to Gabriella of Flat 15’s room which was styled with current trends in mind; with the greenery, the natural textures, the beautiful moroccan rug and metallic elements. It was a delightful space and the shelving styling with all the greenery and all the styling books made me feel very much at home in this space!
There were also some wonderful rooms set up with House & Garden. There was the beautiful mediterranean dining room with the coolest of cabbage dinner sets (never thought I’d type those words!) but it really was! the green, against the beautiful white linen and blooming peonies, as well as the room smelling like a sunny day in Greece…
There was also a beautifully designed sitting room, with blush walls and green accents, alongside clashing green prints and taxidermy! It was an electic delight!
Anybody else just totally in love with these monogrammed brush holders (but used as vases!) from Pentreath & Hall – really, really want ‘W’ now to go in the house! Such cool typography!
I also snapped some gorgeous pieces in the shop element of the show, there were loads of clothes and stuff, but it was the interiors and art that i was so taken by – here’s a few of my favourite pieces i found..
Gorgeous prints by the totally lovely Anna Jacobs (I may have a cushion at number five now!)So vibrant and Anna’s art is just incredible!
Faux flowers are here to stay (for a little bit any way!) just look at these beautifully brightly coloured fauxs!
Gorgeous patterns from Korla Home! I love that blue paint splattered material!
Gorgeous scandi vibes from House of Rym… thinking of getting one of these for the new bedroom, when it can be styled up and look pretty!
One of the main take aways was that the design world is so inspiring and everyone is so nice and trying to do their own thing in this amazingly creative space! I met some amazing brand & shop owners that just love what they are doing. An inspiring day for me… for sure!