In the whole big world of international shelter magazines, there is one that sets my heart to racing with every turn of the page: Elle Decoration UK. I can't always find it on the newsstand, but when I do, I jump up and down and squeal like a little girl. The styling is more modern than I tend towards in my own home, but something about these elemental interiors inspires me to pare down my own space and celebrate simplicity.
One of my favourite aspects of this approach to interiors is the way that new elements are combined with old to create something even greater than the sum of their parts. In this case, the juxtaposition of the Nelson pendant with the Victorian ceiling medallion projects a casual yet historied elan.
Straight lines and sharp angles contrast with knotty woods and twisted branches to make for the most sophisticated kitchen I've seen in a while. Sure I'd be terrified even to crack an egg here, but hey, I've been spending too much time slaving over the stove lately anyway!
Everyone knows I love me a good rug, but who needs rugs when you have herringbone floors this divine? Plus I adore the low suspension of the lighting; the copper is such an intriguing counterpoint to the black leather chairs and nubby wool sofa.
You'll have to excuse any typos in this caption; I am trembling so much in ecstasy that I can barely think straight. A roaring fire, a worn leather chair, and the world's sexiest mantelpiece? It's all my Christmases and birthdays rolled into one!
Who amongst us wouldn't mount a collection of antique turtle shells above the bed? Seriously, though, I really appreciate that these soaring ceilings aren't overpowered by the furnishings. The bed verges on spartan and the color palette is warm yet subdued--so the architecture has the starring role.
Not only is this interior fabulous in its own right, I'm also giddy with joy over the daydreams that I can have about it. Think me, circa 1972, wearing buttery leather boots and a fur vest. Enter hunky ski instructor. Cue raging snowstorm. You get the idea...
And back to our regularly scheduled programming: a celebration of simplicity if ever there was one! With kids, pets, and the realities of life, an all-white bedroom like this is only a dream for most of us. But what a beautiful dream it is. Happy Tuesday everyone!