When colour brings life to a home that was in need of someone’s special touch. In 2018, Blyth-Collinson Interiors was engaged by a London couple to update a Capability Brown designed house in Oxfordshire which had recently been unoccupied and sadly, somewhat neglected. Saskia and her team provided a much needed boost of energy to the tired interiors; enlivening each room with colour and warmth to show-case the clients’ eclectic antique and art collections, which reflect their unique interests and their international lives and travels. Specialist paint techniques were employed so that every room tells a distinctive story. Sumptuous soft furnishings combine with wonderful carpets, art, beautifully bound books and sculpture to invigorate this lovely home with flair and a certain sophisticated, bohemian aesthetic.
I really appreciate designers who set out to create wow moments in their designs. In the case of Chad Dorsey and “the listening room” it’s this sumptuous deep red/burgundy wall colour with matching furniture (Ginger Snap by C2 Paint). In his “covid nights” bar area it’s another punchy colour enveloping everything but the floor. Birds in a ceiling alcove, and a massive brass hood with royal blue stove in an all white kitchen are just a couple more from his portfolio. WOW indeed!!!
It’s Sunday and all I want is warm weather and a pandemic-free world. Is that so much to ask for?! I remember a time when hanging out at a bar or restaurant was no big deal, and this bar, Buha|i|rest in Budapest, would be a fabulous spot to gather with friends and enjoy some drinks. Designed by Roman Plyus, this beautiful space with it’s terracotta tones and curved furnishings and repetitive circles is eye candy. Hopefully the drinks are as yummy as the decor.
This Northern California estate looks like from the outside it may have been transported from Mexico? South of France? Portugal? and once you walk inside you’re then whisked away to a castle in England? a Caribbean villa? Whatever this is it’s exquisitely eclectic and overflowing with personality. Another project designed by Studio Shamshiri (styled by Michael Reynolds).
Photos: Stephen Kent Johnson
The weather is beautiful here in Ottawa this weekend and we’re in yet another lockdown so to pass the time I’m spending it outside lounging in the backyard and trying to spread the snow piles we have left around the yard so they’ll melt faster. Fellow Canadians I know are laughing at this because WE ALL DO IT. Spring and summer can’t get here fast enough. Anyway, I spotted this beautiful luxury boutique hotel/guest house, Maison de la Luz, located in New Orleans in the portfolio of Studio Shamshiri and had to share. It is sooo unique, sophisticated and elegant. What I would give for a weekend getaway here!
Photos: Stephen Kent Johnson