The formula for style magic

30 Jun

House moving is hard work isn’t it. Drainage reports, fixtures and fittings lists, surveys, stamp duty and solicitors letters. Bring on the fun bit – that’s what I’m waiting for! We’re allowing ourselves one small indulgence amongst all the drudgery – a trawl through my towering stack of Livingetc magazines. Almost every spare minute {of which there are few, to be fair} has been spent leafing through pages of awe-inspiring living spaces.

Livingetc Editor, Suzanne Imre introduces the July 2012 issue by confessing the decorating and design ideas which have earned a permanent place in her ideas scrapbook. For her, it’s Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic green paint, Eero Aarnio’s Bubble chair, plush velvet sofas, chevron-style parquet and vintage blue-and-white china. The point she makes is that gathered together they probably seem like a mismatched collection of objects, but they all have a special association for her. Suzanne says, ‘It’s all about individuality – after all, it’s easy to follow the trends of the day, but it’s the pieces with a personal history that make a space unique.’

That’s what I’m aiming for when we finally move into our new home. I’ve said before that for me, old meets new is my kind of style magic. Achieving the balance between showcasing my newborn love of vintage {without creating a museum piece}, and a spacious, contemporary sense of lightness {without ending up with something sterile and showhome-y} is my goal.

A small selection of tonight’s dreams that will make it into the scrapbook…


Copyright livingetc. Photography Paul Massey.


Copyright livingetc. Photography Paul Massey.


Copyright livingetc. Photography Paul Massey.


Copyright livingtec. Photography Mel Yates.


Copyright livingetc. Photography Paul Massey.

2 Responses to “The formula for style magic”

  1. laura davies July 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm #

    We have some of the very same tearsheets piling up alongside paint charts etc! Have interpreted the apple crates as shoe rack for a corner in our hall and its working brilliantly. Good luck with the move X

    • createvintage July 3, 2012 at 8:17 pm #

      Oh, I’d love to see pics of that. Gone are the days where the apple crates would make a glorious showcase for the Laura Curtis shoe collection, huh. Bet your girls have more shoes than their mummy these days!

      Said it before, but we really must catch up. I’ll drop you a line and we can talk house moves, little girls and have a good old gossip. xx

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