While I’ve always imagined that my future kitchen or bathroom would feature white subway tiles – as it’s a timeless look that I can’t get enough of – I was considering a project over the last few weeks that challenged this ideal. The kitchen in question was tucked at the back of an open plan living space, so it was darker than most, while the bathroom was internal, and I realised that while white subway tiling could look great in both spaces, deeper and warmer tones could look even better.
Looking through the photos of this five bedroom house designed by John Pardey Architects, you would be forgiven for thinking that this home was in, say, California, with its flowing open plan living spaces and light-filled interior thanks to the walls of glazing, not to mention the incredible open views. But this house is on Withdean Road in Brighton, and those views stretch south across the city to the sea, and east across the South Downs.
I spotted Llewellyn House while scanning through the Australian Interior Design Awards – a great source of inspiration with literally project after project of incredible looking houses – as it was shortlisted in the Residential Design category for 2016. The image above (by photographer Brett Boardman) caught my eye – the brick, the sliding screen that opens up that entire elevation, and then the moody hues of the interior of this space with its rich timber finishes. What’s not to love?
Over the years – and certainly since Harris came trotting into our lives – I’ve become much more conscious of the practical considerations when looking at floor coverings. Now my checklist starts with: what’s easy to clean, as you can’t avoid wet paw prints after a damp walk or a bath. And I seem to be incapable of walking across the kitchen without somehow kicking over Harris’s water bowl. All the time. Also, what’s warm underfoot and would work with underfloor heating, as this is definitely on my wish list for our future bathroom. And while I’d always choose timber for a main living space and bedrooms, with a kitchen, bathroom or hallway I can see myself leaning towards something a little different.
Which is why this new collection by Neisha Crosland for Harvey Maria caught my eye. I shared a range of flooring designed for Harvey Maria by Dee Hardwicke on the blog last year, and this latest collection of vinyl tiles designed in collaboration with Neisha Crosland combines a bold geometric pattern with a neutral and elegant (and dare I say very ‘me’) colour palette.
I was looking through Vogue Living – always a source of inspiration if you need to refresh your eyes with some distinctive interiors – when I spotted this house in Spain in a ‘Shop The Look’ feature. While I wouldn’t usually feature spaces here where I don’t have at least some background information about the project, and likewise I wouldn’t usually include low resolution images, this space is so incredible – and these photos by Belén Imaz are so very beautiful – that I wanted to break my own rules and share a few.