If your interior style aspirations are anything like mine, you'll be a bit tired of the neat, uniform, neutral and symmetrical interiors you so often see. I like to call these 'traditional' interior designs and now that we have become a nation with a desire or even a need to re-use existing furniture in colourful new ways or to upcycle other peoples pre-loved and unwanted sofas, tables, chairs and accessories, these conventional design schemes look even more contrived, staid and forced, and dare I say it - the two B's - bland and boring!
I'm always searching, online mostly, for interiors that look a whole load different. They are revolutionary and the complete opposite to those above - dishevelled, individual, colourful, fun, atmospheric, punchy, surprising, stimulating and are successful because they break the 'traditional' interior design rules and they mix the old with the new with such ease and effervescence.
Interior designer, retailer, writer and blogger, Abigail Ahern is one lady I absolutely admire - she repels interior design conformity on all levels.
Yesterday, I had the absolute honour of being part of a group of eight lovely ladies as we joined Abigail for her Christmas Masterclass held in her home. It was fantastic to meet her in real life and to see her beautiful home in all its glory along with G, Mungo and Maud of course. The Masterclass covered all the cool things I've come to expect as a follower of Abigails blog - festive interiors and entertaining, working with dark colour schemes, placing quirky furniture and accessories, playing with textures, scale and embellishments and of course that magic word 'layering'.
Abigail's Christmas Masterclasses are now finished for the year, but she is running them again next year. I strongly urge you to get your name down on one, you'll not be disappointed. For more information and to book a place, contact +44 207 354 8181 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A big thank you to Abigail for having us.
Mulled wine, mince pies and great conversation in Abigail's fabulous pad
Images courtesy of Abigail Ahern