This month our guest blogger is Gail Marsden and her experience speaks for itself.
Former retail editor for Vogue and House & Garden, we couldn’t wait for her to come in-store and choose her favourite looks.
She’s put her photo skills to great use too, snapping everything that stood out to her. Now, using her design experience, she shares why she loves these looks and how you can add them to your home.
“This is a very important time for the Interior Design Calendar when all the companies in London, Paris and Milan showcase the new trends for the coming season. I spent a lovely day at Arighi Bianchi - a one-stop destination, housed in a wonderful old building in Cheshire - to pick out my favourite trends for the season.”
I incorporate Crittall windows and doors into all my interiors where possible, so I love the look of these Crittall mirrors teamed with the crystal floor lamps. It creates the illusions of more space perfectly.
Blush pink colours
Shades of blush pink, through to the Pantone colour of the season, violet, are still very strong. ‘The Charm’ two-seater sofa would look great styled with vibrant, patterned cushions and a similar picture wall as seen below.
Round Mirrors and button furniture
I have used round mirrors, which have now become a design classic, for many years. This fireplace setting instore caught my eye and the small buttoned grey velvet ottoman placed in front of the fire is a cost-effective and simple way to introduce buttoned furniture into the home.
The store has a fabulous selection of chests in all shapes and sizes. I fell in love with this trio, which would look good in a teenager’s bedroom or a characterful sitting room. Ideal for that hidden storage.
Natural coastal materials
The natural coastal look, whether it incorporates wood, glass, stone or natural materials, such as rope, is a classic style. Below are some great examples that embrace this modern living look. It’s a style that fits well with a muted monochrome palette and soft grey walls. Whether your preferred look is traditional or contemporary, natural materials fit beautifully.
The Library Look
Another instore look I love, originally inspired by Ralph Lauren, is the timeless library inspired style. Which often incorporates tweed, wool, metal and statement lighting. The tweed chair and dark, brass accessories encapsulates one of my favourite, classic looks that never seems to date.
My schemes are nearly always layered neutrals. However, if I’m using colour, I love teal, which again has become a classic and was very much in evidence at the latest design shows. This corner sofa would fit beautifully into a media room with the wonderful vibrant prints and the jukebox. Or if you wanted a cool sophisticated feel instead, you can get it upholstered in grey tweed and I’d advise adding silver metallic cushions.
Black and white photo prints
I love black and white prints and found some great ones in-store. They always add a touch of glamour to a scheme. They would also look wonderful above this glamorous mirrored dresser.
Finally, I couldn’t resist picking something up from the Flower House at Arighi Bianchi. I was spoilt for choice but decided on these, which ended up looking great in my home.
More about Gail Marsden design.
Gail Marsden Interior Design, founded in 1990, is a Cheshire based design consultancy born out of a passion for design. Formerly retail editor for Vogue and House & Garden, Gail has surrounded herself with a team of the very best craftsmen.
This enables her to take on a full range of projects from planning to completion, across listed buildings to dockside apartments and garden rooms.
All Gail Marsden projects are ensured a careful focus & great attention to detail and because every project is tailored to each client, she approaches every assignment in a different way. This way work never becomes stale and your rooms can evolve and continue looking good for many years to come.