With Claire Hornby

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Homes&garden -

WHEN it comes to the com­fort of our own homes, we all like to think of our­selves as style su­per­stars. And one of the strong­est trends this sea­son is ex­actly what we need to con­firm how we feel. It’s pure Hol­ly­wood, but with a Re­gency touch that gives it ex­tra op­u­lence.

As be­fits a movie star look, there’s plenty of gleam and glit­ter in­volved. The Athos Con­sole Ta­ble sums it up per­fectly, with clean, plain-edged legs and strong mar­ble top – while not what you might think of as clas­sic Re­gency fur­ni­ture, it has a sim­plic­ity of style that makes it a per­fect fit.

The shin­ing legs of this el­e­gant con­sole give a sleek glam­our to the room, en­hanced here by the ad­di­tion of a clus­ter of gilded can­dles and the strik­ing Chain Glass Lamp with its tex­tured gold base.

Com­fort is ab­so­lutely at a pre­mium in this sort of room, of course, so you need a strong fo­cus on your soft fur­nish­ings, too. I’m thrilled with Parker Knoll’s Ce­les­tine Snug­gler with its foil char­coal fab­ric. The geo­met­ric cush­ions add to its in­di­vid­ual look – per­fect for curl­ing up on.

Even in a room de­signed for sub­tle glows, light­ing is im­por­tant. The Lamp Shade Ball con­trib­utes both style and il­lu­mi­na­tion – and strik­ing mir­rors such as the Meath Links Round Mir­ror help re­flect that softly.

Over­all, the look is el­e­gant and lux­u­ri­ous, with a hint of her­itage to give it a real clas­sic feel.

Claire Hornby is cre­ative stylist at Barker and Stone­house. For more de­sign ideas visit www.barkerand stone­

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