Keeping it personal
You read it here first - the macramé plant hammock is making a comeback...
Interior design with Lanassir Lawes
LAST month was very exciting as a couple of clients moved into their newly-refurbished homes – that’s when the fun begins!
Once the decorative scheme is in place and the furniture placed it’s all about adding the finishing touches to turn a house into a home. Some of the finishing touches may be existing pieces, such as artwork and vases that may even have been the inspiration for the colour scheme in the first place.
Other pieces may be picked up along the way during the installation stage of the project, this is particularly common with full house renovations as, when the scheme is presented, I will discuss the style and point out design elements that hold the scheme together and what items could dress the end result.
It is very rare that I will fill a home with new accessories purchased to complete a look as I feel in a private residence it should be much more personal than that. A perfectly-designed home with over-matched accessories can look over-styled – I prefer to give the space a ‘lifetime’s collection’ look with an eclectic mix of pieces that tell a story.
In a commercial situation, such as an hotel, I curate a look that is aspirational and
“A perfectly-designed home with over-matched accessories can look over-styled – I prefer to give the space a ‘lifetime’s collection’ look”
eye-catching, using interesting pieces to create an impact.
If the ceiling is high or vaulted it is really lovely to emphasise this. In the hotel stairwell pictured I have used a striking skeleton chandelier hanging from the ceiling teamed with a collection of mirrors in various shapes and sizes on the wall to reflect the light fitting – this also doubles the light.
This works really well with the simple glass bannister rail; if there were busy spindles I may have considered one large framed mirror with a more substantial light fitting to ensure that the accessories balance with the structure.
Although I’m not one to follow trends, I am quite taken by re-emergence of macramé plant hammocks, as anything that is hung from the ceiling adds another dimension and layer to a room.
All plants are a great way to add life to a room; grouping plants together such as three plant hammocks hung at different levels in the corner of a large room works well. One of the rooms in the house that benefits greatly from the addition of a plant is the study. They often feel a little utilitarian with lots of hard surfaces and filled with electric gadgets.
Hanging a kangaroo vine in a cute galvanised pot above the corner of the desk could look great, add colour and oxygen to the room and may even make tedious paperwork feel less taxing! Above: A skeleton chandelier and mirror collection
Left: A macramé plant hammock