Keep­ing it per­sonal

You read it here first - the macramé plant ham­mock is mak­ing a come­back...

EDP Norfolk - - Inside - CON­TACT stu­[email protected]­in­te­ri­ors.co.uk 01603 617229 Lanas­sir Lawes, Swank In­te­ri­ors, Nor­wich

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

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