TOP SHELF WINTER READS

It's no secret at the AKD studio that I have an ever-growing wish list of inspiring design books I dream of adding to my bookshelf. 

As winter sets in I'm especially looking forward to the darker, colder weekends and no longer needing an excuse to simply put my feet up! I can't wait to curl up under a soft blanket with a hot pot of honey tea beside me and dive head-first into the wonderful worlds created by Thomas Pheasant, David Collins, Jean-Louis Denoit and Nancy Braithwaite.

Simply Serene by Thomas Pheasant

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    This is the epitome of classic American style. I imagine the home-owners in cashmere sweaters!


This is the epitome of classic American style. I imagine the home-owners in cashmere sweaters!

It has become therapeutic for me to hold a gorgeous design book in my hands; to turn their rich, glossy pages and breathe in the printed scent, instead of mindlessly scrolling for hours and hours through Pinterest and Instagram which I’m sure many of us are guilty of! 

ABCDCS by David Collins Studio

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   The late David Collins is an interior design icon - think of the kind of luxurious London bars you would find Mr James Bond.

The late David Collins is an interior design icon - think of the kind of luxurious London bars you would find Mr James Bond.

I dream of one day owning a home which houses a library filled to the brim with all of my dreamy interior design books. Artfully arranged by the colour of their spine, inter-dispersed with vignettes of tchotchkes, and standing perfectly proud between these gorgeous Moon Bookends by Studio Joa Herrenknecht. 

Jean-Louis Denoit interiors by diane dorrans saeks

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    Parisians have effortless style and sophistication, the perfect mix of classic and contemporary.


Parisians have effortless style and sophistication, the perfect mix of classic and contemporary.

Although each of these designers has an incredibly different aesthetic, I look to them for constant inspiration as they all create timeless stylish interiors. You know what they say, 'trends come and go but style is forever' . . .

Simplicity by Nancy Braithwaite

Simple interiors can be rich and inviting when there are layers of textures and tones. And lots and lots of books!

Image 1 via Rizzoli USA / Image 2 via Booktopia / Image 3 via Studio Joa Herrenknecht / Image 4 via Rizzoli USA / Image 5 via Rizzoli USA

COLOUR OF THE YEAR . . . MARSALA

Celebrate the 2015 Pantone Colour of the Year with us as we show you simple ways to share the Marsala love each season. 

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SUMMER 
Adding a hint of burnt orange and lilac to your Marsala scheme can create a more summery palette. Try a statement piece of art with flecks of Marsala tones and gold foil [1]. A feature wall in a brighter shade can emphasise a bold look [2]. Or take your love of Marsala to the beach with a gorgeous Missoni beach towel [3].

AUTUMN
Create a nostalgic touch to your interior with delicate chinoiserie patterns paired beautifully with rustic oak. Your choice of flooring treatment will influence the overall feel of your home. For understated luxe go for a classic parquet flooring with contrasting inset stone [4]. For a bolder, more contemporary look try a large patterned rug in soft ivory and deep Marsala [5].

WINTER
Stay cozy with soft upholstery this Winter. Have an old armchair that needs updating? Inject some colour and texture and have it re-upholstered with this suede-like velvet [6]. For a plush bedhead solution, have a custom bedhead made with luxurious button detailing. If it is a small accent you're after, add oversized cushions to your living room in a buttery soft leather [7].

SPRING
Brighten up your Marsala palette with touches of salmon pink tones. Sangria' from Porters paints [8] is the perfect solution if you can’t commit to dark and moody Marsala walls. Keep your palette neutral with splashes of exciting prints. Try an oversized floral wallpaper for something more feminine, or frame your favourite fabric to create a one of a kind artwork [9].

Image 1 via Michelle Armas / Image 2 via Porters Paints / Image 3 via Amara / Image 4 via Berti / Image 5 via Designer Rugs / Image 6 via South Pacific Fabrics / Image 7 via South Pacific Fabrics / Image 8 via Porters Paints / Image 9 via Signature Prints