A JOURNEY AROUND THE SUN

I have just returned from a journey around the sun . . . an inspiring, exciting and magical European summer holiday in London, Greece and Italy via Dubai. 

My thirst for new experiences, design inspiration, food, fashion, hotels, colour and patterns have been quenched (for now!) and I wanted to share with you some of the memorable images that I discovered. 

Everything that I saw, tasted and experienced was awash with colour . . . Have I been living in a black and white neutral world? It’s like someone turned up the saturation and the glorious colours of the Mediterranean had a new intensity.

Taking inspiration from my journey, I’ve put on coloured glasses to give you my view of the very best of the world's colours and patterns this season. We have combined holiday snaps with patterns and colours that we are using in current projects, as well as palettes we are inspired to include in upcoming projects. 

Enjoy the journey! 

LONDON, ENGLAND

London Exterior via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / London Interior of Ham Yard Hotel via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Honey Bee Cushion via Timorous Beasties / Hermes Fabric from Vogue Living via South Pacific Fabrics / Black Penny Rounds via Academy Tiles

MYKONOS, GREECE

A magical Mykonos view from Hotel Petasos via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Striking blue fabric via Dolce & Gabbana / Hues of Blues at Hotel Petasos in Mykonos via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Our Mykonos Palette via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

TUSCANY, ITALY

Castel Monastero under the Tuscan sun via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Designers Guild Fabric via Radford Furnishings / our Tuscan Palette ©Alexandra Kidd Design / shades of shutters on a Tuscan Villa via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

LAKE COMO, ITALY

The most spectacular view of Como via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Stairway to Heaven at Villa d'Este via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Carrara marble via Artedomus / our Lake Como Palette via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

MILAN, ITALY

Villa Necchi Italian interior via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Wallpaper by Elitis via Seneca Textiles / Bronze via Astor Metals / Galleria Vittorio Emanuele Milan via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Jade Malachite via Becker Minty

DUBAI, UAE

Floor details and hanging pendants at One&Only The Palm, Dubai via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / our Dubai palette via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Tile via Bourkeshire Interiors / Metallic Paint via Dulux / One&Only The Palm, Dubai via ©Alexandra Kidd Design

WHY SO BLUE?

Blue is the colour most commonly associated with harmony, faithfulness, confidence, infinity, imagination and of course, Summer.

Cue European vacation.

My all-time favourite hue of blue is the colour of the Mediterranean Sea . . . in all its glorious shades – the colour of the ocean pre-siesta is completely different to post. It seems that I am not the only one enamoured with blue. This season I’ve seen it everywhere on my travels, from the uncharacteristically perfect clear London sky, to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the whitewashed and blue detailed houses littering the cliffs in Mykonos, right down to this seasons hottest runway looks and my most covetable fashion accessories. Even celebrities are naming their children in honour of it . . .

One of Pantone’s Top 10 Colours for Spring 2014 ‘Dazzling Blue’ 

One of Pantone’s Top 10 Colours for Spring 2014 ‘Dazzling Blue’ 

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   Blue Mosque, Istanbul

Blue Mosque, Istanbul

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   Blue Mosque interior detail, Istanbul

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   The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called "evil eyes".

The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called "evil eyes".

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   Mykonos, Cyclades in the Greek Islands. The blue that dreams are made of.

Mykonos, Cyclades in the Greek Islands. The blue that dreams are made of.

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   Never-ending blue.

Never-ending blue.

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   Electric shades of blue graced the catwalks and created this seasons hottest looks from Lanvin, Preen and Stella McCartney in leather, fur, lace and silk.

Electric shades of blue graced the catwalks and created this seasons hottest looks from Lanvin, Preen and Stella McCartney in leather, fur, lace and silk.

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   My season must-have, Jimmy Choo Aegean matte python . . . swoon!     Image 1   via    Pantone  / Image 2   via     Blue Mosque  /  Image 3   via     ©  Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 4   via     ©  Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 5   via    Mykonos  / Image 6   via     ©  Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 7   via    Frances Diaries  / Image 8   via     J  immy Choo

My season must-have, Jimmy Choo Aegean matte python . . . swoon!

Image 1 via Pantone / Image 2 via Blue Mosque / Image 3 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 4 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 5 via Mykonos / Image 6 via ©Alexandra Kidd Design / Image 7 via Frances Diaries / Image 8 via Jimmy Choo