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Colour Files: Rust and Dust

December 8th, 2016

While many exciting things are going on here behind these pretty scenes, all to be revealed in the new year, I am having a serious dusty pink and rusty red moment. I went on a rare solo shopping afternoon a couple of weeks ago for some autumn/winter wardrobe pieces and the shops were strewn with these warm pink and burgundy hues with earthy undertones. Here are a few of my favourite palette appropriate pins of late and why I think this combo works so well.


I am always a little surprised by how each new season brings with it fresh inspiration in colour combinations. We have enjoyed ‘Marsala‘ as colour of the year in 2015 and old pink has made a comeback in recent months too, but the combination of the two feels fresh and new somehow. Both hues feel distinctly 70s, particularly together, but are so very contemporary when used right. If my last blog entry is anything to go by, rust and dust are best combined with calming neutral shades to give a generous dose of colour while still being tranquil and relaxing. Here are a few spaces that exercise this theory, very well indeed. Get the full scoop

Colour Files: Trends for 2016

March 23rd, 2016

By now it is quite possible that you know the colours that Pantone selected as the Colour of the Year. For 2016, the world is embracing the two complimentary hues Rose Quartz (a soft, crystal like pink) and Serenity (a pale ice blue) as the two leading hues to influence product development and purchasing decisions in the fashion, beauty, interior and graphic design industries. To be frank, there are not colours I would immediately turn to if designing a grown-up living space however I am seeing more and more spaces popping up on Pinterest that are incorporating these hues, and I must admit, I’m kind of sold.


This is the first time Pantone – the world’s leading colour institute – has ever introduced two colours as their Colour of the Year. These two tones will be a huge game player in all visual and aesthetic fields and I am really noticing it’s influence in the world of interiors. This year’s selection is a delicate balance between warm and gentle Rose Quartz with soothing, cool and tranquil Serenity and it all feels a little sweet to me, but what I do like about this combo is their take on gender neutrality.  Get the full scoop

Mini Makeover: My Vintage Kitchen Trolley

January 26th, 2016

I must admit it’s been a while since I undertook a small makeover project in my own home. We’ve spent two years concentrating on the bigger bits of our renovation – painting stairs and walls, updating the kitchen, tiling, plastering, filling holes, installing lighting, sanding floor boards, painting woodwork, the list goes on – that the idea of doing a smaller scale DIY job has felt a bit like climbing a mountain. But most of the jobs I have around the house are small enough to take up just a couple of evenings in front of Netflix anyway, so without too much hesitation, I gave a gorgeous little vintage hospital trolley that I’ve been deliberating about painting a mini makeover and I tell you, it’s given me the motivation and energy to do more little jobs at home that I’ve been putting off for ages.


I was given this trolley by my friend Lauren who bought it when she moved to the Netherlands for 9 months, and I’ve had my eye on it since the day we rolled it rattling through the shop, stuffed it into the back of my car and brought it home to her little temporary studio. It finally became mine the day she left to go back to Australia, which made our goodbye a tiny bit sweeter. Before she could say ‘look after it!‘ it was in my kitchen, styled with all my bits and pieces on it I’d been sneakily imagining for months! But though I loved it’s pale army green colour and it worked well with everything else in my kitchen, I felt it was lacking something.  Get the full scoop

Pantone Colour of the Year 2015: Marsala

December 15th, 2014

The world’s leading colour institute Pantone has announced their Colour of the Year for 2015. I’m excited because I always look forward to finding out what will be the hue that will influence product development and purchasing decisions in the fashion, beauty, interior and graphic design industries for the new year. The team at Pantone scour the world each year for that one colour, which they recently announced. Last year’s pick was Radiant Orchid, a dynamic and bold hue not for the faint of heart. This year, a little more subdued but equally as bold with a degree of luxury to it, Pantone have announced Marsala as the leading color for 2015.

marsala 1 Marsala is multifaceted colour with a sense of elegance and sophistication, while being earthy and somewhat neutral due to its brown undertones.

“The most interesting thing about Marsala,” Pantone’s executive director Lee Eiseman says, “is that even though it has this grounded influence – this kind of earthy undertone that we see in this wine red – at the same time it has a sophistication, so there’s something very versatile about the colour.”
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Colour Files: Olive Green for Fall Decorating

October 1st, 2014

Every so often a colour jumps out at me and I wonder where it’s been my whole life. That has happened recently in a BIG way with olive green. Weird, right? It’s not a colour you see a lot, and I realized while putting this post together that it’s not actually used a lot in contemporary interior design. Ever since our wedding back in May I’ve been obsessing over olive, as our industrial wedding venue had these olive painted walls which really brought our colour palette to life. Take a look here. It’s had me thinking about our home and the style direction I’m going in and I am kind of liking which way things are going, but I also think olive is a stunning colour for fall decorating so I thought I’d share my favourite olive green finds.

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Colour Files: New Hues for Farrow & Ball

September 20th, 2013

With a move to a new house in sight, it’s hard not to get excited about colour schemes and the overall look and feel we want to infuse into our new home. It’s almost all I can think about, even though I know we will simply be painting everything a (very necessary) coat of white to start with. And while I seem to be drawing a blank when it comes to decorating the main living space, I am quite excited about decorating our daughter Lola’s bedroom. I was talking colour schemes in a recent post, if you remember. She’s getting older and needs a room to accommodate – smart storage solutions, a bigger bed and a fun new colour palette. So when our good friends recently asked us whether we’d like a couple of pots of Farrow & Ball paint as a housewarming gift, I immediately knew what to ask for and it feels like the ball is rolling!


But while I was agonizing over Light Blue, Mizzle and Blue Gray (it had to be the perfect shade of green / grey / blue, if that’s not asking too much?), I noticed that Farrow & Ball have added nine fresh new colours to their collection this year. While I adore colour, I am always drawn to neutral tones, so a few of their new hues really appealed. Take a look!

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farrow_ball_ Moles Breath

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Aren’t they all so beautifully calming and warm? I particularly like Ammonite and Purbeck Stone, because they feel light and bright but that tiny touch of grey makes them a little warm too. I also love how the new colours were presented in the form of those edgy mood boards. Simple but very inspiring! I also enjoyed watching this behind the scenes video.

Well, I have a few deadlines to get out of the way before the week ends so I’ll be back again on Monday! But before I dash off, have you seen what we got up to last weekend? My fiancé and I had a ball on Sunday afternoon frolicking in our local park before the lens of the talented Anouschka Rokebrand during our engagement shoot. I had my hair and makeup done by Katie Larcombe beforehand to look the part. It was so much fun! Here’s a little sneak peek you may have missed in Instagram this week 🙂 Ok, and another! And if you want to see a little more of us getting all romantic together, read here. As for my absolute favourites of the day, you’ll just have to wait and see.

In other news, my book has finally arrived! The one I recently collaborated on with a bunch of the best European bloggers. To hold a copy in my hands is a tad overwhelming but incredibly satisfying. I never dreamed of being apart of an interior design book, so you can imagine the excitement as I flipped through the freshly printed pages to find my photography and words splashed throughout. More on this soon, plus two exciting giveaways coming your way. Meet you back here next week!

Have a great weekend,

Holly x

Image credits: 1. Holly Marder for Decor8; all of the rest by Farrow & Ball

Colour Files: Peach, Grey and Turquoise

August 8th, 2013

Hello! Back today with some pretty colour inspiration for you as part of my ‘Colour Files‘ column. This time, I am crushing on a summery combo of peach, grey and turquoise. It started when I spotted the below image by the interior design duo behind Jersey Ice Cream Co. Fresh and feminine, it’s had me all sorts of excited about a little project I will be starting in the not too distant future: redecorating Lola’s bedroom!

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I was instantly drawn to the sweet shades of peachy pink and soft grey with touches of turquoise and even cobalt blue when I clapped eyes on that darling row of ribbons. Pretty but not too girly, it’s the perfect palette for a little girl’s bedroom. We’ve been considering getting her a bigger bed now that she’s two, and of course that idea sparked a never-ending rabbit hole search this week for ideas and inspiration. I just love the bedroom above, which incorporates the same pretty palette.

Not limited to the room of a toddler, however, these pretty pastel hues would also perk up any living room too. Paired with grey, they give the whole palette a neutral quality. A few accessories, artworks or fresh flowers would be enough to add a fresh summery scheme to a lacklustre space, like the gorgeous watercolour artworks by Leslie Schewring for her ‘Color Me Pretty‘ column on Decor8. L.O.V.E!

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In the gorgeous living room above, a bold tufted turquoise sofa is offset by a pretty patterned sofa in grey and peach. In a neutral setting, the colours bounce off the walls and the room has just the right amount of pretty without being overwhelmingly feminine.

Do you love these colours too? Would you change anything about this combo at all?

Can’t wait to get started on Lola’s big girl bedroom now! Was recently given an old wooden cabinet which I plan to update for her bedroom. Me thinks it needs a lick of mint green paint and some pretty peach handles… more on that later!

Holly x

Image credits: 1 Jersey Ice Cream; 2 Ferm Living; 3 Leslie Schewring for Decor8 (left), Nessa.B (right); 4 Leslie Schewring for Decor8; 5 Nessa.B (left), Caitlin Shearer (right); 6 Living Etc.

Colour Files: Spring Palette

May 6th, 2013

Hello! I hope that all of you are enjoying beautiful warm and sunny days like I have been here in the Netherlands. It is truly heavenly after such a long, grey winter. Over the weekend, the three of us hopped on our bikes and did some exploring, baring our white legs and feet for the first time in months.

Just before the weekend, I sent a second guest blog post to my friend Corinne at Emerald Green Interiors. She has just welcomed their second baby to the world and needed a hand keeping her blog going, so I stuck up my hand and offered to help. Corinne is a colour specialist living in Belgium {see her home here} and she blogs about colourful, inspirational interior design. For my second feature, I decided to send some spring/summer colour inspiration along to keep her readers happy while she’s taking some time off. The warmer weather  has had me swooning over fresh shades of yellow and salmon pink lately. When I came across the below images I just had to share. I always tend to decorate with neutral shades, I particularly loved how a sunny shade of yellow and a cheerful salmony shade of pink look against a neutral backdrop of white, beige and charcoal.

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Incorporating dashes of charcoal, mustard and salmon to a neutral space can make for a soothing spring palette. How do you add life to your home using colour? If you want to see more with this colour combination, head over to Emerald Green Interiors for the full post.

Wishing you a happy week, and see you back here soon for more pretty.



* Image credits: Top left to right: Merci Paris cushions by Jillian Leiboff; bedding byAnthropologie; palette by Nomura Maya; cushion by Anthropologie;