This may sound a bit sad but when I was young I would regularly buy Smash Hits magazine. Nothing wrong with that, I hear you say. I loved learning the lyrics to my favourite songs and when my favourite boy bands were featured I would devour the interviews with such excitement and felt that, with each answer, I knew them a little better. All pretty standard for a teenage girl. But here's the sad part - sometimes I would answer the questions as if I was the one being interviewed, for example:
SH: What's your favourite word?
KH: Ooh there are so many! But I say ' happenin' ' a lot. (I don't think I ever said that in real life, but I wanted to sound cool in an interview!)
What's even more sad is that I still do it. I love the little contributor Q&A sections at the front of magazines where they ask a photographer or a stylist random questions like "If you were a shade of paint, what colour would you be?" (Fired Earth's Orchard Pink) or "What interiors accessory could you not live without?" (The White Company bed linen).
The one that always gets me thinking though is "How would you describe your interiors style?" But finally, I have an answer!
Everyone loves a portmanteau word these days so I've invented one which I think best sums up my style: Scandinavian mixed with Indian.
I am aware that these two are at opposite ends of the style spectrum. Scandi is all minimalist and airy whereas in India more is more - a sensory overload, full of noise both aural and visual. But, if you de-saturate it, there are more similarities than you might think...
I have previously written about my love affair with white and grey (read the post here) and I favour texture over pattern. Both styles lend themselves to this simple, rustic look that I crave. Both styles are heavily influenced by natural materials, with perhaps wood being the most obvious example: India is well known for its wooden furniture (usually teak or rosewood) and intricately carved doors and panels. Homes are often scented with sandalwood. The lightweight woods of Scandinavia - Norway Spruce and Scots Pine - are an integral part of the Nordic home.
Metal is also widely used in both cultures, from practical zinc and steel to decorative gold and silver. Cotton and linen are popular choices for textiles in both regions and can be juxtaposed perfectly with both the wool and furs of Scandi design and the silk and jute that is common in Asia.
It's no surprise that some of my favourite shopping destinations specialise in these types of products. I've compiled this mood board to show you how it can work...
I'd love to know how you would describe your style! Let me know...
Shop the look at:
Lombok, Cox and Cox, Graham and Green, Nordic House, Raft, Nkuku, Pale & Interesting