Guest blogger Abigail Ahern tells us what her ideal interior would look like
My dream room would be a groovy indoor/outdoor studio. It would be my decoration and style laboratory: a space where I could come up with ideas for products and experiment with my daredevil approach to colour and furnishings.
I would introduce high-octane patterns to glam up the room, cover the sofas in a frisky magenta tiger-striped velvet, add some sexy Italian and French furniture from the late 20th century and mix in my own designs. I love metallics, so I would pepper the space with lots of supersized hand-thrown ceramic lamps in a deep bronze. I’d want the studio to have a stylish modern chalet vibe with a decadent feel.
I’d need an amazing vista to inspire me. I’d want rustic wood cladding, a view of the pool – obviously there’s a pool! – and a canyon. Massive sliding windows surrounded by a moody palette (dark hues are my signature) would be essential.
I recently spent some time in California. Since then, I’ve become a bit obsessed with the amazing homes that are cantilevered into canyon walls and hidden from view by woods, vines and foliage. My dream studio would be in Cali, where I can imagine spending many an evening outside. I’d have a WWOO kitchen, a Big Green Egg barbecue and some squishy, super-comfy George Smith sofas flanking an outdoor fireplace.
More than anything, I’d want this sprawling dream studio space to feel comfortable, not crazy. Yes, it would be a little feisty, but above all, it’d be relaxed and indulgent. I would anchor everything with fluffy vintage Moroccan rugs in muted tones, and finish it all off with some voluptuously curved mirrors to expand horizons even further.
Abigail Ahern is a designer, stylist and author. Her London store has been voted one of ELLE Decoration’s ‘coolest places to shop’ in the UK.