Senior Designer, Abbie, pours over new magazines for fresh inspiration-she’s always loved interiors and magazines since she was a little girl. Abbie has an amazing eye for colour and also has the ability to pair both the classic with the contemporary for timeless schemes which are undeniably elegant.
Here she explains her latest look “ I’ve always loved Chinoiserie as it is so beautiful . It comes and goes in popularity although many fabric houses continually reinvent the look. We have a beautiful chaise in the London showroom at the moment covered in one of the fabulous Chinoiserie designs by Manuel Canovas which always grabs clients’ attention. The basis of this scheme was a new collection called Enchantment by Thibaut ( pronounced Tee-Boo). If it’s not a collection you’re familiar with, it’s an American company which was known to be the oldest wallpaper manufacturing company in the United States. It’s the colours they create and how they combine them which makes it such a magical brand – the colours are very clear and the patterns for both the fabrics and wallpapers are well defined, adding a vibrancy to any scheme.There’s no reason to not use one of their wallpapers around an entire room although with this scheme for an elegant sitting room, dining room or hallway, I’d suggest it as a feature wall. The curtains are going to be an important focal point. I’m suggesting a new fabric by Harlequin called Impasto in a stunning yellow. A polyester silk mix, it will add luxurious depth to the curtain treatment. There’s a lovely basketweave called Cabin Weave by Robert Allen which would look incredible on the Christopher Guy chairs, particularly in a hallway scenario. I love to work with texture when scheming as this adds to the attention to detail in the finished room and also adds warmth and luxury to what you see and feel. Never forget the trimmings however discreet. Here a smart black wooden bobble trim by Samuel & Sons would add a defining edge to a chair, stool or the leading edge of curtains.”