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Abbie’s Mood Board: Precious Metals

Precious Metals - Drawingroom Moodboard
This month Abbie chose taupes, yellows, golds and greys in metallic embroideries and weaves to create an absolutely sumptuous mood board for an elegant drawing room.

Senior Designer Abbies mood boardsThe spring sunshine is finally appearing and what better way to see in a brighter season than with this mood board filled with platinum colours, which we will be using for a formal drawing room. The scheme mixes contemporary designs and finishes – such as a modern lamp or metallised fabric – with traditional patterns and accessories to create a timeless interior in a contemporary-classic look.

Precious Metals - Material Swatch

Precious Metals - Sofa
Sofa fabric by Alton Brooke: Brocatelle, Col. 2, Hessian Sunflower

The scheme centres around this beautiful double weave by Alton Brooke (above) called Brocatelle, which I would use on an occasional sofa – finished with buttons on the back and studs on the frame. The fabric features a wool and silk embroidery on Hessian. The yellow and sand colours and traditional pattern create elegant, understated chic.
Reflecting the embroidery of the sofa fabric, the pattern of this stunning rug (below) in an old gold colourway by Stark is the perfect compliment.

Precious Metals - Rug by Stark
Rug by Stark
Precious Metals - Table and Wall Lamps
Left: Lamp by Porta Romana. Right: Wall Light by Beaumont & Fletcher

Accessorising the scheme with a contrasting mixture of this contemporary glass lamp, with a gold finish and pewter shade, by Porta Romana and a French style antique wall lamp from Beaumont & Fletcher, provides the perfect accompaniments to the colours and textures of the fabrics.

Precious Metals - Curtain Fabrics and Trim
Left: Curtain Fabric by Lizzo in Reef, Colour 6. Right: Curtain lining by Manuel Canovas, Nura Ficelle. Far Right: Custom made trim

The pattern of the sofa fabric (above) is mirrored in the gorgeous curtain fabric by Lizzo, which is a modern take on a cut velvet in a damask pattern with an antiqued finish and silvered effect, which is complimented by a pale lining from Manuel Canovas. The curtains would be accentuated with a custom made crystal trim.

Dressing the sofa with cushions covered in textured velvet by Manuel Canovas, Ashley Wilde’s golden silk-effect yellow, a paisley by Watts of Westminster and GP&J Baker’s trim (all below) will create a scattering of delicate patterns, as well as the paisley reflecting the floral embroidery of the sofa. This paisley ties in all the colours I have used in this scheme, and the velvet by Manuel Canovas echoes the pattern of the curtains.

Precious Metals - Cushion Fabric
Left: Cushion fabric by Watts of Westminster, Babylon in Pyramid Chalk. Right: Cushion fabric by Ashely Wilde, Mimosa. Trim by GP&J Baker, Wrapped Bead
Precious Metals - Cushion Fabrics
Left: Cushion fabric by Manuel Canovas, Kenza Ambre. Centre: Wallpaper by Casamance in Caractère, Essence. Right: Fabric as above

The distressed look of the sofa fabric goes well with the parchment-creased wallpaper by Casamance (above), which is flecked with glitter to subtly pick up the light.

Equally the leather by Futura (below) from the Selvaggio Collection in Walnut, which, in this case, will be used to cover a club fender – you can use studs or buttons to finish – compliments the metallised fabric that would be used for window seats by Lelievre in Oxide, Cendre finished with a fine, rope trim by Samuel & Sons.

Precious Metals - Window Seat Fabric and Trim
Left: Window Seat Fabric by Lelievre, in Oxide, Cendre. Middle: Leather by Futura from the Selvaggio Collection in Walnut. Right: Trim by Samuel & Sons, from Strata Collection in Honey

Abbie’s Mood Board

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.

Her latest mood board started with a tear sheet from House & Garden.
Her latest mood board started with a tear sheet from House & Garden.

AbbiesMood-photo2Here 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.”

New fabrics from the latest collections by Thibaut, Harlequin and Robert Allen
New fabrics from the latest collections by Thibaut, Harlequin and Robert Allen

Abbie’s Mood Board

Summer is in full swing and it’s scorching outside but Abbie, Senior Designer at Jenny Blanc, is already thinking of trends and schemes for the Autumn using furniture, lighting and fabrics from the latest collections.

Abbie's Mood Board - July 2014

On the pinboard next to her desk and using a tear sheet from a magazine around which to base her scheme she has combined soft whites, old golds, shagreen and verdigris to create a wonderful contemporary look.

In the top left hand corner is a contemporary painted bedside drawer unit inspired by 1950s designer Robsjohn-Gibbings, featuring wicker wrapped handles with brass trim on brass legs.

Lighting includes a fabulous elephant lamp available from the Jenny Blanc showroom and a chic brass geometric wall lamp. A new light switch in a verdigris finish from Forbes & Lomax blends with the overall colour scheme

A white, leather effect trellis wallpaper balances the metallics and is combined with beautiful fabrics: a soft printed velvet damask, a metallic horsehair and a subtle hand blocked linen.

A table laid with beautiful gold tinted glass compliments the scheme and wine glasses enhanced with gold around the lip complete the look.

By mixing different textures, metallic and matt effects, soft, hard, dry and geometric, Abbie has created a sophisticated look that blends all the elements and which will remain timeless and interesting.

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