Inspiration, Interior Style, Nature & the Coast

Autumn Hues

I was passing through the Wicklow Mountains last weekend and even though there was a gale blowing, I couldn’t resist taking a few snaps

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All those colours are so stunning.

Nature is one of my main starting points for colours and even just seasonal adornment. Below are lots of images to inspire……..

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Golden hues recall harvest time

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It can be as simple as adding shots of colour with tea towels!

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Warm walls   image by: Sharon Cairns

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Terracotta hues in the bricks at Ham House

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Eclectic & cosy living at Arne Maynard’s house image: The Interior Archives

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Subtle textures and earthy tones with terracotta bricks with walls the colour of mud

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image via: Country living.com

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image via: linenandlavender.com

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String your nature finds together to create a garland!

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Oh rust & ruby velvets – how stunning!    image: Astier de Villatte

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My throws on the couch for extra comfort on nights in

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image: via Atelier A.M. | Mark D. | b r o w n s

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Textures – image bodie& fou

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oh so beautiful!

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Faded blooms reflect Autumn

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Atmospheric grey walls make a feature of the leather couch

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Texture & colour injection with rugs – image by toast

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Cosmos at the herbacious border in Mount Usher gardens

Time to light the fire and enjoy those cosy evenings….

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Inspiration, Interior Style, Lifestyle

an Autumnal day at Ham House

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Having lived many years in Richmond, Southwest London, I was lucky enough to have a myriad of stunning buildings on my doorstep, one of them being the ever intriguing Jacobean Ham House on the river opposite Twickenham. I revisited the house the other day just as the Season was turning from late Summer to hints of Autumn and somehow the hues in the interior, as well as in the gardens, echoed this for me.

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Rusts and burnt sienna colours were in the bricks…

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soft green greys in the lavender

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the blue-purples of the damsons in the Kitchen Garden

As we went inside we passed the trompe l’oeils on either side of the entrance which now look like faded memory

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As I went around the rooms, the colours that had sung at me outside were evident in the fabrics and silk wallpapers in the darkened rooms. some have been restored – like this one. Glorious…

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I loved the warm gold details in the panelling

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I especially loved the picture lights

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detail of silk wall hanging

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Greys setting off golds and rich reds…Drama!

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One of my favourite rooms is the Green Closet with the finest collection of miniatures

you can see them all in detail on the National Trust’s website. I love the green silk backdrop. It wouldn’t be the same if it was just painted white would it?

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The flock wallpaper in the Duke’s Closet really caught my eye. What a colour! very now!

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why I love darkened dining rooms… the table covered in white linen looks very inviting.

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a detail of the leather wallpaper

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the view of the front from the window

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Evidence of how inspired I was by these Autumnal colours can be seen in this rug made from recycled wool that I bought in the National Trust shop outside.Image

Autumn bring it on!

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