Last night saw the unveiling for the first time in Majorca of the Pearl 75 , designed by Bill Dixon with the interior created by Kelly Hoppen. As always a fabulous night in the Port Portals Marina , a popular place for yachting enthusiasts within the luxury of the sought after location boasting good dining and designer shopping.
The Pearl 75 yacht had many features for the keen yachtsman, a high end ” Boy’s Toy ” of engineering technology and many extra’s, the reception was well met with those invited, enjoying a champagne reception.
The Yacht interior was , in my humble opinion , rather ” griege ” , and lacking a bit of “Wow” factor , usually when “dressing” a home for selling it is key to keep within the realms of neautral therefore not pressing your particular choice of style and colour scheme on a prospective buyer encouraging them to add their personality to the home after purchase, but did Kelly play too safe with this project ?? methinks Yes.
All of the colour scheme remained throughout the yacht it melded into one colour palette, I personally loved the carpeting showing texture , good idea with the comings and goings of sailing , the furniture was basic beige or cream , a good safe choice, but cushions and highlighting decor kept the same too!!, even down to the pictures on the wall ( is floral the way to go??) , not a bit of contrast to be seen, no accent to enhance, a bit of a Zara Home’s 2012 meets Yachting 2013 ( I Love Zara by the way -at home ) and the vases on a bedside table !!! where does my cocktail sit ? If you can afford the Pearl 75 Yacht you have “sanctuary” and proper use of colour would enhance that , you have the option to go to the East whenever you want I assume , so don’t you deserve some excitement in the colour scheme while in the Med, some style when cruising ?? I think so, I am not suggesting a “wild” scheme but character is also part of life, and a little goes a long way.
The lighting was great even fun , interesting use of windows to add light through the below deck corridor was inventive , the blinds within the glass panes a good and practical idea. The use of space a marvel, I loved the drawer space, and the bathroom’s were as ultra modern as you would expect in a luxury home. All in all a great use of the space giving the impression the 75 foot was actually much longer. Well done there.
by Alison Coplen
Beige is a neutral, maybe even “the” neutral, described as a light brown colour that might also be called taupe, tan, camel or even caramel. In fact, just about any very light shade of brown could be referred to as beige. Beige is called a neutral because it is neither warm nor cold and it matches nearly everything. While other neutrals like black and white could make bold statements when it comes to interior design, beige is a better choice if you prefer subtle looks.
When the trend for Neutrals became popular and nearly every client I saw was asking for makeovers in the natural colourings, I eventually found it very bland, I zoned out mentally as there was no challenge or excitement in the decorating process for me. I realised that the choice was mostly a desire to keep the home simplistic and calming and even with a big range of fabrics to choose from I did, dare I say it, become bored at times. I had tried to embrace it and even bought the fabric to recover my own sofa’s in a light cream, I took it home to double check when it arrived but when I laid it on the sofa and stood back I could not go through with it and continued with my personal love of a bit of drama.
The fabric choice began to diminish with my suppliers, the designers were attempting to bring a bit of drama back in and phase the neutral out , prints were bold and bright, but it did not last, by what must have been popular demand the choice began to return when I viewed collections, and now I have a much broader selection, but the past couple of season’s have shown a wonderful introduction with textures and combinations. beautiful mixes with natural textures of linen’s and silks and fabulous velvets, faux suede’s and leather’s. The shades are so rich that beige is now never boring.
Helpful hints with the Naturals:
One of the tricks to decorating with beige and creating interest is to choose different shades of beige. You can choose a rich, camel coloured carpet or rug and match that with beige walls that are so light they are almost cream coloured. You can draw attention to the colour in the walls by adding trim that is a milky, white shade. You can also add visual interest to your room by choosing beige features with patterns. You can put up a beige damask wallpaper and match that with a beige, striped couch. These patterns will be subtle but make your room look luxurious.
Shades of beige are not the only choices when going neutral. Greys and even blues have entered the neutral category recently.
Mushroom tones, taupe’s, a pale limestone colour or grey If you find the right grey, it really looks good with camel. You can play with that layering effect
Include the dark neutrals, which can create drama.
You might not think of blue as a neutral, but it just depends on the shade.
Paint can date so fast, now we are seeing a lot of grey. It seemed like chocolate was big for a long time, but now it seems that Grey tones are coming back.
A serene paint palette can be brought to life with a mixture of texture and metallic finishes. Play with texture and shimmer in order to create excitement in a neutral space.
Choosing the right colours makes all the difference because it causes less work in the long run.
To avoid a monochromatic colour scheme, bumping the colour of your wall up or down one shade on the colour wheel to create a 3-D effect. On a wall, use a lighter colour on top and a darker colour on the bottom. The two shades maintain the neutral palette and create contrast.
When you get right neutrals together, it really has this great effect of feeling timeless and sophisticated but still casual.
If you have too much beige in your room, for example, your walls, flooring and furniture are all beige, you risk making your space look drab. You can brighten up your rooms and make them look sunnier by adding white to the beige. For example, if you already have beige flooring and beige walls, buy white furniture. This will give your home a beachy feel and make it look cleaner. You can also add black accessories. Add a mirror with a big black frame or some black wooden tables and chairs you your beige room. You can also add black scatter pillows to your seating.
Every room needs a little bit of bling. By using unique finishes like tile, or wallpaper infused with textured beading, neutral shades can feel very glamorous. Bring in bits of colour with gold leafing, copper and gold.
Different combinations of fabrics are very important if you are going to go all neutral in a room. A textured rug, silk pillows, even in the same cream tone, will look different. Mixing the same colour in different textures creates a unique feel
by Alison Coplen
You probably already know that your bedroom should be your safe haven … your oasis … your special retreat. It is the place where you end your day and begin a new one. Therefore, shouldn’t your bedroom make you smile and feel comforted?
1. Paint your bedroom in your favourite colour. Waking up to a colour you love is the perfect way to start your day. whatever the latest fashion says in the “in shade”. If you love orange, then include it in your bedroom decor as a statement or add accents in your favourite colour.
Just use colours you truly enjoy for a personal bedroom design.
2. Use comfortable and inviting fabrics, . many people find it difficult to coordinate different fabric patterns or textures. In fact, many bedroom design ideas can become too fussy, start off keeping it simple and develop the style and look which appeals to you,
Choose a fabric that compliments your paint colour and use it in your drapes, or your bedding… and even in an upholstered chair. Don’t forget the cushions, they add the luxury touch.
3. Add candles and mood lighting. Lighting can enhance a bedroom design far more than you may realise. Yes, you need lamps for task lighting, but to really create a bedroom that is glowing, soft and relaxing you need some mood lighting.
This can be created with candles, bedside lamps, wall sconces and even picture lights.
4. Add soft textures Keep in mind that the goal of your bedroom design idea is to calm and soothe. So, choose fabrics that are soft and comforting. Select silks, linens, cottons , velvets and suede’s.
5. Make sure your bedroom design ideas include window treatments that cover your windows at night. This will also close the room in and add to the coziness of the room.
Planning the perfect bedroom design idea doesn’t have to be difficult.
Keep it personal, choose the colours and fabrics you like… select artwork that enhances your style and enjoy the decorating process.
Pictures by: Alhambra, Andrew Martin, de la Cuona, Creat and Creazoni
Are blooms coming back into fabric fashion?
by Alison Coplen
Spring is definitely on the way, the plants are showing signs of life and the almond trees are in full bloom around the countryside, I love this time of year and how pretty it starts to look; but are we really bringing blooms back into the decor of the home?
The designer’s say we are, and signs are showing in my new fabric books!
I am not holding my breath yet that this will totally take off. Fabric designers throw something into the mix every year to shake things up. We have had the monochrome phase which still lingers but can be tricky to work with. Black is not popular as a holiday home colour choice. The colour “pop” phase, with ultra trendy fabrics using colour block geometry or spots is sort of fading – for me anyway. So, will the blooms now prevalent in the books catch on?
I still have a soft spot for the Olde English chintz look. Laura Ashley was at her height when I had my first home to furnish and it lent itself especially to children’s rooms. Used with some restraint, grown up bedrooms looked stylish and cosy. Shabby chic has been the later style with a more elegant edge due to it being subtle instead of too ‘matchy ‘which can be over-kill, it will work with certain style homes and furniture.
Interior Design by Alison Coplen
The image often conjured up by the term interior design is that of having a rather ‘arty’ individual come in to throw around some unnecessarily elaborate ideas, come up with an over-decorated result, and who will select high end and expensive designer furnishings that you may prove quick to tire of, and successfully part from you a lot money!!
Add to this the fact that the face of interior design has been portrayed by the media as a thing of fun and frivolousness it is little wonder that people may well consider it a luxury, and certainly a service that does not lend itself to times of financial constraint when we are all pulling in our belts a little.
What the interior designer has to offer to businesses and individuals thinking of refurbishing their work and living spaces, is very different. It is valid service that can, in the long run, save time and money and when spend time giving my clients advice and ideas on how to create the interior they are looking for it is time I do not actually include in a bill. I am after all just doing my job of working with fabrics and that is what is paid for.
The functionality of a room is obviously very important, but so are the aesthetics and other factors such as whether or not the client wishes to maintain existing furniture and features into their new scheme.
Another important factor to consider is the budget. Everyone has either a budget, or an idea of how much they have, or want to spend. To this end it is very important for anyone embarking on an interior refurbishment project to know this information at the outset. Both designer and client are wasting time and resources if the designer comes up with a fabulous scheme regardless of cost, the client loves the scheme, but once all the quotations are in it is too expensive, this creates disappointment and it can be difficult to continue in looking at different fabrics and ideas without wanting what you first chose,. The correct way to approach a new project is with an idea of the budget in order that the appropriate fixtures, fittings and finishes are selected, and they come within any cost constraints.
There are other aspects of interior design that must be taken into account, such as health and safety, particularly when applying interior design to a commercial use, such as retail interiors, clubs, restaurants and the like although most companies supply suitable materials within the legal confines, that is the manufacturers obligation.
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Photos from Romo and Casamance
QUOTING – THE PROCESS EXPLAINED by Alison Coplen
During a recent conversation it was brought up that the question of what an estimate may come to and answers about this may be of general interest, after all the cost of new curtains or having a favourite piece of furniture recovered is quite important nowadays.
The expectation of cost can be a pleasant surprise but sometimes it can be a disappointment, dare I say even a shock!! Therefore one thing I never like to do is “guesstimate” a price.
Something that cannot be changed is the quantity of fabric required for upholstery, no possibility of skimping there so I do make covers reversible to allow for wear on both sides of a cushion for example making best use of the fabric economically.
Curtains can have some varying degree of quantity requirement depending on the style of the header or look that is being sought.
Two times the width of the window is standard, light weight curtains can take up to three times the width of the window for a luxurious look but considerations like the space either side of the window would need to be taken into account. I have never been a a fan of tab top curtains as the tabs take up a lot of space on a pole and are best suited to a panel look. The stamped ring has been a popular choice lately, curtains hang very neat with this look and I personally prefer two and a half times the width of the window for this style.
So there are many options to consider and decisions to make when choosing and not just the fabrics and the designer should be able to help their client with their final choice.
Once the choices have been made I then like to give clients some options when making an estimate, then they can see where their money may be spent. For example if they decide that the fabric was a good price but the pole was too expensive if I give a choice of 2 or 3 poles to compare prices the budget can then be worked out as to what is acceptable.
In most cases this way of pricing a job is possible.
Just as an example of one brand of pole I may recommend here are three in the same style and their differing prices. A 2 metre brushed steel complete 85,00€, 95,00€ or 141,00€
With too many fabrics to mention in the collection I offer, it is difficult to choose which to give as examples, but light fabrics do range from 20 euros a metre to in excess of a 100 euros. But these are usually quite special, and come in wider widths which means you get a 3 metre length for 1 metre, then it does not sound so bad!
Heavier fabrics for curtains can also come in the wider widths which prove very economical and many companies have adopted this in their production. These can also range from 30 euros upwards.
Many designer styles will eventually be produced in a similar way by regular distributors, they do not always create the same colours as the more expensive range but the overall look can still be as creative and stylish.
Here are some photos of company’s I use and the price range within varies from high end to very reasonable, and I think they all look equal.
PS. According to leading colour guide Pantone, 18-2120 Honeysuckle, a dynamic reddish pink, will be defining the mood of 2011 given its “uplifting” qualities.
PRACTICAL FABRICS by Alison Coplen
Where interior design is concerned I think it is all well and good to be observing the new trends in co lour, minimalist style and how impressive the overall look may be to visitors or a potential buyer. But I do believe in comfort and feeling at ease at home, some of the examples I see of trends do not always invoke the feel of being able to put my feet up with mug of tea, or wine, by my side, and getting cosy for some time in relaxation.
When I am with a client discussing what they are looking for, they usually have had experience with redecorating their home but appreciate guidance. Children may have flown the nest but there will be visitors with young ones or grandchildren and there could be pets to take into account! The home should be a place to be lived in with the family at ease around the furnishings.
How do we reach that happy medium of being designer stylish, inviting and also family friendly?
One area that I have seen impressive improvements is in the upholstery fabrics now available. Beautiful quality in many different designs as well as plain, complimentary textures and including all colour ranges with varying price tags to suit all pockets and best of all, with the ability to be cleaned easily. That is a key selling point for me when choosing from collections that I want to present to people.
If the furniture looks like new regardless of lifestyle then the main focal point of the room will keep up appearances.
Here are a few fabrics that I have chosen from my companies:
Fabrics photographs reproduced with permission from Saum and Viebahn and Rustika