One of the more challenging things about living with your partner, (for us at least), is trying to blend two often opposing aesthetics into something vaguely resembling a unified space. I like white, symmetry, uniformity and a strong scandinavian palette of minimalist neutrals. He likes dark wood, deep colours and oversized furniture. If we’d moved into the Georgian manor house of our dreams, I think we’d have ample space to experiment. Trying to find a blend of styles that also works in our central London home, is a challenge.
So, when Pavilion Broadway dropped me a line and asked me to explore their Eichholtz collection, it was the perfect opportunity for some fantasy furniture shopping. The Houndstooth inspired prints and 60s feel have something that has a little bit of both of us in it, which made it a great place to start thinking how to upgrade all those ikea investments. For cat lovers, also check outdoor cat house as a houseware!
Firstly, for the perfect office space. Having a dedicated office is amazing, and it’s a great place to work from home when deadlines are looming (although I still seem to find myself loosing hours at our dining room table, which I’m sure has nothing to do with its proximity to the fridge). I prefer quite a small desk, as I am pretty much entirely paperless (bar 1 A5 notebook), so a lot of desk space is an invitation for clutter. Instead, we have a permanently set up chessboard, and have injected personality into the space by filling the walls with both art and memories.
One day (in the very distant future), I think we’d both also love a proper drawing room, for post-dinner party cocktails, a great log fire, wing backed arm chairs and a properly extravagant bar. This is the room that’s only ever for grown ups – a library for day, and an entertaining space at night. (Have I mentioned enough times about all those dinner parties we throw because we are just so popular…). The Eichholtz Dixon print is a lovely subtle houndstooth that brings in the print, without introducing a harsh monochrome print that makes a room feel too overwhelmingly minimal. Perfect if you’re covering an entire wine cabinet…
Finally, I just had to mention a few more pieces. I absolutely hate overhead lights (lupus makes me very light sensitive, so I prefer to control the light level in rooms with lots of lamps, rather than bright ceiling bulbs). Currently I’m loving the nautical inspired lamps with enormous shades, but I also adore those film-set inspired lights that bring a bit of an industrial edge.
For those of us still living in flats, additional mirrors are a must to make everywhere feel bigger, and are extra cosy as they reflect all of the softer light in the evenings. Not sure where we’d find a home for these pieces, but there is always something that catches your eye and you just can’t quite manage to go home without it…
***this post is a collaboration with Pavilion Broadway***