5 Of Our Sources For Interiors Inspiration24 February 2021
To which platform do most of us head for interiors inspiration? Pinterest? Instagram? The online versions of our favourite decor magazine be that House & Garden or Elle Decoration? Likely, it’s a combination of all three, but more and more do we find ourselves thumbing through our Instagram feed to like and save inspiring scenes and schemes alike. Falling down the Instagram rabbit hole is rarely a bad thing in our book; it ends up being a hidden treasure trail to accounts that we now hotly follow or projects we might never have otherwise come across. Here are five of our current favourites to follow, each one with umpteen schemes to ignite your imagination…
Let’s start with an account that’s still relatively small scale, but it’s gathering momentum by the minute. Paper + White is a multi-discipline interior design studio founded in 2012 by Davina Stanley – a designer known for putting art heart and centre of her calm, uncluttered schemes.
For us, there’s a hint of Rose Uniacke to her look – minimal designs that are executed to sheer perfection within an often neutral palette – but with a bit more eclecticism to it and more layering of antiques, curios and you guessed it, art.
One of the best things that you’ll discover by following @paperandwhite is that it’s not simply a grid of projects past and present. Davina’s team curates what inspires them most too, tagging those responsible like fellow interior designers or artisan makers, and using their Instagram as a working mood board of sorts. Each time you like a photo, you’re pretty much guaranteed to walk away having followed a handful more.
Athena Calderone’s Brooklyn home is to die for, but would you expect less from author, designer and general tastemaker on the world’s stage?
We take away all sorts from the @eyeswoon account. It’s not just full of interior design stories where Athena documents homes that she’s transformed in her iconic classic-contemporary style, but she hosts entertaining how-tos and recipe cook-alongs, because she’s equally recognised for being the hostess with the mostest. She’s carved our a real USP in that she knows how to inimitably bring together interiors and the lifestyle that plays out within them to inspire in a 360 degrees sort of way.
Head to her IGTV and down to footage on her kitchen island to go green with envy but equally to fall head over heels all over again for dramatically veined marble. And scroll a bit lower for her indoor/outdoor film where her wooden parquet floor can be appreciated to its fullest as well as the chequerboard outdoor paving for her rooftop terrace.
Next up, staying in the States but moving over to LA we have the design studio of Sarah Solis who in fact only posted a drop-dead bathroom a few days ago that set our heart aflutter – iridescent micro metro tiles plus unlacquered brass accents, yes please.
We’ve always found that there’s something ever so slightly Mediterranean in Sarah’s schemes, but with a contemporary edge. It made us smile when she shared her chequerboard tiled hallway and wrote of her Modern Mediterranean Revival inspiration story.
It’s her love of rich, warm woods, raw plaster walls and palettes that are earthy and balanced that does it, plus she seems to command natural light in her projects like no other.
A visit to her grid is for us, encouragement to do the barely-there thing in some areas of the home, but that in fact, minimal interiors can take maximalist tiles too – it’s all in the styling and in the art of balance.
Just launched @inigo.house is the side project to revolutionary estate agent, The Modern House. This time though, instead of focussing on modernist properties, the team is trying its hand at curating heritage homes to appeal to both ends of the market. And so far, their Instagram alone is doing little to disappoint.
Sales listings aren’t set to launch until sometime in spring, so for now, its feed is filled with accounts that inspire their own team and that they deem will appeal to their following. And as keen voyeurs, we very much like what we’ve seen thus far.
Already they’ve posted two stand-out chequerboard floors (look out for the burgundy tiled one which you can just about glimpse beneath Lucinda Chambers’ red pinstripe ruffle sofa), and there’s plenty to inspire you to go for natural stone outdoors, embracing its etchings that will come over time.
Tile nirvana awaits at @studioduggan. The multi-hued tile pool surround! The blue-toned slate floor in the mirrored hall! The diamond-shaped umber red patterned floor against crumbling plaster walls! There’s much to love.
London-based interiors practice Studio Duggan is repeatedly seen in accolades from House & Garden’s top 100 interior designers to Country & Townhouse’s top 50. Its founder launched a few years back its own line of furniture and accessorises under the name TROVE by Studio Duggan for diehard fans (us included).
An all-time favourite of ours? The terracotta claw-foot bathtub scene where we love absolutely everything in the room – the curtains, the antique stool cum side table, and naturally, the concrete-coloured metro tile that’s laid in brick format on the walls and herringbone-style on the floors. When can we move in?