Looking for some new-season interior inspiration? Lifestyle blogger Mae Gabriel talks Scandi style and offers her dos and don’ts for decorating with white when you’ve got young children.
Q: How long have you lived in your current home?
A: We have been in this house for almost two years. We moved in Summer 2015 when the apples in the garden had just ripened, ready for picking – we have just done our first harvest of apples this year.
Q: Which is your favourite room?
A: That has to be my son Hayden’s room. With its painted wooden floors and white pre-washed linen curtains that let the daylight through, it’s such a clean, bright and airy space. Considering he’s a four-year-old boy, he keeps his room very neat and tidy, too.
I also love the open living space that we’ve created. When the sun is out, it looks so fresh and light with the diffused sunlight bouncing off the white walls. I can quite happily spend a whole weekend in this room.
Q: When it comes to decorating a child’s room, are there any dos and don’ts?
A: When we decorated Hayden’s room earlier this year, we involved him in the process from the start. It was important to me to provide a calm and soothing space for him at bedtime, but also ample space for play when he wants to. My best advice is to invest in boxes and baskets to store toys and keep the room tidy.
Q: What are the most important factors for you, when designing other rooms in the home?
A: Functionality, space and the amount of natural light.
Q: Do you have any tips for decorating with white?
A: When it comes to painting walls, be sure to use good-quality paints that are suitable for the room’s purpose. For example, I like to use wipeable paints for hallways, which is especially good when you have young children. I also choose furniture with accent colours and accessorise in complementing palettes and textures to add interest.
Q: Is there a secret to making homes look more Summery or Wintry to reflect the change in seasons?
A: Home accessories are the perfect way to reflect seasonal changes. As we approach the Winter months, I love adding occasional blankets and cosy sheepskin rugs to the sofa with scented candles burning in the background. I’ve got my eye on the Tibetan Sheepskin Stool and the Long Hair Sheepskin Single Rug – both are just divine. Everyone who knows me knows how obsessed I am with sheepskin rugs. For the bedroom, I layer quilts on top of the bed for that extra-snug feeling.
Q: Grey seems to be your go-to accent colour for white. Why do you think the two work so well together?
A: Grey is so versatile and complements white beautifully. It gives it a new dimension that adds warmth, in-keeping with the neutral palette. Grey also provides more options than other neutrals, with all the different shades available. A lighter grey against white gives a fresh zen-like feel, while darker shades used on a feature wall easily transform the room and bring out a more moody feel.
Q: What are your favourite homeware pieces from our new Autumn collection?
A: As always, there are too many to mention. I love cooking, so top of my list would be the Le Creuset Casserole Dishes in Cotton White – I’m already dreaming of all the lovely Wintry dishes I can create with them.
For the bedroom, my favourite little luxury is Symons Bed Linen. I just love the simple, yet beautiful, detailing on the edges and the fact that it’s 1,000-thread-count, made with high-quality Egyptian-cotton sateen. Wow! Paired with your Vienne Quilt & Cushion Covers, it truly is a treat.