Based in Venice and London, writer and cook Skye McAlpine @skye_mcapline captivates with her enticing images of la dolce vita.
1. Artful detail
Every house has its own particular charm and this often stems from the original features that link the building to the era in which it was built. While in the eighties and nineties there was a fad for ripping out these ‘dated’ design elements, we now realising how precious these features are and learning to preserve them without being a slave to period style. It’s these special interior elements that make our homes unique.
2. Simple arrangements
Fill you home with beautiful fresh floral displays, just like Skye has done. They can be as simple as a single bloom to more lavish seasonal displays. From a jug of seasonal flowers to a single blowsy head in a reclaimed bottle, adding colour and panache to the rooms of your home with fresh flowers is a great way to show off your styling skills and impress friends.
Fresh floral arrangements needn’t be expensive either – a bunch of supermarket flowers can be divided up into smaller collections and used to add life to dull corners.
3. Divine dining
My strategy is always the same when cooking for friends: I want to be able to prepare as much as possible in advance so that I can concentrate on socialising and not worrying about the food. It would seem that Skye takes the same approach when it comes to entertaining. A simple floral centrepiece, pretty glassware and a co-ordinating set of napkins and silverware is all you need to create a magical feel to accompany your scrumptious dinner.
4. Decant and display
Food storage can be both functional and fabulous, when displayed in the prettiest jars and containers. Glass jars come in all shapes and sizes and with an airtight lid make great storage for all manner of foodstuffs – be it pasta, flour, rice or cereal. Set on a shelf, they make for an attractive display, all within easy reach.
5. Pretty in pink
This muted colour combo has given pink a whole new identity. No longer super-girly, the murkier tones of blush pink teamed with industrial grey have a stronger, gender-neutral appeal. Team with brass, copper or gold tones for a rich, grown-up scheme that will last the test of time.
6. Cosy slumber
Consider choosing patterns from the same era of your home, but don’t feel limited to this idea. Toile de Jouy was popular during the Georgian period in the late 1700s but would look equally at home in most residential properties built up until the early 20th-century.
7. Bathing beauty
We’ve all been inspired by a weekend away at a spa and ultra stylish boutique hotel bathrooms, and it’s easier than you think to re-create their show-stopping elegance and glamour at home. Invest in a few key designer fittings to provide a luxurious, indulgent room where you can relax and escape from the world. This calming bathroom has been injected with a good dose of glamour, thank to the luxurious copper bath and herringbone flooring.