Project time

My fabulous performer friend Simon entertained 25 kids at my son’s birthday party in return for some interior design help.* He has a lovely flat in North London, already renovated but in need of uplift. He’s asked for Pop-inspired colour blocking in the all-white kitchen; antlers, some wallpaper, new sofas and a new finish on the floorboards in the living room; and I’ve suggested adding a storage element in the tight entrance area to hide keys and crap. We’re at that exciting bit of looking at pictures before we have to get real and talk budgets. I’ve taken some leads from his current belongings (he has a pink Smeg) and started a mood board. Want to see a few of the inspirational pics so far?

1. Ideas for colour blocking.

Colour blocking bauhaus style

Colour blocking walls Colour blocking interiors | painted doors

2. Ideas for black gloss flooring (see also yellow armchairs).

Black gloss floors | yellow chairs

Gloss black flooring

3. Ideas for colour combos – maybe for the blocking. I want these chairs. Mint and pink | intiors colour combinations

4. Ideas for sofas.

Hella Jongerius Vitra sofa

Pink Sofa

5. Antlers. Also, Simon has a piano that I’m excited about making a feature of. AKA putting pretty crap on top of.

Antlers | Piano

I’m waiting for his feedback. Feel free to weigh in, meantime.

*He may have been shortchanged.

11 Responses to “Project time”

  1. Chichi Furniture
    June 26, 2013 at 1:19 pm #

    Fab boards, great ideas. I love the black gloss floor, not something I could do in my own home, but in a large space with high ceilings and stark white walls it looks so stylish and chic and sets up a perfect blank canvas for feature furniture. Adding pops of colour into a neutral room scheme with furniture and accessories rather than paint can create a really interesting, vibrant room, using the furniture to pull the scheme together, rather than having bright walls and not knowing how to furnish it?

  2. caitlynloves
    June 26, 2013 at 2:23 pm #

    I definitely don’t think your friend has been short hanged! It all looks fabulous! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  3. Nathalie Arrigone
    June 27, 2013 at 10:42 am #

    antlers are a must at the moment! comments re the blocking. I particularly the green(s) sofa and when the blocks are not too dissimilar however not so keen on the door frames in contrasting colours…each to their own i guess.


    • myfriendshouse
      June 28, 2013 at 7:33 am #

      Yes also I think a lot to do with the colours used on those doors. Have seen the less blinding version of this and it can be nice. Thanks for the input. x

  4. Isabelle
    June 27, 2013 at 1:27 pm #

    Nothing like a good project, this looks really exciting! Look fwd to seeing the end result

  5. Interior Design
    June 28, 2013 at 2:45 am #

    I can’t wait to see the end result…already looks amazing!

  6. Sheepskins Fairylights
    June 28, 2013 at 7:27 am #

    Brilliant boards, love the pink, into pink at the moment, my hall, stairs & landing are pink & positively glow. The cabinet you bought is beautiful too… Don’t change it!!

    • myfriendshouse
      June 29, 2013 at 9:29 am #

      Me too – the house is full of faded pink. And no, I won’t change the cabinet. I cleaned it, and now it’s perfect. I’ve got some amazing metalic wallpaper I might hang it against… x

  7. Linda
    June 28, 2013 at 9:47 pm #

    I love the yellow retro morden chairs, very colourful yet subtle in design and size. Painting a door and frame a strong colour is a fantastic idea both in cost and immediate change. I am interested in the floor decision. Keep us updated. Love mood boards.

  8. Lea
    July 1, 2013 at 8:30 am #

    Hi – there are lots of antlers in Homesense (TK Maxx) at the mo

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