Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Home is where the art is
On my first trip out as amateur interiors photographer/arbiter of style, That's Not My Age paid a visit to the lovely London home of Corinne Anderson, 45, who has opted for ' old school, beach house charm.' Seashells, nautical nick-nacks, natural colours and vintage Whitefriars glass dotted around, give the place a coastal feel. Born in Dover, Corinne has an affinity for the shore and says she would eventually like to return to the seaside, 'But not Kent, somewhere warm. The Hamptons would do me! My dream home is that amazing house in Something's Gotta Give, filled with Ralph Lauren... and Keanu Reeves to finish it off.'
A self-confessed interiors obsessive, this seasider loves collecting curios on her travels and prefers a mixture of old and new furniture. The open plan, family area opens out into the garden and has beautiful oak floorboards and a gigantic Ikea sofa, (with plans afoot to re-upholster this in denim to add to the seaside vibe) and junk shop finds including second-hand storage cabinets stripped or painted and filled with vintage glass, crockery and books.
Maritime chic: Corinne's shore things:
1. Coast magazine is good for inspiration - and I always pick up Coastal Living and Dwell if I'm in the USA.
2. Try Ian Mankin for striped ticking - oh and I love the new Jigsaw bed linen collection:
3. You don't have to spend a fortune, I go to junk shops and Ikea for basic furniture that can be whitewashed or given a driftwood effect:
4. My favourite websites are Oka, Pickwick Papers & Fabrics and Garden Trading.
Corinne's spare room has an Oka metal book stand and 'tranquility blue' painted walls. Does your home have a theme?
If you'd like to take part in 'Home is where the art is' please get in touch.