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Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain

I just watched Amelie for the first time in years; it’s a Friday evening and there’s nowhere I want to be more than snuggled up with my dog watching the colourful world of possibly one of the most feel-good films ever made.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s vision of technicolor Paris is peppered with tinges of nostalgia; his characters are timeless, though of course the catalyst for Amelie’s adventures is the death of princess Diana…which leads her to a hidden treasure she feels compelled to return to its rightful owner…

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This film always reminds to be playful, to be kind, and to see the mischievousness in the mundane. And it’s hard not to be at least a little in love with Audrey Tatou…

Amelie’s style is so gloriously French; nonchalant mismatched Montmartre glamour rather than the polished Parisian luxe we associate with French style now. Bohemian rather than boho, rich colours in well worn fabrics; it’s a look the French pull off impeccably but so often falls short in attempts to replicate the same effortless, guileless, almost incidental design.
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An ode to Ombré

Confession time…I have become rather smitten with the ombré trend that’s been just about everywhere the past few months.  Deliciously dip dyed sherbet colours on everything from stockings to vintage styled frocks, űber pretty soft furnishings without the saccharine girlyness which usually goes hand in hand with twee florals that come out of the woodwork this time of year.  Ombré is that rare phenomena of being pretty whilst still maintaining an aura of cool.  I have been in love with the look ever since I first dip dyed my hair cherry red back in January, and it seems my only rule of thumb when it comes to this look is not to take it too seriously!  I didn’t opt for the more subtle brunette to blonde tones in my hair and I feel I’ll be able to pull of this look longer than the trend lasts; choose lovely pieces that catch your eye over super trendy ubiquitous high street looks and they’ll still look fresh in the new season.  As it’s a statement look, whether in interiors or in fashion, making it a feature whilst mixing and matching with minimalist accents is definitely the way to go!

I remember buying my first pair of grey and blue dip dyed tights from Anthropologie last summer; I loved them so much I stocked up (sorry to anyone in Edinburgh who tried to nab themselves a pair, I believe I may have been the reason behind depleted stock in the George Street shop!) and paired them with everything from my very favourite Tartan Spirit mini kilt which rocked the whole clashing print and colour look, to a 50s style frock worn with layers of petticoat underneath; they also worked brilliantly with tailored black shorts.

ImageFull length skirt… Maxi dressBlush feathered headband…Blush silk headband

MAC book keyboard skin… Purple and grey scarf… Monogram cake topper…Fuschia violet tights

Shoulder feathers…Teal and gold paper bowl…Rothko-inspired silk shirt…Mermaid hair extensions

Grey ombre cushion cover…Wired ribbon…Fade to white skirt…Polymer necklace

I love these looks, simple shapes embellished with such cheerful colour!  The dip dyed effect adds texture and so much interest to anything it’s applied to!  Watch this space for my take on the trend in interiors; I currently have a million images on my desktop and am choosing my favourites to post here…

Have a colourful day!!

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Home decor: my dream colours

I’ve been thinking about paint colours a lot recently.  Half the flat is almost ready for decorating and I am very excited!

I am in love with the Earthborn Paints range of environmentally friendly, breathable interior colours.  I painted my kitchen ceiling ‘Just White’ last year, a lovely soft, creamy colour.  I plan to paint the kitchen walls in ‘Lemony’ once my new kitchen has been built, as I have lovely burnt orange roller blinds with a dark cork trim.

I am thinking of  ‘Eiderdown’ for my living room/dining room, as my new Sofa Workshop Dali 4-seater will be arriving in the next couple weeks in an amazing shade of grape.  The look I’m going for is Laid Back Parisian, with loads of comfy seating and inviting colours.

 

For my drawing room, a more dramatic colour might be in order.  I found these colours by Zoffany,  ‘Violet Dusk’ and ‘Grape’ .  I like the effect together, warm and cosy.  I always thought I’d stick with theme of blue and green for my drawing room, but the more I look at the grapes, aubergines and violets, the more I start to fall for them.  I’ve always been partial to a purple room, and the nonconformist in me has noticed almost every drawing room on my street is painted a shade of blue!

Years ago I had an antique Victorian high-backed sofa reupholstered in blue striped velvet.  The material suited the shape of the sofa, which is very traditional.  I do regret having the seat cushions changed from feather to high-density foam, but at the time I was young and naive, and the upholsterer said these would require less maintenance.  The original material was a sickly pink striped velvet, whih I was glad to be rid of!  I’m not too sure what could be done to tie it in wth the rest. It stubbornly refuses to coordinate with the scheme I have in mind, and is far too expensive to reupholster again!

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