Allow us to introduce you to Simone Gordon and Sophie van Winden – the talented duo behind interior design company and inspirational blog Owl Design. Launched in 2012, Owl Design prides itself on its accessible and dynamic design service and diverse content hub.
Here we speak to the visionaries about their top styling tips and the trends we should be looking out for…
When did you discover your passion for design?
Simone: At school my first favourite subject was art, and I always loved either re-arranging the furniture in my Sylvanian family house, or building houses and tents at home. So I suppose looking back from a young age I have been quite spatially aware and into colour and drawing
Sophie: My parents owned a flooring shop and had a passion for interiors so I was interested in it from an early age. When I was a kid on holiday I used to spend hours drawing plans of my bedroom and work out how I would rearrange it when I got home!
Describe Owl Design’s signature style in five words.
Colourful, textural, fun, eclectic, thoughtful.
What is your top interior design tip?
Avoid being too ‘matchy matchy’. Layering your home and mixing up the styles with objects and art that are personal to you can help avoid your home looking dated quickly.
What do you think is the next big interiors trend and why?
We reckon the next big interiors trend is a more ‘Luxe’ feel with rich dark colours, texture and precious metals. The industrial look has been a popular trend for while so a bit more glamour and indulgence won’t go amiss!
Where is your ‘happy place’ in the home?
We were both taking about this not so long ago and agreed it would have to be our beds! Creating somewhere where you can look forward to going to after a long day and have a good nights sleep or a weekend lie in is priceless. It’s a great place to think and reflect on the day with no distractions.
A perfect Sunday is….
Exploring on a sunny warm spring day. Finding new boutique shops or mooching around a market looking for one off goodies is always exciting, as you don’t know what you will find. All that exploring can be hungry work so a nice glass of wine with lunch is a must to keep energy levels up!
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