Designer, blogger and passionate traveller, we couldn’t wait to peek inside the stunning creation of Laura Butler-Madden.
Here Laura tells us her style influences, home comforts and why we shouldn’t be afraid to take a risk with design…
What does home mean to you?
Everything! It’s the place I spend time relaxing with my family and friends; a space that I have designed to be serene, calm and indulgent. I believe that home should feel both comfortable and luxurious and it should make you smile every day.
How would you describe your style when it comes to decorating your home?
My style has a number of influences, from modern Scandinavian pieces to antique French or 1970s Miami, I love to find unique pieces that make a statement and set them against a soft colour palette to really make them pop! Relaxation is one of the top priorities for me at home, so I love the overall feel to be calm and serene.
What would be your top design tip for our readers?
Don’t be afraid to take a risk with design – you can always change the colour/re-sell the piece of furniture if you really feel that it doesn’t work, but nine times out of ten it’s the times I’ve taken a bit of a leap of faith that I’ve been really thrilled with the result!
What do you think is the next big interiors trend and why?
I have a feeling the Chinoiserie is about to make a come back. This year is all about botanical prints and I think that the beautiful combination of birds and nature will be next. Colour is also having a big come back – after years or soft grey people are really starting to make a statement with paint colours.
Where is your happy place in the home?
I love our master bathroom. It’s a really indulgent space – when renovating we took a really large bedroom to convert into our en suite. From the elegant Victorian double doors to the freestanding bath and beautiful mirrored cupboards that I commissioned a local joiner to make, I love the overall feel of the room. I start my day in there with 30 minutes of yoga and then relax there every evening in the bath. It’s a really important time of day for me as working from home it can be hard to switch off – having a bath is how I transition from work into relax mode!
A perfect Sunday is….
Relaxing in bed with the papers and a cup of tea, followed by a quick piece of toast and a long walk with the dogs (we have two Maltese Terriers). When we get back we start cooking a lovely lunch for friends who arrive around midday. Depending on the time of year we drink Bloody Mary’s and lovely red wine or Champagne and Rosé over a lovely long lunch. Roasts are my favourite! The early evening is spent pottering and preparing for the week ahead before finishing the day with a feel good movie.
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