We recently came across interior designer James Gostelow via an Interior Style Hunter blog post and we knew that he’d be fantastic to collaborate with.
For a start, we love that James champions timeless pieces in his design schemes. This ‘Old Meets New’ style creates spaces that are elegant, classic and transcend any trends of the moment. As James puts it, his design studio is ‘bringing together sumptuous interiors, helping to learn and live luxury living’.
Here James tells us how our artwork can inform the colour scheme for any room and why everyone should invest in a drinks trolley…
Where do you find your design inspiration?
I find a lot of my inspiration in hotels and when I travel. Hotels are always mostly fabulous and their designs are usually bold, and large. Not only furniture pieces, but also textures, wall art, even down to colourings in cocktails. I always say to my designers that if you want some design inspiration, take yourself into a hotel for a drink and take it all in. Obviously I like them to back to the studio afterwards.
What would be your top interior design tip?
I would always choose the art piece first for any room and draw the colours out of this to form the colour scheme for the room. Once you do this you already have your scheme.
What do you think is the next big interiors trend and why?
I tend not to follow trends but I’m thinking wallpapers are getting better and better, especially the metallics and wallpapers with pure texture not so much print.
What does home mean to you?
Somewhere to kick off your shoes after a busy day, open the wine fridge, relax in your cashmere throw and relax. My home is simply where I can be in a calm environment and switch off.
What is your most treasured piece?
My Ralph Lauren wingback arm chair which I brought from the New Bond Street store in London. It’s beautiful. Although the most treasured piece which means the most to me would be the painting I had commissioned on my wedding day.
Where is your happy place in the home?
Most definitely the kitchen, where I can socialise with friends, drink wine and eat lots of lovely food. Here is where the whole family can get together and chat about their day.
A perfect Sunday is….
In the garden, with the sun on my face, relaxing on my lounger, reading a book and drinking a chilled glass of rosé from Provence (usually a Mirabeau) There seems to be a wine theme in my answers!
If you could choose one piece from our website, what would it be? Where would it be placed?
I would 100% go for one of the drinks trollies. They are always so classic, from the ‘Gatsby’ era and everyone should have one in their life. This would be placed in the dining hall at home.
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