“Your home should be a reflection of yourself. I never stick to acends when decorating, I go with my gut instinct when choosing papers, accessories and fabrics and I feel that the result is a true reflection of my personality. Home is somewhere you can relax amongst your favourite things with your favourite people.”
This week, we meet stylist Lisa Dawson who shares our ethos when it comes to decorating a home – homes are a decorative autobiography and part of the fun is reflecting the styles and pieces you’ve fallen in love with over the years.
Lisa first started sharing her stunning styling images on Instagram and it was clear that there was an appetite to know where she was finding her vintage treasures. Thus, Lisa’s wonderful blog was born filled with her latest upcycling projects, practical design advice and bargain hunting for vintage pieces.
Here, Lisa tells us why there should always be more than one focal point in a space, and why she’s crushing on metallics this month…
Where do you find your design inspiration?
I’ve always had eclectic taste and am totally inspired by mid century styling, relaxed boho and vintage decor. I love colour and adore the juxtaposition of mixing old and new. I’m inspired by Jonathan Adler and by Californian thrift and vintage style interior decorators such as Erica Reitman and Jennifer Harrison.
What would be your top interior design tip?
I always have more than one focal point so that the eye is drawn to different parts of the room and avoid symmetry. Create small areas that add interest to your scheme.
What do you think is the next big interiors trend and why?
I’m not a great one for trends but at the moment I am a bit obsessed with metallics, particularly copper and brass. I think it adds that real luxe feel to your decor, particularly when it’s used unexpectedly on an accessory such as a basket or a cushion.
What does home mean to you?
My favourite place to be! Your home should be a reflection of yourself. I never stick to trends when decorating, I go with my gut instinct when choosing papers, accessories and fabrics and I feel that the result is a true reflection of my personality. Home is somewhere you can relax amongst your favourite things with your favourite people.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
My Jentique mid century teak sideboard which I picked up at a charity sale for £10. It still has the original labels in the drawer. My huge Slim Aaron canvas print bought for me by my husband – it’s the Hotel Cap D’Roc in the South of France and it never fails to bring a smile to my face, it’s such an interesting photograph. And finally my collection of Art Deco vintage mirrors which I’ve built up over 15 years.
Where is your happy place in the home?
I love my sitting room which is the centre room of my house. It doesn’t have a television so there are no distractions and it has a huge sash Georgian window that brings in lots of light. It’s a white painted room with lots of special things in it and plenty of character with a huge fireplace. It’s a lovely place just to sit and read.
A perfect Sunday is….
Peppermint tea in bed followed by a walk through the fields behind our village with Buddy, our Lhasa Apso, and our three children. Then a vintage fair or car boot sale trawl to look for the next treasure! Finally, a late Sunday roast at our local pub and a few large glasses of red.
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