Interiors are all about adding and subtracting.
Yes, it is about moving the existing all about but it is also about additions; changing the familiar and setting the scene with different objects here and there.
Oftentimes changing porcelain and glassware can revolutionise the space we are familiar with. An interior is not only an evolving space over time but also a good interior requires a dose of bravery. It is easy to stay with what we know and to place the objects in the same way, fill the vases with the same colour and lay the table familiarly, week after week. Last year I have made some big moves and the one major change, apart from the obvious of location, is how re-arranging and adding a few smaller items can completely re-invigorate an interior.
I am still waiting on the big pieces to finish our sitting room in London but in the meantime, a couple of coffee tables and chairs have been my playground. I’ve swapped my clear glass vases for coloured porcelain and our china for a more “ceramic” look. More texture and more colour than we normally live with, but it is working. Easy, simple and not a huge investment; the flipside, I feel like a trailblazer. I’m joking but it is really true that one small addition or removal can change the way we live.
In Provence, I have made the reverse move – the focus is on clear glass and white porcelains only. In the past, La Maison du Village was very colourful with her accessories and I loved it, but because a refresh was in order I wanted to make the house feel different. Now calm, tranquillity and peace emanate from the surroundings and it feels like a very different space to stay and play.
Glassware and porcelain are only some of the ways to switch an interior up. As a first step, they are easy and the changes are small but the result feels major. I like that. xv
Changing Up The Porcelain And Glassware
images, architectural digest, elsie larson, a beautiful mess, styled by rose hammick, photographed by adrian briscoe