This month we visit style guru Anne-Marie Springer, Interior Consultant and Stylist at House to Hold – an Aladin cave of found objects, interesting textures and surprising colour. Watch out for the Frida painting that inspired the bright orange accents…. we love!!!
We were so thrilled to get invited and can’t contain our excitement sharing it with you!
When did you move into your home? what made you choose it?
We’ve just passed the one year mile stone and the house is in that wonderful settling in mode where the design and layout choices we made during planning have come good – phew!
This house actually belonged to my grandmother and was passed to my father on her passing many years ago. Redeveloping and expanding on the history and memories of this house was a simpler choice than battling further up the housing ladder!
Can you describe your home’s style?
Considering how many opinions about style and decor went into the pot, my home is simply natural, welcoming and open to suggestion…much like its owner!
What was your vision for your home? What inspired you?
My designs are always inspired by the hearts and minds of those who live with them, and for this house I focused on a sophisticated colour palette continued throughout the house, architectural elements to promote an inside/outside feeling and simple effective ways to embrace my love of travel and the uncontrollable force of nature.
I was particularly inspired by the clean lines of white kitchens, shape and structure and ways to let a home surprise you.
What particular aspects of your house do you particularly love?
The Barbican inspired shelving and display unit I designed and had built in the open kitchen dining area was a monster to build and then paint – it’s now such a quietly imposing part of the room that lends itself well to being a practical place for all my knick knacks as well as housing the quite frankly massive television the menfolk insisted on installing.
It’s lovely being in that space with the doors opened up and the blue sky chasing clouds above you – blue sky days in London are so rare I rush to open up the house as soon as I can!
Where do you shop for your home? What are your favourite brands?
I’m lucky enough to travel often, and one of my greatest not so guilty pleasures is to visit flea markets, dingy antique shops and contact etsy designers when I’m in their city. I regularly scroll through etsy and eBay for quirky items and usually have to contain my excitement when I come across something interesting if shopping on the high street. Brands like Zara Home, Heals and House Doctor consistently get it right with lighting, ceramics and glassware to make me look twice. Timorous Beasties are one of my all time favourite textile design brands and Abigail Ahern’s dark muted palette is the perfect ying to my usually pared back ying.
What’s your dream item for your home?
Custom made furniture is a dream. I fell in love with a graduate piece once – a large roughwood wardrobe with pieces of rubber that looked like claws ripping through the front from behind – sounds gruesome but was incredibly beautiful!
Which is your favourite room/part of your home?
Oddly enough my favourite room is the first floor bathroom – it came together with a spontaneous mish mash of items I’d collected over the years (like a shower curtain bought in France years ago because I thought it was the best pattern on a shower curtain ever) and feels so harmonious. Every time I walk in I’m reminded of how powerful following our instincts can be.
If you had one design super power what would it be?
To tap others on the head and spark their courage to embrace that naughty voice saying “paint the room purple”!