The Style Files No. 1Abigail Ahern eat your heart out
As your bible to the world of interiors, Topology is all about showing you the best style, homeware items and designs, so we are going to officially start what we call ‘The Style Files’. Each month we are going to be on the lookout for homes that we feel are worthy of some serious adoration and praise for their stunning boundary pushing interior designs. This week, we speak to Pati who genuinely has one of the most visually stimulating and amazing homes. Think dark rich colours mixed with bright pops of colour and eccentric items. Read what Pati has to say about her home and how is came, the inspiration behind it and her top tips for creating a unique home – Abigail Ahern eat your heart out!
The Style Files: Bringing you boundary pushing interior design to swoon over.
- What was the starting point for the process of decorating your home?
We moved in to a home that had tobacco stains everywhere and it was all magnolia, so the fist thing we did was repaint everything white – and that minimal decor lasted for few years. We felt like a guests in our home, also as my husband is disabled veteran who also suffers from PTSD, so living in a clinical white home reminded him to much of a hospital. So one day I decided to go grey and over the course of few years it just got progressively darker with more furniture and whacky accessories that we collected over the years.
Did you have any ideas or specific inspiration before you started?
To be honest with you I’m the type of a person that just “goes with the flow and hopes for the best” – when the walls got so dark I just decided to add few pops of colour to make all the art and accessories pop , so the space won’t look so moody. I also love Abigail Ahern’s style – and she was my inspiration to go darker.
What’s your advice for someone who wants to decorate their home in a similar style to yours?
Stop worrying what others might think or say when you mention to them that you want to cross to the dark side! Don’t furnish or decorate to please others – it is your home, you live in it and it should make you smile the moment you come through the front door . Display all your favourite accessories art and things you like – it will make your space so much more personal, mix and match highstreet buys with hand me downs and up cycled items – decorate your home the way you like it can be done on a smallest of the budgets – it just takes more time and patience.
How would you define your style?
Eclectic, whacky and rock and roll – or as my husband calls it “in your face”
What’s your favourite thing that you’ve done to the flat?
Laying geometric tiles that I found on gumtree in the hallway – our hallway is just over a meter long so adding a bold statement made the space more cooler. Also my second hand chesterfield chair that was red and in need of TLC got given a new lease of life with a help of a black leather stain.
If you could own only one home ware item what would it be?
My £50 ebay score Abigail Ahern chandelier – I love how bold it is and for the past few years we had it it is by far my most favourite thing
If you would like to be featured on your Style Files page, then get in touch! Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d love to come and meet you, have a chat about your style and even take some pictures.