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Home tour: mixing old and new in an urban setting

Few home tours get me as excited as this one which I came across on the Mix and Chic blog recently. I’ve had the image above in my inspiration folder for a while so I was thrilled to see more of the house and find out about the owner, designer Jimmy Stanton, who has a knack for re-purposing cast-off objects as well as mixing old and new to gorgeous effect.

Jimmy and his partner Patrick have done wonders with their 2-bed urban condo in Atlanta, Georgia. The eclectic style is as comfortable, homely and cosy as it is smart and gorgeous.

The industrial and rustic elements are beautifully balanced by softer colours.

A free standing fireplace in an unused alcove… why not?

The brightly striped bed cover offsets the grey walls and rugged rusticity of the headboard.

Fabulous way to re-purpose an old scale!

Sexy inky black walls in the bathroom.
10 points if you noticed the submarine light sconce!

In the category of urban condos, this one is by far my favourite. It is chic without being ostentatious, and homely rather than overly precious. I could very happily cosy up here! My love for industrial and rustic touches probably plays a big part here. : )

What do you think of this place? Is this your kind of style or is it too masculine for you? If you could move in, would you change anything? (I would add a bit of sparkle while still keeping with the style.)


Images from Atlanta Homes




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A world of grey

We’ve had beige and brown for a long time, and it’s time for change. Enter grey, the sophisticated new neutral.

Although grey has been replacing brown over the past few years, I still find some people are averse to decorating with grey, thinking of it as a gloomy or boring colour. This perception probably comes from grey days (without sun) or thinking that grey is a mixture of just black and white. While that is not technically incorrect, in interiors or fashion that doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the world of grey.

You simply can’t group all grey into one category, because to start with, there are 4 other types of grey – green-grey, blue-grey, purple-grey and brown-grey (taupe, greige). And within each of these realms lies a world of different shades and tones.

The key is understanding how these various shades and tones of grey work in different settings and with other colours. (If you’re not sure, call a designer :-)). Once you understand “grey”, you realise how incredibly versatile, elegant, sophisticated, glamorous, and utterly fabulous it is… what’s not to love about it?

Create drama with dark shades of grey…

Team with poptastic colours to liven up a space…

Or combine with more subdued colours to create calm luxurious spaces…

If you’re a die-hard fan of brown, try the two neutrals together!

The possibilities are endless! Do you have a favourite shade of grey?
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