I saw on Design*Sponge this morning that there was a Sneak Peek into Jane Cumberbatch's London home. The girls' school lunches would have to wait...
There are some beautiful photos of Jane's London home. I love her use of colour...
..as well as the neutral schemes she is so well known for...
...and her ability to let a house breathe and just be what it is.
Jane's book, Pure Style, was one of the first design books I bought when Pete and I bought our first
subterranean garden flat in London. I lived and breathed this book.
I set about renovating our little 1 bedroom flat in Richmond, on a meagre budget, hanging off Jane's every word.
This is the book that took me into design. I loved that Jane could use paint, Ikea and second hand furniture so effectively, and make a home look fabulous without the designer items I couldn't afford. Her book just spoke to me.
We then moved from London to Greenville, South Carolina, with Pete's job, where I renovated our old home in the Augusta Road area. I used this book as my bible and discovered a whole new world through the Benjamin Moore paint chart, thanks to Jane.
Our dining room in Greenville was based on the above room, complete with a table too small for the room, but made up for by the fabulous-ness of Benjamin Moore Nantucket Gray, a colour Jane used a lot in Pure Style, against terracotta tiles and white walls. This colour is pure genius.
My style has evolved over the years and, whilst my home couldn't look much more different than Jane's now, I still love her absolute belief in simplicity and honesty in what she has in her home.
I also have a special place for someone who taught me, through a book, that design is for everyone who loves it, no matter what the budget.
PS - I plan to be a better blogger next week...this week has been crazy town in fabric land. I hope you all have a very happy weekend. Annie x.
Images 1 - 4 via Design*Sponge; 5 -8 scanned from Pure Style by Jane Cumberbatch, 9 from here; 10 from here.