The first post of every month will feature a couple of pages from the nothin' but the rent inspiration sketchbook. The pages will be inspiration around a theme and will be followed by some shopping ideas to get the look. You might see something you like, an accessory or a colour, the idea is to spark your interior design imagination.
February's theme is 'Winter Beach'. Not being much of a sun worshiper, I love a walk along a cold beach, wrapped up and heading to somewhere for a warm drink afterwards. The coast has always been a very inspirational place for me, I love the rocks, the colours of the sea and the sound of the waves. The starting point was a photo I took on a very wet and chilly day in Seaton, Cornwall (centre of the right hand page) The deep blue of the sea, the purple tint in the sky and the grey/black sand are just my kind of colours.
1. Farrow & Ball colour card.
2. Delicate Shell, Pebble Grey & Pure Sea all Sanctuary paint at Homebase3. Aran knit cushion, £10 from F&F
4. Celestial Cloud in 6 shades from Dulux
5. Deep Ocean & Soft Feather paints also from Sanctuary at Homebase
Photo on left hand page by me. Fossil, pebbles & ceramic pot all from my collection.
Interiors inspired by the beach and seaside are always in danger of turning into a bit of a twee nightmare, but you won't find any fake seagulls, boat shaped shelves or shell knick-knacks here though. What I've been looking at are textures and colours and beautiful accessories with a twist Think Aran knits and clever takes on beach paraphernalia set against dark stormy sea colours, so yes, there anchors and shells, but they are beautiful...
1. I love this giant squid brandishing a pair of pistols! Ceramic tile by Rory Dobner, £37.50 from Rockett St George. There's also two designs featuring fish smoking cigarettes, an anchor, a pirate's parrot and a ghostly galleon to continue the nautical theme...
2. A twist on the classic flying ducks, these black swallows,£15, by Sass & Belle at Urban Outfitters are perfect for your walls. Hang with command hooks for easy removal.
3. A perennial favourite, The Sanctuary's salt scrub is perfect for brightening up dull winter skin. £11.25 from The Sanctuary or nationwide from Boots chemists.
4. This hefty door stopper, £55 from Pedlars is also great as an objet in itself.
5. For a bit of weathered beach hut texture, you can't beat this wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek at Graham & Green. At £199 a roll it's a bit pricey, but it's incredibly realistic. Paper a panel and pop behind your dining table or bed.
6. Manufactum make solid, traditional homeware, including this amazing hurricane lamp, £25.50.
7. This cute-but-not-cutesy cushion, £34.50 from Rustic Country Crafts at Not on The High Street has a simple anchor motif and is available in for colourways.
8. These surprisingly contemporary & witty plates from Poole Pottery, start from just £3.49 for a mushy pea bowl. I also love the ceramic chip tray (not shown here)9. This stunning print shows the mathematical formula for the dimensions of a nautilus shell, alongside an illustration of the internal structure. A steal at just £40 from Rockett St George, and that's framed too!
So, no matter how far away from the sea you live, you can still have a bit of coastal inspiration in your home.