Hi, Gabrielle from Savvy Home here again! John Robshaw is a man after my own heart (not literally, I’ll leave that to his future girlfriend). But he is one of my favorite textile designer from bedding to pillows and headboard; basically anything that can (and should) be upholstered.
Robshaw has an art background and is incredibly well-travelled. You can see it right away from his textiles and his home. I just adore that layered look of Indian and South-East Asian influences combined with a more traditional lines. I wanted to get a better understanding of how to get that worldly-layered look, so I put a few tips together below for y’all. And if you’re looking for more inspiration, check out his home in Matchbook.
1. I dare you to upholster a classic sofa in a printed fabric. And then send me a photo. I have a small loveseat with similar lines that I’m now dying to re-upholster in a JR fabric.
2. Choose an oversized flatweave rug that’s in the same tones as the rest of the room, and has a pattern solid enough to anchor the room.
3. Throw out your coffee table (not literally – give it to charity maybe) and try an ottoman instead.
4. Keep things tidy on your new ottoman with trays made out of textured materials like bone inlay and rattan.
5. Use large decorative bowls as planters.
6. Mix and match more patterns on top of your patterned sofa. Balance them out by playing with scale but keep them in the same color scheme.
7. Speaking of color schemes, stick to one. This one is mainly muddy pink and taupe. I just LOVE that paint color. I bet it’s fancy paint like Farrow & Ball or Fine Paints of Europe. Sometimes it’s worth splurging on paint.
8. Make a gallery wall using mismatched art, masks, baskets or other items you’ve gathered in your travels.
9. Use furniture pieces that have worldly shapes and intricate details like an octogonal bone-inlaid Moroccan side table (one word: eBay).
10. Guess what: more pattern! Patterned curtains won’t make the room look overcrowded if you stick to the general color scheme.
I’m curious to know what worldly items have you added to your décor?
See you next week!