Eclectic dining room with green chairs and Saarinen tulip table on Thou Swell @thouswellblog(via Ben Pentreath)

I was delighted to find the portfolio of Ben Pentreath a while back, an English architecture and interior design firm which has worked on a number of historical projects and brings quite a classical foundation to all of their work. For interiors, Ben is known for a traditional yet playful style that draws inspiration from the 1960’s and 70’s, but all infused with a “fresh modern sensibility.” In this flat in London, departures from the traditional furnishing through energizing color and pattern brought a modern buzz to the interiors and created an inviting escape for its owners. While background colors were kept “simple, airy, and neutral,” pattern and texture were added through smaller accent such as cushions, and lamps. I love the patterned lampshades used throughout the home, which provide whimsical markers in each space.


Modern art and mid-century sideboard in a London flat on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Pink armchair and patterned lampshade in a London flat on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

I love the use of blush in the home – you’ll see it again in the bedroom – which provides a lively alternative to a tan or taupe neutral. The patterned lampshade above picks up perfectly on the upholstery of the rosy armchair.

Antique cabinet in the living room of a London flat on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Flower arrangement and modern art in a London flat on Thou Swell @thouswellblog
Pink bedspread in a colorful London flat on Thou Swell @thouswellblog

The bedroom uses block-printed textiles (check out John Robshaw if you like the look) for a slightly bohemian touch, and tones down the colors to create a soothing space. The “his and hers” artwork above the bed is a fun touch, and I always love the casual feel of linen bedding.

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  1. “Fresh modern sensibility.” I can get on that! Also lately I’ve been loving green and blush 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

    Posted 1.10.17 Reply
    • Haha, right? It’s a great quote. Blush was big in 2016 but I’m seeing it continuing to make a statement for the next several years!

      Posted 1.10.17 Reply

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