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Bedroom style, Decorate, Tips & tricks
Catherine Heraghty is a Sydney based Interior Designer and Stylist, owner and founder of The Stables. She has attracted a huge following for her simple, understated and elegant style. Her Instagram feed showcases her home, studio and client projects in a way that is calming, romantic and inviting. The Stables style really is the perfect example of how consistency and authenticity dominate in a space that can be so busy and where it is difficult to stand apart.
We asked Catherine to give us her take on Romance by styling one of our Snooze Venus bed frames designed by our friends at Vogue Living. The Venus with winged headboard is the first of our upholstered bed ranges to get the custom made treatment. This particular bed is upholstered in Warwick's Haven fabric in Shell Pink with contrast piping in Merlot. Catherine gave us 3 different looks, styling with new range Linen House bedding.
The first look featuring the navy linen is quite a strong look and my favourite of the three – the intensity of the navy makes this look feel quite cosy. I have always loved pink and blue as a colour combination – they just work so well.
The understated navy linen lends the bed a more relaxed vibe making it so inviting. The contrast between the navy and the blush is what makes this look as it really accentuates the shape of the bedhead and makes the bedhead pop. I was able to introduce lots of texture to this look via the addition of a gorgeous chunky knit throw and elegant white linen throw.
The second look featuring the soft grey linen is the most feminine out of the three looks. The fine detailing on the linen and the softness of the colour palette in this look makes the bed feel so pretty. As there is so much texture in the linen, it didn’t require many layers so I have not used a throw here – sometimes less is more and this is one of those cases. The linen was enough! I was able to add other elements of interest in the room via the gorgeous horse print and bedside table accessories. There are always ways of adding interest to a bedroom via the linen, accessories and artwork but you just need to ensure that it is balanced across the space.
The third look featuring the corn flour blue pin stripped linen is such a gorgeous look. I really adore the softness that was added by the sheep skin throw over the end of the bed, it really plays on the soft blush of the bedhead. I layered the indigo throw over the middle of the bed for a nice contrast to the soft corn flour blue and this was nicely balanced out by the charcoal scatter cushion – again it all comes down to balance! This look has such a serene feel to it, a sense of quiet and peace and to me that’s a great feeling in a bedroom!
This is a tough question but for the past few years I have used grey and blush quite a bit – it just works so perfectly together. I love that it can be pretty when used softly or you can really give it strength by adding black to it. It’s versatile too as it can be adopted in different areas of the house, however bedrooms are the most suitable in my opinion. Blush and grey are so popular that the market is full of products for people to recreate this look in their own homes. A fresher take on this colour combination is nude and grey. Its smart and minimal and I just love how fresh it feels. Its not as popular as blush as it’s so new so products are harder to come by but for me that is what makes it more exciting, I love what is new!
I am a HUGE fan of textures in an interior. Rather than relying on pattern in an interior, I will always opt to add texture to create warmth and interest. One of my favourite ways of adding texture to a space is through textured cushions and throws. Naturally woven rugs made from materials such as jute and wool are another great way to add texture to a space. I also love to add naturally woven baskets to a room for texture, they are great space fillers and also really practical too for storage.
My advice would be to choose a fabric colour that is going to stand the test of time. When you are having a custom made bed made, it’s an investment and one that you want to last! So you don’t want to tire of the colour and you don’t want it to date. I always advise my clients to select a colour that is neutral and is not going to clash with bed linen. You are likely to change bed linen several times before you change your bed so you need to select a fabric that is going to work across different styles. I like to work with fabrics that have subtle textures and flecks through them to add an element of texture but I avoid fabrics with strong textures and patterns as I don’t want it to fight or clash with everything else in the room.
I think it’s a combination of both! I definitely have a clean and simple style, I love to create spaces that feel calm and serene – when I look at images of my work I always think they feel quiet. The Stables has been up and running now for over twelve months and has gained momentum much quicker than I anticipated so my days are hectic! There is no such thing as a typical day for me which is one of the best things about owning your own business – I never get bored! Some days I am working in the studio preparing presentations for clients, and other days will be filled with client meetings, site meetings, shopping for accessories and cushions or sourcing tiles and tapware for an upcoming project. I feel so blessed to do what I do every day and I never take it for granted. It’s a hugely varied role which requires me to be so organized and at the end of the day, the thing that relaxes me the most is knowing that all the toys are put away, the bed is made perfectly and the house is in order. I sound like such a stylist nerd but I guess that’s how I use my style to add an element of calm and order to my chaotic work schedule!
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