I know you are not suppose to judge a book by its cover, but with "A Life Less Ordinary", I couldn't help it. I was instantly drawn to its muted, earthy, colour palette and vintage pieces. While it may not represent my home interior, I still absolutely love it. For this week, I want to explore Igigi's signature style and how you can achieve a similar look in your home.
"We love to reclaim old things and put them in a modern space. Such places offer a story and a history, and bring a sense of individuality to a room that would otherwise appear bland and without character".
Throughout the book, the authors, Zoe & Alex, share with us, items they've found that make them "tick":
+ leather-bound books cracking at the spine;
+ vintage linen fabric tied with string;
+ the uneven glass of vintage jars; and
+ simple shapes that create unusual shadows, like a wooden horse's head or antler horns hung up on the wall.
Doesn't this sound amazing? Imagine having a home full of all these treasures and stories to share?
Zoe & Alex have sourced a variety of items from around the globe. Some of these are preloved heirlooms (passed down from family), others found in markets along their travels or discovered by suppliers. Zoe & Alex advise that "the simplest things, often recycled or found, can make the most effective decoration".
If you have fallen in love with this style and want to achieve a similar look in your home, here's how you can do it:
1. Restrain the colour palette. Adopt a colour palette of muted, earthy, neutral tones and avoid bright, bold colours. Zoe and Alex advise that by doing this, you can "display the most unlikely objects together". We completely agree. By restraining your colour palette, you can combine a mixture of furniture styles together without committing to a theme.
2. Use recycled pieces of furniture and objects to give your space a lived-in feel. A house full of new items in this signature palette, will lack a story. While Igigi and the authors' homes may be modern, the pieces they use to decorate, including hardware, lighting and window treatments, are not. Adopt family heirlooms and shop at vintage flea markets to find pieces that give personality and history to your space.
3. Create small displays of all your objects and trinkets. Vignettes are essential in this interior style, which revels in the notion of collections on display. It is not a minimal look, as its purpose is to share and convey stories through the pieces on show. Those who love this style generally have a passion for collecting things, so this intuitively works hand in hand!
4. Texture is paramount. With a restrained colour palette, texture is vital in providing visual interest in your space. A huge mix of materials and finishes including wool, cotton, linen, glass, stone, wood and fur will unite harmoniously when you restrain the colour palette!
5. Time to collect. This is not an interior style you can successfully achieve in one weekend. So be patient. Zoe & Alex have collected all their beautiful belongings over time from family & friends, travels and shopping trips. In some ways, the journey is more important that the finished product as it's the stories you collect along the way that successfully create this look.