I am so excited to bring about this month's post for my monthly "Inspirational Abode" column, because featuring Keri-Anne from Gingerlilytea was like a dream come true... literally a dream (her photographs and her space all seems like a dream world). Being inspired by white walls, floral crowns, and fairies, Kerri-Anne has a knack for wall decor and beautiful details. I am so happy to have her share the details and close-ups of around her home in England with us today.
(Lindsey) If you had to describe your decorating style in one word, what would that be? (Keri-Anne) "Oh gosh! This is quite difficult. I would have to say nostalgic. I love to incorporate a lot of my childhood memories into my decorating such as flower fairy postcards and Beatrix Potter items."
What mood are you trying to create with your space? "I want to be able to lie down on my bed and look around and fill my heart with happiness. I have a few lovely friends that i send packages to and they send packages to me and i have a lot of the items displayed around the bedroom and house."
What is your go-to spot for picking up ideas to decorate with? "I love pinterest. I love to be able to create little moodboards with everything i find online that inspires me. I often have a few ideas but i just get stuck on how to execute the idea and pinterest can help wonders with that!"
What kinds of things influence your interior design? "Because i don't have a set design, i don't really have any influences. I just surround myself with things i love and would want to see everyday. I also make a lot of things for the walls of the house. I have bunting around the whole house that i have made. Some out of fabric, some out of book pages. I love to add handmade touches to the house and i get my two girls to help too. Both girls have little "art galleries" in their rooms where they paint and decorate old book pages. I love to encourage them to create things for their own rooms and spaces. My poor husband just lets us do what we want now. He is quite happy to sleep amongst birdcages and flowers that the girls pick him on our many adventures to the meadows. He doesn't even notice now when i have added something new to the walls!"
How does your personal style (choice in clothing) cross over into your interior style? In what ways is it also different? "Oh, they are the same! Very much so. I have some of my favourite lace dresses and flower crowns hanging on the bedroom wall. I only ever wear dresses and i brooches bows in my hair. I have all these items displayed as part of my bedroom design."
What is the best advice you can give to someone who is re-decorating or gathering ideas for a re-design? "I would say, decorate how you love. I think it is very easy to get swept up by a particular style and then you feel you can only decorate within that style, so you end up with a space that isn't really you. My house is a mis matched of lots of different ideas and designs, but it works for me as i can sit for ages looking around the house. Everything has a reason and meaning and i haven't put anything up that doesn't mean anything to me or just to fit in with the style of other spaces."
No room wouldn't be complete without... "My hanging lace dresses."
Tell us a story about one of your favorite items you featured here. "I love the book page bunting above our bed. I was through a charity shop one day and came across a copy of black beauty. The story is so wonderful so i bought it. When i got home, i actually had the exact same book already on my book shelf. I have so many books, i loose count of what i already have. I had the idea of making a book page bunting. At the top of the pages, where the chapter names and they had such wonderful chapter names. I picked out a few that i loved the look of and then cut out a fabric heart for the middle page and just strung them up. It is such a simple idea and now, i have one of my favourite books on my book shelf and above my bed."
One color that I could never life without in a room is... "ivory/white. It is a perfect backdrop for any display as you can add any colour or design you wish."
"Inspirational Abode" is a new monthly column for Hello, Mr. Rabbit, that stared in August. Do you have a home that you want to share with others? Do you feel your space is inspiring? Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with a few photographs and a little bit about your abode. I cannot wait to be inspired be your personal habitat and have it inspire others.