I get a bit fed up with white winter wonderland interiors in magazines this season and aside from tinsel (yes had miles of it as a child along with homemade paper chains) our homes should glow with joyful pattern and colour whether you forage for red rosehip berries or hit the high street.
The January issue of House & Garden is devoted to Winter Living but there is no sight of white on the cover. Instead, we see the bright and beautiful Bloomsbury flat of Ben Pentreath. Needless to say Ben’s interiors combines a strong sense of colour, pattern and classical detail
I also thank House & Garden’s Rose Dahlsen for discovering my Christmas book that I spied on page 43 – ‘Patternity a new way of seeing: the inspirational power of pattern’ by Anna Murray and Grace Winteringham (Conran Octopus, £30).
Here are pattern-related images from a myriad of sources across the worlds of fashion and interiors to art, architecture and science, food and drink to technology and education. The brilliant images are juxtaposed and interspersed with musing on the nature of pattern. Inspired, I googled Patternity, subscribed to the newsletter and found this quote.
‘Patterns are something we come across every day. We wear theme, we walk on them, we even eat, drink and think them – we always have and we always will.’
This uplifting tome that will cheer up anyone’s Christmas. I will wrap mine in Pentreath & Hall paper based on stone floor and marble patterns by the great 18th century designer Batty Langley. This in turn inspired a whole new patterned carpet collection Ben Pentreath for Alternative Flooring.
To read about colour and pattern in the home read Alternative Flooring’s December blog ‘Christmas Collage’