Nina Campbell is arguably the queen of 'quintessentially English' style. Her interiors are luxurious, yet warm and cosy. Layered, but somehow ordered. Full of life, pattern and colour, and yet comforting to the eye. Can you tell we're fans?
When we were offered the chance to share with you some photographs of her London home AND share some of her words of wisdom, we said YES PLEASE. Enjoy.
What makes a perfect interior? "You need to have a spark, a flash of something that seems a bit unplanned, all the while suiting your personality and remaining practical. There’s no point in having a showcase as a home – we all need to feel that it’s our own space when we close our door. Entertaining is one of my many passions so my perfect interior needs to be inviting for when I have guests round for lively, lengthy dinners."
What tips do you have for creating the perfect interiors? "Your home is somewhere you can stamp your personality, be creative and make your own. Create the impression of space and grandeur by using some decorative tricks such as strategically placed mirrors, they reflect light and make the room feel larger. My ceilings are rather low, so I lacquered them, it adds an element of glamour to the room and makes the ceiling feel higher."
What do you like about florals within your interior? "When I use floral motifs in my home, I like to play with scale. Smaller subtle pattern works well with upholstery and pretty decorative accessories. To create a sense of drama I use larger scale prints on wallpapers, pictures and prints."
Why are hallways important? "The hallway sets the tone of the house and deserves to be considered as a space in its own right. It is a well-used room that people walk through continuously, and makes the first impression to your all of your guests."
What is the inspiration behind your design? "My focus was on creating a personable living space for myself on the first floor. The upstairs is given over entirely to my bedroom, bathroom and walk in dressing area. I used the Penrose fabric from my own collection on the walls, it’s a very soft pale blue, pink and flowery all over. Not only is this a great alternative to wallpaper, but it adds warmth and texture whilst soundproofing the room."
What are your favourite parts of the house? "My favourite element would be the chair I have in my bedroom. I can sit there and look through the window that overlooks the magnolia tree in the garden. You can barely see another house, only gardens, which is amazing for central London."