SMALL PLACE, BIG STATEMENT





Some of you might remember my retrospective Going Bananas a few months ago about the arguably most iconic pattern of the 20th C, the banana leaf.

Courtesy of Domaine

Courtesy of Domaine


The inspirational American online lifestyle company Domaine released yesterday on their website a brilliant instructional, step-by-step video showing how to hang wallpaper featuring the vibrant Martinique to add a touch of Beverley Hills Hotel to your home, à la Don Loper – he who invented Martinique in 1942.

Another fine example that trends fade away but style lasts!





Instructions:

INSPECT YOUR WALLPAPER:
1. Unroll & check for holes, correct colors & size

PREP WALLS
1. Make sure walls are clean, smooth, sanded & primed
2. Measure and map walls

READY TO START:
1. Cut paper into strips, leaving a few inches top & bottom to trim
2. With roller, apply remixed vinyl adhesive.
4. Use level to make sure first strip is straight.
5. Remove air bubbles with smoothing tool
6. Align patterns carefully & close with seam roller (to help edge lay flat)
7. Trim edges with a razor blade (careful!)
8. Go over entire paper with moist sponge (to remove any glue)
9. Repeat – change blades frequently to stay sharp
*TIP* When going around corners, carefully cut paper & tuck

CLEAN IT UP!
1. Cut all trims
2. Go over with moist sponge again

Et voila!




THE MARMITE EFFECT: PANTONE’S RADIANT ORCHID



 
“A captivating, magical, enigmatic purple, as the color of the year for 2014”


Color-of-the-year


Pantone 18-3224’s Radiant Orchid is “an enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones; it inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm”.


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 Radiant Orchid has polarised opinions and has had a ‘Marmite’ effect on people, eliciting strong feelings of love and hate since it was first revealed to the world at the end of last year. A-Gent of Style must admit his first, visceral reaction was rather not adulatory. The actual word “vile” might have been overheard from this side of Bayswater.

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.”




After much research, A-Gent wouldn’t go as far as saying that he has been converted to Radiant Orchid but he will concede that some of the pictorial evidence shown below have mellowed him on the matter. Radiant Orchid surely livens up a neutral palette and energises and unifies diverse spaces or outfits when used as the odd accent here and there. It also seems to complement greens, turquoises and even light yellows rather well. A few overpowering, garish interiors suffused with various hues of purple made A-Gent of Style think twice about how to use purple, not only in interior decoration but also in fashion and design. There is no denying that purple, in its various hues and tones to which Radiant Orchid belongs, can be uplifting and unifying. Whilst the colours in the images below are not always spot on ‘Pantone 18-3224’, A-Gent of Style tried to show how various shades of purple could bedazzle us and hopefully enhance our daily life for 2014.

But as we all know, one doesn’t have to follow trends!


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Selman Marrakesh hotel, Morocco

Selman Marrakesh hotel, Morocco




Sinhala Linen Print in Jewel by Schumacher

Sinhala Linen Print in Jewel by Schumacher

 



Soho Hotel, London by Firmdale Hotels

Soho Hotel, London by Firmdale Hotels

 






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Elsa Schiaparelli's home by Jeremiah Goodman

Elsa Schiaparelli’s home by Jeremiah Goodman

 

Raffle by Quadrille at Tissus d'Helene

Raffle by Quadrille at Tissus d’Helene

 

By Eddie Lee

By Eddie Lee

 

 







Sharon Osborne's bedroom by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne’s bedroom, L.A by Martyn Lawrence Bullard

 

Hamish Bowles's apartment, New York

Hamish Bowles’s apartment, New York

 



By Jamie Drake

By Jamie Drake





Marie-Helene de Taillac's New York home

Marie-Helene de Taillac’s New York home

 
















By David Collins

By David Collins

 

 

Burberry

Burberry

 




















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Trellis Background by Quadrille at Tissus d'Helene

Trellis Background by Quadrille at Tissus d’Helene





By Dimore Studio

By/with Dimore Studio

 



By David Hicks

By David Hicks

 



By Vanderhurd

By Vanderhurd

 



Annabel's (rug by Vanderhurd)

Annabel’s by Adam Bray and rug by Vanderhurd

 



Hamish Bowles

Hamish Bowles

 

By David Collins

By David Collins

 












By Jamie Drake

By Jamie Drake

 














The G Hotel, Galway, by Philip Treacy

The G Hotel, Galway, by Philip Treacy

 














By Jamie Drake

By Jamie Drake



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BOOK END No9




What better way to start the new year than to flick through fascinating, newly published hardbacks. Here are A-Gent of Style new picks for 2014.

Don’t forget you can hover your cursor over each image to see the rest of the book cover or click on the image to see it in full in a new window.



All books are available or can be ordered from
The Bookshop at the Design Centre Chelsea Harbour +44 (0) 20 7351 6854 / @theBOOKSHOPat

And if you’ve missed the previous instalments of Book End, you can catch up and see the other fantastic books A-Gent of Style selected for you over the months:

Book End No1, Book End No2, Book End N03, Book End N04, Book End No5,
Book End No6, Book End No7, Book End N08


Happy reading!



2014



 

Brand new calendar,
Opportunities await;
The light illuminates




INSTAMOMENTS OF 2013



 
As the new year furiously approaches, A-Gent of Style would like to leave you with a last post capturing some of his kaleidoscopic Instamoments of 2013.

Have a wonderful New Year’s Eve and see you in 2014!


 


NB: “Instamoment: photos from somebody’s Instagram account
capturing meaningful moments”.



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