Monday, 24 August 2015

Interiors: Styling the Dwell AW15 range


Dwell's Autumn 2015 range - styling three looks: a home office, a cosy cushioned sofa nook, and a stylish sideboard.

There are many ways I like to spend my spare time. Regular readers will know that I spend an inordinate amount of time faffing about with vases, moving things here and there, and generally making home. Doing this professionally is nothing short of an actual dream come true.

The three looks here are inspired by three trends that jumped out at me from the new Dwell Autumn 2015 range, when I went up to London recently to style and photograph a few of their products in this incredible space (you may recognise it from Dragon's Den!).


1. The home office


Styling the Dwell AW15 range by Lottie Storey, Oyster & PearlStyling the Dwell AW15 range by Lottie Storey, Oyster & Pearl

Styling the Dwell AW15 range by Lottie Storey, Oyster & Pearl

I don't have a home office - I mostly tap away at my laptop on the kitchen table - but have always wanted a little space of my own. Somewhere to organise all my stationery, little pots full of perpetually sharp pencils, inspiring postcards pinned on the back wall to keep me motivated... Sigh.

This desk space is a feminine home office, softened by the pink throw, white leather chair, and this desk-which-isn't-actually-a-desk - it's Dwell's Camber dressing table as I loved its little central drawer, which is perfectly laptop-sized.


2. The cosy cushioned sofa nook


Styling the Dwell AW15 range by Lottie Storey, Oyster & Pearl
Styling the Dwell AW15 range by Lottie Storey, Oyster & Pearl
Styling the Dwell AW15 range by Lottie Storey, Oyster & Pearl

At the start of my styling day with Dwell, I went to rummage about in the new range in order to get a good understanding of what trends are afoot. Oh my goodness! These bright cushions were irresistible in sparky blues and mustardy yellows, particularly when teamed with a dark grey sofa and tripod floor light. I piled them all up and wanted to dive right in (but I knew I wouldn't want to get up!). I also tried the look with just monochrome cushions and a trusty sheepskin. Which look do you prefer? Colour or black-and-white? Also, how cute is the little cupcake stool/side table?


3. The vintage-style sideboard


Styling the Dwell AW15 range by Lottie Storey, Oyster & Pearl
Styling the Dwell AW15 range by Lottie Storey, Oyster & Pearl


The location wallpaper totally sang to me and became a big part of this room - a cute, slightly granny-ish corner, the Quad sideboard full to bursting with vintage crockery just ready for a tea party, and this gloriously kitsch Poodle lamp lighting up a cocktail party lasting well into the midnight hour. I also fell in love with this marble vase - stuffed full of blue agapanthus, it mirrored the wallpaper tones so well. Finally, I added a few of my own touches - a framed photo of my grandma's Boxing Day 1938 wedding, and a few of her vintage books.


Which of these three rooms is your favourite? I'd love to know. Oh, and come back on Monday 31 August when I'll have a Dwell giveaway for you!


Styling and photography: © Lottie Storey, Oyster & Pearl
In association with Dwell


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