Let’s fling open the windows and let in the fresh air – it’s time to talk pure style. Some of you may be familiar with Jane Cumberbatch? She is quite amazing, having held posts as journalist, editor and style director at numerous magazines (House & Garden and Elle Decoration among them) as well as authoring a host of books on simple, stylish living. I love her. Hers is a fresh, natural approach to living and decorating, and I think we could all pick up a few tips from her!
I was thrilled to see her home (shot by photographer Keiko Oikawa) featured on Design Sponge recently, and in case you missed it I’ve included a few of my favorite images here. Jane’s style includes lots of white, bare wood and natural fibers: always a winning combination in my book. :)
I love the flexible living/eating space above – wood chairs around a white table (or vice versa) always looks so good to me. I also adore the look of candlesticks lined up down the center of a table, big baskets as easy storage, tall skinny lamps, and white roman shades. Plus that Chesterfield sofa placed beneath the windows looks so cozy and inviting, don’t you agree?
I am dying to have a home bathed in light like this. Even the little bath looks sunny! And so simple. No ugly jars and bottles of half-used up toiletries in Jane’s bathroom, ha ha. But there is a great tip to gather here that any of us can use: replace standard bathroom fixtures with actual furniture whenever possible; it really warms up the room and makes it feel more personal. For instance, Jane has placed a small pedestal table with basket beside the sink instead of installing a larger cabinet-style sink, and the white peg board hung on the wall stands in for the more typical towel rack.
And hello, creative space! I just about fell over when I saw this because it checked off so many items from my personal workspace wish list. Gigantic inspiration board? Check. White floors? Check. Built-in floor to ceiling bookcases? Tons of magazine storage? Check and check!
Of course, Pure Style is about more than just a home that looks good. It’s about choosing materials that feel good, not overcrowding your home or schedule with things that don’t matter to you, and taking the time to savor small pleasures each day. This is something we can all work towards, little by little, don’t you think? I know it’s hard at times, but it’s so important to appreciate what we have in our lives – at the moment, there are toy trains scattered over my floor and laundry on the chair – but my life is rich and full, and I can still make room for moments of beauty, however small.