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Orient Express


It’s still a bit cold though the calendar tells me it is in fact Spring... what is one to do with this shoulder season?

Take a mini break!

Steal a weekend in a fabulous hotel, then steal their decorating ideas for a whole new take on life once you’re back at home. Here’s one look we are dying to lift – and why!

  • The colour palette is to die for, and a timeless classic. Chic, sophisticated and tasteful, it’s one you will never tire of and one that is oh, so adaptable. Cool grey paired with earthy yellows is a year round winner and can be given seasonal zing with the addition of just about any other complementary colour, especially iris, garnet and emerald.
  • Intelligent use of ethnic shape and global symbolism is always successful, and in this room it excels. The trick is to keep it pulled back and take care not to overload a theme. In this room, three key elements add exoticism – the shape of the fireplace, the Moroccan lantern and the tribal artefacts on the mantelpiece. Any more than that and it becomes overkill.
  • Mixing metaphors! We love to mix things up and it works too, too well in this room. A Bedouin rug with Louis XIV chairs, Phillippe Starck inspired lamps with Little Miss Muffet side tables, a masculine, tailored bed with a fret work lace bed head, take-me-seriously wall colours on fantasy ceiling stanchions – it’s all going on but with such cool restraint it’s irresistible!

Eco Chic can help you escape February on your own Orient Express

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