I am a huge fan of the very talented stylist/author/retail guru/designer Abigail Ahern. Hope I’ve not missed anything out there, phew!!
Abigail runs regular master classes in both her home and store in London and more recently overseas and online. As a subscriber to Goop, the equally talented, Gwyneth Paltrow’s, blog, I spied these images from a recent session with Abigail and thought they would be useful to share.
As a stylist myself, it seems second nature to me to put together a collection of objects, which make an interesting vignette, but easy it is not. Abigail takes you through the steps here and shows how, a seemingly random, collection of pictures and images can make a thought provoking display which leads your eye on a journey. Its all about, colour schemes and layering and here’s how to do it in a few straight forward steps.
Using one central piece, such as this turquoise picture, select a simple colour palette of 3 complimentary or contrasting colours. Here Abigail has used, turquoise, bright red and Ochre.
The red lamp she has brought in here, echoes the red in the picture below and the foliage adds depth.
Adding more pictures and different vessels, in neutrals, takes the eye up and down so that it is not fixed on one point, adding interest.
Further layering, adding more simple foliage and natural elements, balances the whole scene and adds further drama. The simple 3 way colour palette avoids the whole thing looking too cluttered and Abigail’s signature, dark background is the perfect backdrop to her collection.