Here at Ines Cole we are complete blog-aholics… we find them an endless scrapbook of inspiration and ideas. One of our favourites is A Quite Style which is penned by Emma Harris and features a divine collection of interiors edits, floral inspirations and notes on great shops to visit. There are also lovely features such as ‘My Favourite Flower’ and ‘Gathered Style’ – Emma’s weekly Instagram styling competition.
Lovely Emma has been kind enough to give us a behind the scenes tour of her glorious Brighton home and to celebrate we will be running an exclusive Ines Cole competition with A Quiet Style over this weekend on Instagram. But for now, here’s Emma in conversation with team Ines Cole.
1. Your home style is quite vintage inspired but pared-back [very Ines Cole!]. Has this always been the case or has your style evolved a lot over the years?
I guess it has always been vintage inspired, in my opinion, a mix of old furniture with new fittings works well in a Victorian house, which is what I have always lived in. I also prefer furniture that has a history and imperfections; it adds character to an interior space. I have always preferred a more minimal look, something I struggle to achieve with two young children, but recently I have felt an overwhelming desire to pare things back even more, the family joke that they need to keep moving, else I might put them in the charity sack!
2. What is your favourite room?
This is a difficult question, I guess right now, it is the study, it is the only room in the house with wallpaper, and so is probably a touch more feminine than the rest of our home, and I recently bought an old cupboard for storing props which I absolutely love!
3. Do you have a favourite object or item in your home?
Another tricky question, there are a few things, but I do love the painting that my Dad and step-Mum gave to me recently when they moved house, it is a very old nude, and I have always loved it, I feel very touched that they gave it to me, and I get a great deal of pleasure from seeing it hung on our wall.
4. What is your favourite item from Ines Cole?
It has to be the living bauble, I’ve always been a flower lover, but recently I have started to appreciate the simplicity of foliage, and I quite fancy a couple of these hung in my bedroom.
5. How do you go about dressing a space… do you let one item lead you for example?
Yes, generally, it starts with one item, and then I bring in other pieces that work alongside. I do tend to go for the less is more approach, but that suits my present mood, in a few years that could all change!
6. Finally, what are you tips for getting your home ready for spring?
Spring is the best time of year for buying affordable flowers, you can pick up bunches of daffodils and tulips pretty cheaply, and it doesn’t take much to perk up a space in your home. A little goes a long way, especially if you separate them into different vessels. Alternatively, bring some bulbs in, they last a bit longer, and you can keep them once they have finished for next year.
A good spring clean also helps, have a declutter, move things around, its amazing how doing that can change the feel.