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  • Sophie Harpley

Curated maximalism

A kind of manifesto...


I love homes that are colourful, cosy and lived-in. Give me layers! Give me pattern. Give me tactility. I'm all for eclectic. I'm also a bit of a hoarder! I love fabrics, books, antiques and other curios. It's interesting to be surrounded by the things you've found on travels or markets or perhaps inherited form loved ones. These objects are so full of personal stories. Aesthetically they offer 'resting points' for the eye too. But if you collect a lot then there's also the risk that home becomes museum. In my opinion that's where colourful, modern touches step in to freshen things up and keep a home feeling alive. To me, home is a kind of living artwork. It evolves, just like it's inhabitants.


But, despite a love of all those layers, I do know when to stop. I'm not an all out maximalist at all. In fact I'm with Chanel who said something about always removing one accessory before you go out! A home is the same, if you have a lot of stuff, you'll need to curate a little bit to let the nice things shine. So I'll call myself a 'curated maximalist'.


In no special order here are some homes (and designers) I love...



*I don't know the photographers for all of these images but the homes of Luke Edward Hall and Cath Kidston were snapped by the Bible of British Taste. Except for Anna Spiro, all of the designers below are in the UK.


** I''m secretly hoping to coin the term 'Curated Maximalism'. I've just always wanted to coin a term!


Cath Kidston's colourful living room
Cath Kidston's colourful living room

Matilda Goad's colourful living space
Matilda Goad's colourful living space

 bathroom by Lonika Chande
An enchanting bathroom by Lonika Chande

Luke Edward Hall interiors with green floral wallpaper
Luke Edward Hall's playful interiors

Michelle Kelly, cheerful yet sophisticated interior design
Michelle Kelly, cheerful yet sophisticated interior design

William Morris wallpaper and a large Geranium in a room designed by Ben Pentreath
Ben Pentreath, recoloured willow wallpaper by William Morris and a bountiful Geranium.

An artist's home with green walls and tulips
Polly Fern's home with deep olive walls

A colourful, eclectic room by Anna Spiro
A colourful, eclectic room by Anna Spiro







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