Getting back into my daily routine after the festive season has been something of a challenge and I’m suffering from some serious January blues ☹️ The post-Christmas comedown is just too much! In an attempt to combat this annual mood-slump, I try to have various lovely things to look forward to in the New Year. With this in mind, imagine my delight when a little invitation dropped into my inbox before Christmas from Debenhams PR team inviting me to an Abigail Ahern apartment takeover at the Cheval Residences! So last week I crammed myself onto a commuter train and headed to London to check it out…and I’m so glad I did as it turned out to be pretty damn awesome.
I’ve long been a fan of Abigail Ahern, award winning interior designer, famous for her fearless use of dark colours and bold approach to interiors. Her design style is not for the timid but whether or not it’s your cup of tea, you have to admire the commitment and skill with which she pulls off her distinctive look. Debenhams have collaborated with a number of different designers such as Matthew Williamson and Ben De Lisi but I was super excited about their collaboration with Abigail. Teaming up with the luxury five-star apartment hotel, Cheval Three Quays in London, Ahern has transformed one of their beautiful one-bedroom apartments into an exotic retreat featuring her new SS17 collection for Debenhams.
Abigail’s new range of home accessories is wonderfully eclectic and draws from inspiration around the globe. Animal motifs and bold tribal prints are the stars of the show amongst luxe textures, vibrant colours and rustic, natural finishes. The collection is a breath of fresh air amidst the modest neutrals and safe, muted designs that seem to dominate everywhere you look. Fans of colour and dramatic design are sure to welcome the pieces with open arms, but even if you do prefer a more pared back look, don’t dismiss them too soon.
The beauty of the collection is that they are extremely useable and would suit a range of interiors styles, it’s a matter of how you use them. When I design a space, I love adding the odd quirky piece to add a sense of intrigue. Something a little unexpected always gives things a lift and makes a room a little more interesting. It’s not so much about the wow-factor as it is about the ooh-factor. All together, these pieces may be a quite full-on for some people’s tastes but individually, a charming zebra cushion, a flocked raven lamp or a geometric patterned vase could be the ideal touch of character your home needs.
As well as being incredibly versatile, the pieces are also remarkably affordable with everything under £100! I couldn’t believe it as many of the items look to me like they could easily be worth much more. It’s the perfect way to add a little designer flair without the designer price tag.
The beautifully dressed apartment complete with stunning views of the river and city skyline will be in place for two months and can you, yes you, can spend a night in this glorious urban jungle in the heart of the capital for £125 per person per night (based on two sharing). Visit www.chevalresidences.com/debenhamsdesignerapartment to book.
Some of the Abigail Ahern pieces are currently online but the full collection will be available on the Debenhams website and in stores from February. As well as embracing colour and texture, Abigail told me she wanted the collection to inspire people to bring a little fun into their homes. And frankly, who doesn’t want a bit more fun?
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