6 March 2012

Mauve and aubergine

Back in Amsterdam last week to improve a dressing room. The mauve wardrobe (visible in the mirror) was already there. 

We added new curtains, lighting, shelves, hooks and chair. The curtains wave from the left of the room and link up with the wardrobe on the right. We choose a light aubergine colour (or is it mauve as well?).  
The chair was recycled from another room and gives the space a 1940s feel. It may not stay there, even though I think it goes very well with carpet and curtains.

Close up of of the linen-coton fabric.
This was the starting point: Ikea pendant, two green chairs, a baroque mirror and dark red blinds. Nothing seemed to go with the star-performer of the room: the built-in wardrobe...
The problem that had to be sorted was the big wardrobe that made the room feel lopsided and the window look off-centre.

The curtain rail puts the window centre-stage and balances the room. It hides dirty linen baskets, ironing boards and a collection of handbags.

The voile was added for more privacy. It also softens the general appearance of the room. 

This photo is with the new halo S111 lights on. The effect is not as shady as it looks, though quite intimate! 


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  2. Hi Rutger,

    I've been following your blog for some time and your work is fantastic. You manage to bring large amounts of warm into all your spaces whilst shifting between rustic and modern aesthetics. I think 'warmth' is extremely important and can be difficult to achieve, particularly with very modern interiors. Props!

    You mentioned the 'Halo S111' lighting you've used here. Would you be able to tell us a bit more about this type of lighting? I love the amount of warmth it brings to this room, and also to the lounge room in another of your projects. I'm curious about the cost, efficiency and availability of these lights.

    Keep up the great work,


    1. Hi Kieran
      The Halo S111 refers to the light bulb: a halogen aluminium reflector bulb, diameter 110mm, (with 111,112 etc indicating different types). They are often used in shop windows: they complement daylight really well and they come in three different versions depending on how focused or general the light beam has to be. The bulbs are expensive and not particularly energy efficient. A new generation of LED lights with the same effect are now being developed. They are very expensive (think around £100 per light bulb, but last a lifetime). Deltalight (www.deltalight.com) offer both the traditional ones and the LED versions in beautiful designs.
      Keep on reading my blog! A new project in Wimbledon is about to start...
      Best wishes


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