Stylist Amber Armitage takes a trip around the globe and translates her inspiration into spaces featuring statement prints, creative colour combos and exotic homewares.
A visit to Marrakech is a feast for the senses, an intense fusion of colours, smells and sounds. Retreating into the beautiful roads (traditional homes with interior courtyards) and gardens was a welcome escape from crowded bazaars crammed with colourful goods. I fell in love with the contrast of plants against the chalky pink tones of the city walls.
Accessories: Moroccan Rooftops unframed A0 print, faux palm, both from Amber Armitage. Calcha embroidered cushion, Angulo cushion cover (by cactus), and large pillar candle, all from Citta. African grain basket, from Indie Home Collective. Elena Renker x Mark Antonia autumn candle, from Mark Antonia. Amber Armitage x Mood Store painted pots, from Mood Store. Terracotta pot, from Kings Plant Barn. Other items stylist’s own.
The tranquil waters and azure coastline of Italy’s Amalfi Coast are the perfect place to enjoy a simpler way of life – I found the stillness of the water mesmerising and utterly relaxing. Indoors, the interiors are clean and pared-back with minimal colour, placing the focus on the breath-taking views. We can recreate this relaxed, Mediterranean feel at home with a daybed and crisp white styling.
Accessories: Views From Amalfi unframed A1 print, from Amber Armitage. Tate daybed in grey, from Me and My Trend. Macramé wall hanging, grey velvet cushion, both from Mood Store. White duvet cover, Pony Rider striped cushion, small beaded basket, shell necklace, large white basket, marble cross, all from Indie Home Collective. Coffee mug, from Holly Houston. Other items stylist’s own.
The big-city lights, brash attitude and anything-goes style of Las Vegas is a refreshing concept to bring into the home. It’s all about colour here, with bright, primary hues in slightly dirty shades evoking the vintage glamour of Vegas. Luxe velvet and glossy brass introduce some glamorous texture and mimic the hotels and casinos of the city.
If you have the space, create a cocktail corner with a hotel lobby vibe and experience the fun of a big night out without leaving the warmth of home. Add a neon light, break out a deck of cards and ask yourself, “Do I feel lucky?”
Accessories: Yellow Arrow unframed A0 print, from Amber Armitage. Lobby chair, from Freedom. Mini drum ottoman, from Me and My Trend. Garden tote bag, from Mavis & Osborn. Yellow cushion, from Textilia. Gava planter (by hat), from Citta. Faux bird of paradise plant, from Mood Store. Field candle holder by Good Thing, from Tim Webber. Other items stylist’s own.
The contrast between the modern and the ancient is what makes Abu Dhabi so fascinating. Situated on the edge of the Persian Gulf and close to the desert, the rolling sandscapes, crystal blue water, breath-taking palaces and ornate architectural details were a new kind of beautiful to me. The patterns and textures in the sand are simple yet complex, and the arid landscape has a rosy glow that inspires a warm, dusty colour palette.
Use sandy tones warmed up by pink and terracotta, and contrast them with the pale blues of sky and sea. Sculptural white ceramics evoke the domes of Abu Dhabi’s ancient mosques and architecture.
Paint: Wall painted in Resene Dairy Cream.
Accessories: Desert unframed A1 print, from Amber Armitage. Curve buffet, from Freedom. Beech wishbone chair, from Me and My Trend. White ceramics by Jonti Griffin, from jontigriffin.co.nz. Platform bowl by Good Thing, from Tim Webber. Linen house coat, from Mavis & Osborn. Pebble weave grey rug, from Nodi. Dried eucalyptus arrangement by Mark Antonia.
Huge skies and long, endless roads frame the breath-taking scenery you’ll see while road-tripping around America. There’s nothing like hitting the highway in a mini RV armed with everything you need, a map and the freedom to go wherever you please. Driving from mountain to desert makes you realise how big the US is, and how small we are. The only constants are the wide blue sky and the greys and yellows of the open road – the colours of our road-trip palette.
Furnishings are inspired by the clash between man and nature, with textures such as plastic and cement paired with the colours of deep green cacti, yellow desert flowers and textured grey stone.
Accessories: On the Road unframed A1 print, from Amber Armitage. Noughts weave rug, from Nodi. Trim armchair, from Me and My Trend. Concrete lamp by Menu, Last stool by Hem, both from Tim Webber. Bam canvas bag, from Citta. Faux cactus, white pot, both from Mood Store. Other items stylist’s own.
Styling by Amber Armitage. Photography by Melanie Jenkins/Flash Studios. 2019
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