Though the classic shelfie still holds undeniable clout on our social media feeds, recently there’s been a definite shift in the way we’re showcasing our interiors online. It’s as if our focus has zoomed outwards a little: stylishly arranged and usually featuring some variant of house plant, well put-together corners keep grabbing our attention. But are they as effortless as they appear on our Instagram feeds?
This week, we're asking Anna Newton from The Anna Edit to talk us through how she put together her favourite spot in her flat.
A Cosy Corner
We completely renovated this flat when we moved in and three years later we’re still finishing things off. This corner is part of my office and is the room that came together first as it needed the least amount of work - just painting and a new carpet. Before we moved in I’d never had an office space before, so I just wanted somewhere that was light and bright and organised my blogging supplies and makeup in the chicest way possible. It’s still my favourite spot in the home and really hasn’t changed much over the years.
The Colour Scheme
It’s just a matte white paint on the walls which really brightens up the room as it’s quite small, although I’m very tempted to paint it a grey/green. I recently stayed in a gorgeous room at Heckfield Place and feel very inspired! I can regularly be found stalking the Farrow & Ball site to try and find just the right colour. But for now I really enjoy how the cherry-tones of the wood and the green plants stand out. There’s a lot of grey and teal in the rest of the room and I think it all works pretty well together.
I tend to move items around often, but there are some things that always stay the same. This concrete paperweight is from one of my favourite independent shops in Brighton - Workshop - and the gigantic Diptyque candle was a very generous wedding gift. Figuier is my favourite scent and we burnt it at our wedding day, so it’s always nice to light it. The books are a mixture of interiors ones that I like to flick through for inspiration, a signed book from Francois Nars, presents from friends as I always ask for plants and books for my birthday and ‘Modern Love’ was given to me on Christmas Day 2015 by my now-husband and has ‘Will you marry me?’ written in the front!
I first saw this apothecary-style drawer unit months before we even moved in and kept checking the Vincent & Barn site to make sure that it was still in stock. I absolutely love it. It fits the spot perfectly and inside I keep all my beauty, photography and stationery supplies - you can it so much in there! It’s such a statement piece that whenever people are over they always as where it’s from. Not only is it eye-eye-catching but it’s practical too with 16 deep drawers. I topped it off with some planters from Urban Outfitters - always a great spot to find affordable but different ones - and a mirror from West Elm that finishes off the spot perfectly and bounces light all around the room.
Anna Newton, aka @TheAnnaEdit is author of An Edited Life, published by Quadrille on 10th January, £16.99.