Note: all photos taken from Elle Decor website
Considering my design taste features a natural palette (think Urban Decay Naked 3) and soft textiles, I often find myself leafing through brochures illustrating luxurious Parisian creations, or admiring the decor techniques practiced in exuberant American hotels. With this said, it's rare to find me heavily appreciating the eccentric spaces created in my home country of Britain, but there's a first time for everything..
Elle Decor describes the London Townhouse brought to life by Rena Abboud as 'vivid and dramatic', and I wholeheartedly agree with them which refuses to be surprising for even a second when you take into consideration that the Iraqi born author has a reputation as both a glamorous socialite and an impressive party hostess. My attention was immediately captured at first glance when introduced to this striking townhouse shown on the Elle Decor website, and uncovering further information on Rena Abboud only helped increase my interest. I find that knowing a little more about a person (bearing in mind you will only know what they're willing to share) can help shed a tremendous amount of light on their artistic visions. Through a little research, I discovered that Abboud has been educated all the way from England to Columbia and as a member of the Manhattan social scene, threw some of the ''most lavish and unforgettable costume parties''.
It's clear that the author of Be My Guest: Theme Party Savoir-Faire (2002) is all about extremes and this is very much highlighted in her London townhouse, shared with her husband and two teenage daughters. With the artistic touch of Abboud's friend, Philip Vergeylen (Nicholas Haslam Ltd), her vision was brought to life in an explosion of colour and eccentricity. Surprisingly, some elements of the townhouse feature symmetry which in itself could be considered ordinary, however in a space created with such flair, it comes across as yet another expression of glamour and further divergence from normality.
The unusual space ideal for intimate entertaining, features soft blues and purples in the form of inviting cushions and thows, as well as thought provoking photographs on the walls by Halim Al Karim; yet another reminder of the battle between work and play throughout the Elle Decor featured townhouse.
If my gushing wasn't enough to convince you, let me spell it out.. I'm impressed. The positive impression made by these rooms on me has been easily comprised of the explosion of colour, the surprising London post code and the nest of intrigue that is Rena Abboud. For more snapshots of this 'vivid and dramatic' townhouse, visit Elle Decor.