Until recently we have been pretty safe in our colour palette at Herringbone. We ourselves love neutrals and find them well placed with a broad audience. Colour can be tricky as it dates easily and if used incorrectly can change the perceptions of a room’s proportions. But then you walk into the home of Kim Stephen and you wonder where you’ve been hiding for so long. There is no other way to say it but when it comes to colour you want to be on Kim’s team. Her home is a feast of warm, colourful spaces and we're tickled pink at seeing some of our statement rugs used in Kim’s interiors.
Kim has an interior design business that mostly works on a few select projects. Balancing vibrant energy with a relaxed liveability, Kim's unique design style is both playful and elegant. The spaces she creates are sophisticated in design as well as being easy to live in. Kim definitely inspired us to add some colourful new additions to our own range and shares some of what inspires her with Herringbone - here's the green light to giving your home the red carpet treatment…
What do your interiors say about you?
I like to take chances! Some of my decisions with this house particularly (because it was my own) were pretty risky. They worked out 95% of the time so it’s given me confidence, especially with colour, but it’s also taught me where some of the pitfalls are - mistakes that I won’t be making again.
What influences your design style? I trawl through images regularly. I live by Instagram and Pinterest and love finding new interesting feeds. Looking at around 500 images of interiors each day (when time allows!) enables me to draw inspiration from a broad range of styles, and in turn it’s really helped me develop my own signature look.
Do you have a favourite room in your home and why? It’s the main big open plan living / dining and kitchen area. It’s the heart of our home with arched doorways on two sides - one looking onto the mountain and the other onto the garden. It’s the area where our family spend the most time and I love that we can be in each other’s space but all doing our own thing. I spent the most time and effort planning this room - from the intricate ceiling detail to the layout of furniture. I had to make it functional but also set the mood for the interiors of the whole house.
What would be your ideal project to work on? I’d love to do a guesthouse or small hotel. Having the chance to do each room differently but weaving a common thread throughout would be such an exciting challenge. Hospitality spaces also give you a chance to make some bolder decisions because people are transient so find it exciting to see something off the wall or really loud - but living with that every day in your home could be overwhelming.
Is there an interior in the world that you wish you had designed? Definitely Halcyon House in Cabarita Beach, Australia. It was designed by Anna Spiro and she has managed to make it simultaneously extremely chic but also very laid back.
"A good rug (and don’t skimp on size) creates the foundation for a room."
What made you choose the Herringbone rugs that you did? The Herringbone rugs all have such a fresh and contemporary look. They are a perfect balance of quality weaves and contemporary designs and colours. It makes them really easy to place anywhere. A good rug creates the foundation for a room - without it everything just looks like it’s floating.
What qualities are essential to a home interior or what are your interior style rules? It’s been said before by many, but I truly do live by it; an item must either be beautiful or functional in order to have a place in a home. Everything else must go.
Whilst I am also a fan of layering and accessorising, it’s easy to cross over into clutter: a beautiful home is an ongoing project in curation.
Buy the best quality that you can - from fabrics to furniture to linen and crockery.
"You will love something for so much longer if it is beautifully made."
Which 3 qualities make the modern woman?
Kindness, a sense of adventure and the internal strength to weather any storm.
Favourite travel destination That I’ve been to? Rome and Bali. Where I’m dreaming of going? Miami and Sri Lanka.
Biggest extravagance Air tickets (regularly!), beautiful furnishing fabrics from Pierre Frey and Manuel Canovas and wallpaper from Phillip Jeffreys. I literally swoon when any one of those brands launch a new range.