It’s oft repeated interiors advice – for good reason – that if you want a home packed with personality you shouldn’t furnish a room from one store. I agree with that as a general proposition. However, are there exceptions to the rule? Some brands put originality at the heart of collections so beautifully curated that it would be impossible to create a scheme that was bland or boring. Brissi, a well established UK interiors brand, are a perfect example of that.
Not surprisingly for an interiors blogger, I’m often asked to describe my interiors style. I always find this difficult to answer. There’s no single label that seems to fit perfectly, plus my style is evolving all the time. There are however certain themes that feature consistently in interiors I covet and the schemes I design for my own home. Simple uncluttered elegance (I’m not a maximalist convert…yet), subtle retro references with an injection of fun too is a winning combination for me. So when Brissi contacted me to propose a collaboration, I didn’t hesitate to accept; their beautiful signature style and original, quality craftsmanship is a perfect match.
Brissi understands that creating beautiful products is as much about the warmth and feeling they create in your home as it is about their style. If you’re lucky enough to live near one of their London, Bath or Farnham stores you can see this passion brought to life as each is designed to look and feel like a real, welcoming home. For the rest of us, the beautifully curated Brissi website is a thoroughly swoonworthy substitute.
Brissi’s furniture collection epitomises the brand’s commitment to elegance and quality. I could happily have given a home to many pieces in the collection – quite without fear of bland catalogue styling – but eventually plumped for the stunning Danish blue velvet armchair.
The cool mid-century styling paired with the opulence of the dark sapphire velvet is a fresh and sophisticated combination. I knew the Farrow and Ball London Clay walls in my living room would provide the perfect foil to showcase the Danish blue to stunning effect. I wasn’t wrong. Every visitor to the house without fail has complimented my new chair. (Ok, not the Tesco delivery guy. But probably only because when passing the living room he’s invariably carting grocery-stuffed pallets up to his neck while trying not to trip over an excitable Doodle, apparently under the impression it’s all for her. )
When I chose my Chesterfield sofa, while my heart belonged to the bold jewel velvets, I went with the sensible choice of a neutral mink shade. As an investment piece I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t quickly tire of it and that it would last through successive redecoration projects.
But for an occasional arm chair, I didn’t feel the need for caution. I could afford to be bold and choose a shade that sang to me. While the blue is timeless and versatile enough to work with a range of pallets, it’s depth and vibrancy give life to my largely neutral scheme.
The Danish blue is a high quality, sturdy piece, capable of withstanding the rigours of family living. But its square pleated panels and buttons offer exquisite detailing too. I have of course been switching it around the living room. It’s impossible to decide where I like it best!
Narrowing my selection of Brissi product to one choice was no easy task. I’m sharing with with you the other choices that made it to my short list; together they would form the bones of a sophisticated, contemporary living room scheme.
I give you: simple, uncluttered elegance, Brissi-style. (The rest of the images in this post are Brissi’s.)
First up, the Harvey gold cocktail table. Petite enough that by day it can be tucked in a corner if necessary, but when you have evening guests, whip it out to impress with a hint of refined Gatsby glamour. At its best adorned with an ice chilled Gin Rickey or two of course.
Every sophisticated interior needs a console. Undemanding of floor space, in a size-challenged home a contemporary console is the perfect surface on which to showcase your favourite accessories. The clean lines of the Miami console table are timeless and continue the Art Deco glamour vibe. This is a forever table.
It’s a different feel but the rich gold of the Rococo vintage mirror harmonises with the tables and with its decadent antique styling, adds warmth and opulence. Light foxing on the glass keeps this on the right side of bling, but still a safe distance from shabby chic. The Rococo is large enough to be leaned against the wall as a floor mirror; the perfect prop for some quintessential Instagram fairy light magic.
The hand painted Lipara baskets with navy tassels introduce a more laid back casual vibe; an essential counterpoint to all the glam if you want to avoid your scheme feeling overly formal. These are the perfect size to tuck your remotes out of sight, or would make a funky plant pot holder.
If you’re investing in quality, timeless furniture, you can afford to introduce interest and fun with on trend accessories. These gorgeous Maldives pure linen cushions are spot on for summer styling.
Sourcing wall art to compliment but not dominate your scheme and that won’t quickly date can be tricky. I love the selection that Brissi stocks like this abstract “expression” acrylic on canvass. The blues and golds would bring my scheme together perfectly while the metallic accents and texture give this interest and sophistication that prints just can’t deliver.
If you’re designing a room from scratch, or planning a Spring revamp, you’ll know it takes time as well as confidence to source quality pieces that are beautiful in their own right, but work in harmony as a scheme. It’s a smart move to find a brand that’s done the heavy lifting for you. If uncluttered elegance is your thing too, you could do a lot worse than turn to Brissi for well-priced key foundation pieces.
What do you think of my edit of the Brissi collection? Proving beautifully that to furnish a room from one store is not always an interiors no-no, don’t you think?
Note: Brissi gifted me the gorgeous Danish Blue chair, in return for featuring it in a blog post. They were kind enough (and confident enough in the quality of their product) to give me complete editorial control. They were a dream to deal with, and I genuinely couldn’t be happier with my chair.