Decorating Secrets From Soho House Revealed
For the past 17 years, the purveyors of members-only Soho House—an international club for people in the creative industries—have perfected the art of entertaining, from how to craft the perfect macaroni and cheese, to how to choose the right tiles for your floors, to how to make a bed truly comfortable.
The brand’s book Eat Drink Nap unveils all its best-kept secrets, teaching us precisely how to elevate our everyday lives. Not only does the book make a great hostess gift, it’s also just what we need to pick up a few home-expert tricks ourselves, just in time for entertaining season. Read on for our favorite tips from the world’s coolest collection of private clubs.
“Stick to plain walls if you’re using lots of furniture, and go for wallpaper or wooden panelling to add interest if you’re not.”
“Spend some time in the main living room at all times of the day. What do you do there most? Where does the light fall? How will this affect the layout?”
“Finding the right pieces takes a while. Don’t expect to complete a room straight away—the process can be enjoyed as much as the result”
“Look everywhere. Local antique shops, auctions, car-boot sales, markets, and reclamation yards. Google is your best friend, and don’t forget to search eBay.”
“See through the dust. Some of the most glamorous pieces can come out of really grotty shops, or have been neglected for years.”
“Have things sourced. Many local shops and antique dealers are happy to help you find what you want if you let them know.”
“Go for the deepest one you can. This is what makes a sofa especially comfy.”
“Find one big enough to nap on. A sofa isn’t just for sitting on; you should be able to stretch out on it for a snooze or pile on to one with the whole family.”
“Go classic. The most commented-on sofas are our traditional Chesterfields. Whether old and bashed-up or modern copies, the style works well virtually anywhere and never seems to date.”
“You don’t have to have big splashy pieces to make an impact. Experiment with your own ‘wall hang’ first, by choosing eight to 10 works of different sizes and shapes. It’s a great way of using less expensive quirky pieces mixed in with more significant works.”
“If you’re nervous about taking the plunge on major works then editions are a good way to get started. You might be surprised at how easily you can pick up small pieces by the biggest names around.”
“Art does not have to complement its surroundings, in fact it’s often most dramatic when there’s contrast.”
“We buy 100% cotton percale sheets which has a cool, relaxing feel, and white is our failsafe favorite—you can always add color and extra texture with a throw folded at the end.”
“Get as big and fluffy pillows as possible. Ours are made out of goose down and we use up to seven—even if you only sleep with one pillow, a big mound of them adds height and looks inviting.”
“One of the lovely things about staying in a hotel is turndown. And if you can be bothered to do it, it’s not a bad idea to treat yourself to your own DIY turndown—it’s amazing how much more restful it feels, going to bed in a nicely prepared room.”
Get your hands on a copy of Eat Drink Nap for more tips, from how to score the best eBay finds, how to craft the perfect Old Fashioned, or how to throw a DIY wedding. They’ve got you covered.
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