Luxe interior inspo with Blue Ribbon and Casa Botelho
On a bitingly cold and miserably grey day last month, I dragged myself away from the office with the promise of some seriously luxe interior inspiration, courtesy of Blue Ribbon and Casa Botelho. I just couldn’t resist! Of course I know of Blue Ribbon’s high quality gift registry service and Casa Botelho interior accessories have popped up in my favourite interiors magazines, but other than that I didn’t really know what to expect.
I was greeted with the warmest welcome from João, interior designer and founder of Casa Botelho, into his stunning East London town house. With a spiced bellini in hand and João’s home made Brazilian truffles hastily scoffed, I was given a tour of the immaculately renovated home.
Blue Ribbon founders Zsofia and Esther talked me through the interior accessories they had hand picked and styled to work within João’s home. Their passion for the brands and artisans they sell was really infectious. I could have spent all day listening to them describe the inspiration behind the pieces, such as Richard Brendon’s gilded teacups. Apparently there are lots of lonely antique saucers out there after their corresponding cups have been broken or lost, so these highly reflective cups are designed to be paired with patterned saucers and create a beautiful new partnership.
The Blue Ribbon ladies clearly have a wonderful eye for choosing the finest interior accessories, which makes them a wonderful company to create a wedding gift list with for those special heirloom pieces. They’ll even provide interior design advice if you’re short on time or ideas!
After soaking up the fascinating stories behind the accessories, I was inspired by Casa Botelho‘s use of light and dark. In case you hadn’t heard, there’s a real shift in interiors away from the Scandi minimalism and towards moody rooms full of luxe details. As a bit of a Scandi disciple, I’ve been pretty cautious of the dark side, but João’s style totally captured my imagination. The clever use of layers of lighting to define areas and soften the atmosphere is what makes this an utterly inviting and comforting interior style.
Of course it takes some serious skill to get that balance between light and dark, but I’ve been inspired to be a little braver with my next interior project. Looking at the photos of this inspiring house, I hope you will be too.