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September 4, 2012
I find imperfection so much more pleasing than flawless perfection.* While often it is created on purpose (think distressing furniture or bleaching fabric), more often it is just a case of embracing what is already battered, faded or tarnished and loving it all the more for its timeworn state. So it is little surprise that I'm all over the increasingly popular trend for 'rough luxe,' which I first blogged about here. The idea is that we should treasure little luxuries and take pleasure in items that have stood the test of time. It's about an emotional feeling rather than material consumption.
Of course, in reality the idea of crumbling walls, rusty metalwork and peeling wallpaper might not be so appealing to live in. I also get it that not everyone is like me and fond of rummaging at flea markets and getting up the crack of dawn to go to auctions each weekend. So in my latest feature for Fabulous magazine I trawled the highstreet and online for off-the-shelf pieces you can buy to create this great look in your own home. Mix and match with some genuine old pieces and you've got a home full of character that won't break the bank. I hope you like it.
*I have to admit that I haven't always been a fan of the mis-matched, undone and beat-up look. Growing up I hated that our furniture wasn't a three-piece suite like my friends had and that the strange artifacts from my parents' travels freaked them all out at sleepovers. We had scary old wooden masks and a dried seahorse on the mantlepiece for goodness sake. That was not cool to my thirteen-year-old self and I longed for a perfect Laura Ashley style home.
Thankfully over the years I have learned to love all that is imperfect and embrace the old as well as the new. I am now drawn to things with a history for their timeworn character and mysterious stories. Oh and I no longer fight my messy hair and bitten nails. It makes life much more interesting.
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Rough Luxe is a hotel in central London, which is part of an international experience network of the same name. The Grade II listed home was transformed by internationally acclaimed designer Rabih Hage in 2008 and the owners describe it as “half rough, half luxury.”
“Our look is a mix of old and new, furniture and art; combining colours and beautiful fabrics with cheap materials and existing distressed original walls. Cheap materials are treated as precious items and preserved for their beauty and memory of the site.”
As the owners are opening up their home, guests are treated to a personal experience which helps to redefine the meaning of luxury. The philosophy of the Rough Luxe movement is to create a new way of looking at luxury "as a moment in time and not only part of an object of consumption.”
The Rough Luxe network includes hotels, bars, restaurants, shops and products that focus on the experience on appreciating the instrinsic value of objects, art, culture and people that exist in surroundings. An interesting concept, don’t you think? Find out more here.
Some images: Marcus Peel for Rough Luxe