Sunday 21 January 2018

'I'm very inspired by the change in the seasons' - Siobhan Lam's interior advice

Siobhan Lam: As we go into winter you want to be surrounded by warm and cosy things.
Siobhan Lam: As we go into winter you want to be surrounded by warm and cosy things.
Siobhan Lam of April and the Bear
Aarron bowls
Habitat table
Snug chest

Siobhan is the owner of April and the Bear, an online interiors shop selling a selection of homewares, jewellery and art prints. Siobhan sources the pieces from Dublin to New York, and a host of European cities in between. She recently launched an interior consulting service, and is organising a pop-up shop to open in time for Christmas.

Surround yourself with what you love

When I'm designing a room or helping someone with an interiors space, I ask them, "What do you love?" It might be something really simple like, "I love grey," or "I love flowers," but if you embrace that aesthetic then you're going to create a space that you love and you'll never be bored.

Embrace a darker palette for winter

As we go into winter, everyone naturally reverts to nesting mode - you want to be warm and surrounded by lovely, cosy things, and I'm embracing a palette of dark greys and sludgy navies.

Highlight with warm metallic accessories

Copper is a fantastic metal that has such a beautiful, warm glow about it. You can pop it into any room regardless of the palette, and it adds instant warmth.

I'm very inspired by the change in the seasons

With the weather changing, I'm all about making things a little bit cosier. Little touches like a sheepskin rug under the feet, ambient lighting or metallic candle holders on a mantelpiece can really change how you feel in a room.

Don't get too caught up in the latest trends

The biggest design mistake someone can make is to pick an aesthetic because it's fashionable, but not something that you love. You have to be happy in that space every day.

Living rooms serve many purposes

Living rooms are my favourite interior spaces to decorate. A lot of people say the kitchen is the centre of the house, but we've changed the way we live and people are entertaining at home more, so living rooms have become much more important.

This month we're...


We love the muted natural colours of these hand-thrown bowls from independent design studio Arran Street East. Specialising in utilitarian objects, including lovely mugs, the collection blends traditional techniques with smart technology. The colours are inspired by the Dublin fruit and vegetable market: cabbage, potato, parsnip, lemon, pomegranate and pink grapefruit,


Fans of Habitat's stylish homewares will be delighted the British brand has returned to Ireland, albeit in a small way. Argos stores are now stocking a selection of their colourful furniture and home accessories that includes 200 seasonal and best-selling pieces. Bumble side table in saffron, €100,


Brand new web store Roomologi is the most exciting furniture store online. Launched in August, they stock over 40 swoonsome contemporary brands, pitched at the modern, design-conscious homeowner. Best of all, shipping is free to Ireland, making it a realistic shopping option for Irish customers looking for covetable and edgy furniture, lighting and home accessories.

Stash it

Storage doesn't get much smarter than this statement piece by Conor Kelly and Nell Roddy. Crafted from solid ash and ash veneer, the grey and yellow finish is bang on trend. Snug chest, €565. See for stockists.

Irish Independent

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