Bespoke Living Interiors & Design

Interior Design Styling: Six Ways to Update Your Home

Meet our interior design experts who can help refresh and prepare your home for summer entertaining

Whether you’re looking for unusual shades of paint to brighten a room, curated handmade ceramics to elevate your dining experience, or a beanbag to relax on, these interior design companies are passionate about their carefully created products, and what they can bring to your home.

1. Explore Heritage Style 

Mary Graham and Nicole Salvesen focus on creating classically beautiful and carefully curated homes that feel stylish and comfortable, now and in years to come. They are sensitive to historical and traditional interior schemes, coupled with a confident flair for color and pattern, and a quintessentially British eye.

London-based interior design duo Nicole Salvesen and Mary Graham, of Salvesen Graham, have launched a new range for the US market, including rugs, lighting, and small furniture, as well as tabletop goodies.

Some of the items are private label, others are designed in collaboration with brands including The Lacquer Company. Standout pieces from the launch collection include lacquer trays, bamboo and cane-style candlesticks, and cushions designed by edit58 x Salvesen Graham.

2. Invest in Handmade Ceramics with Soul

Overhead shot of handmade clay plates in natural cream and brown tones
The Los Angeles Clay Company creates durable tableware in utilitarian, classic, and functional forms. Its designs are intended to be used and reused for generations to come. Since each item is handmade, one at a time on the potter’s wheel, each piece is completely unique.

“The recent resurgence and popularity of curated handmade ceramics has really brought a new energy to what was a dying craft,” says Ernie Lee, founder of The Los Angeles Clay Company. Lee started the business in 2014 when a local restaurant commissioned him to make handleless cups.

Today he handcrafts plates, serving platters, and those cups, each a one-off. “The process, effort, skill, and time it takes to learn and execute a craft leaves a beautiful residue that you can see and feel in the work,” he says. “Most handmade objects are not perfect but thoughtful.”

No production-line tableware, it takes Lee two to three weeks to complete a single bowl or plate. And, as he observes, “If you’re lucky enough to own anything handmade, you might realize the work has a soul.”

3. Upgrade Your Seating 

Orange background, soft green sofa resting on one end and matching chair
Fusing design, art, and craftsmanship, Royal Stranger strives to deliver the best handmade furniture. Its team works to create meaningful products that represent passion, function, aesthetics, and know-how.

Royal Stranger’s mission is to “bring you the best unique pieces of art and design . . .  handmade in Portugal.” Head designer Sofia Pinho Santo studied architecture before unveiling her furniture brand at 2017’s Maison&Objet event in Paris.

The latest releases include the curvy Plump sofa and the Glazy chair, which combines velvety upholstery with a high-gloss back plate in colors including deep forest green, gold, copper, and silver leaf. The interior design company will also produce chairs in your own fabric.

4. Try Relaxation-Inspired Furniture 

Two young boys sitting on a dark grey beanbag and a girl sitting on a light grey bean bag
With a range of products including sun loungers, hammocks, and beanbags, Lujo designs with relaxation in mind, balancing form with function, and comfort with durability.

The first beanbag was envisioned in 1969 by Italian company Zanatta Design, which wanted to make something modern for the flower-power generation to sit on. New Zealand company Lujo has been making beanbags and other pieces of “relaxation-inspired” furniture since 2007, and has just released some “mini me” versions of its popular Kyoto XL beanbag.

The handcrafted bags feature premium fabrics, “designed to handle the daily rough and tough you’d expect from children.” They are available in six colorways, including modish grays and subtle neutrals.

5. Invest in an Inviting Bed 

Dark grey wall with hanging lights and large double bed
Founded in 1882, Gervasoni, currently managed by the third generation of the family, can customize products for customers in terms of finishes and dimensions. Bespoke products can be commissioned too, according to specific requests.

The designers at Gervasoni are constantly researching ways in which to create “comfort-oriented solutions” for your homeware needs. The new Loll collection showcases the results perfectly with an inviting bed designed by Paola Navone.

There are no hard edges here—the bed’s “cut-and-sew” profile is designed to mimic “delicate lines drawn freehand.” Other pieces in the collection include an ottoman, three armchair options, and a modular sofa.

6. Experiment with Color

Mustard yellow wall, lilac grey door with red berried plant
Graphenstone, founded by chemical engineer Antonio León Jiménez in 2013, is dedicated to the idea of developing an ecological and health-conscious paint for the 21st century. Created from natural elements, the company’s lime paint absorbs carbon dioxide.

Graphenstone is the world’s most certified eco-paint company. Its spring/summer palette was developed with color expert Betsy Smith, who wanted to “embrace a free, post-pandemic mindset design to enhance well-being—sustainably.”

The four color combinations include warm blues Whisper and Duck Egg Blue—“the perfect alternative to white in the home or office”—and an earthy duo that pairs mustard-beige Dijon with the gray-lilac Grape, which is a very close relation to Pantone’s color of 2022, Very Peri.

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