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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Michael Penney Style: The Portfolio

Oh boy, has Mr. B found some inspirational spaces inside Michael Penney's portfolio. Penney calls himself 'your friendly neighbourhood decorator', and the spaces he creates are testament to just that: the aspirational yet accessible styling amongst his gently colourful designs make for striking bedrooms, delicate dining rooms and classic bathrooms. I mean, who wouldn't want to pull up that Duck-egg blue chair and leaf through The New York Times?! Michael is a decorator, stylist and magazine editor whose philosophy on creating a home rings true with my own: "Creating a beautiful home is all about self-expression and feathering the nest with things that make you just plain happy." Spot on, I think. As for a favourite of his designs, I simply couldn't choose, but my top three are: the kitchen nook (above), the classic bathroom and the rustic dining room. Which rooms do you like?

23 comments:

  1. oooooo that floral wallpaper! So romantic and sweet!

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  2. Love these images! Im a fan of stripes too :)

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  3. Michael's style reminds me of yours! He can do no wrong - love everything he does. Favourites are the living room with the striped rug and of course, that dining room. He's behind a lot of my fave rooms in the magazine. Great post Will!

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  4. Love the pink & green dining/sitting room. Makes me think of a prep and of lilly pulitzer! Stunning!

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  5. Michael even the newspaper looks great - beautiful all around. Jennifer

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  6. I can't get over these rooms! Beautiful. I really admire the floral wallpaper, but that blue and white kitchen is dream worthy!

    ~thealyway.blogspot.com~

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  7. I love the kitchen and dining room best. Love the wall color in the dining room.
    Ashlyn

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  8. Mmmmm... I love that kitchen nook. A little bit retro and a whole lotta lovely!

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  9. Such a beautiful home, I love it! I love the kitchen nook too, and also the bedroom and dining area. Those striped chairs are divine. Hope you're having a great week :)

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  10. Oh I LOVE him! I am so loving the styling of the first pic with the lobster.
    You always find the happiest spaces!

    Luvs!

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  11. Beautiful :) I like your blog I follow you :) Please follow me
    http://julietspen.blogspot.com/

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  12. am so into distressed white furniture these days so immediately fell in love with that last pic - white chest of drawers and dining table against a black wall - just fab!!

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  13. ooh the kitchen nook s my favourite - looks like a fabulous place to start the day. I've been hunting for zig-zag fabric like the red and white cushion (but in black and white), any ideas Will? Thanks for sharing! x

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  14. oh WOW WOW! love the kitchen, he is watering the flowers, how cute! and the bed quilt, pretty, what a happy home!

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  15. Hi Will! I adore you for stopping by and your sweet comment! I too have never met a stripe I didn't like! Can't wait to read more of your fabulous blog!! Cheers! Roxy

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  16. Loving the fresh floral look for spring - delicate yet bright!

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  17. i really love the styling--so ingenious! my favorite is the cracked lobster, and i love the way the rust of lobster pops against the grainy newspaper. i've seen this guy's work before but never had a name--thanks for the info, will!

    dayka

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  18. Those red chevron cushions and that stripy wall paper are divine! Love the floral wall paper too even though its not my normal style!
    Rachie xo

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  19. All of the rooms are gorgeous! So hard to pick a favorite... the bedroom is stunning! Love the bold walls!

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  20. Great designs. Beautiful old English country style with a nice modern twist! And I love your layouts. You could have a magazine!

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  21. Yes this is a great find Mr B! Michael Penney is fab and I agree, there is such a nice approachability in his approach to decor.
    The top image reminds me of a Summer house in the very South of Norway where I used to spend quite a few holidays in my 20s. Love the worn happy energy in that picture and who wouldn't want to sit there with a hammer and hummer!?! :)

    Stripes! Love love love. When wide and lush like these they are so right! Great room!

    Not too hot on the cutsie flowers. I appreciate them but couldn't live with them.. We'd argue all the time..! :)

    But oh yes please to the elegant rooms below the laundry! That is more me. Sober sophistication with hints of eccentricity and quirk. V nice!

    Also loving the dining chairs in the thunder gray dinging room further down. What a wonderful room. That wall colour..!

    Thanks for the inspiration Mr B!!

    Though I know I have missed more posts I am tearing away now to visit other friends. I have loved catching up with you.

    Big hugs
    xx Charlotta xx

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