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I’m pretty sure Abigail Ahern never succumbed to the Keep Calm and Carry On craze back in the day. (Edit: Okay, I’m partially right; you’ll see her unique version of “Keep Calm” in the images below.) Instead, she is the British interior designer who conquered the world–or at least the internet design world–with her dark rooms, bright touches, and a wire chandelier. Earlier this year, The Telegraph listed Ahern as one of the 10 most influential female British interior designers (along with international design stars like Tricia Guild and Kelly Hoppen). Taking a look at her portfolio, it’s easy to see how she landed on that list:

Too Much is Great

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

Abigail Ahern House Tour on Japanese Trash | japanesetrash.com

As these pictures–all by her husband, photographer Graham Atkins-Hughes, taken from their book, Decorating with Style–show, Ahern seems to go by the philosophy “if a lot is good, too much is great.” She has said she advocates having three focal points in each space so the eye will continually move and find something new. She clearly practices what she preaches. Dark walls, rich colors, tons of stuff–and it all works. I’d ditch the (artificial–she sells them in her shop) flowers and thin the herd of accessories, but the overall aesthetic is terrific.

Hot Pink

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Portfolio: Abigail Ahern | japanesetrash.com

Let it first be known that “hot pink” is something I never thought I’d be typing on Japanese Trash.

Ahern’s previous book, A Girl’s Guide to Decorating, featured her sister Gemma’s home; that’s where these photos–again by Abigail’s husband, Graham Atkins-Hughes–come from. They show her signature dark paint treatments and use of hot pink accents. One of her design tips is to paint shelves the same color as the surrounding walls, and you can see she’s done that in these rooms. I really like the kitchen with those deep blues.

Keep Calm…

Abigail Ahern's take on "Keep Calm". | japanesetrash.com

And here it is… By the way, if you like this style, you should follow Abigail Ahern on Pinterest.

 

On Japanese Trash this week: British Influence. | japanesetrash.com

This week I’m trying something new: an entire week of posts that look at a specific masculine design inspiration – the British Isles. From Union Jacks (see above) to Sherlock Holmes, I’ll be giving the Japanese Trash spin on British Influence in interior design.

Here is a peek at some of what I’ll be covering on the blog this week:

Minimalist Designer John Pawson

British Influence: minimalist designs by John Pawson. | japanesetrash.com

One of Great Britain’s most influential designers, John Pawson‘s aesthetic is found in everything from cookbooks to Swedish farmhouses.

Chesterfields

British Influence: Chesterfields. | japanesetrash.com

Perhaps the only interior piece more British than a Chesterfield is one with the Union Jack on it.

Kingsman: The Secret Service

British Influence: Kingsman movie. | japanesetrash.com

I’m a huge fan of movies and television, and one film coming up is this one; I’ll look at the specific British styles that show up in the trailer.

Keep Calm and Carry On

British Influence: Keep Calm and Carry On. | japanesetrash.com

Is there anything still to learn from the little poster that could? We’ll find out this week.

Abigail Ahern

British Influence: Abigail Ahern. | japanesetrash.com

No look at British Influence in interior design is complete without checking in with the doyenne of darkness, Abigail Ahern.

The Conran Shop

British Influence: The Conran Shop. | japanesetrash.com

Designer Terrance Conran founded one of the first lifestyle brands when he opened The Conran Shop. I’ll take a look at the brand’s influence on our daily lives.

Sherlock Holmes

British Influence: Sherlock Holmes. | japanesetrash.com

I’ll wrap up the week with a review of interior design ideas inspired by the latest incarnations of the world famous detective who lives at 221B Baker Street.

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