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September 8th, 2013

Entry for the “Harlequin London Trendsetter” Competition at Decorex International 2013 – “English Baroque” Moodboard.

This month’s post was prompted by a “tweet” from the team at Harlequin London (specialists in Tableware, Decorative Accessories and Lighting) inviting me to participate in their Decorex International 2013 competition. Being a fan of both Decorex and Harlequin London, I thought I would have a go.

The challenge is to create a moodboard, reflecting the “English Baroque” style together with my predictions for key trends in interiors for Autumn/Winter 2013. For inspiration my thoughts turned to the complex shapes, extravagant ornaments, opulent paintings, and bold contrasts which lavished buildings early in the 1600s, as the exuberant new style called Baroque emerged.


I then combined these with key trends I see emerging in interiors for the current season:


I’m particularly interested in the apparent contradiction between opulence and up-cycling, but it’s possible (see item 1. on the moodboard below)! Combine these trends and this is the result, “The English Baroque Moodboard”. I hope you like it…


Decorex and London Harlequin 2013, Hilary J White Interior Design

“English Baroque” – see product details below at the end of the post

“Opulent, Grand & Dramatic”


  “Up-cycled, Monochrome, Vintage & Gold”


And finally a quick cross-check against some of the themes emerging on the designer catwalks this 2013 A/W season suggests I’m along the right lines: see the new Emilio Pucci Baroque shift dress, the Marc Jacobs Baroque bag  or the Cavalli Baroque pleat collar shirt.

Emilio Pucci Baroque shift dress

Emilio Pucci Baroque shift dress

Marc Jacobs Baroque quilted shoulder bag

Marc Jacobs Baroque shoulder bag

Cavalli Baroque pleat collar shirt

Cavalli Baroque pleat collar shirt

Product details:

1) Michael Wiegand baroque style up-cycled light bulbs, deconstructed and embellished with wire decorations.

2) 12-light flannel grey grand siècle chandelier by St Louis

3) Michael Wiegand baroque style up-cycled light bulbs

4) Fistoria Chintz compote with Baroque stem,

5) Versace Arabesque Red Wine Glass at Houseology

6) Versace Gold Baroque Wall Plate at Rosen Thal

7) “Old Kyoto” cup and saucer at Alberto Pinto tableware

8) Black baroque cutlery set at Maisons du Monde

Site: Rosen