Decorating Trend: Amalfi Coast Cool

Vibrant colour and chic good looks make La Dolce Vita

Tactile cut velvets in dreamy shades of blue conjure up images of sunlight playing across the dappled Mediterranean Sea.

Vintage armchairs upholstered in Murrine FDG2661/02 cut velvet in Delft, left; and Iridato FDG2663/03 cut velvet in Sky, right, £1,200 each, Designers Guild. Gattopardo silk scarf, £130, Ortigia. Henri brass-clad bookcase, £2,349, Julian Chichester. On the bookcase, from top left: Armand table lamp, £110, Habitat; Sole di Capri candle, £380, Fornasetti; Large white vase, £294.70, Poliform; Shell Head ornament, £1,495, William Yeoward; painted pots, £9 each, The Conran Shop; pink ridged pot, from £10, Anthropologie; Sunshine Yellow serving bowl, £43; and creamer, on the shelf below, £62, Tina Frey Designs at Amara; Tilley hurricane lantern, £15; and Floss striped vase, £40, Habitat; and Solena vase, £68, Anthropologie. Cook’s Bedroom Accent Mural from the National Trust Archive at Surface View, from £65 per sq/m, www.surfaceview.co.uk. Mimosa flowers, from £1 per stem, Covent Garden Flower Market.


Furniture crafted in wave-like forms adds to the coastal vibe – pencil-thin legs and slimline shapes catch the fresh, airy mood.

Napier side tables, from £780 each, Julia von Werz at Saffron Interior Arts. Wicker and ash George’s Chair, £1,329, David Lopez Quincoces for Living Divani at The Conran Shop. Curling Sun mirror, £129, M&S. Boulette tassel tiebacks, £48 each, Roger Thomas at Samuel & Sons. Coat hanger, £20, eBay. Cat portrait, from £50, Louise Haywood-Schiefer. Cherub hurricane lamp, £48, Sweetpea & Willow. Panama hat, £185, Lock & Co. Gattopardo silk scarf, as before. Two Tone salad bowl, £143; and white bucket, £284.50, Tina Frey Designs at Amara. Vice Versa throw, £260; and Pin World map, £44, The Conran Shop. Spanish Blues Tile mat, from £75, Graham and Green. Vintage Pucci dress, in the background, £700, 1stdibs.com.


The epitome of laid-back luxe, this sink-into sofa is effortlessly simple, but boasts fine leather details with screen-star appeal.

Cestone cotton-mix and hide-leather sofa, £16,962, Antonio Citterio for Flexform. Multileg low table, £2,560, Jaime Hayon for BD Barcelona at Chaplins. Lastika armchair, £549, Lago at Harrods. Curtain made in Padua F1987/07 linen in Cobalt, £83 per m, Designers Guild. Fan pendant, £300, Janie Withers for Heal’s. Sophia Loren Canvas from the Getty Images Gallery Collection at Surface View, from £155, www.surfaceview.co.uk. Cushions, from left, Brera Lino in Azalea, Primrose and Celadon, far right, £60 each, Designers Guild; cushion made in Fuochi Blue cotton, £180 per m, Livio de Simone at Saffron Interior Arts; and David cushion cover, £85, The Conran Shop. Yolanda Faded Persian Jacquard rug, £159, Livingetc with Made.com. Lucite Amoeba sculpture, on the table, £295, Jonathan Adler. Ceramics, from £55 for a small planter/bowl, Noa Weintraub. Geometrico dinner plates, on the wall, £90 each, D&G Design at thatsArte.com. Bubble vase, £950, William Yeoward.


Serve your limoncello nice and chilled from this funky drinks cabinet… Acid-bright glassware ensures a zesty twist.

Winston Canaletto walnut bar cabinet, £19,734, Christophe Pillet for Lema. Ceramics and glassware, from the top, Palla pitcher, £40, Mario Luca Giusti at Ortigia; Sunshine Yellow sugar bowl, creamer and serving bowl, as before; Green Pop decanter, £148; and Yellow Pop decanters, £168 each, Jonathan Adler; and Harcourt Rhine wine glasses, £395 each, Baccarat at Harrods. Sette Vie Limoncello, £28.64 per bottle, Harrods. Ornamental cross, from approx £25, Valérie Casado at ABC Carpet & Home. Martone Chelsea bike, £995; and Oversized Tomato tote, £65, The Conran Shop.


Mirroring the branches of the cliff-top pines, this sculptural table evokes memories of the Neapolitan shore.

Acacia glass and steel dining table, £950; and Bahia chairs, £138 each, all Calligaris. Urn, from £45, Raj Tent Club. Flower Pom Poms, £14 for a pack of three, Talking Tables. Faux hydrangea stems, £7 each, M&S. Architettura espresso cup, £113 (including saucer), Fornasetti at Harrods. Lilla Pom Pom bag, £200, Sophie Anderson at The Conran Shop. Filigran wall sconces, £52 each, Rockett St George. Revella pitcher, £48; and Keramisk vase, £26, hanging from the rafters; and Aveyron pot, by the door, £16, all Anthropologie. Ceramic leaf, hanging on the door handle, from £100, Valérie Casado at ABC Carpet & Home. Memorabilia rug in Quince, £6,825, Rodolfo Agrella for Tai Ping.


Stow your beauty essentials in this divine vanity case for your epic cruise along the coastal road.

Home Hotel lacquered-wood vanity, £1,020, Jean-Marie Massaud for Poliform. Channing lacquered-wood and nickel console table, £1,850, Jonathan Adler. Perfume diffuser, £40; Neroli eau de parfums, £72 each; scented crystals, £25; hand cream, £16; Flurio bath salts, £20 each; and body oil, £35, all Ortigia. Hand mirror, £29, The Conran Shop. Frill vase, from £100, Noa Weintraub. Boulette tassel tieback and Spanish Blues Tile mats, as before. Amalfi chair, £175 (including cushion), Raj Tent Club.


Perfectly designed for a languorous post-lunch siesta, this curvaceous chaise wraps itself around you like a cocoon.

Betel rattan chaise, £350, Matt Long for Habitat. Cushions, from left, Brera Lino in Azalea, £60; Cellini in Cobalt; and Cellini in Schiaparelli, £100 each, all Designers Guild. Spanish Blues Tile mats, as before. Mediterranean Dance double vase, £225; and Urchin vase, £385, William Yeoward. Faux hydrangea stems, as before. Kaspar gesso-finish side table, £780, Julian Chichester. Giant clam shell, £221, Sweetpea & Willow. Mimosa flowers, as before.


A wrought-iron balcony, crumbling walls and an essential shot of coffee embody the Amalfi lifestyle.

Mad elm and Calacatta marble coffee table, £3,304, Marcel Wanders for Poliform. Jambi dining chairs, £75 each, Habitat. Sun God cushion cover, left, £85, The Conran Shop. Iridato cushion in Peony, right, £72, Designers Guild. Curtain made in Brera Lino F1723/01 linen in Alabaster, £59 per m, Designers Guild; trimmed with Céline Ombré brush fringe in Poppy Red, £44 per m; and Saisons brush fringe in Azalea Pink, £29 per m, Samuel & Sons. Doors draped with Printemps brush fringes in Mandarin and Citrus, £46 per m each, Samuel & Sons. Vintage Pucci dress, suspended on fringe, £700, 1stdibs.com. Moonshell fringe, £47 per m, Samuel & Sons. Bialetti coffee maker, from £34, John Lewis. Mug and teacup, from £14 each, Iittala. Small white vase, £290.74, Poliform. Cracked Wall accent mural, as before.


Retire to bed under glamorous sheets, resplendent with flowers plucked from a verdant coastal garden.

Coco cotton/linen double bed, £895 (mattress not included), Loaf. Beethoven cotton sateen bedding, from £149 for a pair of pillowcases; and silk bed cushions, from £168 each, Roberto Cavalli Home at Harrods. Riley side table, £475, Graham and Green. Display shell, £35, Sweetpea & Willow. Rug-printed Losange chair, £998, Anthropologie. Vintage Pucci dress, as before. Ornate mirror, from £14.95, Rockett St George. Blue Palla jug, £40, Mario Luca Giusti at Ortigia. Ornamental crosses, as before. Montego dining table, £225, Next Home, Pluvia vases, from £259 each, Saffron Interior Arts. Mary Madonna statue, £99, Rockett St George. Painted pot, £9, The Conran Shop.

Photography  ⁄  Adrian Briscoe

Styling  ⁄  Marianne Cotterill

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