Decorating Trend: Slim Aarons And Mid Century Modern

The hedonistic glamour of Fifties and Sixties high society is casting its dazzling light on interiors. Think mid-century shapes, sunshine shades and a sly salute to the genius of Slim Aarons.

A retro chest works sleek geometric details and a pretty pastel palette, while the lamp teases the eye with its unexpected proportions.

Harlequin chest, £2,950, Jonathan Adler. Narcisa lamp, £195, Selène at RB12. Prickle ornament, £23, Pols Potten at Amara. Garden Party by Slim Aarons  print, £435, Galerie Prints.


The sexy curves of the sofa and a gorgeously plush rug lure you in for an indulgent hit of poolside gossip set against an epic slatted wall.

Tiffany sofa in Atol velvet (includes cushion), £3,450, Graham and Green. Flora ottoman in Amber Yellow velvet, £675, Att Pynta. Zefiro table in Calacatta Oro marble and metal, £1,558, Flexform. Carnival rug, £1,080sq m, Deirdre Dyson. Phenomena floor lamp, on the table, £3,900, Bomma at Poliform. Hotel Du Cap Eden Roc by Slim Aarons print, £1,095, Galerie Prints. Cushions, from left: Regency Pink, £40, Habitat; Halcyon, £49, Collect Scotland at Heal’s; Hands, £25, Habitat; and Peach, £45, Heal’s. Kaymet sandwich tray in Gold, £29, John Lewis. Vintage Emilio Pucci dress and sandals and hat, from a selection, 1stdibs. Leya plant stand side table in Lime, just seen, £99, Urban Outfitters. Ice bucket, from a selection, Vinterior. Plant box  with stand, £179, Ferm Living at Heal’s. Artificial plants, from a selection, Audenza and Marks & Spencer. Fresh foliage, from a selection, New Covent Garden Market.


Trippy vinyl beats, peek-a-boo shelving and a jazzy jumble of low-level seating makes for a fab chill-out zone.

Palm Springs table, £180, Raj Tent Club. Officina armchair with galvanised frame by Magis; upholstered in Brera Moda Emerald and Brera Moda Thyme linen, £1,120; and Officina ottoman with galvanised frame by Magis; upholstered in Brera Moda Emerald linen, £683, both Designers Guild. Jericho reclining chair, £4,579, Arteriors. Kermes sideboard, £1,321, Evangelos Vasileiou at Ligne Roset. Corian stool, £340, Rexa Design at RB12. Pavillion rugs in Yellow and Light Pink; and Blush and Green, £365 each, Normann Copenhagen at Amara. Devyn lamp base, £65; and Devyn macrame shade, £165, both Där Lighting. Indy cushion in Yellow, £35, Habitat. Cheese plant, £49.50, Marks & Spencer. On the table: Crosley Keepsake vinyl record player, £165, Urban Outfitters; Old Havana dinner plates in Mint, £16 each, Anthropologie; Versailles Hex vase, £295, Jonathan Adler; and orchid plant, from a selection, New Covent Garden Market. On the sideboard: Vitamin Eclipse mirror in Blue, £180, Someday Designs; and Lito bookend, £210, L’Objet at Harrods. On the shelf: Cire Trudon + Giambattista Valli Positano scented candle, £78, Amara; and Lito paperweight, £275, L’Objet at Harrods.


Classic meets playful as plastic fantastic pieces pop against a console’s ultra-composed lines.

Pino console table, £239.99, My Furniture. Panton chair in Classic Red, £225, Aram Store. Martha faux-shagreen mirror in Satsuma, £745, Julian Chichester. Wild & Wolf 746 Sixties corded telephone in French Blue, £35.99; and vase in Turquoise, £40, Hemingway Design for Royal Doulton, both John Lewis. Teacup, from a selection, Vinterior. Lipstick, from a selection, Illamasqua. Family Snapper by Slim Aarons print, £295, Galerie  Prints. Fabric seen in mirror: Tiger Silk  silk-mix, £228sq m, Dedar.


With their laid-back LA looks, these poolside picks totally rock indoors. A cane bar is the new must-have.

Nanny rocking chair, £895, Att Pynta. Akaros lounge chair and footstool, £350, Habitat. Indoor/outdoor bar cart, £698, Anthropologie. Monstera rug, £200, Urban Outfitters. Beverly Hills Hotel by Slim Aarons print, £595, Galerie Prints. On the rocking chair: Rare Garden cushion in Rust, £85, Heal’s. On the lounge chair: Face cushion, £40, Habitat. On the footstool: Kaymet sandwich tray, as before. On the bar cart: Globe red wine glasses, £50 for two, Wedgwood; Globe tumblers, as before; Levis Lapis decanter, on the top shelf, £328, Arteriors; Bande decanter, as before; and ice buckets, from a selection, Vinterior. Umbrellas, £45 each, Jalu.


Spelling out the hedonistic mood of the era, a cheeky flash of neon brazenly leads the way to cocktail o’clock.

Kermes sideboard, as before. Cocktails neon light, £70, Talking Tables. Vera Wang Bande decanter, £140; and Globe tumblers, £40 for two, all Wedgwood. Plant, from a selection, New Covent Garden Market.


The outside-inside vibe gets an upbeat twist with classic seating and a table that echoes the beauty of a seasoned redwood.

Timber 75 table, £2,140, Porada. Cherner armchair, £1,185, Aram Store. Bertoia side chair, £1,115, Knoll at Designers Guild. Elaborate peacock chair, £490, Out There Interiors. Tribeca two-tier side table painted in Benjamin Moore CP 2801-20 high gloss,  £1,191.60, Julian Chichester. Bench covered in 31772-12, £85m, Soleil collection by Kravet Design at GP&J Baker. Monstera rug, as before. On the table: Prestige Black Panther vase, £2,800, Wedgwood; and Lobster plate, £31, Aram Store. On the side table: Old Havana plate, as before; jugs, £40 each, Hemingway Design for Royal Doulton at John Lewis; and Bangle tumblers in Rose, £29 for two, LSA International at Amara. On the bench, clockwise from top left: Cheese plant, £49.50, Marks & Spencer; Pavel vase, £29, Made.com; cushion in Ochre, £19.50, Marks & Spencer; Palm print cushions, from £50 each; and bolster cushion in Green, £40, all Rosehip & Wild at Handpicked by Kate. Flowers and foliage, from a selection, New Covent Garden Market.


Slim Aarons captured a moment when life was beautiful and this Hollywood Hills-style bedroom nails that Fifties chic. And, oh, that divine headboard!

Zabel headboard, £549, Swoon Editions. Jericho reclining chair, as before. Zefiro table in Carrara marble, £1,488, Flexform. Scone Madam by Slim Aarons print, £910, Galerie Prints. Nappa fringed table lamp, £130, Oliver Bonas. On the bed: Odyssey king-size cotton duvet set in Teal, £150;  and cotton Aruba Oxford pillowcase set  in Blue, £28; both Wallace Cotton; bolster cushions in Ocean, £40 each, Rosehip & Wild at Handpicked by Kate; Berlingot cushion cover in Ambre, £49, Iosis at  Yves Delorme; and vintage Emilio Pucci dress, from a selection, 1stdibs. On the table: scarf, from a selection, 1stdibs; and vintage books, from a selection, eBay.


Sharp geometric design meets full-on femininity for a dressing area worthy of a celebrated society swan.

Selene vanity desk, £5,659, Gallotti&Radice at Harrods. Menu Afteroom Plus dining chair in Dusty Rose, £399, Pad Lifestyle. Atelier Des Ors, Eau Triple, Heeley, Maison Francis Kurkdjian Mizensir and Cire Trudon perfumes, from a selection, United Perfume.

Photography ⁄ Paul Raeside  

Styling ⁄ Marianne Cotterill

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