How To: Seven Steps to “Relaxed Luxury”

Our favorite homes are ones filled with joyful memories, travel finds, and meaningful art; all reflecting where you’ve been and where you’re going. These homes evoke a feeling of “relaxed luxury” and the Half Past Seven aesthetic subscribes to this philosophy. Here are our seven tips for achieving the look in your own home:

Meredith Heron via House and Home

ONE. Layer colors, texture and personal treasures to give a sense of depth and nostalgia. A very simple and easy way to add texture and color is with a patterned tablecloth, like this one


Julia Amory

TWO. Chinoiserie is a nod to tradition and works in every room. Whether it’s a ginger jar in your entryway or a garden stool on your terrace, this element is a classic that you can’t have too much of.

Caroline Gidiere

THREE. Hues of blue and green create warmth while keeping things fresh. Take green to the literal level and bring the outdoors in. Whether it’s dogwood branches from your backyard or fresh blooms from the farmers market, live greenery is worth the effort.

Caroline Gidiere

FOUR. Classics like stripes and tortoise feel elevated and never go out of style. We consider these neutrals, as they can be layered with any color and with other patterns.

Half Past Seven’s 2022 pewter and tortoise glassware

FIVE. Mix materials like pewter, wood tones, rattan, and linen. We love natural elements that feel grounded, like rattan and wood, and incorporate pewter regularly. Maintaining a mix of materials keeps your rooms dynamic.

SIX. A touch of black in every room provides a sense of depth. Whether it is a piece of black furniture or even the smallest black detailing in fabric, any amount of this color anchors a room. 

Louis Bustamante

Luis Bustamante

SEVEN. Incorporate a playful element to elevate your room, like a piece of art or sculpture that surprises and delights. As we like to say, life is too short to skip the celebration, so make your home delightful!

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