It’s perhaps no surprise that the home of Fritha – a.k.a. Tigerlilly Quinn – is bright, colourful and full of a vintage modern flair you simply can’t buy from the pages of a catalogue.
She’s an Instagram extraordinaire after all, running her own feed @TigerlillyQuinn along with second account @dresscolourfully dedicated to colourful outfit inspiration and a third account (curated alongside Lottie Storey from Oyster & Pearl) for all things home colour – @thebrighthome.
Yes, it’s fair to say, Fritha is a connoisseur of colour.
“I’d call my interiors style a mixture of colourful Scandi and modern vintage,” says Fritha. “I basically love the clean lines of Scandinavian design but I could never commit to the monochrome look – I need colour to make me happy. I love collecting vintage pieces too but sometimes vintage inspired modern interiors are a better fit (and smell less of moth balls!).”
“When we bought our home my favourite room to design was my son’s room as I got to be really playful and colourful,” explains Fritha. “It took a few years to realise I was ‘allowed’ to be fun and playful in my other rooms too.”
In a home bursting with bright pops of colour, it could be easy for the shades to jar with each other, creating a feeling of mayhem not unlike your local softplay centre on a Saturday morning. Not so in Fritha’s house. By keeping her background base a brilliant white and sticking with a few key colours Fritha’s home exudes a playful warmth that sits on the right side of stylish.
“I’m definitely drawn towards yellows, turquoise and pink and you’ll find that pallette throughout my home,” says Fritha. “It took a me a long time to learn how to mix colour with neutrals so although I’m always drawn to the bright sofas, rugs and wallpaper I would recommend using a bold wallpaper for a feature wall rather than the whole room, or to match bright prints and accessories with a grey sofa and white coffee table so the colours pop rather than fighting for attention.”
Like many of us, Fritha admits her home isn’t always Instagram-ready. “The biggest challenge is the mess!” laughs Fritha. “Neither myself or my husband are the tidiest of people. Throw in a nine month old and a four year old and it gets pretty messy. But I feel like my brain is a bit foggy when everything is cluttered, which makes it hard to work from home. We’re currently designing an office space for me to escape to on our landing!”
“I’m a homebody and I also work from home,” explains Fritha. “When we bought our house it was a wreck and living in a major ‘fixer-upper’ was really tough – especially when we had no floor for about six months and our living room furniture was a deckchair and stool! I think it’s always going to be a work in progres but I love working on it and it makes it so worthwhile to see the results.”
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