Inspiration for redecorating a 1950s built apartment

This board is for an over-redecorated apartment with wonderful leafy views that would look great if stripped back to it’s original mid century style, using strong lines, simple furniture, oak, cane, and muted earthy colours to create a comfortable home whilst modernising with practical yet gorgeous sleek TV and shelving units . Just sit back and enjoy the leafy views framed from within…

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Rising from the ashes

Currently designing and advising on the scheme to restore a lovely Chelsea townhouse (with a wonderful view onto the river Thames,) back to its former glory after being damaged by fire but mostly by the water from the fire hoses. Combining the idea of faded luxury with the travels and worldwide connections, especially Portugal and Brazil, that are particularly close to the hearts of these clients. Exploring blues and gorgeous handmade tiles.

Kitchens

We have recently had the pleasure of working with Schmidt Kitchens to dress their Wimbledon showrooms, giving them a more personal touch to enable customers to visualise what their kitchens could look like. Schmidt are French owned so it made perfect sense to create a collaboration with Le Creuset to showcase their classic, colourful stainless steel cookware to beautifully contrast with the backdrops of these modern kitchen displays. 

There is such a variety of tableware available that it was hard to edit and choose just three for the displays! (If you would like advice please contact us.) Along with stunning ceramic vases, dip dyed napkins, cork table mats and basket weave pendant lights, we created texture with a homely, practical and vibrant feel. 

Indoor plants or herbs in colourful pots are a lovely way to add colour and nature to soften a kitchen. 

Indian Summer?

September in London is one of our favourite times of the year.  Not only does everyone return from his or her summer holidays tanned and invigorated, the whole city gets busy and unleashes all of it's creativity hosting London Fashion Week and The London Design Festival 17-25 September. From Chelsea Harbour Design centre to Clerkenwell, get out and about and be inspired by all the events, the shop windows, fabulous new clothes for Autumn and the products, textiles and colours on display for your home.

Recent Refurbishment

Sometimes walking into a project can be utterly soul destroying; like the state of this two bedroom cottage in Bromley.  It’s a wonder that the tenant lived till she was 102 years of age without central heating or modern appliances. Once we were commissioned it was quickly stripped out, (removing the four chimney breasts to open up the rooms) and transformed into a cosy, light filled, functional home that any young couple would be happy to call home. It let within a few days of coming onto the market.

Apologies for the quality of the camera-phone pictures below -  this is a flavour of the process.….it was a low budget project, so it’s not always necessary to spend a lot of money, (although it does affect what can be achieved) and this is what we did with it:-

First we sourced a builder and came up with a Concept for a light-filled cottage with a Scandinavian influence using a calming white, chalky and grey colour palette, with natural oak flooring and glossy tiles to reflect in as much of the North Eastern light as possible. 

Then we considered the Floor plans and the client selected the best option for their budget. 

Then we got to work on modernising it....

Exhibitionism

We checked out The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism at the Saatchi Gallery.  It’s worth a visit if you can get down there before it ends. 

They have a re-creation of the rooms in Chelsea, SW10 that the band used to share.  Eek! It reminded me of the state of the cottage in Bromley! We’ve certainly advanced in leaps and bounds in terms of comfort and quality of beds and kitchens, in the last 40-50 years!