This was an amazing job to do and so much fun! The house had good bones, the client had good taste and a decent / generous budget – the only drawback was that we only had 6 weeks to complete the project. We bought most of the items off showroom floors and my curtain maker and upholsterer were fantastic in meeting the time challenge. The end result was a stylish, masculine home that is both comfortable and welcoming.
Created for a single man, the palette of greys, linens and off-white are both masculine and inviting. This living room is very stylish, but not at the expense of comfort. The mix of wood, linens, wicker and painted surfaces add to the wonderfully rich feel of the interior.
This is the same living room. I love the glam factor introduced by the deep-buttoned ottoman and its funky chrome studs, however this has been knocked back by the black linen fabric cover. If we had used a velvet cover, a completely different feel would have been created. I also love the set of prints on the wall – this is such an effective way of creating form in a room without having to blow the budget on a large-scale original artwork.
Antique furniture adds depth to a scheme that is seldom possible with new furniture. I delight in trawling through antique shops and junk shops in the hope of finding the perfect piece. My favourite spot is “Take It For Granted Antiques” in Parkhurst – Lynne Grant has an eye for special pieces, as well as quirky finds, that can swing a room from usual to breathtaking.
A jolt of cinnamon adds a bit of pizzazz to the creams and greys of this scheme. My client found the throw – I told you he has taste! The leather deep-buttoned ottoman opens for extra linen storage. So practical!
More of the main bedroom: I loved this old cupboard that was given a new lease of life painted in a dried-off black. It offsets the deep charcoal velvet chair (a fab find from Block & Chisel). The geometric elements introduced by the chair throw, the striped floor rug (Shuttleworth Weaving in Natal) and the metal side table, lift the room from being ordinary to a more modern interior feel. The curtains are in my favourite Campagne Linen from Mavromac, which drapes like a dream! Sigh!
The silly red desk chair is from Mr Price – “Cheap as chips!” to quote my friend Cath J. The classic red, white and blue colour scheme never fails to deliver. I loved the British flag bedside chest of drawers that was very apt in the year of the British Olympics.
We inherited the grass wallpaper from the previous owner and I think it works really well in this wonderful kitchen space: cosy, elegant and so not utilitarian – Nigella would cook in this kitchen! Such a liveable space – the huge L-shaped sofa is fab for comfy TV watching or just a lazy afternoon sleep. The wild floor rug adds a jolt of colour and a crisp introduction of white, sharpening of the interior.
This patio is west-facing and basks in the late afternoon sun. The slip-covered sofa and ottoman are both practical and attractive – I love the ottoman’s blue fabric. The Chinese matting on the floor unites the furniture and copes with rain better than latex-backed mats, as the water can seep through to the floor without being trapped by a mat backing.