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January 6th, 2015


Understated Elegance in Surbiton

Have you resolved to start the new year with a clean and uncluttered look? Take a look at our second blog post on some of the rooms we recently transformed. It showcases a property where the emphasis was on understated elegance, with clean and simple lines.

This elegant period house is home to a young family. First, we changed the layout significantly to make it more suited to family life and then we focused on creating a welcoming, relaxed, understated and practical home. The owners were keen to respect the existing architectural features and we subtly incorporated some beautiful Chinese paintings and artefacts to reflect the husband’s background.

Starting with the “BEFORE” photos, you’ll see that we were lucky to have a lot of blank canvasses.

Interior design before and after KH

“BEFORE”

“AFTER”

A former reception room was turned into the large, elegant entrance hall, which now benefits from a welcoming fireplace and period details. We kept the hall “understated”, allowing the generous proportions and period features to take centre stage. The accent colours tied in with the Chinese artwork on the opposite wall to pull the scheme together.

hall interior design

We kept the hall “understated”, allowing the generous proportions and period features to take centre stage. The accent colours tied in with the Chinese artwork on the opposite wall to pull the scheme together.

 

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The new entrance hall replaces a former reception room

 

Interior Design Kitchen after

The kitchen is timeless, yet modern and we echoed the dark architectural window frames in the borders of the roman blinds, the detailing on the ceiling lamps and the darker granite worktops.

 

interior design kitchen blind

Roman blind detail echoing the dark architectural window frames.

 

We used these mood boards to help us plan both halves of the knocked-through sitting rooms to ensure that the spaces looked cohesive

We used these mood boards to help us plan both halves of the knocked-through sitting rooms to ensure that the spaces looked cohesive

Here are the results…

interior design sitting room

The similar Sultanabad rugs link both sitting rooms together and we used cooler colours in the southern-facing front sitting area with red accents to tie in with the warmer colour scheme in the north-facing rear room.

 

Interior design north-facing sitting room

Warmer neutrals, browns and reds give the north-facing rear sitting room a cosy atmosphere. We kept the furniture simple to emphasize the period panelling throughout the room.

 

December 18th, 2014


Contemporary living in Long Ditton – some of the rooms we transformed in 2014

2014 has been a great year for the practice with lots of exciting new projects in many different styles. In the next few posts we’ll be showcasing some of the properties we transformed with some classic “before and after” photos – we hope you enjoy and keep following!

In December last year the owners of this significantly extended 1930’s cottage asked us to create a luxurious, elegant, impressive and modern home. We wanted to honour the original architecture of the house while successfully integrating more recent extensions. They have built up a mixture of architectural and furniture styles over the years and our challenge was to make old and new work in harmony, where modern classic meets contemporary wow!

“BEFORE”

Interior Design

“BEFORE”

  And “AFTER”

"AFTER" Traditional and contemporary side-by-side in the sitting room

Traditional and more contemporary pieces side-by-side in the sitting room

 

These stunning lamps make a statement in the master bedroom

These stunning lamps make a statement in the master bedroom

 

In the modern kitchen extension the focus was on "contemporary wow" softened with wooden accents and interesting artwork

In the modern kitchen extension the focus was on “contemporary wow” softened with wooden accents and interesting artwork

 

We created a colourful home office within the kitchen area

We created a colourful home office within the kitchen area…

 

Updated the hall with some strong architectural pieces leading into the contemporary extension

… and updated the hall with some strong architectural pieces leading into the contemporary extension

 

This print by artist Jessica Zoob " A place to rest"  became the focal point for the tired guest room and inspired the colours for the new lamps, accessories and soft furnishings

This print by artist Jessica Zoob ” A Time to Rest” became the focal point for the guest room and inspired the colours for the new lamps, accessories and soft furnishings

 

.. and also gave the garden a make-over

.. and finally we also gave the garden a make-over

 

We had fun with these bright contemporary chairs, always a talking point ...

We had fun with these bright contemporary chairs, always a talking point …

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