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May 16th, 2017


A Weaver’s Tale

In these uncertain economic times, it’s inspirational to come across a man like Roger Oates. His quiet passion for weaving became a thriving business. He’s spent the last forty years making a living doing what he most loves. This month he came to the Fashion and Textile Museum in London to talk with Giles Kime, Interiors Editor of Country Life and I went along.

Roger Oates and Giles Kime, Interior Design Seminar

Roger Oates and Giles Kime

He began in the 70s weaving rugs as an antidote to the ubiquitous fitted carpet.

Early rug, Roger Oates

Early rug, Roger Oates

He started developing longer rugs for hallways and eventually his style evolved…

Early runner, Roger Oates

Early runner, Roger Oates

Into the contemporary classic stair runners which are now his signature designs.

My first Roger Oates runner

My first Roger Oates stair runner, “Sudbury Brick” design

He loves the idea of taking a complete unit (the stair runner) and finding the endless variables within it. Oates still works with pure wool on hand looms and the traditional flatweave process he favours. By changing his colours, stripes and borders, he doesn’t follow trends but creates a timeless product that constantly appeals. He reminds us that we can afford to be bold with hallway colour schemes and designs, because entrances are there to make an impact and welcome us – we don’t live in them.

Chatham Mallow - Roger Oates Design

Chatham Mallow – Roger Oates Design

One of my favourite contemporary designs: Fitzroy Bright - Roger Oates Design

One of my favourite contemporary designs: Fitzroy Bright – Roger Oates Design

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.

 

hall interior design 1

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.

 

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