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Contemporary Lounge in a Victorian Home

Brief: To design and co-ordinate a new decorative scheme for the main living space and ‘snug’ area on the ground floor of the home. The purpose was to create a useful, attractive space where the client can socialise with friends and relax. The idea was to refurbish as much of the original features as possible rather than buy new and replace.


  • The room was zoned into two distinct areas after a consultation identifying the client’s key interests; reading and relaxing
  • The client’s style and personality was bought out in the room by using bold colours and prints, along side a more neutral sophisticated palette of grey and off white
  • The outdated and unattractive fireplace surrounds were refurbished and painted black and new slate hearths were added showing off the original tiled centre
  • The tatty original floorboards were given a new lease of life and were finished in a chalky grey which worked in perfect contrast with the darker furniture and funky colours used within the room, as well as complimenting the paint and woodwork
  • Bespoke built-in alcove units and modern radiator covers were designed and produced especially for the project
  • A wonderful specially designed library-snug area was created to house the client’s vast book collection, complete with bespoke sliding library ladder
  • Money was saved by re-upholstering an old but good condition sofa in a fabulous hot pink wool
  • Using my furniture maker, an exact replica of a famous designer chair was made for less money and in a fabric that was unavailable on the original
  • Accent wallpaper was used on each chimney breast
  • The paint colour in each area was slightly different to clarify the zones but keep them working in tune with one another
  • The client wanted to keep the existing concertina room divider, so this was refurbished and rehung to work better with the new additions

Library-Snug Before

Library-Snug After

Loft Style Apartment, London

Brief: to create a modern living area for a city-based couple who loved their technology, to suit the ‘loft style’ feel of the space. Essential was the need for the space to feel cosy and for it to be a place to snuggle up and enjoy watching the huge TV!


  • The use of a rug and an L-Shaped sofa helped to zone off the seating area for TV watching, creating a more cosy feel in a vey open and high ceilinged area.
  • Modern glass table based on the design classic from Japanese-American Sculptor Isamu Noguchi
  • Clean and simple chunky Limestone surround to the fireplace
  • Deep red accent colour to chimney breast brings warmth and an injection of colour to the scheme
  • Bespoke built-in shelving units either side of the fireplace give a tidy home for the AV equipment
  • All wires are channelled into the wall and fed into the unit to the left creating a ‘floating effect’ for the TV
  • Existing spiral staircase was utilised two-fold, 1) to get to the mezzanine and 2) as a permanent ladder to reach books on the top shelves
  • Black and white print of a young Mick Jagger in a chunky black frame looks great on an otherwise plain wall

The Before:

The After

French Boudoir Chic
Brief: To create an area within a large master bedroom where the client could relax and read


  • The floor standing lamp is from a range available at Bella Figura Lighting and has a pleated silk Empire shade
  • The chaise longue was made bespoke with carved feet painted the same colour as the woodwork in the room and covered in Dedar Tabularasa available at Fox Linton
  • Accesorised with White Company embroidered cushions with small floral detail

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