June 4, 2016
From early on I sensed my client was drawn to English design. I was very comfortable with this factor as I knew it would complement the original style of this Victorian period home. Like the rest of the house, the bathrooms and in particular the bedrooms keep evolving with time.
The master bedroom started with a pair of crystal lamp bases and bit by bit we have added to the room with GP & J Baker lampshades, a detailed bedhead, ottoman, antique bedsides and new carpet.
The guest bedroom started with a roll of fabric which my client picked up on her travels; I used this for the curtains and worked on making the curtain design the feature of the room. The bedhead, valance, antique furniture, carpet and Cromwells lamps all worked to complement the curtains.
The bathrooms also exude English style with warm travertine tiles, detailed cabinetry and English inspired tapware. The introduction of the blind and wall lights make the coldness that can be so common in bathrooms non-existent, leaving the space feeling warm and inviting.
I consider this project to be one of my favourites, not just because I love what we have achieved so far both aesthetically and functionally but also for the friendship I have found with this client. Like our friendship this house just keeps on evolving with time and it all started with the curtains many years ago. Then came the McGuire chairs followed by the Gaudions sofa and scatter cushions along the way. Most recently it was given a complete facelift with new floors, a new kitchen with butler’s pantry and an entertainment unit. Again Cromwells features in this project, having supplied the demi lune table and pendant lights. It’s still a work in progress so I can’t wait to show you where it’s at in another couple of years.
When I first met with this client I was so enthused by her artwork and the depth of colour in each piece that I immediately decided this needed to be the inspiration for the sitting room and study. I wanted the rooms to match the depth of colour in order to complement the artwork without it being too matchy, matchy! What we have achieved is something very special. Painting the walls in an ochre and apple green enhanced the paintings and gave a comforting feel to the space. The introduction of new lighting updated the rooms while the Wills & Sons sofa, armchairs and ottoman covered in fabrics with strong designs gave interest to each piece of furniture and allowed them all to have their own sense of presence. It was the stunning Behruz rug which was the star, bringing everything together in harmony.