Design Schemes

31
JUL2013

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Design Schemes

July has been a very busy month! We've been working on a scheme for a 1950s house in Ely, making a huge book and display case (4 metres wide by 2.2 metres high) with integrated lighting. This will form the focal point of a very large sitting room; the perfect contemporary backdrop for the mid-century furniture and styling we’ve agreed for this lovely house. The unit is being primed now, ready for painting after installation.

For a new master bedroom suite in a large Victorian house on the outskirts of Cambridge I’ve created an eclectic design scheme with a mix of oriental, period and contemporary elements. My clients enjoy travelling and collecting art so this influence has been incorporated into the rooms. We’ve just hung curtains and blinds in beautiful, soft, hand-woven paisley wool and embroidered silk fabrics. A combination of green and aubergine will keep the room calm and restful. The furniture (bedsides and a large cabinet) is covered in vellum, a delightful calf-skin that is experiencing a renaissance in contemporary furniture-making due to the trend for early modern styles.

For a different scheme my clients needed a complete transformation of their entrance hall. As the house is the heart of a working farm the hall has to be hard wearing and practical but smart and interesting, giving an indication of what lies beyond in this beautiful 17th century farmhouse. A bespoke cloaks cupboard will hide the daily clutter, while partially glazed double doors will create an elegant opening and bring light into a rather dark but charming inner hall. Grand restoration wide oak boards and printed linen fabrics by Brunschwig & Fils will be in keeping with the rest of the house, the russets and ochre colours sitting comfortably with the original quarry tiles in the connecting room. But of course there will be some surprising contemporary elements as well! Work starts in the autumn.

paisley curtains

master bedroom suite

Ahead of Schedule

31
JUL2013

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Ahead of Schedule

We have almost finished this terraced house extension in Cambridge. Over the past 3 months we've knocked two small sitting rooms into one, removed a chimney breast to create more space, knocked out walls and extended sideways to create a super new kitchen, and replaced windows, radiators and all the practical things to make the house warm and cosy.

The last month has seen a particular transformation as oak floors and worktops have been installed and the interior has been painted pure white. Now we’re on to the finishing touches – fixing light fittings, shutters and shelves.

After a major clean this weekend we’ll be ready for the new furniture and furnishings – bright, colourful sofas and chairs, oak lamps and bleached pine tables. Together with some contemporary artwork, fun striped curtains and naive prints this scheme will suit the lifestyle of this young family perfectly.

My clients love the changes; the house is light and spacious now with a lovely sun-filled contemporary kitchen. And they’ll be moving back in 3 weeks ahead of schedule. Have a look at these "almost finished" after photos below:

kitchen2

kitchen1

kitchen3

sitting room

shutters