Interior Design Project - Edwardian House Renovation

The Brief: Our clients wanted ideas for modernising and de-cluttering their detached Edwardian house without losing its period charm and character. Creating more light and warmth was one of our key objectives. In addition, we had to be very careful with our selection of fabrics and fillings due to the client's wool and feather allergies.

Work Completed: At the outset we decided it was important to retain the original leaded windows which are such a pretty feature of this Edwardian family house. Working in close collaboration with local architect Gerrard Crouch we developed radical plans to truly transform the space. The old conservatory was replaced with a garden room, with Velux windows and sliding pocket doors leading onto a curved stone terrace. The exterior wall was opened up to fully connect the sitting room with the new extension, which has created a fabulous, light filled room. Partially glazed double doors lead into the dining room so the space can be used as one room for entertaining. We removed one of the original chimney breasts, gaining valuable space for bespoke book and display shelves in dining room and library, as well as cupboards and wardrobes in the study and master bedroom above. A small side extension and new entrance gave valuable additional space. Underfloor heating was installed throughout along with a an intelligent lighting, audio and heating system. After such extensive changes it was important to re-introduce period style and character, so cornicing and picture rails were re-instated and the original door-styles were replicated. Random width aged oak floorboards add warmth and unify the ground floor rooms. We mixed contemporary furniture with our clients antiques, and found interesting ways to display their collection of contemporary art. All textiles used are allergy-free, with bamboo and art-silk rugs and carpets, silk and beautifully embroidered linen curtains. The result is a light-filled, spacious home with elements of real luxury.

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