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Style by Design

They had a number of more traditional pieces of furniture which they brought with them from their previous Victorian property, so one of the challenges was finding ways to integrate these into a much more modern space. They were also keen to experiment with colour and pattern all over the house, but were unsure where to start or how to make sure their choices worked within each room as well as creating flow throughout the property.

I am known for my eclectic approach to decorating - mixing old and new, colour and pattern - so essentially we were a perfect match!

Each room was approached individually by first placing their existing pieces, and then jazzing it up with feature wallpaper, bold rugs and unusual lighting and accessories. I also painted some of the furniture, notably in the kids’ bedrooms, to inject even more colour into the schemes while avoiding themes that would date over time.

I am a regular at antiques fairs, which are a great source of inspiration when it comes to sourcing more unusual items. The Coca-Cola can bedside table in one of the kids’ rooms, the French screen behind the living room sofa and the ‘FAB’ advertising sign were all great vintage finds. But I also find that the high street can yield some really great pieces if you know where to look. The monkey and pineapple lamps were from House of Fraser and Debenhams respectively!

The overall effect is a family home which packs a punch on the personality front. It was wonderful to work with clients who were brave enough to embrace colour and bold design and trust me to pull it all together. There are real talking points at every turn in this house. But at the same time, it really works for large family living.