360 CAD design showing the garden entrance and office of this large family home on the Beds/Cambs border. This was used as part of our designs to show our client how their space might look once work has been completed and furnished.
We are delighted to have started designs for a garden room refurbishment for this stunning large family home on the Bedford/Cambridgeshire border.
Building is underway to re-model, extend and refurbish the entire property. Our client has employed us to design a tricky entrance space that also incorporates a living area and study. We want to create an informal entrance for the family to use on a daily basis but also somewhere to relax and enjoy the garden views. The study area (the less formal of two studies at the property) is small and care is being taken not to overcomplicate the space. Our recommendations here will be to construct a bank of oak floating shelves to create a fluid and simple area that will not only look good but will provide the homeowner with somewhere additional to sit and work. The overall scheme will be conducive to ‘relaxed’ living. The palette selected is a combination of warm taupes, wood, leather and fun geometric pattern. There will be storage benches for shoes either side of the doorway and there will be a large statement clock positioned on the long passage way wall.
We’ve kicked off the New Year with an article written for the fabulous Affinity lifestyle magazine.
We wanted to give a big shout out to some of the suppliers we regularly use to style our client’s spaces. Much of their items and work have featured in our 2016 interior design projects and are sure to be selected again for this forthcoming year’s work!
We are delighted to showcase our latest design project. This busy young family wanted to transform their already contemporary space into one that was more inviting and user friendly. Having collected several iconic pieces of furniture and artefacts along the way, it was important that the design and scheme incorporated these and showed them of to the fullest.
We wanted to create a harmonious and calm space and therefore textured grey wallpaper was used to create the statement wall in the living area along with a carefully selected paint palette from Farrow and Ball.
All of the living room seating and table arrangements were placed upon a beautiful and very luxurious designer area rug, the pattern of which provides interest and a focal point within this particular zone.
The incredible spider ceiling light was already part of the scheme and is a major contribution to the space’s overall ‘wow’ factor. It can be raised and lowered to suit the needs of the family depending upon the look they want to create.
In order to complement the grey modern tones in this space, blues and zesty yellows were selected and work well here in providing those all important ‘pops’ of colour. Fluffy faux fur cushions were also added to create warmth and the use of pattern on the other cushions create further interest and an element of fun.
A sleek white kitchen was fitted and the complementary surfaces were chosen to blend seemlessley from one material to another. Cool soft rubber tile flooring provides a unique and unusual statement which is both practical and pleasant underfoot.
We are so pleased to say that things are coming along beautifully in South Bedfordshire. This turn of the century coach house which was designed by the famous Albert Richardson has been completely refurbished to incorporate and retain its integrity whilst adding an exciting state of the art glass walkway that creates the link between the original house, the extension and original stables and outbuildings.
With building completed back in August, we are working hard to complete the interiors…. watch this space!
The last article of 2015! Where has this year gone?!
Pallets of grey continue to be ever popular as the number one choice for ‘neutral’ interior schemes. Given the versatility of the colour I can see this continuing for some time to come. When, mixed with complementary hues of taupe of chalk white it produces a wonderfully harmonious feel. Similarly, when used as a background colour it lends itself beautifully to being ‘brightened’ with pops of vibrant emeralds (a key trend colour for 2016) or peacock blues.
Luxurious velvet sofas and chairs in designs that range from 50’s retro to the timeless classic of the Chesterfield are very much ‘on trend’ and will enhance rooms and spaces with their extravagant textures. Plush and soft, this fabric never dates and will even get better with age. To enhance the look consider adding a statement chair or chaise longue in a rich charcoal grey or French Navy, or perhaps simply add cushions with rich pops of velvety colour such as a mustard yellow or peacock green to your existing sofas and chairs.
To add instant warmth to your room this winter place fleecy textured throws over furniture. Or, if you have wooden or tiled floors, (which feel lovely and cool in the summer, but cold in the winter) add rugs to the floor. This will change the look of your space perfectly at this time of the year. Go for a sumptuous thick pile rug, patterned in strong geometric prints or bright colourful ones if you’re feeling brave and your room can take it!
Throughout the previous year, tiles and ceramics of Middle Eastern / Moroccan design have become increasingly popular. Their fresh and inspiring patterns conjure up images of wonderfully impressive architectural buildings and dreamy interior Riad courtyards. I’ve seen them used behind the Aga in country kitchens, or as a ceramic rug under dining tables and on the walls and floors of bathrooms. When mixed with classic pieces or ultra modern designed room, the add a beautiful and eclectic feel to any space.
One of my favourite trends this year in lighting has been the explosion of copper, brass and gold sculptured pendent lighting, which is often seen above kitchen islands or above dining tables. The impact they create when placed within spaces that are designed in greys, whites of neutrals is astonishing and completely gives that ‘wow’ factor. I particularly favour the designer Tom Dixon whose designs are truly works of art.
As the year draws to a close, it’s time to light that fire, put another jumper on and pour yourself a nice glass of the red stuff and think of those new trends for year ahead……….
What a year!
We have been very busy and very lucky to have worked on some incredible projects. Currently we are in the middle of selecting furnishings and furniture for the new build property near Bedford town centre – our client moved in last week and shown is the picture of her beautiful kitchen commissioned and hand built by Marcus Paul of Bletchley. We selected lovely light grey marble granite worktops to really set off the units (painted in Farrow and Ball) and have started arranging some of the furniture (in this case these gorgeous wicker bar stools from Neptune).
One of our most recent undertakings is the most incredible house in Ampthill. Formerly a turn of the century Coach House, this property is enjoying a complete transformation. The old stable block has been renovated and boasts a stunning enclosed lit glass walkway around its perimeter and now houses a state of the art gymnasium, games room and guest suite – pictures to follow of this amazing new contemporary look soon I promise!
We are also progressing the designs for a large mock tudor family house on Bromham Road in Bedford. The initial designs are almost complete and we are now putting together the CAD designs and concept boards complete with samples and imagery.