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.
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.
Take this fresh nautical seaside trend through into autumn and inject your home with this timeless informal and relaxed look.
This timeless style remains popular year after year. Those fresh blue and white stripes and natural complementary textures add a whimsical and effortless style that fills bright light spaces perfectly.
To give a classic seaside nautical look a modern twist, introduce neutrals and smart navy’s using strong geometric style rugs with statement driftwood mirrors and clusters of round pictures and prints.
Look at current on-trend wall coverings depicting driftwood, white washed brick and seascapes to give your space that unique and modern vibe. Painted walls in chalk or sail whites create spaces that are light and airy but don’t be afraid to complement these with alternative colour schemes in fashion now – light taupes or pale greys depending upon the tones of furniture or your other pieces.
Furniture should be informal and simple. Pick out key accessory pieces such as natural lamps with stone or chunky wooden bases, rope covered vases and other natural and rustic additions. Linens and ticking fabric are perfect for adding layers to this look so keep an eye out for cushions and throws detailing these lovely crisp clean lines.
There is an abundance of lighting out there which is perfect for achieving and complementing this look. Check out the coloured tin, brass and brushed steel fisherman style wall and pendant lighting available from many retailers. The more tarnished and rustic they become the better!
What a great year we have had so far!
We have enjoyed designing some exciting and beautiful spaces for our clients. One of our highlights has to be the managing and planning of a client’s beautiful and eclectic art collection in Kettering, Northampton.
We have also managed the refurbishment of a lovely family home in Higham Ferrers where we transformed the hallway, living room and snug.
Currently, we are in the process of commissioning the build and fitting of a brand new bespoke designed staircase constructed by David Smith Ltd from black American walnut, glass and steel. Watch this space – there will be pictures!
The brand new house being built on Kimbolton Road in Bedford is nearing completion and the family will be moving in soon. The stunning designer kitchen in this property was finished recently and the marble tops were mounted just a couple of weeks ago. We are about to select pendant lights for the island and a statement chandelier to go above the grand dining table.
If you would like to discuss your home and any interior plans you might have, do give us a call – we would be delighted to hear from you!
Woodland Cottage Retreat
So, another very satisfying interior design project completed! Our client whilst wanting to keep the integrity of his beautiful old cottage and all of its’ original features, wanted a fresh new look for the living area and bathroom.
We designed a classic interior yet injected it with a modern twist through the use of some contemporary modern furniture and lighting. Knotwood Design were commissioned to make a military style oak desk with leather top and cup handled ironware with matching bookcase.
A beautiful new dark chocolate toned Karndean wooden floor was laid and the walls were kept light and neutral. We purchased several pieces of furniture including a coffee table and lamp table from loaf.com and installed an industrial style wall light with a modern filament bulb. A vintage looking Safavieh rug with a subtle neon pattern running through it adds interest to the space giving the overall look a modern take on what would otherwise be a traditionally ‘country style’ room.
We then went on to gut the bathroom which was in much need of an over-hall. Travertine slabs were selected to cover both the walls and floors along with a ‘statement’ shower area slate wall. An oak vanity unit was installed along with a period radiator. We created a recess in the ceiling to situate feature spotlights and to house the large round shower head. The result….. a beautiful simple, clean and effective space with contemporary features fit for modern living!
Displaying your art and pictures and getting it right is critical to showing them off to their best. Here’s how……!
Alex (Owner Manager) of Alexandra Wilson Interior Design has written the first in a series of articles exploring themes within interior design……