Anna and Peter possibly posed my biggest challenge because as clients, they really were lost at sea as to what colours and decor style they liked. I gave them home work to come back to me with any images or places they liked and felt inspiring, and all I got back was a list of Annas storage requirements! Its hard when you have no experience of interior design and have never fixed up a your own place before. Where do you even start?! Not with white walls Peter, not on my watch!
To get Anna and Peter in the headspace for design, and away from the spreadsheets, I took them for an inspirational day out to visit The Ivy restaurant in Brighton- because it has an astounding interior which I knew would at least spark a love it/ hate it conversation. This is what I advise all my online design school students to do- go out and look at art, design, architecture and start forming an opinion! Be aware of how a space makes you feel when you walk into it.
From our visit we were able to establish a few key words on the feeling Anna and Peter wanted to create. Ultimately a nice place for them to relax but the big drive was to create a vibrant entertaining space for friends and family. In terms of style the Ivy was too much for their aesthetic so I had to tone it down, somewhere between Maximalism and Minimalism and I felt a take on Modern Deco straddles these two aesthetics perfectly. It brings all the glam without the visual over load.
I also asked the couple for the colours, fabrics and finishes they like, and by showing them examples, this is the mood board we produced for them, based on some of the key words that came up in our conversations.
Now to tackle their open plan multi functional space!
We had to start with the floor plan for this room, as it was long and thin and dark in the middle. I worked with the talented Barbara Ramani, my co-designer on this project, to make sure we could fit in all the elements that Anna and Peter wanted- which was lots of seating for family and friends in a relatively small space. As there is no hallway, the area on the right hand side of the room had to be clear of furniture. At the top end was to focus around the Tv. For the central dining area, a fitted banquet seat was the perfect solution, providing lots of bums on seats and taking up less of the floor plan than a traditional table and chairs. And for the bar area, we intended to install 2 chairs for Anna and Peter to enjoy the view of their garden at the weekends and also a cocktail cabinet for when they throw parties.
Here you can see how the layout fits seamlessly, making use of every inch of the space, yet still keeping an open and airy feel which was really important to the couple. Peter got to keep most of his beloved white walls, but we added a rich teal on the feature wallpaper and fitted joinery. We introduced burnt orange to the furnishings which contrasts dramatically.
The dining room are lacked natural light but a wall panel of bronze foxed mirrored tiles bounces the light around and visually doubles the space. It also has that nod to Art Deco glamour. While Anna and Peter didn’t want any ornaments or nik naks, I twisted their arm to have these faux potted plants to soften the hard lines.
The fitted banquet seat was an absolutely genius solution to this small area. An idea inspired by restaurant design they are great for saving precious floor space. We worked out you can fit up to ten people around this table for when the couple throw a party. While it took up a big part of their budget it really elevates the space. I selected a luxurious patterned velvet for a chink of pattern that was not visually too overwhelming- and very practical too.
While each space had its own purpose it was very important that they all linked together with the same colour palette and design style. The simple modern Deco motifs of arches, fan shapes, and geometric prints worked a treat, coupled with the colour palette of teal blue, orange and gold. Choosing one metallic finish and continuing throughout also helps create cohesion.
And who doesn’t love a gold ceiling! I was so thrilled to bring in the talents of Daniel Bland and Carlie from Buck and Bear to create a dream gilt mural in the bar area. I knew deep down that both Anna and Peter wanted a bit of glamour and while they were slightly terrified of the thought of a gold ceiling this bespoke mural won them round. Investing in something unique and hand made that only you can have, really helps make a home feel special.
The dressing room was Anna’s project and was the perfect room for her to finally experiment her wild side. The alcove area was filled with fitted mirrored storage giving her oodles of rooms to organise her clothes (Anna does love storage!). All that as left was a dressing table and occasional chair. But the wallpaper mural supplies the wow factor in spades! My argument is small rooms can take large scale patterns. Small box rooms struggle to look exceptional if left plain and sparse, so my advise is just go for it and make a bold statement with a large scale print, all the way around the room of course!
You can find weblinks to all the products we sourced for Anna and Peters makeover below. And if you would like to learn more about how you can create your own dream makeover , do check out my online Interior Design School, with plenty of courses to help you create a home you love.
All woodwork and walls Dulux white mist, both emulsion and eggshell, Dulux
Wallpaper Marmaris Peacock, Rebel Walls
Love Seat in Teal Velvet, Cult Furniture
Two Seater Enchanted Sofa in Cinnamon, DFS
Connie green TV Stand, Swoon
Gold Water Lily pad Table, Rocket St George
Hetherington Ottoman, Made.com
Avon Deco Large fireplace mirror, Cult Furniture
Tray on Ottoman, Etsy
Fern leaf palm tree Floor lamp, Rockett St George
Melville Wall Lights, Pooky
Globe Central Ceiling Light, Made.com
Chevron Sienna Rug, Audenza
Cushion on cinnamon sofa, Tamarind 50 x 50, Romo
Burnt orange cushion, Audenza
Living room blind made in Katori Tamarind, Romo
Curtains made by, Bela, email@example.com
All woodwork and walls in White mist, Dulux
Busca bronze tiles, Topps Tiles
Avon Deco dining table, Cult Furniture
Sylvia carver dining chairs in burnt orange, Cult Furniture;
Brunswick layered pendant ceiling light, Made.com
Tamarind cushion, Romo
Faux fur burnt orange cushion, Audenza
Gold velvet and dark teal trim cushion, Cult Furniture
Paintwork in Stonewashed blue eggshell, Dulux
Walls in Teal Voyage emulsion, Dulux
Ceiling undercoat in Honey Mustard emulsion, Dulux
Wallpaper Marmaris Peacock, Rebel Walls
Bascombe hand-tufted rug, Made.com
Dejan 2 door sideboard (Bar cupboard), Furniture123
Evelyn mustard velvet armchair, Cult Furniture
Skystar wall lights wall Pooky
Carmella table lamp, Made.com
Black plant pot, Homebase
Cocktail glasses, Ikea
Walls painted in Timeless emulsion; Woodwork in Timeless satinwood, both Dulux
Pride palms wallpaper mural in plum, Rebel Walls
Effie Rose pink velvet armchair, Cult Furniture
Dressing table, Amba House
Elements round Mirror, Dunelm
Velvet plush Pouffe, Etsy.com
Dressing table mirror, Oliver Bonas
Cushion on chair, mustard velvet palm tree cushion, Audenza
Carved mustard wool Rug, Audenza
Roman Blind in Kensey Peking blue, Romo
Curtains made by Bela, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ceiling Light Globe large brass opal, Made.com
Textured glass Floor Light, Made.com
Pink tassel lampshade Made.com
Flowers by Orchid Flowers