After a YEAR-LONG RENOVATION, the owners of this house feel it finally REFLECTS the way they WANT TO LIVE …
When the traditional layout and style of the double-fronted period terraced house they lived in for 20 years ceased to deliver, the owners faced the prospect of a move – or a total refurbishment. The should we stay or should we go question inspired a range of possibilities but the option that appealed most was for them to remain in situ and engage a designer in to make their home look as good as it deserved to look.
Eager to begin this fresh chapter of their lives, they commissioned the services of interiors designer Philippa Buckley and her firm Studio44. The brief was pretty clear: the interior needed to be stylish, more grown-up to reflect the lifestage of the family yet highly purposeful. While the clients looked forward to a more beautified space, it also needed to function well from a day-to-day perspective and when entertaining guests. More storage was on the wishlist, as was an improved lighting scheme throughout and a kitchen that could accommodate a table that seated a minimum of ten.
“My clients wanted to relocate the kitchen from the basement to hall level, and design an interior that would be informal yet work for entertaining,” says Philippa Buckley. The sleek kitchen units are so ergonomically designed, their presence is hardly discernible in the room and the choice of a glamorous dining table and a beautiful decorative light mean this kitchen is a seamless addition to the other entertaining spaces on this level. Formerly separated by a wall from the front sitting room, the kitchen now opens to it via double doors, allowing light from the sunny orientation at the back to permeate the front. This sitting room contains an L-shaped sofa, perfect for relaxing and watching movies after dinner. “It’s a more sociable layout,” says Buckley. “It also means you can extend the dining table when needed.”
Across the hall, the drawing room was also given a makeover. While the owners retained some of their pictures and other pieces of art from this room, they parted with their furniture, allowing Buckley free rein. “It wasn’t that it was outdated, it just didn’t address the requirements for this sophisticated space,” says Buckley. She chose a pair of luxuriously comfortable sofas by Casamilano and a marble and chrome coffee table by B&B Italia to set the scene. Next purchase, chosen for its craftsmanship as well as the rosy gold light it throws, was the beautiful gold and copper centrepiece pendant by Catellani & Smith. “You need to trust your big purchases will do the job they are required to do,” says Buckley. “The ceilings are high in this room, the walls pale and the windows undressed so a dramatic light, reflected in the mirror, adds something special.”
Photographs by Simon Watson
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