Objective: To design and style a 1 bed flat with particular focus on the bedroom and living room. Working with the client's existing furniture but bringing the property up to date with a relaxing bedroom retreat and a modern living space to entertain in.
Bedroom - Before
Bedroom - After
Living Room - Before
Living Room - After
Kitchen - Before
Kitchen - After
After getting to know my client, it was clear that her style was very, elegant, simple and classic but with a modern edge. I wanted her home to reflect that and to be a calming and luxurious retreat at the end of the day. It also had to be somewhere she would want to entertain friends and family. Born in Scotland, her heritage was very important to her and so I took inspiration from the area with dense forests and woodlands and the seas of the Hebrides.
The client was bringing with her a lot of her own furniture so there wasn’t any big items to buy. The flooring in the living room and hallway was replaced with a beautiful oak flooring with a wider plank to bring a greater level of sophistication to the space. The living room is vibrant with lovely blues and teals against a neutral calico and hessian backdrop. We re-arranged the cabling to allow the furniture to be re-configured which made much better use of the natural light from the juliet balcony doors and also allowed a new beautiful marine abstract artwork to be the focal point as you enter the room rather than the TV. A new set of nesting side tables in a similar style to the existing furniture finished this area and provided a perfect place for a lamp by the sofa. By removing 2 chairs from the dining table it now sits more comfortably in the space and the additional chairs can just be brought out from the hallway closet when needed.
In the bedroom, the window is off centre and had a view of an office block and there was also an unsightly phone that was never used. I decided to use a double layer of wall to wall curtains and make this as the bed wall. By making a feature of this wall, the curtains hid the flaws and created a lovely romantic backdrop. The metallic silver and taupe wallpaper adds a sense of glamour to the room and complements the soft green accents in the lighting and bed accessories. A new silver upholstered bench at the end of the bed finishes the room, giving my client somewhere to rest her beautiful handbags, take a load off or as we found out afterwards to act as a perfectly sized chill out daybed for her 4 year old nephew!
It was clear that my client was very proud of her Scottish roots and so I have included subtle homage to this throughout the flat including the bed throw from The Tartan Blanket Company based in Edinburgh, a stag antler light in the living room, a Saltire cushion and of course a beautiful piece of artwork the client owned of the Isle of Arran.
The whole flat was repainted from top to bottom, new mirrors, rug, artwork and styling accessories gave the whole flat a new lease of life.