Riverside project, southwest London, UK
A couple had lived for six years in an apartment with panoramic views over the river Thames, but the view was not being celebrated as it could be, as the flat was crammed with furniture and rich with many vibrant colours and patterns, including a large purple leather sofa. They had different tastes, and some negotiation was needed to help them to define what was wanted and agree the feel they were after.
I made a suggested colour scheme for every room, that created a fresher, more modern look, and allowed the spectacular view outside to be framed. The house was redecorated and a new sofa, coffee tables and lounge carpet were chosen, to blend with an edit of their existing furniture.
Helene’s family home, Greater London.
We were attracted to this newbuild family home because of its compact, well-organised living space on the ground floor, with combined dining area, kitchen and relaxing area. We also enjoy its abundance of natural light. Despite my Scandinavian tastes, I also love the more colourful English style of homebuilding with brightly coloured brick and painted front doors, and have tried to merge the two styles in a way that will fit my family. The house already had a neutral colour scheme when we moved in, so I had my tired sofas reupholstered to complement the decor. Because I work from home, I created a studio in the spacious basement and made a build in desk in a glass-walled office on the first floor landing. I created storage solutions for my family’s abundance of stuff. The house works well as a family home, but will not feel too empty when the kids eventually move out.
Mountain lodge, eastern Norway
A family with three young children bought this brand new, unfinished cottage as a holiday home because of its spectacular location. They wanted to create a welcoming place to relax at weekends. I chose warm colours and rich textiles, and solid, rustic furniture that was appropriate to the area. These worked well alongside traditional and inherited objects. The owner brought home textiles from Istanbul to help to create the look.
Family home, Oslo, Norway
A couple with three children bought a substantial house that had been divided to include a rented apartment. They wanted to change the layout to reabsorb the apartment and create one big family home. I drew up a new layout for the living area, and designed a colour scheme, creating mood boards. I helped them to choose a new kitchen and to choose new soft furnishings and lounge furniture to work alongside an edit of their existing belongings. Part of the living room was wallpapered to create a more intimate atmosphere, and a comfortable family sofa was chosen as a focal point. (sorry no photo`s yet)
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Here are my first sketches and mood boards for the total refurbishment of a five bedroom Victorian town house. Work is currently in progress and the house is due to be completed by April 2018.