The brief: Transform a dated grand apartment into a family home with a sense of drama

Forming a substantial part of the ground floor of a wonderful country estate originally built for the movie mogul J Arthur Rank, this apartment was greatly in need of an update. Our clients were passionate about injecting colour, drama and a sense of opulence.

I drew up plans to re-organise the layout of the whole apartment. We created symmetry within the central space which now houses a stunning kitchen. We carved out a master ensuite shower room and dressing area in the most awkward of places and discovered hidden space to create a luxurious period bathroom and eccentric boot room.

As with all projects I listened to my clients’ preferences. In this case each room now has its own individual look and feel but colours flow. The hallway is as ‘wow’ as could be with a rich blue flock damask wallpaper, with oversized vintage furniture and curios. The deep blue high gloss kitchen makes full use of the high ceilings. We created a wonderful line of sight from the hallway to the gardens beyond.

The master bedroom picks up on the luxury of a hotel suite at Claridges, focussing on gentle colours and beautiful wallpaper with reference to the 1930’s in bedside tables and lighting. My clients’ student daughter favoured an industrial feel to her bedroom, so we used a palette of simple greys, a cast iron bed frame, exposed vintage bulbs and simply polished the original parquet floor. Having reconfigured the whole space, the family bathroom reflected house’s history with a copper bath and nickel fittings paired with modern tiles and vibrant green panelling.

Taking risks with décor within design guidelines created a truly individual look, entirely suited the grandeur of the building, but more importantly answered the brief for how my clients wished to live. The result is elegant, dramatic and fun.