The brief: Rejuvenate a client’s home, to introduce modern styling with some mid-century touches.

The 1970s called… The second home in 3 years for my clients saw a complete change of property and the chance to indulge in some mid-century modern styling. They had purchased a house stripped of all personality. My task was to create something bang up to date – but with references to its mid-century roots. As with all projects, we started by establishing an attractive yet functional layout for the rooms that needed it most. To create a cosy living area, we closed one wall – creating an internal window to introduce light and views – and opened another to allow direct access to the kitchen. Feature colours of olive and orange helped create the wonderful living space which included a high-gloss colourful kitchen, plenty of retro-inspired furniture, and soft furnishings in a mix of textures. To complement the design, walls and window treatments were kept simple.

Elsewhere, the house just needed a breath of life – we had some fun with wall colour and tiles in the cloakroom inspired by the fabric selected for a roman blind. Upstairs and downstairs were linked with a grass cloth wallpaper – typical of the era and adding texture and interest. The staircase was painted in a warm black and washable seagrass with black binding was used for contrast. Bedrooms have their own personality, from luxurious blush and earth tones in the master suite to dramatic wallpaper in others. We even managed to fit in a small media room in a section of the garage…