In a house stripped of personality, the 1970s called. My task — the second project for existing clients — was to create something bang up to date, but with references to its mid-century roots. We first established 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 access the kitchen. Feature colours of olive and orange and a high-gloss kitchen combined with retro-inspired furniture, and soft furnishings in a mix of textures, complemented by simple wall and window treatments.