February 2014 Blog

Grenville-038 Photographs by Adam Butler Photographs by Adam Butler Photographs by Adam Butler Photographs by Adam Butler Photographs by Adam Butler Photographs by Adam ButlerBlog February 28th February 2014

Well… the last couple of weeks have been a bit less productive compared to my first flurry of activity in January .. flush of the new year and all that …☺ Various family illnesses and my son at home with chicken pox has meant that things have been a bit slower! At least the priorities I outlined at the beginning of the year are being stuck to … Anyway, I thought I would give a bit more of an interior design / work focus to this blog. I wanted to share some photos of a project that I managed to get photographed over the last couple of weeks and inform you a bit about the design decisions that were taken to achieve it.

This was a flat in South Kensington, which had little done to it since the 1970s – it needed complete refurbishment. The focus for the redesign was to create a comfortable, homely, sophisticated, living space that had the feeling of one room – so the design needed to link throughout. Doorways were repositioned (double doors into the bedroom most notably) and the cornicing was replaced.

A key priority was storage. Designing and building a built in unit in the lounge, which also incorporated a wine fridge was one solution. The wall of bedroom cupboards were designed so that they do not impose on the space. These two key storage solutions have provided ample, practical storage for the owner.

The Kitchen – the key changes for this compact space were: the repositioning of the doorway (centralised), providing as much worktop area as possible whilst not compromising the cupboard space. To ensure the kitchen linked to the rest of the design of the flat a glass splash back in the paint colour used below the dado rail in the lounge was used and the same gorgeous polished marble floor that was utilised in the bathroom.

The Bathroom – the most important thing to pay attention to in this bathroom was the light. It is an internal bathroom and therefore, making a space where you didn’t actually notice there was no natural light was critical. This was achieved using glass tiles, mosaics and polished marble floor with clever positioning of LED lights. The light circuits mean that this bathroom can have a relaxing low key mood or bright and functional. The rainmaker shower meant an overhaul of the heating and water system and a new pump was purchased to ensure maximum output.

The lounge – the original mantelpiece was kept in place but a new gas log fire was fitted – this provides not just a lovely effect but also fabulous heat. The ceiling lights in the hall and lounge were sourced from Italy. They are wonderful features and really offset the high ceiling and impactful coving. In addition to the decorative lamps that you can see in the photographs, there are uplighters in the floor by the windows that create a lovely feature of the fabulous windows in the evening. The vertical blinds designed for the lounge windows mirror the one in the bedroom and along with the statement headboard in the bedroom ensure that the soft furnishings are linked throughout.

Enough said .. This was a great project and lots of fun. I was really proud to deliver a project that met the needs of the owner whilst partnering well with the builder and his team to ensure all practical considerations were taken into account and minimized complicated planning approvals by the local authority.

Finishing on a lighter and more personal note – I mentioned the chicken pox – my son is nearly 6 – here’s an insight into the activities we indulged in to keep him occupied during the week off from school (once he felt better of course!) – just in case they prove useful ☺

• Writing thank you cards for Christmas presents .. (I know I know … embarrassingly late .. in my defence some of the presents he did not receive until January .. maybe not a great excuse ☹
• Ping Pong – played across the kitchen table – with or without a net placed across the middle – if, like me, you do not have space for an actual table tennis table – this is a not bad alternative – his hand eye coordination has dramatically improved … ☺
• We made a King’s costume & crown for fairytale day at school (normally this would have been purchased and probably on reflection would have been cheaper … but then it wouldn’t have been a project would it?) Particularly proud of the crown … ☺
• Stickers, Drawing and Colouring. I bought an educational sticker book … all about countries in the world … I thought (very smugly) this would be a very clever thing to buy .. it provoked 100 million questions … Just to give you a flavour .. “Why is Russia called Russia? Is it because everyone is rushing there? “ “Are the Angel Falls higher than the Victoria Falls?” (had to google that one) “Why are the Masai Warriors wearing skirts?” Slightly more demanding than I had envisaged but certainly provoked curiosity ☺
• Cooking –we made banana cake, chocolate brownies and trail bars ….. delicious (not supportive of the January/February diet) ☹
• Reading – Mr Stink, Dinosaur Cove, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the introduction of Asterix ☺
• Lego .. although if you are anything like my son – you have to invest quite a lot of money in a fairly biggish thing in order for it to take more than ½ hour to build – and that ain’t cheap! ☹
• AND TV / DVDs …. He is now quoting Scooby Doo .. and Star Wars ☹ For example: “There’s a party in my stomach and everyone is invited” …. (I wish he listened to me so attentively!) ☹
• Playing schools with cuddly toys .. apparently their reading and writing ‘has come on a lot’ ☺

Most of all – it was fun – we had lots of laughter, dancing, singing and hugs …. ☺

Sara xx


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