Susan Van Meter
A Belgravia Townhouse for Multi-Generational Family Living
For over a year we have been working on a large interior design refurbishment of a Belgravia Grade II Listed home arranged over 5 floors.
The builder last refurbished this for the owner 35 years ago so it was very dated and required updating.
Our client, the daughter, now married with her own family has a very distinct style, what I call a little bit "rock and roll" favouring bright colours, patterns, and texture whilst still maintaining the period charm and detail of the property. An added bonus was she wanted to use as many eco-friendly materials as possible.
The home has colour jewel colours on every floor with green being the link that threads the floors together and maintains visual continuity.
We are designing the final room, the lounge and dining area which is packed full of architectural elements, using Timothy Oulton furniture - it's a fantastic store located on the Kings Road which I highly recommend you visit - they provide guests with a glass of champagne too! So, there will be an element of the modern and traditional for a distinctive eclectic look.
The plumbing and heating systems have been updated for a new and more efficient system. Ideally heating with ground heat pumps would have been a preferred option but this was not feasible in a townhouse based in central London.
All bathrooms have also been updated, along with new LED lighting throughout. The hot water and cooling systems will save money compared to previous installations. The brassware has been supplied by Rutland London manufactured and finished in the UK, therefore reducing an unnecessary carbon footprint.
In this bathroom, the tiles have been sourced through Mandarin Stone with the brassware being by Rutland. Farrow & Ball Dead Salmon paint colour is used for joinery.
The mosaics in this bathroom have been replaced by Blue Pearl granite.
The flooring has been supplied by Trunk Floor sustainably sourced timbers hand-finished in Northern Ireland, in a wide plank and also in a chevron pattern for the lounge dining room.
The paint has been mainly specified by Farrow & Ball; they have a great colour palette with the paint being made in the UK. Another favourite used is the Paint and Paper Library which has have a fantastic palette of 180 paint colours and finishes manufactured in the UK used by interior designers and accredited by RIBA Architects.
We have sourced speciality wall coverings from Fromental a firm favourite of mine for the brightly coloured bedroom below.
As there are several flights of stairs, we have used a bespoke runner by Roger Oates who is a go-to supplier for gorgeous runners, designed and manufactured here in the UK on hand looms. Our version is a special width without the use of rods.
Some of the rooms have been finished or are nearing completion, it's interesting to see the finished product compared to the renders. It was necessary to create photo-realistic renders for the client as they are out of the country a great deal. We always submit real samples for the client to touch and feel too as it's not always possible to be 100% accurate with renders.
Another floor for a family member with a different style.
We will keep you updated on the progress of this project. There are other rooms and fixtures that will be added at later stages. We are excited and grateful for the opportunity to work with this client and create a unique home for this family.
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