As well as the striking Edwardian features of the property, our clients’ love of travelling, particularly to Africa and Canada, was immediately apparent. They told us that they would be adding plenty of artwork to their home as they continued to collect on their travels, so adding plenty of colour to the room in a way that would work with a variety of different artwork styles was very important.
The fantastic coving detail and room height was the main consideration for our scheme. For visual impact, we sourced the large ornate over-mantle mirror, which reflects the fabulous gold chandelier and matching wall lights into the alcoves.
The starting point of our design for the scheme is the beautifully embroidered curtain fabric, which makes a bold feature of the large dining bay window, embraced with green silk tie backs. We added two bespoke carvers to the dining table in a soft chenille, with a contrasting texture, to add detail to this subtle section of the room.
The two large sofas, upholstered in crushed velvet, had to be made in two pieces to get them into the room, and we added colourful silk and embroidered scatter cushions to complement, creating a very cosy and comfortable space. The tree bark coffee table adds a natural finishing touch, giving the whole room a beautiful mix of styles, colours and textures that will make a wonderful setting for our client’s growing art collection.
For the snug, we selected a light and subtle wallpaper with a trailing leaf design. The room already had a traditional plate rack as a main feature, which was painted to match the wallpaper design – and we added interlined wool tartan curtains on wooden poles for a warm and cosy feel. A relaxing linen ottoman and natural dyed Durri rug with assorted sumptuous cushions were added to complete the scheme.
Lighter, simpler and calmer than the period lounge, the snug nonetheless creates a comfortable and cosy space in our client’s home, ideal for relaxing by the beautiful large windows for excellent views of their garden.