“Jean and the team at Willow made a magnificent transformation of the property. Through careful thought, attention to detail and great understanding of how to create an atmosphere which fits with their clients’ aspirations, they have developed a lasting and beautiful living environment.”
Life as a rental property had left this Georgian mews house feeling tired and unkempt. With its clunky built in storage and dated magnolia and tan decor, we couldn’t wait to inject some warmth and rediscover the natural elegance while making the most of original fireplaces and shuttered windows.
Our brief was to create a vibrant and welcoming home that enhanced the owner’s extensive inherited antiques and paintings.
First impressions count but the entrance hall here felt like a communal corridor, basic and just a route to the upstairs. New tongue and groove panelling and sisal carpet brought much needed character, and a stylish connection to the main living spaces; you instantly want to discover more.
An antiquarian book collection inspired the rich pigeon and earth red tones used in various ways throughout allowing the dark wood furniture and moody artwork to settle in and shine. We were delighted our client trusted us to introduce these strong, intense colours as they’ve completely transformed the property’s atmosphere and identity and prove that small, unconventional room shapes can very definitely take bold colours.
Sensitive built in joinery played a big part in restoring the property’s sense of style. The dining room alcove cupboards that brought the walls in and made the room feel cramped were replaced with hand painted cupboards and open shelves for books, found objects and much needed storage creating a lighter feeling with interesting features. A similar design was used in the living room and a cosy log burner installed as the original fireplace had been covered up.
New additions included comfy upholstered Howard shape seating and simple linen blinds that complement the more intricate antiques without feeling formal. In fact, we created the perfect home to curl up and get stuck into a good book all year round.