Although Monika and her partner will be moving back to the States in a couple of years, they were keen to buy quality furniture to fit their rented home perfectly while they are in London and have a colour scheme which could work ‘anywhere’.
St Johns Wood residential project
Monika needed design for three reception rooms plus her bedroom. To give each of the areas a different feel, Carly divided the reception areas into ‘posh lounge’, library (complete with comfortable lounge chair) and relaxed sitting room. Selecting classic colours such as dark blue, bronze brown and a neutral palette was the safest way to ensure each statement piece could be reused on a light or dark floor and could have accent colours added with cushions, rugs, wall-coverings and art. Carly chose furniture to fit the proportion of the rooms, giving maximum seats, yet providing space for a modern, minimal style.
Floor plan for residential project, St Johns Wood
She took Monika and Monika’s partner to the Knoll and B&B Italia furniture showrooms to make sure the sofas were comfortable for the couple. There, they talked over the cushion size options too, because this was a crucial part of the design. NW3 Interiors created a variety of floor plan options and presented two colour schemes, including textures like marble and wood type suggestions. As the property is rented, the walls and floor need to stay plain. Carly introduced a large, soft, interesting rug in each space, which the couple could test out in a try-before-you-buy arrangement, courtesy of The Rug Company on the Kings Road. This trial period was so useful to Monika, who realised that she wanted a larger-than-usual rug that could be used again in their American home.
Living space of residential project, St John’s Wood
In the library, Carly and Monika chose the new Eames Lounger, which is the Grand Repo chair designed by Antonio Citterio made by Vitra. Monika preferred the style to anything else she saw and could envision enjoying one of those rare moments relaxing by the window with a coffee reading the newspaper. We took the Knoll Barber and Osgerby sofa with two footstools for the sitting room, which gave the flexibility feet up or using the footstools as seats. Corner sofas are perfect in a large room, but when you have a more confined space, buying footstools can be a fantastic solution. You can even move them to another space. Plus, you get better flow around the room aesthetically and practically, because they aren’t connected to the sofa. Although the bulk of the furniture and rugs were bought from high-end designer stores, to accessorise the home, Carly and Monika went to Heals to pick out accent colours for cushions and lights. We sourced a desk from BoConcept to keep down the cost.
Library of residential project, St Johns Wood
Pleased with the end result of mixing neutral, classic, high-end furniture with high-street accessories, Monika spoke about her experience…
“Hands-on, high-quality interior designer for modern luxury furniture with outstanding customer service and great contacts in the industry. She made our house a home!”
With an on-time delivery and coming in under budget, we were featured in a newspaper article on rented property design.
Rosie and her boat-loving partner Steve have a fabulous home overlooking a bay on the coast in Guernsey. When they decided to update their kitchen and create an open-plan lounge and dining area, they asked Carly to provide design ideas, create a colour scheme and source the furniture. Carly visited their home and started deciding where and how to use the budget, where and why to add colour through decoration, and importantly, where they could save money, for example by modifying their dining table rather than buying new.
Rosie’s colour schemes
Four rooms required furniture: the dining room, kitchen, open-plan lounge and bedroom. Suggesting a mix of design classics along with silk wallpaper to add to their existing theme, Carly gave Rosie and Steve the style they were hoping for… classic, quality and nautical. Carly advised on where to add texture, detail and plain neutrality. The matte lacquer media and TV unit was purchased from B&B Italia and placed against a dark blue silk wallpaper from Fromental. Wall lights and kitchen pendant came from Secto in a wood to match the floor.
Guernsey residential project – living area
The cream Ikat rug from The Rug Company added softness with texture in the bedroom. The couple wanted to keep their existing grey sofa so we added a slate console table with oak to keep it light and airy. This beautiful large oak coffee table was sourced from B&B Italia with the top sections in the same matte lacquer colour as the TV unit. A portable bio- ethanol fire from Vanui sits in the lounge for cold winter evenings and moves outside for the summer months.
Guernsey residential kitchen space
Design classics included sofas from Knoll, outdoor chaise from Cocowolf, bar stools from Cherner, Wishbone chairs from Carl Hansen, lighting by Tom Dixon, and Eames aluminium office chairs by Vitra. Moving to the dining area, the existing dining table was cut down and the base painted dark blue, which had Rosie exclaiming “You’re always so on trend!” Throughout the experience, Rosie sent images over for design advice. Carly gave ideas on many aspects of the build, such as materials, proportion, pricing and paint, even in areas she wasn’t designing herself.
Guernsey residential project – dining area
After the initial furniture showroom visits in London, Rosie and Carly arranged a trip for home accessories and bed linen at Heals, The White Company and Conran. NW3 Interiors has trade accounts in all of these stores, which gave Rosie the security that she didn’t pay over the retail price and the pieces could be tied out in her home. Rosie was happy with the combination of colours, textures and layouts, which worked well for her family living. The products will last a lifetime, which is the peace of mind you get from quality brands.
Showroom meeting with my client Rosie
A thank you gift from our client “Thank you sweetie, could not have done this without you”
Here’s what Rosie had to say…
“I recently used NW3 Interiors to help source and advise on design furniture for my home.. Carly was amazing. An expert in space and what dimensions for required furniture. Her commitment to the project was continual and her service impeccable I strongly recommend NW3 for all aspects of a luxury design service.”