Frognal Apartment

The Project


The Challenge

A wonderful lady who owns this apartment has an incredible eye for design. When we first visited the apartment we were wowed with the beautiful and unique style of the home. The client requested our help with some finishing touches and design ideas to accommodate her daily life. As a powerhouse business woman our client was short of time and needed assistance with design decisions for balancing the practical aspect along with the existing interiors. 

The Solution

The Library area was the key focus for the project. Our client loved the room but felt as though it was not cosy enough for her, resulting in her not choosing to spend time there. To make the space more interesting we chose a subtle wallpaper with movement to add texture. The modern chunky bookcases were replaced with mid-century style wall storage. To create sufficient ambience and light, new lighting was installed. This included spot lights, a stunning pendant and Art Deco style wall lights. A bookcase was erected to create additional storage space and a marble coffee table. The Broken Maze rug by Jennifer Manners was used to create more interest and balance the textures. Cushions added a feminine touch with floral print and a vintage trim and our favourite cane chair was selected to create extra seating without blocking the doorway.

The lounge area didn’t need much in the way of design but we couldn’t help but recommend a few extras to really finish the space off. A Flos IC pendant was added to create light over the dining table. The tv unit looked a little flat as it was painted one colour. We painted the trim of the cupboards in a gold paint to reflect the brass framed paintings on the opposing wall. The small knobs were replaced with hand carved bone handles from Ochre. We supplied a portable Alexander Joseph light that our client could use in any room for reading or ambience, thus allowing there to be no cables running from the wall to the sofa. 

In the hallway we supplied a large wooden unit from Porada which provided ample shoe and bag storage space for our client. We created additional coat storage using a mirror fronted tall unit also from Porada. The awkward corner was a perfect space for more DK3 in a warm walnut wood. Perfect storage for our clients book collections.
The dining area of the kitchen wasn’t appropriate for our client in terms of the practicality. Although beautiful, the two whispy wooden chairs were uncomfortable for long sitting and the 90cm dining table provided inadequate space for dining. We swapped out the 90cm table for a 120 version in a Calacatta marble to work with the brass ochre lighting above. We replaced the wooden dining chairs for four Gubi beetle dining chairs in a variety of velvets and a soft stone trim and brass legs. DK3 wall storage in a soft green and brass was used for decoration and storage. 


The Outcome

The finished home was a cohesive scheme that brought together both the beautiful aesthetics of the space as well as the practical requirements of our clients daily life. Creating a luxurious and ambient space that impresses and wows from the entrance. Retaining period features throughout this home is laced with quality pieces, vintage treasures and cultural influences, making it an exception living space. Not only have we accentuated a beautiful home but we have thoroughly enjoyed the process of design with our client. 

Thank you to our photographer for these beautiful images