To modernise a 3-storey town house for a family who like to socialise. It was important that the soft furnishings in two of the bedrooms were currently suitable for teenage boys but adaptable as guest rooms when they left home.
Inspiration & Design
Located in a busy marina, I was inspired by both trade and water. Historically Southampton used to be a busy cargo and passenger port but now known more for its cruise terminals. Having viewed some of the clients existing possessions, I found some beautiful wooden chests and stone lamps that worked perfectly with the travel, water and industrial theme I had in mind. I kept the house bright and airy by using a warm tone of pale grey paint flowing from room to room. With corresponding plush carpets, 3D wall tiles and wood effect vinyl flooring in utility areas, we ensured continuity and movement ran throughout all three levels. Each room either had artwork or wallpaper as a statement to add pattern and texture and create its own individuality to other spaces. Combining opulent fabrics, wood and industrial items ensured the house was practical for the client’s daily routine but also a luxurious space for entertaining family and friends. I used a mixture of products, textures, shapes and patterns to create a fun family home. Industry was represented by concrete coffee tables, metal chandeliers and a beautiful wood and iron dining table, whilst elegance was incorporated with mirrors and in soft furnishings in very tactile sumptuous fabrics. Large contemporary artwork gave each room presence, whilst personalities were displayed in family photos, sculptures and knick-knacks they had previously collected. We continued the “relaxed living theme” on the patio by transforming the undercover area into an alfresco lounge with comfortable seating dressed with waterproof cushions, canvasses depicting underwater scenes and candles, all with sufficient storage to secure away in wet Winter months. An eclectic black and white ‘history’ gallery of photographs in each stairwell reflects family life over the years and things they loved doing: including holidays, theatre, music, special occasions, etc that they can add to and change in years to come. All elements combine to become part of the ongoing story for the residents, and their visitors, to enjoy.