Latest work: South-West London Victorian apartment
One of my first completed projects of 2018 and also the first Studio Fortnum design I've professionally shot. Here she is. When I share client projects I won't be giving out resources because - well y'know these people are paying me to find stuff for them so a bit #rude of me to give them all out! But my own house, all day long. So keep a lookout for my kitchen reveal coming soon.
Loved that the client were SO COOL and trusting (the absolute dream team) and let me select a blue kitchen for this space,. I flanked the low run with two full height units, one holds the fridge / freezer and the other the boiler with full height storage. I used marble for the worktop and splash-back too which I love the consistency of in this space. I hid the extractor in a unit, they ugly.
Styling for me, is key. I always try to style a kitchen with a mix of; foliage, wood, ceramics and stone. Then chuck in some towels to soften it up and our good old friend Aesop.
I mixed a stripe kilim rug with the natural oak herringbone floor I specified and added loads of layers of texture like the cotton sofa, rattan pouffe, linen cushions.
Indoor plants are always a good idea to make a space feel lived in. Go big or go home, basically. Just make sure you buy a container with no holes in and then insert the plastic pot so when its watered it doesn't ruin your floor. Made that rookie error before.
I loved this little study nook we planned. Also the contrast of the doors and skirting against the neutral walls I'm into in a big way. If you have decent ceiling heights / a generously proportioned space you can get away with this and I'm all over it. It costs nothing more but gives so much impact / bang for your buck.
Matching those chairs and the skirtings was a personal highlight of 2018.
In the generous hallway I used an oversized round mirror to help bounce light around and to act as a feature. God I love a round mirror. Always useful to have one in the hallway too as a general rule. Must sort out my own life and find one for our house.
Again, the bedroom was pared back with a lot of layering of textures like the linen bedding, jute rug, cotton throw etc. Found that vintage chest on the building site and got the builders to keep it (much to their dismay) until I was ready for styling.
Peaceful little bedroom shot. See you CAN mix stripes, they just need to be different scales, So the small pinstripe with the bigger stripe work fine together here and then to break them up I used the linen block colour throw in grey so they didn't sit directly next to each other.
The bathroom was based on the same colour palette as the rest of the apartment with a more 'fun' (what a lame phrase) tile to create some excitement. Small spaces can carry off a feature tile so don't be worried about that, just keep a fairly restricted palette elsewhere in the room.
Because most of the walls were neutral or white plain tiles, the feature geometric tiles on the floor and to the basin wall worked as a bit of a punch here.
That's ya lot for this apartment. Would love to know your thoughts chiefs!
Oh and floor plan below, because - well I'm always really intrigued to know how the spaces interact and flow and the only way to really know is a floor plan.
Development Manager: Formative London
Architect: Flower Michelin
Interiors and Styling: Me!
Photography: Anna Stathaki
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