I always start by listening carefully to the client’s ideas and asking lots of questions. My key focus at the early stage was to establish the practical requirements, room by room, and getting the flow of the house right – which walls would stay and which would go? I then looked at how people would live in the space and what their daily needs were.
Focusing on the design of the interior space came next. For a property with large areas of glazing, it is vitally important to have consistency across the key materials used and to consider the scale and site lines to create a seamless look. I produced mood/design/material boards to discuss with the client and ensure that they were excited with the direction the design was taking.
W e were lucky to find some original Afromosia hardwood flooring under the carpets and this, along with the central staircase which was to be retained and refurbished, became the starting point for our material choices.
Oak flooring was used for the family room and to clad the ceiling in the reception room, while deep walnut window sills feature in the study and complement the hardwood floor.
The kitchen, utility area, downstairs bathrooms and hallway, all have the same large format porcelain floor tiles, which apart from being very practical, are lovely underfoot and help the space flow and appear seamless. Externally we used the same tile but with an non-slip surface.
The fireplace in the grown up reception room is clad in large porcelain tiles for a bold nod to the origins of the property plus giving a luxurious ski chalet feel. The house is a considered mix of texture, smooth surfaces balanced with sumptuous velvets, cool crisp linen and chunky woollen rugs. Velvet was used for the family room with a large comfortable sofa. Upstairs the carpet is a lovely bobble textured wool.
My inspiration for design comes from everywhere, including Pinterest, design shows, pebbles on the beach, clients’ artwork and even their choice of clothing. I love the natural beauty of Scandinavian design and interiors and am passionate about true craftsmanship and authentic materials.
Your environment has such an impact on your wellbeing and I believe in a completely holistic approach to interior design where the scale of project allows, right down to the choice of room fragrance.
My goal with the Chichester harbour house was always to create a calm, natural, yet sophisticated space which promotes wellbeing. Above all else, to create a space that my client loves.