This project was my first large-scale commission after I launched the AKD studio in 2002. When my clients called me to invite me to revisit the home I had designed for them, I was beyond delighted!
The new brief was to re-imagine their family home for the next phase of their life, which now includes a brood of gorgeous grandchildren. There was no need to start from scratch, instead we redesigned the spaces with respect and empathy for the renovation that had gone before.
We modernised the home by injecting enough new style to ensure cohesion throughout, yet displayed a distinctive contemporary quality that would carry them through the next 15 years.
We enjoyed exploring a tactile palette, retaining the travertine that we had installed 15 years earlier and using this as the platform and connective base finish throughout.
To complement the travertine and reinforce the understated luxury, we changed applications and textures of this material whilst also adding a handmade quality to all finishes, such as handpainted wallpapers, brass detailed cabinetry, a new staircase created by artisans, figured sycamore veneer, leather, wool and silk. The home is a complete tactile journey.
Our client loved the original paint colour of the home and was loathed to touch it, however, we felt strongly that a new paint colour would allow the freshness required to match the renovation.
The reclaiming of an undercroft area allowed us to create a grandchildren’s oasis, including play room, performance stage, fancy dress wardrobe, ensuite and terrace completely dedicated to the love, fun and inspiration of this growing generation. The playroom has been brought to life with AKD custom-designed furniture and bespoke printed wallpaper and cushions.
The result is a home full of timeless elegance and understated luxury. What an honour it has been to design two renovations for this wonderful family at different stages of their lives. I am certain that this design will see them through the next 15 years and beyond!
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