Having always admired historic properties, this homeowner was delighted to find a period cottage on one of her favourite local streets. ‘The property was in good repair when I bought it so I moved in straightaway, but my plan was to renovate the whole house with an emphasis on lots of natural light and somewhere to display books and artworks,’ says the owner.
Renovation experts All4House were enlisted to help on the project as was interior designer Amelia McNeil. ‘We had similar tastes,’ says the owner, ‘and I could see that Amelia had a clever eye for maximising space.’
Built-in storage painted in a bold shade of blue creates a style statement as well as providing practical shelving. ‘The idea of a bookcase as a focal point was really appealing. For me, it’s the finishing touches that make all the difference and I was happy not to rush things in order to get a high-quality result.’
The colour of the Crittall doors complements the bookcase and the industrial vibe is echoed in the slim breakfast bar. Understated wooden units line one wall and extra storage is provided in the well-stocked shelving above. For a note of luxury, the sumptuous yellow velvet sofa provides a very comfy place to curl up.
Soft furnishings with a mid-century vibe reflect the colours of the painting.
‘I generally favour a neutral palette for creating a calm atmosphere with colour and texture added through soft furnishings and accessories,’ explains the owner. ‘I also prefer natural products where possible, so Amelia suggested wood and sisal for floors, with wool and tweed fabrics.’
This elegant room is the owner’s favourite. The bold colour and brass hardware bring contrast and drama to this largely monochrome scheme.
A French style bed and smart brass wall lights evoke a hotel-style luxury. A clever lower roller blind provides privacy while still letting in lots of light.
Interior designer/Amelia McNeil