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Design Journal #1

interior design – living room with contemporary leather furniture – design journal #1

Welcome to the first edition of our Design Journal, where we share news and views from the studio and selected interior design trends.

Our exciting rebrand has led to the recent launch of our new website

Our portfolio illustrates some of our most significant projects this year, beautifully shot by the acclaimed interiors photographer David Parmiter.

Old Rectory, Hampshire

interior design – twin bedroom, Old Rectory, Hampshire

This is an ongoing restoration project of an important Grade II Arts & Crafts Old Rectory in Hampshire. The last phase of the bedroom refurbishments has been completed with  a charming loft bedroom conversion, principle guest bedroom and an original shower in the tower.

interior design – bedroom detail, Old Rectory, Hampshire

The house is a collection of favourite pieces from our most used suppliers, a designer rug sourced from Luke Irwin in Pimlico, patterned lampshades from Fermoie, and a textural shagreen coffee table from Vaughan.

interior design – living room detail, Old Rectory, Hampshire

We have found beautiful artwork from one of our favourite art dealers, Cricket Fine Art, which includes a portrait of a ballerina and an abstract Cornish seascape, and sourced antique botanical prints and statement mirrors from Porta Romana.

Lowndes Square, London

interior design – living room, Lowndes Square, London

This Knightsbridge Penthouse was a comprehensive design project for an international client who sought a very specific style of oriental design. The project required sourcing authentic Japanese antiques, wallpapers and artwork and employing a team of specialist painters to provide traditional hand painted chinoiserie artwork.

interior design – bedroom detail with wallpaper, Lowndes Square, London

We coupled this with minimalist furniture from renowned Western designers such as Eames and Conran. The result was a fusion of East meets West, with textural finishes and raw materials and clean contemporary lines.

Exterior design – roof terrace, Lowndes Square, London

This was a high end project on a large scale and we managed a big team to complete the works on time and to a high specification.

Current Trends

Farrow & Ball Inchyra Blue

This is a strong, bold, characterful aged blue grey inspired by the naturally dramatic Scottish skies. It provides the most dramatic backdrop for artwork, gilt framed mirrors, and light fittings. It is a moody hue that can read either grey, blue or green depending on the light and it’s a great alternative to indigo and charcoal. It can work in a contemporary home, providing colour to a calm neutral palette. It is a statement, but it’s also liveable.

interior design – current trend Farrow and Ball Inchyra Blue
interior design – floral wallpaper detail

Reuse, refurbish, combine vintage with contemporary

Old classic paintings with gilt frames sit alongside large bold contemporary artwork. Recycle, repair and reuse furniture and reupholster in contemporary geometric fabrics, and use a mixture of pattern and texture. More is now more, rather than less is more.

Accessorise a space to give it a new feel. Use contemporary coloured glass vases and bottles, patterned lampshades and if you don’t have your own heirlooms, source from an antiques shop rather than buying new, such as this stone bust.

Wallpaper is BACK! More on this in the next issue.



We are delighted to have been invited to join the highly regarded Houzz community, as part of their preferred partners programme of industry professionals. You can find me at, as well as featuring on the prestigious House & Garden’s The List.

We start two exciting new significant projects next month, in both town and country, which I look forward to sharing with you next time. Until then please do follow us on social media for frequent updates.

With all best wishes,

Lucy x