Love classic style? Wander through Nina Campbell’s stunning London home, previously featured in Homes & Gardens.
For interior designer Nina Campbell, turning the ground floor of her converted studio home into an open-plan living space has proved to be a huge success. “I thought I might not like it,” she says, “but actually it means you use the whole space, instead of having rooms for best that you never go into. I’ve put in a pair of glass sliding doors in to separate the dining table from the drawing room, and I usually shut them for the start of a dinner party, before pushing them back to reveal the table, laid and ready for us to eat.”
To counterbalance the airy effect of the lacquered ceiling, the drawing room walls are lined with cream linen fabric while the rock crystal-adorned chimney piece, which Nina found at Atlantic Avenue in New York, gives the room a dramatic focus. “It’s not a working fireplace,” says Nina.
Having grandchildren has had a subtle effect on Nina’s decorating style, she reveals. “I’ve definitely moved away from sharp corners and lines, and the television room, which you see here, was originally decorated in quite a heavy style but I’ve softened it a bit as now, it doubles as a bedroom when my grandchildren come to stay.”
The pictures that line the walls of Nina’s home, including the stairs, which are painted in Coffee Pot by Konig Colours, all have special meaning for her, be they family portraits, scenes of favourite destinations, presents from clients or treasured finds.
Nina’s own-design wallpaper, Penrose, was the logical choice for her bedroom, with its views over a garden that has within it the magnolia tree that was in flower when she first saw the house and which prompted her to buy the property. Her bathroom lies behind the mirrored folding doors …
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Here, the walls are treated with a pale rose lacquer finish. “There were several new pieces in my new furniture collection that I wanted to try at home, including the Doris dressing table stool here, and as with the mirror downstairs in the drawing room.”
While the rest of Nina’s home basks in pale shades of white, pink, coral and chalky brown-greys, the entrance hall remains resolutely aqua in hue. “The colour was inspired by the inside of a pot by the fantastic ceramacist, Kate Malone, and I wanted to keep it.”
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