1. Reuse, reclaim, recycle
With deep light wells installed, a dingy basement becomes a bright family space. 'It's where we all gather to hang out and create chaos,' says the owner. The table was custom-built with reclaimed oak from a French barn and positioned on a durable steel frame. The DSW Eames chairs and industrial lights complete the look.
2. Mix up materials
The scheme in the kitchen was actually kick-started by the wall clock. 'We had it first and wanted it to be a feature,' says the owner. 'So the stainless-steel island was specially positioned to highlight it.' The sleek surface contrasts brilliantly with the exposed brick wall and concrete floor. 'I'd always say, never be afraid to mix contrasting textures within one area - it adds interest.'
3. Collect pieces you love
Most of us love a touch of drama in our lives, but in this quirky yet chic home, a stellar performance is practically oozing from the walls. And, at every turn, in every corner, there is something spectacular going on. 'Some of the things I collect are rather macabre, but I love them,' says the owner. Our advice? If it makes you smile, buy it.
4. Champion a burgeoning talent
'We like interiors with their own story,' says the owner, 'and the more obscure the better. If something grabs my attentio, I'll do a bit of research into its background.' Up-and-coming artists are one of the owner's special interests and she commisioned the fab piece of wall art for her son's room from graffiti artist David Nash. This loft space gives the teenager plenty of room to get away from it all.
5. Go offbeat
Eclectic accessories give this chic and grown-up scheme a quirky edge. 'We may have a slightly warped sense of humour, but we love things that make us smile,' says the owner. The table lamp from Atomic Antiques is teamed with a custom-made fringed shade while the sleek, warm wood stands out against the dramatically dark wall colour.
6. Give the traditional a twist
Synonymous with classical beauty and timeless style, marble has been the epitome of luxurious sophistication for millennia. It's all in the way you use things though, and here this statement stone is brought bang up to date in the form of a grand shower wall. Modern fixtures complete the chic scheme.
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Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.
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