The American couple moved into their Knightsbridge terrace house in 2013 when their work brought them to London. They now spend their time between London and their home in rural Connecticut.
‘The two lifestyles are like night and day. In the States we have four acres of land with gardens and pools to maintain; here in London everything is easier and more relaxed.’
Here, their fabulously decorated door provides a yuletide welcome for friends and family alike.
Not On The High Street
Walking into this house, which had been renovated by a developer and was ready to be furnished, the couple knew instantly that it would work. Not only was the condition appealing, the size and layout were also practical, with a kitchen, conservatory and sitting room on the lower ground floor; a double-aspect sitting room on the raised ground floor; main bedroom, dressing room and bathroom on the first floor; and three further double bedrooms and bathrooms over two additional floors. ‘We adore the area and many of the great things that London has to offer are within reasonable walking distance.’ Here, the silk damask armchairs, together with an ornate mirror and substantial ottoman lends an opulent note to the scheme.
Combine quintessentially English style with high-end American furniture. The owners wanted their London home to feel traditionally British, but with a modern American twist. They wanted the room to look and feel familiar and comfortable but fresh, and because they would be entertaining business associates as well as hosting visiting friends and family, the scheme also needed to be warm and inviting.
Invite relaxed living into your home with a subtle palette of calming, neutral tones. Soft hues can be relaxing, sophisticated and subtle, a world away from bland beige. The kitchen’s traditional feel is emphasised with a pair of country-style barstools, which harmonise with the colour of the worktops, and a fender upholstered in Scottish tweed.
Create the perfect cosy space for winter nights. Dinner parties in here are a magical affair at Christmas time, with candles both inside and out in the garden. ‘We constantly have guests, but it makes us happy.’ Decorative architectural details, such as the French doors, lend their charms to this classic country conservatory. The owners brought in a rustic wicker reindeer and lashings of fresh foliage for an elegant take on the traditional Christmas centrepiece.
Re-create the homely, snug feel of a country scheme with rustic furniture that wouldn’t look out of place in a French farmhouse. A four-poster bed with heavy linen curtains makes this a cosseting space. Natural fabrics are a keystone of the décor, set alongside painted furniture and upholster from British companies. ‘We wanted to use local suppliers as much as possible, and it was fun to make the most of different resources over here.’
Use complementary colours to create a harmonious scheme in your boudoir. The beautiful fabric on the curtains were the starting point for this scheme. ‘It has beautiful two-tone mauve and teal hand embroidery and we pulled those colours through the entire house to give the scheme cohesion.’ The owners opted for a palette of soft blue and warm biscuit shades to create a restful atmosphere, while a four-poster bed is a guaranteed glamorous addition.
Take your cue from high-end hotels and bring a little boutique chic to your bathroom. Beautiful touches of marble will give your home a really classy, on-trend look. A floor-standing cabinet in a gorgeous marble finish takes full advantage of the space in this elegant bathroom. The owners have chosen a unit that runs along the entire length of a wall so that it leaves no space unused. The whole renovation took just twelve to sixteen weeks to complete. ‘It was a very quick turnaround, but that sort of pressure focuses the mind, and it turned out to be a nice, seamless process. There isn’t a spot we don’t love.’
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