By Hong Xinying
Could 05, 2021
This duplex house in London options an ethereal inside that soothes the spirit and makes worries drift away
“My intention was for your entire residence to really feel like a cloud if you step into it,” says inside designer Rebecca James and the founding father of her eponymous studio.
Certainly, wanting on the 4,000sqft duplex apartment in its current state, it’s exhausting to think about that this enchanting abode was as soon as a darkish and cluttered workplace. Left untouched for over 20 years, it has a narrow, elongated layout, with a pitched roof vaguely harking back to Parisian-style Haussmann apartments. As an alternative of seeing these options as design limitations, the studio cleverly used these French cadences as a supply of inspiration.
“Our imaginative and prescient was to create a recent Parisian-style apartment with reined-back luxurious, layered with textures all working collectively in concord,” says James. “Our purchasers tasked us with designing a household house with a recent and timeless really feel. They wished a house that was fairly and female with gentle colors, and to slot in as many beds as potential for his or her grandchildren.”
Being positioned on the fourth storey, the house additionally introduced many sensible challenges. Many of the furnishings and heavy objects such because the marble slabs needed to be manually carried up the slender stairwell, as they might not match into the petite elevator. The home windows on the front-facing facade have been additionally too small for the workforce to crane-lift furnishings via them.
“The venture was a little bit of a logistical nightmare,” admits the designer. “Every bit we proposed needed to be fastidiously thought-about earlier than ordering because it risked not making it up the steps (if it was too massive).”
Gone are the heavy furnishings and draperies of the previous inside—the workforce changed these with furnishings in creamy shades and pastel tones. The ethereal impact is most obvious within the monochromatic lounge, which options bespoke sofas and a sectional upholstered in off-white material. Crafted from Cordova shell limestone and white oiled oak, the spherical Concho espresso desk by Yucca Stuff and a dappled rug from Tai Ping floor the look of the dwelling space.
The impartial palette continues additional into the house, with every space differentiated by its accent colors. Within the formal eating room, gray tones on the curtains and Ruby eating chairs by Fiona McDonald echo the color scheme of the cloud wallpaper from Zoffany.
This space is among the many designer’s favorite rooms within the house. “I like the wallpaper because it offers the room a cloud-like look,” says James. “The Hans-Agne Jakobsson chandeliers have been sourced fairly late (within the renovation course of), however they actually elevated the general vibe of the room.”
The kitchen sports activities an earthy scheme with marble flooring, peppered with a touch of inexperienced on the accent cushions and upholstered banquette seating. Woven textures of the wall-hung Binga baskets from Zimbabwe and Cane-Line chairs contribute to the relaxed look of the secondary eating space, which serves as a comfortable nook for breakfast.
Overhead, a Stilux classic lighting piece and a Fontana Arte mild by Max Ingrand float above the West Elm eating desk and bespoke kitchen island.
The main bedroom on the highest ground equally employs a lightweight palette, with the ceiling and partitions all painted in dove white, accentuated with pale pink dressers and a headboard from Elizabeth Eakins in an enthralling floral sample. A dressing desk and furry stool from Felice James, the designer’s namesake model, soften the angular proportions of the room.
To welcome the couple’s troop of visiting grandchildren, the workforce created customized bunk beds for the little ones, making it a secure haven and venue for slumber events. Bespoke wallpaper that includes the landmarks of London brings a playful contact to the area.
In distinction to the understated palette in the remainder of the house, the visitor bed room and adjoining balcony are wearing wealthy sundown hues, presenting a extra decadent look. “Material and textures play a pivotal function in my designs, and they’re normally my start line (in any venture),” shares James.
Classically skilled as a ballet dancer, James had beforehand pursued a profession as a trend mannequin. But inside design has at all times been her calling—it took a much-praised renovation of her private residence to spur James into lastly beginning her namesake agency in 2006. Her workforce has since crafted a bevy of gorgeous abodes in London and past, in addition to a resort on the Amalfi Coast in Italy.
“I had at all times deliberate to be an inside designer from an early age, however the timing needed to be proper,” she says. “I truly did an inside design diploma whereas working in trend, so the profession change was at all times on the playing cards.”
Though the challenges of this venture have been quite a few, the top end result seems virtually easy; a testomony to the agency’s design savvy. The renovation was accomplished in 13 months. “My purchasers are ecstatic about their new residence, and I imagine we surpassed their expectations,” says the designer with delight.
This story was first printed within the April difficulty of Tatler Properties Singapore; the issue is available with our compliments on Magzter until 31 May 2021.