As interior designer and Decologist Steven and his Partner were getting ready to become parents they went into search for the perfect home in North London. We are having serious nursery envy….
When did you buy your home? what made you choose it?
We bought our home 3 years ago. The flat we lived in was wonderful but we were planning to welcome a child to our family so we reconsidered our space and neighbourhood.
When I first walked into the house I loved the open plan and the south facing aspect. The house was unloved and I saw great potential. By looking beyond the clutter and minor repairs it became clear we could settle in quickly with a kitchen upgrade and a few minor repairs. There is also plenty of scope for improvement and we are currently implementing a master plan to create our dream home.
Can you describe your home’s style?
The house has a modern aesthetic with traditional elements. We invest in pieces we really like which is a reflection of our combined taste. My husband isn’t a huge fan of pattern so we have gone with a mainly monochromatic look with pops of colour accentuated through our art. I had the most fun designing my daughter’s nursery, the furniture is traditional but fits in really well with the modern pieces in the rest of the house.
What was your vision for your home? What inspired you?
The ground floor of the house is open plan, it is great for entertaining but I also had to consider that everything needed to be functional and comfortable for everyday use. So for example the fabric on the living room furniture is by Sunbrella, very durable but looks elegant. I broke up the space into into zones, a play zone for our daughter an eating and sitting area to watch a movie. It all flows and there is plenty of hidden storage for toys. We have chosen to decorate with art and it’s been fun to search for new pieces and build our collection, it is always evolving. I particularly like large scale pieces they add drama and set a tone for the room.
What particular aspects of your house do you particularly love?
I like the proportions of the bedrooms and the fact that it is very bright.
Being in the trade exposes you to endless options. I am a big fan of Eichholtz, I like statement pieces for art and furniture. Eichholtz is excellent quality and works well in modern and updated traditional spaces. I am also a big fan of Liberty, they have one of the best fabric departments in London and you can always find an interesting piece in the furniture and homewares department. I love to window shop there is inspiration from so many sources.
What’s your dream item for your home?
I designed a bespoke dining table in Carrera marble and an oval brass base. It is going to look fabulous, I am looking forward to when we are ready to have it made.
Which is your favourite room/part of your home?
The kitchen, it was our first major project. I was able to incorporate so many of my favourite design elements and I wouldn’t change a thing. The kitchen is clutter free and sleek but behind the pocket doors are hidden appliances and storage for all my pantry items. The kitchen is a pleasure to cook in and as a Dad to an 18 month old it is the most frequently used room in the house.
If you had one design super power what would it be?
I would love to touch and feel things as I choose them from catalogues. As a designer we choose so much from catalogues and when the real thing arrives it is often better than expected.