The recipe for renovation success is: 1. Find a gem of a space that’s been awkwardly modified;
2. Remove those dated eyesores and reconfigure the layout, repurposing all of the period features; 3. Inject some colour, a dose of sassy practicality and some wonderful furniture and voila. You have an incredibly covetable home that combines modernist and period styles that are feminine, warm and cheerful.
Make the wall behind the bed a strong feature by using the wall treatment theme of the decor.
The velvet headboard in the main bedroom was inspired by panelling, not upholstery. It was a team effort. I had the idea for the look using velvet and brass, the architect drew the right proportions, the contractor created it and we used a velvet expert who usually works on hotels to pose the velvet, which is from Pierre Frey’s new collaboration with India Mahdavi.
Build in your storage as much as possible.
The toaster and kettle can go in a cupboard too, but on a retractable shelf that you can close up when you’re done with breakfast.