A room with a view gets some TLC from interior designer Lanassir Lawes
With interiors expert Lanassir Lawes
Once the Christmas decorations come down we get to see our homes in their bare state again. Often, after spending the festive period visiting other beautiful homes and venues, we are full of aspiration to readdress the areas of our own homes that need a little TLC.
Priorities are usually the main living space, kitchen and master bedroom but there are those awkward smaller spaces that have no specific purpose; they often prove a challenge too far and are left untouched. These are the spaces that I love the most as you can really make a difference to a home and, with a little work, make it feel complete.
A lot of the new properties that I work on are over several floors with a floor often being an added bonus rather than a necessity. This is the luxury that can be used for hobbies or an escape from reality!
A few years ago when I worked on the penthouse at Westlegate tower in Norwich we created a ‘ski lodge’ inspired room high up above the bustling streets that turned out to be a great place for a party. With my current client the space is quite different.
With a staircase going through the centre and a bedroom off to both sides it is a walk-through but too big to be left as just that. To the front aspect is an office space but the back had just become a somewhere for anything that didn’t have a place!
The view from the shaped window is amazing and the desire was to turn the alcove into a seating area for relaxing. To maximise the usable space we had bespoke sofas made that fit perfectly to the depth of the area with the seat nestling just below the window sill.
A rich purple fabric was selected with an accent of green in the patterned fabric on the footstools and cushions to tie in with the adjoining guest bedrooms. A Roman blind was also made in the same patterned fabric for the window in the office section to tie the whole floor together.
The shape of the window is a feature and we didn’t want to obscure the view so, as an alternative to curtains, we have dressed around the window with a textured wall covering.
The next stage to complete this level of the property is a bespoke cabinet with storage space for paperwork and shelves for books; this will be made from a combination of oak, to match the doors, and walnut, like the desks.
I look forward to hearing how my clients enjoy the space throughout the year.
ABOVE:The drawings and swatches that helped create the look
BELOW:The space before and after