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Emma Grant on the case for opulence

- Decorator

London-based decorator Emma Grant, 32, got the taste for opulence in design from family holidays in Nice, where she discovered Villa Kerylos, a Greek revival house in Beaulieu. ‘It’s a magnificen­t representa­tion of an Ancient Greek villa,’ she says of the home commission­ed by a classical scholar in the early 1900s. ‘Every detail of the interior has been meticulous­ly considered with no expense spared.’

With an eye for repurposed materials, rare textiles, antiques and fine, bespoke detailing, Grant deals mostly in residentia­l projects and complete renovation­s. She’s currently updating the kitchen in her own Cotswolds home, with a distinctiv­e mottled reddish-pink limestone worktop quarried in Devon and has nabbed a large-scale Italian, 18th-century silk and gilt thread embroidery for herself, which she may have usually kept for clients. ‘The detail is extraordin­ary. It would have originally been woven into the back of a sofa but having now been framed it looks fabulous on the wall.’

Her main MO is to ‘move away from whitewash, open-plan living’, and she thinks we need to be ‘celebratin­g living in small-scale quarters, with more outlandish designs for dressing windows’.

She believes that unique antique sourcing adds a real flair but when you’re working towards tight deadlines, it becomes ‘a luxury when given the opportunit­y to hold off for something really unique to emerge. I feel more often than not the best pieces are acquired via very patient digging through auction catalogues and markets.’

“We need to move away from whitewash, open-plan living”

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