‘i gave my room a golden fin­ish’

With Yule­tide in mind, Liana Ran­som filled her liv­ing room with all that glit­ters

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When i moved into our house in Twick­en­ham, i im­me­di­ately painted it white through­out, then lived with that to get a feel of what worked,' says liana. ‘Although white walls sim­pli­fied ev­ery­thing, i felt the rooms re­ally needed some warmth and a co­he­sive look to pull them to­gether – but i wasn’t sure where to start.

A friend had em­ployed Luana Han­son In­te­ri­ors to de­sign their ex­ten­sion and when I saw what a bril­liant job she had done, I knew I wanted to get her on board.

The start­ing point

At my ini­tial meet­ing with Luana, she re­ally helped me pin­point the look I was hop­ing to achieve. My style has a Scan­di­na­vian in­flu­ence, as I love the sim­plic­ity of that look. I felt I wanted the over­all de­sign to be con­tem­po­rary, while re­tain­ing pe­riod fea­tures and us­ing colours that flowed to­gether to evoke a rest­ful feel through­out the house. Luana cre­ated mood­boards and floor­plans, so I could see vis­ually what she had in mind. Af­ter­wards I used the boards as a bench­mark, and kept re­fer­ring back to them when hav­ing to make de­ci­sions.

The wall colour was im­por­tant for cre­at­ing the right at­mos­phere and this had pre­vi­ously been a real stum­bling block for me. Luana sug­gested a lovely soft grey for the walls. She brought along MDF boards with sam­ples of a few dif­fer­ent shades painted on them, which we at­tached to the walls so we could see how they worked in dif­fer­ent lights. This was a bril­liant idea be­cause it gave us a good idea of how the colour was go­ing to suit the space.

Clever stor­age

As the area is open plan, I wanted to keep it as clutter-free as pos­si­ble. So Luana de­signed floor-to-ceil­ing cup­boards and a built-in of­fice area. She en­gaged a team of car­pen­ters and painters to put ev­ery­thing in place, which was bril­liant, as I was so busy with work. Mean­while, she helped me re­search con­tem­po­rary fur­ni­ture. We’d looked at the whole lay­out to make the most of the avail­able space, so we

needed to find pieces to fit. Luana sug­gested a light-coloured L-shaped sofa po­si­tioned along­side the stairs, which has opened up the space both vis­ually and prac­ti­cally. We found a TV unit with draw­ers to cre­ate ex­tra free­stand­ing stor­age and she also sug­gested adding a wood­burner to lend am­bi­ence to the room.

Styling the room

The real joy was putting all the fin­ish­ing touches in place. We went to an an­tiques mar­ket where Luana helped me pick a pic­ture frame into which we put a mir­ror, which we hung over the man­tel­piece to cre­ate a greater sense of space. Since then, I’ve been col­lect­ing or­na­ments with a vin­tage feel to match the age of the house.

It has been such a plea­sure dec­o­rat­ing for Christ­mas. With the new lay­out, we can put the tree in the bay, and adding a few blush pink baubles to my col­lec­tion of golden ones ties the whole room to­gether. The sparkling touches look par­tic­u­larly pretty in can­dle­light. I'm so pleased it was all fin­ished in time for Christ­mas and now I’m look­ing for­ward to cel­e­brat­ing in style.’

Sav­ing Space. ‘With the new lay­out, the Christ­mas tree can go in the bay win­dow. it looks so lovely with the white shut­ters’

Fo­cal point. ‘The log burner is an im­por­tant el­e­ment of the room – it’s per­fect to cosy up in front of on a win­ter’s day’

style tip ‘Fill an empty frame with look­ing glass for a be­spoke mir­ror that no-one else will have’

style tip In an open plan room, keep fur­ni­ture low-level to in­crease the sense of space’ Cre­at­ing. at­mos­phere. ‘We added warmth with a col­lec­tion of cush­ions in gold and ochre hues’ ‘For an easy christ­mas cen­tre­piece,ar­range baubles in a glass bowl and add bat­tery­pow­ered led lights For ex­tra sparkle af­ter dark’

deck the halls. ‘as a mod­ern take on a gar­land, sus­pend baubles be­tween ban­is­ters’

fi­nal flour­ish. ‘i in­vested in some new goldrimmed china’

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