Dee Gibson Velvet Orange Ltd

South African/Norwegian fusion

We were approached by a delightful couple with South African and Norwergian heritage who had settled in London with their two children.

Owners of a wonderful, large period property they wanted to find a way to blend pieces they had collected individually and together over the years, to create a home that reflected them as a family. Of course the practicalities of day to day living - 2 children, 2 dogs and busy jobs -  required consideration too. We loved the opportunity to work with existing pieces as well as bringing something new to the mix to tie it all together.

They were bold and so were we - we love the results.

Here is what they said about us:

"Having lived in our house for 10 years, we knew it was time for a fundamental re-vamp but had little idea where to start. A friend recommended we talk to Dee on the basis that she offers original and differentiated design ideas, a terrific level of service, highly qualified and reliable contractors, and reasonable costs. 

We have not been disappointed. From the first walk-through the house, Dee immediately understood the sort of look and feel we wanted. She then proceeded to put her own stamp on the project, coming up with mood boards of ideas that we would never have thought of but loved, from paint colours and lighting to small details like painting the dining table legs a different colour. She proposed mixing texture, colour and lighting to create the ambience we wanted. Throughout the execution of the project Dee was always available and proactive in addressing any issues that did arise. 

As work progressed and we changed our mind about a few things, she and her contractors were very flexible in updating the schedule of works. She also continued to develop ideas as the project took shape. We are delighted with the final outcome and by the fact that it came in exactly on budget. Our home now benefits from a beautiful design that flows through the house in a joined-up way, and the immaculate finishes that we have always envied in other houses. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Velvet Orange to anyone I know"