(as featured in The Sunday Times: Home)
The lounge was used infrequently by the family as it had become dated over the years. As the family had matured, the lounge no longer suited their needs and requirements. The family wanted a luxurious lounge to entertain their many friends and family, but they also wanted it to feel modern, light and spacious.
My brief was to incorporate their loved vintage 1940's suite and crystal ceiling lights but change everything else... particularly the dated fireplace.
I designed a relaxing entertaining room with a feature fireplace to incorporate their modern TV and their dreams of a letterbox fire.
For the vintage sofa and chairs, I selected a soft and luxurious grey velvet to recover the furniture. This was ideal to modernise the suite and incorporating it into the design. For additional seating, I incorporate a handmade sofa specifically designed to compliment the suite and tailored to the clients height and comfort requirements.
The grey continued with a plush carpet and handmade silk curtains. For a touch of glamour, and to compliment the existing crystal ceiling lights, the curtain poles were dressed with gorgeous crystal finials.
To keep the room feeling spacious and to compliment the linear lines of the room, I sourced modern square furniture with open legs. This makes the room feel solid without being too heavy or cluttered.
The metal theme was carried through into the accessories with a flamingo statue. Flamingo artwork was my original inspiration for the design... something beautiful but a little bit quirky. This helps create an original and personal design for the family. To prevent the room from feeling too drab or masculine, the room was accented with blush pink, handmade cushions.
What the homeowners had to say:
"The lounge is a comfortable room with touches of our personality, but it also feels
uncluttered and elegant. We’re really pleased with the finished lounge
because it encourages our family to
entertaining and enjoying time together. We use the room constantly. Great job Gwendoline."
Vintage 1040's sofa modernised with grey velvet fabric and handmade cushions
Feature fireplace with modern TV and Letterbox fire
A warm and cosy modern lounge for entertaining family and friends
Handmade, full length, eyelet heading, silk curtains with modern chrome pole and crystal finials