Interior Design Case Studies
A Refresh In Ripon
We have recently completed a project in Ripon which we are delighted to be able to share with you. We were initially approached by the client on the recommendation of a friend looking for a pair of dining room curtains. But that was just where the project started……….
A beautiful room with an aspect on the garden these windows where the first challenge posed to our designer Helen MacKay based at our Harrogate showroom. The client was keen to keep the existing dining furniture which consisted on of a large polished wood table and velvet chairs in silver and black. Helen suggested a fabulous grape velvet fabric from Manuel Canovas which the client fell in love with, and also suggested painting the walls in French Grey from Little Greene. Delighted with the results Helen was then asked to move onto looking at the kitchen.
The contemporary style kitchen in cream with granite worksurfaces also in neutral colour presented a blank canvas, however leading on directly from the dining room through an open arch way it was important that the decor of the kitchen tied in with that in the dining room. Wanting a more informal look for the kitchen a fabric from Larsen which was a rustic looking cloth embroidered with cotton yarns. The roman blind was trimmed in a bobble fringe.
The clients own chair in a neutral colour was dressed with a cushion to match with the curtains and we dressed the area with tall copper lanterns. With one side of the house looking super smart it was time to move onto the lounge.
We made a bespoke sofa using a J.Brown velvet and two smart chairs using a patterned velvet by Zoffany. The curtains are in a fabric from Chase Erwin which is a metallic embroidered geometric silk type cloth – absolutely stunning, but not shown well in this photography. The walls were painted in a shade called Mirage II from the Little Greene Paint Company.
Cushions are always really important for pulling a scheme together. For this scheme we used beautiful pleated satin cushions using a Kravet fabric and added textural tones with fabrics from Zinc for the other cushions.
Completed town house project in Harrogate
We are really excited to be able to share with details of a recently completed project in Harrogate. The owners of this beautiful property in central Harrogate had lived here for some time and were just looking for some help giving it a refresh.
Our designer, Helen Mackay, initially visited the property to get a good understanding of both the space what the couple wanted to achieve.
Starting with the kitchen Helen was tasked with bringing the dining area space together with the kitchen to provide an elegant eating space. The windows were dressed with roman blinds in a Zoffany fabric chosen to tie in with the colours in the granite worktops. A smart pole was added at the top of the blinds for a more finished look. The existing table and chairs were used, with the seat covers upholstered in a luxury velvet to pick out colours from the blind.
For the master bedroom the couple were wanting to achieve a luxurious, calm haven. A metallic wallpaper from Brian Yates was used together with fabrics from Zinc and Kravet to create a roman blinds, a pelmet and curtains to give the window a well dressed look. Texture was added to the scheme with the faux fur throw, cushions and a quilted bedspread. And of course every glamours bedroom needs a chandelier!
Leading off the master bedroom the dressing room didn’t want to be left out from the luxury make-over. Fitted wardrobes meant little was required but a deep buttoned footstool was a useful addition and practical addition. The small window previously had curtains which gave a fussy look so Helen suggested using window frosting stickers on the two side panels and then dressing the window with a smart roman blind in a stunning Colefax & Fowler embroidered applique fabric.
Bespoke – the way to add the WOW factor to your interiors
Our job as Interior Designers is to make our clients homes stand out from the crowd not just to re-create a high street interiors scheme which, while pleasant enough, can lack individuality and quite frankly the “WOW factor”. One of the ways that we can achieve something special is to put our design skills to work to create something totally bespoke be it cabinetry for the kitchen, fitted wardrobes and soft furnishings or upholstery for bedrooms or statement furniture pieces for the dining and living areas. With an extensive pattern library featuring literally thousands of designer fabrics and wallpapers & shelves full of catalogues & swatches featuring all the finishes we are never short of inspiration or resources to draw upon! But where to start? Well that’s our job to help you! Here are a few ideas:
Bespoke Soft Furnishings (Curtains, Blinds, Cushions)
Most windows will need dressing in some form or another whether it is to add to the aesthetic or for purely practical reasons. Cheaper ready made solutions might solve the problem at one level, but for those looking for a more polished look bespoke is the only way to go! When going down the bespoke route not only do you ensure a perfect fit, but the choice is also far wider, meaning that the chances of your neighbors having the same curtains as you is very slim indeed! As for cushions, our mantra at Furnish & Fettle is that you can never have too many. If you fall in love with that fabulous fabric with a price tag to match having some bespoke cushions made from it can be a cost effective solution to incorporating it into a scheme meaning that your budget is working harder for you while still getting that overall stunning effect.
Upholstered headboards really appear to be standing the test of time and we have created some stunning ones for our clients. This is a great way to inject some colour, texture and or pattern into a room creating a striking focal point. Not only that but sumptuous upholstery is a really comfortable solution for a luxury bedroom scheme.
Bathrooms are a space where we always need more storage and that is where bespoke cabinetry can really come into its own. A vanity unit is always timeless and can be made as contemporary or as classic as you wish. Finish that with some striking hardware and you can create a bathing sanctuary that is truly individual and practical.
Although we have lots of stunning footstools in our showroom sometimes our clients need something that is more specific to an existing scheme or something as a starting point to a new scheme. This is where the bespoke option really works, A footstool is something that doesn’t usually require too much fabric so you can perhaps go all out and choose something that might not be quite so cost effective on a sofa for example. It’s also a fab way of adding something a little more adventurous as it’s not a large project. This concept also works well with chairs as an individual piece can really add impact.
Something that we are starting to see more enquires about is the bespoke bar/cocktail cabinet option. Now, before you panic we are not suggesting we all add a retro bar into the corner of our living rooms circa 1970: It’s more a subtle piece of cabinetry that is a stylish but useful addition to our homes. This is where the bespoke option is really useful as we can make something to fit even the smallest or quirky of spaces and make it serve a purpose….Pineapple ice bucket anyone?