This Penthouse Apartment – a conversion from a typical 1970’s soul-less office block – truly fitted that over-used expression ‘a blank canvas’.
The Client wished to occupy in a matter of weeks. Speed was of the essence!
Limed oak wooden floors, coupled with creamy carpets, immediately created a calm atmosphere. Soft linen coloured paint was used on all the walls, and a limited palette of colours, was used throughout to maximize light. Sliding ‘oriental style’ window panels now frame the panoramic views by day, and when closed provide a wall of colour.
Lit by table lamps with black silk shades standing on a long glass console table, the spacious Entrance Hall leads to the Family Bathroom with tumbled marble walls and a pebbled floor.
A curved half-wall around the Kitchen, echoed in the Seating Area, and the round glass dining table, further enhances the feeling of space and separation. Zoned lighting for each area creates the ‘room within a room’ effect. Original artwork was chosen to intensify the impact of the contrast between the grey and black of the furniture. and the wine red of the window panels and cushions.
An over-sized headboard of dark walnut wood is the focal point of the luxurious Master Bedroom. Matching bedside tables and a large chest of drawers create pools of warmth in this elegant room with its Ensuite Shower Room tiled in creamy tumbled marble.
The Guest Bedroom is designed in more feminine style using a soft duck egg and gold colour scheme. Warm cherrywood furniture, the matching window treatment and bed valance and a cosy co-ordinating throw complete the welcome for visiting daughters.
In the Study a sleek glass shelving unit, imported from Italy, complements the glass-topped metal framed desk and black leather chairs sourced after extensive research.
However, this design scheme did not stop there! Duvets and pillows for the bedrooms, towels for the bathrooms, china, glasses, cutlery, kettle, toaster; in fact all the essentials of home were sourced, right down to that vital corkscrew.
In early discussions the Client requested a ‘big feature ashtray’. The ‘right’ item was found only after a great deal of research, and is the finishing touch.