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Publication Date: 2017-01-10

Design Insights

Peek Inside 11 Designers' Stylish London Projects

From Georgian townhouses to a converted church, these London projects run the gamut of distinctive styles and locations. See what 11 top designers had to say about the inspirations and processes behind some of their favorite UK projects.

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Photography by Sunphol Sorakul

"This dated country-style residence overlooking Hampstead Heath was transformed into a home for a young family. Lots of quirky corners and original details were preserved while a more contemporary style was introduced to the property. Vintage and modern furniture balance out the original detail and add a more current feel to the home."

—Dorothee Junkin, DJDS

Photography by Marcus Peel

"We designed this kitchen in collaboration with renowned American interior designer Michael Smith. The detailing of the furniture on either side of the Wolf range is influenced by a New England style, with chromed door catches and simple glazed wall cabinets. The extraction canopy is clad in zinc and is antiqued with acid and wax."

—Andrew Petherick, Artichoke

"The client for this lovely period townhouse in Richmond wanted to keep the design classic in feel but with fresh, spring-like colours. The starting point for the room scheme was the Brunschwig & Fils green trellis fabric for the curtains. We were very lucky to find a pair of antique stone fire surrounds which helped keep the classic mood without it becoming too modern. The mirror on either side is particularly important to the design, as it bounces off the light and doubles the feeling of space in the long (but not hugely deep) double drawing room."

—Henriette Von Stockhausen, VSP Interiors

Photography by Emma Lewis

"This Georgian reception room had wonderfully high ceilings, beautiful architectural details and huge windows, resulting in a stunning, light-filled space. We used a simple French pole at the windows with plain linen curtains to accentuate the Georgian details whilst bringing our signature use of colour and pattern to the centre of the room through the use of cushions and an antique rug."

—Mary GrahamSalvesen Graham

Photography by Benedicte Ausset Drummond

"This was a complete house refurb with a bespoke kitchen and bathroom for two professionals in the theatre world. This terraced cottage was built at the turn of the century, so in keeping with that and our client's theatrical background, we chose a concept of Industrial-Edwardian meets contemporary theatre. We found a balance with high gloss metals, steel furniture, filament lighting and vintage wallpaper."

—Clarissa Datnow, Spencer & Wedekind

Photography by Henry Bourne

"This is a library we designed in a late Georgian home on Montagu Square. The bookcases were inspired by the impressive millwork at Sir John Soane’s Museum in London."

—Kathryn Madden, Timothy Whealon, Inc

"For this duplex apartment in Knightsbridge, the clients wanted to create a luxurious family home mixing old and new. Our aim was to enhance the original features of the stucco-fronted villa apartment with touches of contemporary classicism."

—Debra Kacher, DK Interiors

“This house is the project of a lifetime—you do not get to do many of these sorts! It is a converted church, and it was a fantastic challenge in terms of space and how to work with it. Nearly everything is bespoke in this family home, and this home had to look beautiful but also had to be practical, where storage is key. This master bedroom was meant to represent peace and tranquillity—somewhere to shut yourself away from the world.”

—Karen Howes, Taylor Howes

Photography by Colin Gates

"Our firm was briefed with the interior design of a Grade II-listed house situated in Knightsbridge. The interior has been designed in a timeless, elegant style, with the principal rooms enjoying stunning leafy views to the front and rear."

Katharine Pooley

"This boutique apartment in a sought-after location just off King’s Road required a refined touch. We used a tranquil palette of watery blues and soft greens against a backdrop of linen and textured wall coverings to create a sophisticated scheme for the three en-suite bedrooms, family kitchen and spacious living area. Bespoke furniture and unique furnishings were sourced for every room, including the west-facing balcony and double aspect reception room."

—Naomi Roberts, Sims Hilditch

"This Hyde Park residence combines understated elegance with practical and flexible spaces for real family usage, set within a classic white stucco Victorian townhouse."

—Susan Knof, KNOF Design

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