A few years ago I was asked to take on a small independent job for a very busy journalist in Chelsea. His kitchen badly needed a lift. It was dark, tired and it no longer worked well for him. I think he’d just about given up using it save for making the odd coffee, and he spent most of his time in cafes and restaurants. My Client had already committed to replacing his Marimekko blind with like for like so I worked the kitchen colours around this vibrant fabric. The aim was to bring the kitchen up to date and inject colour and light without spending an absolute fortune.
We replaced the cupboard doors, wall tiles and the floor. We painted the walls and the old pine ceiling and I helped the owner source new appliances (already on his agenda), and bar stools for the servery. Sometimes you don’t need to rip everything out to dramatically transform your environment.
Fresh colours inspired by the Marrimeko blind
The new servery
Life is pretty hectic right now with the Dunshea’s Deli build going on. Everything on site is going swimmingly though as we have a crack team of trades and that makes all the difference. Very good guys with great attitudes. This week is going to be momentous as the walls will be lined and the sanitary ware is going in. We might even get a bit of paint on the walls! Infact, I am chief tiler and I’ll be applying my (hidden and not actually tried) tiling skills this week too. Thank goodness Isla gave me a level for mothers’ day!
Our graphic designer, Simon Horner has sent through the first proof of the logo and we absolutely love it. I look forward to sharing it with you in the very near future.
The site stripped bare
The stud shot
When I worked in London, Victoria Fairfax and I spent 5 years traveling to and from the most idyllic and romantic place that one could hope to find. Andrew Carnegie called it heaven on earth and I think that it just might be. Skibo Castle is an hour north of Inverness in the north of Scotland. It was the Edwardian home of Andrew Carnegie, steel baron and all round international tycoon. Now it is one of the world’s most exclusive private clubs. I feel honoured to have participated in the refurbishment of such an important estate.
If you go to The Carnegie Club website and wait for a few moments you’ll be treated to a short slide show that includes photographs of some of the castle suites and the swimming pool that we refurbished together with their crack local team. Enjoy!
Enormous thanks to Jinx in the Sky whose beautiful photographs of Willis York salon refurbishment grace my portfolio pages. Jinx is very talented and it was a privilege to work with her for the week of the refurb. You can see Jinx’s ethereal art and amazing style on her website. Thank you Jinx!
We have just finished the salon refurbishment for Willis York hairdressing salon in Wellington. What a space, what a team and what a Client! The result is something sumptuous, a jewelery box containing all of Bex Brent’s treasures and a showcase of her work. I’m no photographer, (the one below is about the extent of my talents in that department), but I’ll aim to have some gorgeous photos up in the next week or so.
The sequined stags antlers - a new home and lit beautifully