Lucy Burt and Ceri Murray are the partnership behind Cheshire based company Nest Interior Design. Working on residential projects across the UK they pride themselves on offering an informal and friendly service. With no set formula to their interior design process, they ensure each and every design brief is bespoke and tailored to a client’s individual tastes, lifestyle and budget. They share one of their recent projects with The LuxPad below…
Project name: Family Room, Cheshire
Floor Area: 32 square meters
Project Time Taken: 3 months
Completion of Project: January 2014
Brief of Project
The client was undertaking building work to the rear and side of the house to open up the kitchen/dining area and create an informal family room. We worked alongside the builder and kitchen supplier to finalise a scheme for the room and ensure all elements were ‘pulled together’. The style was to be modern yet comfortable, the kitchen would be contemporary and primarily white. We wanted to introduce colour through fabrics and artwork, texture through a sofa and rug and to ensure the room felt relaxed and welcoming. This was to be a room in which the whole family could enjoy spending time together, relaxing and entertaining.
The timescale was quite tight on this project as the client ideally wanted everything in place for Christmas and we took the brief in mid-October. In light of this, the first priority was to ensure we had a real understanding of what the customer had in mind for the room to really get the bones of the scheme pinned down. We looked through a wide range of images, styles and colours to drill down and establish a good insight into the client’s preferences. Based on this, we provided a Design Board with pale walls and flooring, working with the white gloss kitchen units and Corian worksurface to provide a calm, clean canvas. We kept with the simple lines for the pendant lights, dining table and chairs, adding in an eye-catching chair for each end of the table to add interest. We then added in texture through a grey linen mix sofa, throws and cushions and colour through the addition of cornflower blue and fuschia. Artwork is often tricky as it is so personal but we worked hard to track down prints which the client would like and she fell in love with the work of Chloe Croft. Finally, we sourced accessories with a Scandi feel to complete the look.
How it went?
Overall, this was a great project. The client was a dream to work with, she had very clear ideas of what she liked and disliked and was super-fast to make decisions which was vital on the timescale available.
Favourite part of the project and why?
The furniture was a joy to source for on this project as the client had great taste! The Muuto Adaptable works brilliantly in the space and the Comback chairs in blue/grey are envy inducing…
Issues or Problems
Due to the timing of the project, we faced the inevitable Christmas delays and hold-ups with orders. The table didn’t ship out of Denmark to arrive in time for Christmas lunch but our brilliant supplier loaned the client a (rather gorgeous) table at the last minute on Christmas Eve to save the day!
Photography by Julie Harris