Interior designer and Founder of Carnival Interiors Rebecca Davies has a distinctive style alive with personality. Her interior projects are focused on celebrating the environment with the aim of dressing them up, adding character and most of all reflecting individuality. From bohemian glamour to decadent maximalism, Rebecca’s colorful designs are not about stripping back, they are about making the most of a space’s character and personality, along with utilizing antique & vintage pieces to ensure those who retreat to it, find it expressive, inspiring and enchanting. None of Rebecca’s design projects exemplify her colorful and courageous style more than her own apartment; here she tells The LuxPad all about her mission to transform her Knutsford home…
Project Name: Knutsford Apartment
Project Time Taken: Because my husband and I lived in the apartment whilst doing the work, it took a little bit longer than it should have. All in all, it probably took 2 years
The brief is a little tricky to pin down as this was my own apartment and I did whatever I felt like! However, I knew I wanted a space that was inspired by the nature and countryside that surrounds Knutsford, the small Cheshire town where we lived, and of course, I knew I wanted it to be colorful and full of antiques and beautiful textiles. My own mental brief for the bedroom was quite clear from the beginning, I knew I wanted an ‘enchanted garden’ to retreat to each evening. And due to the open aspect of the living/kitchen area, and the sunlight that streamed in through the large windows, I knew I wanted this to be light and airy, I knew I wanted this to feel a bit like a tropical shack, but in a smart way. The briefs for the other rooms just seemed to evolve over time. I wanted the TV room to be dark, but it needed to flow seamlessly from the retro tropical kitchen room; the dressing room I wanted to be a punked up version of a French boudoir; and the bathroom was to be a Victorian haven of curiosities. Despite such a variety of room briefs, I kept a cohesive feel to the apartment by using similar colors throughout, and the common thread that links them all is a visual feast of pattern and vintage one-off pieces.
Creation / Planning Process
The first thing we needed to do was gut the entire apartment and build it back up again. So we put a new central heating system in, re-wired and plastered all the walls. Once the majority of the main, messy work was done, we unfortunately had to decorate room by room after that, due to logistics and finances. The first thing we did was put a new kitchen in as we were cooking in a microwave on top of a box! And from there, we did it piecemeal. Not the ideal way to manage a project, but it was necessary on this occasion.
How it went
The project went slowly, but well. We didn’t have any major hiccups.
Favorite room / part of the project and why?
It’s a hard one to call as the TV room with the black palm tree wallpaper comes close, but I think my absolute favorite room had to be our bedroom. When you were in it, with all the lovely lights twinkling against the dark atmospheric Geisha wallpaper, and you were surrounded by flowers and plants, and animals and statues, it really did feel like an enchanted garden at night time. I would retreat there at bedtime and feel like I was somewhere magical and peaceful. All of us, including the dogs, loved being in there.
Any issues / problems you had to overcome during the project?
A grumpy old-fashioned landlord who didn’t like anything we did! No, seriously, it wasn’t a major project, quite straightforward in terms of modernization and decoration, so we really didn’t have any issues or problems
You can read more about Rebecca’s colorful inspiration and the Knutsford Apartment on her recently launched blog Carnival of Colour.