Consistent attention to detail is just one of the focus points for Kia Stanford and her design studio. Their belief that quality design is life enhancing ensures their interior design projects are unique, functional and always seamlessly executed. The LuxPad explores one of their recent projects below…
Project Name: London Waterside
Floor area: 950sq ft
Time taken: 4 months
Completion of project: April 2016
To transform a new build 3 bedroom flat into a modern, interesting, warm and characterful home, for a couple who had lived all over the world and had accumulated lots of items, but had never had a settled home or put down roots.
Having lived all over the world, the clients had become accustomed to large, spacious and light filled apartments. London properties tend to offer a more compact, cosy way of living. They would like to create the feeling of a generous and spacious-looking interior which will be open, light and ideal for entertaining.
Creation / planning process
To make the space more functional one of the 3 bedrooms will become a home office, to cater for the clients, who tend to work from home often, but will retain a day bed, should extra sleeping space be required. Clever storage solutions mean that work can be tidied away easily, creating a relaxing atmosphere when the room is not in use as an office, allowing guests their personal space, but will be easily accessible should the clients need to access anything.
The other bedrooms will remain a restful guest room and grander master suite.
Additional storage in the generous hallway cupboard will reduce clutter and allow the clean, open-plan feeling to extend into the living room and kitchen.
The kitchen will be the focus of social activity for the clients, who like to cook for, and entertain friends and family often. Adding an island will increase counter space and allow the hosts to mingle and be more a part of gatherings. An extendable table will provide much needed seating for larger parties, whilst folding away to give greater access to the kitchen and add to the open plan feeling when not in use.
The overall color scheme includes a mixture of sandy tones with pops of color. This will contrast nicely with the walnut flooring and white walls. Complimentary clean lines in muted textiles with accented color will bring warmth and depth to the design and provide character and atmosphere to each individual room.
How it went?
As the couple were living in the property, we broke our usual mode of having everything delivered to our warehouse and then installed en-masse, so we did this property in stages. It was crucial for the clients to have the furniture as it arrived, but it deprived them (and us) of the wow factor reveal.
It did, however, allow the couple, who were hesitant about color, to start with just a few segments of wallpaper and then decide to increase the amount used and cover other walls, eventually getting to our proposed idea, which they initially considered overwhelming.
Favorite room/part of the project and why?
We always love a bit of problem solving, so designing the bespoke dining table and extending leaf was a joy. It’s not a large space, and through careful planning, we’ve managed to be able to introduce seating for 8.
The floor plans provided by the company who built the flats didn’t include radiator locations. A site visit revealed they had managed to place them in seriously inconvenient spaces, that no redesign would solve, so they all had to be moved, at great reluctance by the company.