Based in both London and Surrey, Sophie Paterson Interiors was established in 2008. The studio works on high-end projects in the commercial and residential sectors across Britain and overseas. Sophie’s contemporary, classic interiors include luxurious homes, restaurants and other commercial premises. Her projects have featured in interior design magazines worldwide and with an Instagram following of over 90,000 the company has a large online presence. Together with an experienced team of talented yet approachable interior designers, Sophie provides a personalized, relaxed design service from their studio in Surrey. The studio favors a refrained palette with a neutral base of taupe or grey, with careful use of sophisticated accent colors and layers of textures and luxury.
Sophie, 32 lives in Surrey with her husband Kevin, 38 and their cocker spaniel Bo. When not designing high end interiors she likes to visit antique shops in West Sussex, restaurants in London and go for long walks in the countryside. Here Sophie shares with The LuxPad one of her favorite recent projects…
Project name: Chelsea Pied-à-Terre
Floor Area: 3000 square feet
Project time taken: 6 months
Completion of Project: October 2015
The overall brief was to create a luxurious home for our client that would increases the sense of space as well as maximising storage. Our client likes to entertain so the brief for the living room was to maximize seating and as the entrance hall is very narrow with no room for storage we designed a bespoke TV cabinet with shoe storage underneath for her guests shoes. We installed a textured wallpaper that reflects the light, kept to a light and neutral color palette with touches of celadon in the rug and accessories and used lots of high gloss furniture and an églomisé mirror which helps enhance a feeling of space. In the master bedroom we maximized storage for her gorgeous wardrobe and shoe and bag collection by designing and installing extensive fitted wardrobes with pull out storage in the eaves and lift up storage for out of season clothes under the bed, as well as an integrated dressing table in the wardrobe wall. To create a focal point we designed a bespoke headboard with upholstered panels in the center and panels of Fromental hand painted wallpaper on either side. In the master en suite we added bookmatched marble, additional storage behind the mirror and in the grey oak vanity unit as well as decorative lighting. In our client’s young son’s bedroom we took inspiration from his passion for planes and all things that fly by using a Cole and Son wallpaper featuring hot air balloons. We designed and installed bespoke fitted wardrobes and fitted toy storage with spray lacquer finish in blue and limed grey oak. The brief for this bedroom was to design a children’s bedroom that would be suitable for at least the next 5 years and would grow with him.
Creation / planning process
The design process was very straight forward as the client was open to ideas and had a very clear brief. We always do two design presentations– an initial design presentation with all the samples in a tray format as well as a PDF with images of all the furniture. This presentation allows our clients to assess the overall direction of the design and make any tweaks they might want to the fabrics or furniture. The next stage is a more formal presentation with a floor plan layout, an A3 document presentation brochure with images of all bespoke carpentry, furniture, art, lighting as well as samples of all finishes presented. Once our client approved all the designs and costs we ordered everything at the beginning of the project and in this case the team of tradesmen and builders we work with on a regular basis oversaw all the renovation work, whilst we carried out weekly site visits to ensure the work was carried out as specified.
How it went?
The project went very smoothly, though as the client lived in the property during the renovation this slowed down progress slightly. As we undertake weekly site visits and send weekly progress reports we find this helps our clients understand the process and avoids any frustrations on their behalf. The project took 6 months from our first meeting to completion.
Favorite room / part of the project and why?
I love the living room as it oozes luxury. Every single item was made bespoke for the space, from the sofas and cushions right down to the rug and mirrors. The space has totally transformed and it feels so much more spacious now even though it has extensive storage and seating. The client was very trusting and opted for the two rugs with a touch of celadon green which I think are the star pieces of the room. Celadon green is one of my personal favorite colors, it’s quite an unusual accent color for a living room but is so chic and uplifting, perfect for a young glamorous Londoner.
Any issues / problems you had to overcome during the project?
As the house is very old there isn’t a single straight wall or floor in the whole property and so everything had to be templated very carefully. The chimney breast isn’t located centrally in the front living room and so we overcame this by tweaking the dimensions of the bespoke cabinets and mirrors above so that it looks more symmetrical.