Roselind Wilson established Roselind Wilson Design in February 2010. With a strong background in Marketing and armed with a Business Management Degree and Interior Design Diploma, Ros started working in the industry in South Africa 15 years ago. Moving to London she worked in senior positions and gained valuable experience with notable designers David Collins and Helen Green. Now running her own successful and award-winning design practice, with projects completed in the UK and South Africa, Ros thrives on balancing the art of design with the intricacies of running a busy studio. She feels that perfection should be a given, not something to strive for – and applies this ethos to all her projects and believes this is a fundamental reason in delivering successful interiors.
Project name: Eaton Mews North, Belgravia
Floor Area: 1700 sqft
Project time taken: 1 year
Completion of Project: 2015
The developer of this mews house behind London’s premier garden square contacted award- winning Roselind Wilson Design in 2012 to reconfigure and interior design the house. The property was formerly arranged across a ground and first floor reception, living area and kitchen and a second floor comprising two bedrooms and two bathrooms. RWD was appointed to carry out the full interior architectural specification which included reviewing the layouts and determining a new layout across four floors, that being the basement, ground, first and second floors.
RWD designed and specified finishes for the kitchen, bathrooms, all joinery, architectural and decorative lighting, all architectural finishes including doors, architraves, skirtings, faceplates and sockets, the staircases, entrance doors, garage doors, door furniture and ironmongery. RWD also liaised with the various consultants, namely Audio Visual and AC to determine the specifications and update the drawings for use by the contractor on site. The entire architectural drawing package was collated by RWD.
The basement kitchen diner features a back-lit fake living wall which gives some ‘green space’ in a windowless room and makes for a unique and interesting feature. Textured timber veneers have been specified for base cabinetry with a bespoke battered copper splash back and concrete effect work surface. Light stained floors are offset against the dark bronze detail of the stair hand rail and battered bronze of the wall and pendant lights. The basement also features a guest cloakroom and hidden dumbwaiter to aid speedy delivery of meals and drinks to the first floor living area, avoiding two flights of stairs.
The Guest Bedroom has its own en-suite bathroom and the generously spacious entrance hall immediately outside of the bedroom has large fitted cupboards to store coats, shoes etc. This guest bedroom, although compact, offers all the comforts of a home away from home with a recessed TV as a backdrop to the subtle textured wallpaper. The headboard is upholstered in waxed linen and extends the entire length of the room to the en-suite to create an interesting feature. The bed is layered in neutral linens and cushions to create a sense of serene against the green. Shutters were used for privacy as this bedroom is on the ground floor.
On the first floor there is an open plan sitting room which comprises of a wall of bespoke shelving all lit by LEDs to make an interesting wall feature, as well as practical space for books, vases, television and DVDs etc. A writing desk – with neon artwork positioned above – and contemporary stools are situated at the opposite end of the living area. The master bedroom and master bathroom are situated on the second floor which thanks to RWD’s reconfiguration of the space are more generous in their size thus giving a better feeling of space and luxury. We also stole space from the hallway between the bedroom and the bathroom to create a shower that is generously sized.
The main focus was on luxury materials and fittings, while the spacial priority was to achieve a generous layout that incorporated a double vanity unit, separate shower and free standing bath. The Turkish Lilac marble is busy but we weren’t the afraid to use it in key areas. We wanted the strong veins to steal the show. The key is not to use it on all walls but to balance it with another stone or tile. Here we tamed the effect with a plain but undulating porcelain tile in a crisp off-white that matches the white in the marble. The double vanity unit is positioned directly opposite the entrance in order to create an immediate focal point. We chose a wall hung installation with a high-gloss lacquer finish on the doors.
Attention to the detailing is as important to Roselind as the overall scheme. Nothing is sacrificed to create a sense of luxury in her designs, which are peppered with lovingly sourced details. For Roselind, it’s all about the detail and perfection, something she strives for in all her designs.
What was the creation / planning process?
When the client appointed RWD to carry out the interior architectural remit, the first step was to obtain as much information from the client to collate a detailed brief of their requirements. As a development project; naturally a sound ROI was of prime importance and so a well-structured layout, maximising space whilst at the same time creating something quite special and desirable was required to ensure that the end product would drive demand and be extremely saleable. To get this right we worked up numerous layouts and conducted internal brainstorms to arrive at the best options to drive forward with detailing and design development. Getting the layouts right meant that the design team could marry exciting products and finishes to allow the look to come together. We were extremely fortunate in that the client was trusting of us and our designs and gave us creative freedom to run with our ideas.
How did the project go?
The project was a huge success not only from the client’s perspective at being extremely happy with the visual impact of the completed project but also due to the fact that it sold very quickly once released to the market. Whatever the end objective, we place enormous emphasis on steering our creative process and designs to meet the client’s requirements which can require a great degree of versatility and understanding of products and finishes to achieve the perfect outcome. The ultimate reward is a happy and satisfied client.
What was your favorite room or part of the project and why?
Mews houses have a distinct sense of paired back luxury by the mere fact that the architecture is not overscaled or dramatic but rather humble and understated. As opposed to sweeping features, finishes can really come into their own to great effect and for this reason the whole property can be enjoyed as textures, metals, timbers and stone are at play throughout the space with lighting used to accent detail. The heightened doors play into this as the timber not only displays a hammered effect but the grain is displayed in alternating directions for impact.
I believe the basement to be a very successfully executed part of the design for the sense of space created allowing for a generous kitchen and dining area set against the faux green wall. Not only is the kitchen ergonomically designed but semi-recessed ceiling lights have been used as a further level of light to ceiling spots and pendant lights to allow the room to respond to the ambience required for the occasion. In addition the master suite occupying the second floor feels opulent yet simultaneously relaxed – a testament to a clever balance of soft furnishings with harder yet elegant finishes like the stunning Turkish Lilac marble in the master ensuite. It is attention to detail that favors the exacting eye.
Were there any issues or problems you encountered during the project?
The layouts created a rather fundamental challenge for RWD. The original idea was to incorporate the garage space internally whilst maintaining the external appearance of the garage as is the norm with most mews house refurbishments. A beautiful open light well would then be positioned internally immediately in front of the front façade window from ground to lower ground floor allowing natural light to flood into the basement below. However, The Grosvenor Estate rejected this scheme and insisted that the garage be maintained for actual use as a garage with the result being a severely compromised ground floor space. The problem was solved by creating a beautiful entrance hall with the use of a dumbwaiter to service the first floor reception if required.