Maldon Lodge Project
A recent example of our design services is the Maldon Lodge Project, a comprehensive refurbishment and interior design of a period Edwardian property. Our client had recently purchased the property which was a ‘bit tired’. We were asked to assist in creating a scheme similar to those featured in our store. Our brief was to focus on two rooms, to create a sophisticated entertaining space and a relaxing snug.
In the main living room, which was to become the dining and entertaining room, we faced the challenge of a long rectangular space dominated by a large red-brick fireplace. We were very aware of the lines of sight upon entering the room. We created a scheme in which the eye is drawn to the back of the room through to the stunning gardens beyond, whilst allowing an easy path for everyday access to the snug. We wanted to create openness, brightness and airiness, while maintaining a refined and stylish entertaining space that would contrast with the snug.
We introduced a highly experienced painting contractor who we knew would achieve the quality of finish required on this project. To refresh and brighten the walls we used Little Greene - "Tusk" paint, which enhances the natural light within the room. A beautiful feature is the double height ceiling with original timber beams. To freshen it up, the ceiling was painted the same colour as the walls which creates a balance while the black beams provide the overall space with character.
To reduce the dominance of the fireplace we painted it the same colour as the walls. This created a more subtle but striking feature, and highlighted the existing wood burner. We introduced a contractor to install wooden shutters, providing privacy and an attractive filtering of the room's natural light. There is access to an annex behind the room's secret bookcase.
We recommended furniture that was both elegant and poised to create a classic, and sophisticated atmosphere. Our John Sankey Wolseley Sofa has graceful contours with its curved back and winged arms that suited the styling. We paired it with the large Moliere armchair and on both pieces of furniture used fabrics that were warm and with a subtle herringbone design in Milligan Silver. This fabric complemented the light walls and the contrasting details of the beams, softening the room's overall appearance.
The alcove within the room was slightly awkward. We debated a variety of uses for this space and settled on a 'reading corner' as it is directly opposite the fireplace. The Moliere armchair works perfectly. This oversized armchair is perfect to curl up and relax in front of the fire. We included a complementing floor lamp for aesthetics as well as functional purposes, providing more light to this enclosed space.
We added mirrors in strategic places to enhance the feeling of space and to reflect light. The layout and openness of the room is perfect during the warmer months and allows direct access to the garden. In the winter there is the option of moving the coffee table and sofa further forward to be closer to the wood burner. To complete the space behind the Wolseley Sofa, we placed a slim console table against the wall to create another feature within the room.
Our client also wanted to include a dedicated dining area within this entertaining room. We added a round dining table, 1.5m in diameter, with comfortable dining chairs to enhance the overall space and complement the styling of the room. This allows for sit down dinners, less formal buffets or could even be used as a work space. This dining area was placed to the right of the entrance doors so as not to impact the line of sight upon entering the room.
We recommended a stronger colour scheme for the second living room creating a snug environment for relaxation and TV watching. The client already had some existing furniture for this room. We advised on layout and recommended an exchange of the room's original cream sofa for a leather sofa and armchair that were previously situated elsewhere in the property. The leather fabric added warmer tones to the room and we enhanced this space further with our large Indented Ottoman in velvet. This added a second texture complementing the blue velvet Chesterfield and was proportional to the space. We also provided a low central hanging light that is a perfect eye-catching feature, without being obstructive.
Our client completed this transformation, with our assistance within three months. We provided contacts for painting, electrical work and the installation of the wooden shutters.
Since completion of this initial phase the project has expanded to a third room, situated off the kitchen. The client wished to have a bright, refreshing space making the most of the south facing aspect. We recommended a revitalising paint (Little Greene "Garden") and enhanced the size and brightness of the room with mirrors and a glass ceiling light to provide ambient light without being too obtrusive.
We continue to provide our client with "sounding board" support as he works on a number of other projects in the property.