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Onsite: progress of a full refurbishment to a Kensington town house, black flowers included

Progress of a full refurbishment to a Kensington town house

Great progress on our full refurbishment in Kensington, which we will hand over at the end of May.

The bones, veins and nervous system of the house are in place. These are the walls, ceilings, plumbing and electrics, if you mind my “anatomical” view of the building.

We are now working on … the skin (and the rest!).

The walls are receiving a first coat of colour and  – as the beautiful Ebony&Co floor has been all carefully protected –  we walk around site with a couple of leftover planks, just to check that the all colours work well together on site (as opposed as on our colour swatches).

The stone tops for the vanity units have been finalised. Statuario marble won over a number of other contestants. It is the king of marble, after all, a rare variety of very white Carrara, with subtle grey veins, favourite by Michelangelo and Canova.

The new staircase is in place and we have finalised the choice of banister and runner.

The first is composed by simple raw steel spindles and a white oak handrail. It will be stained to match the floor. The latter is a great little number by Crucial Trading, in their new Sisool range. A clever mix of wool and sisal, the runner is full of “rugged charm and softness” as the manufacturer perfectly says on their website.  It and will add a layer of texture to our mainly monochrome colour scheme.

Sylvie – our favourite garden designer, founder of Ginger Landscape – is working on the garden. It is a small space, but on two levels and with good proportions. We had a look at the planting scheme and are in love with the mix of dark foliage and lime contrasts,  and the blue and greys Sylvie is proposing (and the black flowers: Agapanthus and Irises!).

How to: make sense of decorating a whole house

Photo-shoot in Little Venice and a little bit of styling

We were all involved yesterday in  a photo-shoot of our latest project in Little Venice.

Our client has just moved in and did not yet complete the decor with art and accessories. The flat looked a bit empty and we know from experience this is a problem when taking professional pictures of interiors. Lots of layering is needed to create seductive images, therefore we needed some serious styling!

After a quick revision of Studio 29’s personal styling bible  – Carlos Mota‘s  A touch of Style – we all set out to the task. With plenty of scene setting,  artwork from our favourite local galleries Flow, and Tribal Gathering and even a small magnolia tree from Russell’s, we got there in the end!

We worked with the very talented photographer James Tarry and lighting specialist Ed Fury, who provided the very atmospheric lighting.

We are looking forward to publishing the final photos.

Dreaming of a not so secret garden, in London!

I’ve always dreamed of having a secret garden and then filling it with lush interestingly plants and crazily shaped and oversized jungle foliage. It reminds me of countries I love and I have travelling to like Malaysia, Bali and Mexico.

Imagine my surprise coming across Conservatory Archives on Hackney road filled to the rafters with a variety of unique and beautiful indoor plants!

From banana plants, ferns,  cheese plants and cacti – this is the place to pick up something extraordinary for your interiors.


Ginger Landscapes

Studio 29 have worked with Sylvie from Ginger Landscapes on many domestic projects. Sylvie has designed and realised different types of gardens, including simple low maintenance terraces, a sunken courtyard filled with exotic plants and planting schemes to match to the colours of our interiors. Sylvie has always exceeded Studio 29’s and our client’s expectations, with her beautiful schemes, her technical knowledge and reliable after care.


House in Holland Park

The clients had been searching for a new home for a while and had found this property located in a Conservation Area overlooking Holland Park.

The current layout of the house was not suitable for the new owners and they appointed us for the full service.

We re-designed the layout, moving the circulation space to the centre of to the floor plan, so that the main rooms could benefit from the views the extra natural light.

Following Planning Approval the house was completely stripped out. The construction works included new steel work for the central staircase, a new low energy LED lighting system, underfloor heating, insulation to the external walls and roof and new plumbing system with water softener and pressure booster.

A neutral interior scheme highlights the views as well as capitalising on the natural light. With the use of simple timber, glass and grey hues the property has been given a soft minimal look.

Outside the rear and front gardens have been re-planned in collaboration with a landscape designer and gardener to create a low maintenance garden.

Tips for friends: garden furniture for a Ligurian paradise

During my Italian holidays we stayed with friends at their house on the hills above Bonassola, a picture perfect sea-side village in Liguria.

The house is a beautifully restored typical old Ligurian house, with green shutters, airy rooms and breath-taking views of Mediterranean beauty and is set in a terraced garden complete with olive trees, a glorious kitchen garden and a pizza area with wood fire oven and the biggest Carrara marble traditional sink that doubles as pizza kneading bench.

My friend asked me tips to furnish her favourite spot with garden furniture, a small terrace away from the house and with a view on the gulf below.

I put together 3 “tips” for garden furniture.

First tip: Timeless & Classic. I adore Milanese historic brand Azucena and their Nogaro range is perfect for timeless understated elegant outdoor furniture, which can be brought in in winter and will look perfect with my friend’s Gervasoni sofas.

Second tip: Glamorous and Comfy. None can beat Dedon for dreamy, whimsical garden furniture. Their Rest Nest and Swing Rest are little masterpieces. For a more feminine style, B&BItalia’s Canasta round sofas are a beautiful option which I would couple with one or two Crinoline chairs.

Third tip: Just Wow! Moroso M’Afrique range has been one of my favourite since it came out. I love each individual piece, the colours and the technique and I love how they look in a natural setting. A treat for the eye.

see also:

House & Garden article Holland Park house September 2016