I mentioned recently that I have a new freelance project here in London which I’m pretty excited about. My full-time job doesn’t leave me with a lot of time for freelance work, but I take on the occasional job when the client and project excite me. Since I eventually hope to work on my business full-time, I especially love finding clients whose style and personalities mesh well with mine.
Well, this new job fits the bill perfectly. The client initially contacted me a couple weeks ago, looking for some advice on decorating her new home in west London. Several emails, an initial meeting, and a project proposal later, the job was mine.
The house is classic Arts and Crafts, complete with exposed beams, stained-glass windows and the most intricate, beautiful fireplaces I’ve ever seen in a clients’ home (believe me, measuring them up was an exercise in focus!) However the overall feeling is modern and light; the family worked with an architect to change the layout slightly, installing a new kitchen as well as new flooring, well-considered lighting and folding glass doors leading out to the garden.
As such, there isn’t any structural work for me to design. This would usually be a bit of a bummer (there’s little I love more than knocking down walls and designing kitchens), but I’m pretty excited about doing a straight-up decorating job this time around.
The existing furniture is mainly modern with a few antiques, and a good dose of mid-century pieces too. The clients also have some killer oriental rugs which, though scaled for a smaller home, I’m pretty sure I can work with. For the new furniture, we’ll be going clean and contemporary, and as for the lighting, I’m thinking sculptural and oversized. The photos in this post are a mix of spaces I’ve been pulling inspiration from, in one way or another.
I’ve already begun drawing up the plans and can’t wait to get started on my sourcing this weekend. Hopefully I’ll find the time to share a bit of my progress along the way, but if not, just hang tight for the big reveal!