One of our partners, interior designer Tracey Warman, introduced us to the owners of this Arts & Crafts style house in East Sheen. We were instructed to design, build and install an understated open-plan kitchen and family entertainment and work area, along with a contemporary library with pocket doors dividing the living spaces.

The previous owners had developed an eccentric space to accommodate a growing family by regularly extending and expanding the house, resulting in a hotchpotch of living areas and features. The brief was to breathe life back into the tired and dilapidated house, and to create an enjoyable, modern environment for a busy family of four and their pet dog. Working with Tracey and the clients, we developed a more cohesive design without losing the connection to the past.

Key to the success of this project was in producing a warm and calm living space, designed sympathetically to reflect the house’s arts and crafts heritage and, importantly, for the house to feel luxurious through the materials, décor and finish which sang of quality throughout.

Features of kitchen design: fresh and clean aesthetic; mix of light carrara worktop with darker honed black granite island top; cupboard doors finished in soft tone matt lacquer; tiled wall with concealed hood extractor; breakfast-bar seating with concealed under-counter storage; unit doors made to match dimensions of fitted wine fridge for continuity; built-in wine storage above fridge.

Features of family entertainment and work area: multi-functional piece, incorporating storage, media and workspace; dark oak surface top contrasted with matt lacquer shelving, drawers and cupboards; integrated desk, primarily for children to do homework; display storage for books & ornaments.

Features of library with pocket doors: another multi-functional piece, incorporating library and home music system; unit cleverly concealing glazed pocket doors; furniture becomes attractive frame for entrance into kitchen and family living area.

Additional – restoration of antique dining table: bespoke stained oak tabletop to suit new scheme, juxtaposed against treasured existing antique base; matching antique chairs updated with cotton upholstery.