URBAN GLAMOUR #45

Top florist Nikki Tibbles delights in taking her work home with her in a house that is fabulously festooned with wall-to-wall florals

Get the look: This is the Triangles rug by Bertjan Pot for Golran. The vintage armchair, left, is covered in a Manuel Canovas linen. The painting above the mantelpiece is called Minkiquittine by Andrea Byrne. The Terence Woodgate sofa is covered in Beacon Hills’ Moon Blossom in Midnight. The photographs hanging above the console table are by Martyn Thompson from his Heart of Glass series.

THE PROPERTY

A five-storey terrace in west London with an open-plan kitchen-diner (plus laundry) on the lower-ground floor and a double reception room on the ground floor. There’s another living room on the first floor, master bedroom suite on the second floor and a guest bedroom and en suite on the third floor.

GROUND FLOOR LIVING ROOM

Unsurprisingly, given Nikki’s day job creating breathtaking bouquets and show-stopping party pieces for clients such as Valentino, Betty Jackson and Liberty, floral motifs fill every space and cover every surface, from wallpaper to sofas, embroidered cushions to paintings.

In the mix, there are tactile textures with Chanel-esque bouclé tweeds, rag rugs, rough linens, crochet curtains and, of course, real flowers arranged in dozens of the vases Nikki has passionately collected since she started in the business more than 20 years ago.

Nikki wanted this space to be warm and cosy for snuggling up in the winter.

Get the look: Above the original marble and tiled fireplace hang a selection of limited-edition beetle vases by Thomas Eyck. On the mantel is one of many Constance Spry for Fulham Pottery vases that Nikki has collected over the years. The dogs either side of the fireplace are from McCully & Crane. The rug is by Caravane. The floor is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Railings floor paint.

She discovered Ellie Cashman’s Dark Floral hand-printed wallpaper on Instagram, and loves the way it feels like being surrounded by an old Dutch oil painting.

Get the look: The vintage shelving unit displays Nikki’s collection of Fulhamware pottery. The copper table light is from Heal’s. The log table was bought at a Carden Cunietti charity ‘spring-clean’ auction.

GROUND FLOOR STUDY AREA

The living room’s Dark Floral print is repeated on the curtains in the neighbouring study area. While the living room is purposely cosy, with velvet drapes, the study is more summery and the curtains are linen.

Get the look: Find Ellie Cashman’s Dark Floral wallpaper, velvet and linen at elliecashmandesign.com. The antique marble table is from Retrouvius. The Fifties Italian armchairs were re-covered in a Themes & Variations linen. These are Gold edition Black Cherry lights by Nika Zupanc. The wicker floor lights are by Michael Folders. The large painting on the right-hand wall is by Julian Rosefeldt.

DINING AREA

Each floor has a different feel. The basement is vibrant and bright where anything and everything can work. As long as there’s a moment of rest in every room, if just for the calm backdrop of a grey wall, then Nikki believes there are no rules for right and wrong.

Get the look: This is the Cityscape dining table by Paul Evans. The banquette seating was designed by Carden Cunietti. The concrete-look ceramic floor tiles are by Viva.

The yellow shelving unit was inspired by another moment on Instagram. Nikki’s ceramic and glass collection includes her vintage and limited-edition Tom Dixon hand-blown vessels.

Get the look: The shelving unit was made by Montana.

KITCHEN

Nikki wanted it to feel simple and streamlined in the kitchen, ‘with a grown-up fridge that made ice’.

Get the look The cabinetry is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe estate eggshell. The Carrara marble and mirrored kitchen island was designed by Carden Cunietti. The pendant lights are from SCP. The stools are from Anthropologie. The blind is made up in a Zimmer + Rohde fabric. The rug is by Natalie Lété.

FIRST FLOOR LIVING ROOM

The Terence Woodgate sofa is in its third reincarnation. New upholstery has given it a new lease of life,

MASTER BEDROOM

Nikki likes the way things feel more 3-D by playing with layers of texture.

Get the look: The Edro bed is covered in Canyon Blossom cotton- mix by Opuzen with cushions in Casamance Arizona cotton.

Once a plain and simple grey, the Edro bed has been covered in a bold floral fabric.

Get the look: This is a Saki side table/stool by Caravane. The paintings hanging on the wall include works by artists Matthew Usmar Lauder, Armen Eloyan and Mabel Juli. The carpet is from Crucial Trading. The walls are painted in Sanderson’s Ocean Grey emulsion.

It may be elegant and grown-up, but it’s far from precious, with five dogs, given free reign throughout the house, Nikki jokes that the sofas are the most expensive dog beds she could have ever bought.

BATHROOM

The grown-up glamour of the marble bathroom was the pièce de résistance for Nikki.

Get the look: The custom-designed vanity unit in Carrara marble and the shelving with mirrored back are by Carden Cunietti.

Find out about Wild at Heart and Nikki’s work here.

Photography / Paul Raeside

 

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