Urban Glamour #23

This historic home was brought back to life thanks to lashings of bold colour, painterly patterns and a good dose of pizazz.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Lime Tree no 96 from Designer’s Guild. The wallpaper is Summer Palace Grass PDG657/01 from Designer’s Guild.  The wicker Fox chairs and footstalls are by Sika from Designer’s Guild. The overhead Heracleum II copper pendant lamp is by Moooi.

THE PROPERTY

A detached Georgian five-bedroom house, built in 1826, in Bristol.  On the ground floor there is a vestibule, kitchen, study, snug and sitting room. On the first floor sits the master bedroom, two bathrooms and two further bedrooms. On the top floor are two more bedrooms, a sitting room, bathroom and roof terrace.

HALLWAY

It’s hard not to fall for the giant, airy rooms, oversized windows and idiosyncratic Greek-revival style (think columns and ornate embellishment) that became popular in homes during the 1800s.

A distinctive wallpaper was chosen to counteract the sternness of the original Greek-style stone walls and floor in the entrance / vestibule (pictured above).

High ceilings and dramatic doorways compliment statement accessories in the hallway. This silver mirror and collection of antique pieces hold their own.

Get the look: The main walls are painted in London Dove with the pillars painted in Purple Basel.  The feature walls are covered in Boratti Pearl wallpaper PDG682/08 and Saraille Grape P600/10. The silver mirror and silver console table are both from The French Bedroom Company.

LIVING ROOM

This house is steeped in stories. Like a grand matriarch keeping a watchful eye over the events of each generation, it has been privy to nearly two centuries of life.

This is a house with a past – and some of it is pretty naughty.  In the 1950s it was used as a base for nurses working the night shift, and in the late 70s it was a renowned party house.  There are rumours that Jimi Hendrix turned up here, and there are still archive papers in the house that say the police carried out a raid, as part of a nationwide drug bust known as Operation Julia.

Get the look: The floral wallpaper is Caprifoglio Ecru PDG676/02 from Designer’s Guild. The Hayward sofa in Leighton Natural FDG2341/10 is from Designer’s Guild. The Festival Club armchair is from Designer’s Guild. 

The owner approached Kevin Davies from the interiors team at Designer’s Guild for guidance on injecting some fun and colour into the old Georgian building. Each room was given its own scheme.

The result is a rainbow of shades, cleverly mixed to work both with and against each other; a mash up that shouldn’t – but does – spectacularly work.  In every room, there is an explosion of tones, with more than a smattering of punchy florals and feminine glamour.

Get the look: The floral wallpaper is Caprifoglio Ecru PDG676/02 from Designer’s Guild. The rabbit lampshades are by Moooi. The Hayward sofa in Leighton Natural FDG2341/10 is from Designer’s Guild.

This beautiful room is a clever mix of femininity, style and daring. With pops of shocking pink and contemporary florals, it takes mix ‘n’ match to another level.

Get the look: The curtains are a mixture of Saraille Lemongrass F1879/14 and Saraille Peony F1879/13, layered with Bellariva Wedgewood FDG2285/03 (stripe) and Caprifolio Grande Ecru FDG2361/02, all from Designer’s Guild. The pink footstool was custom made by Designer’s Guild in Leighton Damson FDG2340/14.

THE SNUG

A gentle palette of greys and lilacs collaborate here in the snug to give an elegant and soothing effect.

Get the look: The ‘Brooklyn’ sofa in Adler linen is from Designer’s Guild. The curtains are in Portico Graphite FDG2349/05 with Tiber Ice F1736/72 from Designer’s Guild. The butterfly side cabinet is from The French Bedroom Company. The walls are painted in Steel No 34 from Designer’s Guild.

KITCHEN

The kitchen was made from scratch with bespoke modern units and fun copper pendant lights.

Get the look: The kitchen cabinetry was made by a local carpenter. The table was bought from an antique shop and resprayed. The Alto dining chairs are upholstered in Amlapura Damson F2119/02. The overhead copper pendant lights are from Holloways of Ludlow.

Purple painted cabinetry are complemented by purple curtains and upholstered dining chairs.

Get the look: The kitchen cabinetry was made by a local carpenter.

DINING ROOM

The heavy oak panelling in the dining room is counteracted with flashes of strong colour. The room was immediately transferred from a dark, dank space to somewhere cosy and vibrant.

Get the look: The Dakota oval table is from Julian Chichester.  The Stitch Alto dining chairs are upholstered in Pugin Slate FDG2341/12 and Turquoise FDG2341/06 from Designer’s Guild.  The curtains are in Zepherine Crocus F1750/03 from Designer’s Guild.  The lampshade was bought at an auction and upcycled in Ventaglio Crocus FDG2288/02.

With a house this elderly, there are always going to be hidden depths to its nooks and crannies. The oak panelling is hinged in places, which means that secret compartments may be lurking there. The owners keep tapping the panels, and testing the floorboards, looking for a concealed way to open them.  So far, nothing. If only the walls could talk.

Get the look: The Dakota oval table is from Julian Chichester.  The Stitch Alto dining chairs are upholstered in Pugin Slate FDG2341/12 and Turquoise FDG2341/06 from Designer’s Guild. The Balloon limited edition photograph is by Matt Crump.  The white candlesticks are from Astier de Villatte.

UPSTAIRS HALLWAY

Ombre walls chase the stairs up to the landing, which is flooded with natural light from the original dome window.

Get the look: The sofa was originally from The French Bedroom Company and has been reupholstered in Tulipani Linen FDG2356/03, seat in Varese Currant F1190/63 and arms in Franchini Moss F1454/03 from Designer’s Guild.  The rug is in Tauriani Pale Jade from Designer’s Guild. The white console table is from The French Bedroom Company.

GIRLS’ BEDROOM

The girls’ room is a pretty room that has style oozing from the walls. The decor is pretty but sophisticated enough to last through several ages and stages.

Get the look: The cloud wallpaper is Cielo Sky PDG677/01 from Designer’s Guild. The Wave bed in Brera Fino Turquoise F1791/16 from Designer’s Guild.  The curtains and bench are Christian Lacroix in Butterfly Parade Lagon FCL025/04 from Designer’s Guild.  The rug is from Emily’s House.

MASTER BEDROOM

The master bedroom is so huge it dwarfs you, but the space is made cosy through a busy wallpaper, flashes of colour and an inviting seating area.

Get the look: The bed is from The French Bedroom Company. The chandelier is from an antique shop.  The wallpaper is Jade Temple Cornflower PDG654/01 from Designer’s Guild.  The Button sofa in Nabucco Turquoise F1545/04 with the base in Adler Mink F1844/01 from Designer’s Guild.  The curtains are a mixture of Saraille Celadon F1879/10 with layers of Jade Temple Cornflower FDG2296/01 and Ventaglio Wedgewood FDG2288/03 from Designer’s Guild.

MAIN BATHROOM

The bathroom feels luxurious and plush, due to its size, ceiling height and carefully chosen details like the roll top bath, chaise longue and crystal chandelier.

Get the look: The bath and sink are both from Aston Matthews.

Photography / James Merrell

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