NEW ELEGANCE #24

Sun-drenched shades bring more than a touch of Southern California to this London townhouse.

Get the look: The wallcovering is Circus by Cole & Son. The chairs were one-offs from Julian Chichester, bought at a sample sale. The round side table is vintage Fornasetti. Try Holly Johnson Antiques for similar.

The ProPerTY

A six-bedroom Grade II-listed Georgian house in central London. On the ground floor there is a drawing room and study. The lower-ground floor includes an open-plan living room, kitchen and dining room. The master suite is on the first floor, with further guest suites on the floors above.

ENTRANCE HALL

Beyond the austere façade, the mood of this Georgian home is joyous and energetic – more Palm Springs than Bloomsbury. Designer, Rebekah Caudwell likes to break a few rules ‘because sometimes that’s how you have the most fun’. She wanted an element of surprise as you walk in, so her vision for this Grade II-listed townhouse kicks off in the flagstoned entrance hall, with a wall crosshatched with vivid bolts of magenta, turquoise and yellow offset with peachy chairs.

LIVING Room

There’s nothing impetuous about this look – it’s a thoughtful, informed rewrite of a classicism that Rebekah is well versed in. An English degree, teaching history of art in Italy and early interior design jobs that were ‘steeped in antiques’ gave her a solid grounding in doing things by the book. After all, you have to know the rules before you can break them.

Rebekah’s skill lies in taking risks – mixing old with new, brights with neutrals – and creating something that’s both classic and fresh. So in a favourite corner of their living room, the poise of a Vermeer print is balanced by an Italian Fifties chair in citrus yellow.

Get the look: The vintage chair is from Wren Home. The console is from Graham and Green. Find a credenza like this at Roche Bobois. The Diagonal Bead Blue rug is by Neisha Crosland for The Rug Company. For a similar candelabra, try Alison at Home. The cushion is from Heal’s.

Colour can be tricky to work into a scheme without it feeling shouty. Rebekah says the easiest ways to ease into it are with throws, cushions or rugs.

Get the look: The glass coffee table is by Julian Chichester. The artwork is by Silvia Calmejane. Find her work at Galerie d’Art Brigitte Capy. This is Antonio Citterio’s Groundpiece sofa for Flexform. The table lamp, far right, is by Jonathan Adler, with a shade covered in Designers Guild’s Leopold in Chartreuse wallpaper.

KITCHEN

The lower-ground floor is awash with light, thanks to a large light well over the seating area and a sunken terrace next to the kitchen. This is where the owners hang out most evenings. And there’s plenty of space for friends to stay over.

Get the look: The kitchen was built bespoke. Try Bulthaup for something similar. Find the Roberts Revival DAB radio at John Lewis.

DINING AREA

Rebekah and her husband enjoy entertaining and it’s easy to see why guests linger long with those comfy chairs and plenty of decorative eye candy.

Get the look: The Dakota table is from Julian Chichester. The blue lacquered shelving is bespoke. Find a carpenter to make something similar via ratedpeople.com. The chairs are from Talisman.

Rebekah’s family is from Staffordshire and her grandmother used to paint the pottery, so the antique Staffordshire ceramics are a tribute to her grandmother and her roots.

Get the look: Find Staffordshire pottery at 1stdibs.com. The artwork is by Silvia Calmejane. The faux-flowers are from Atelier Abigail Ahern.

DRAWING ROOM

The impossibly tall windows are swathed in a Pierre Frey tropical fabric that could be straight out of a Slim Aarons print. Rebekah loves how the blues and greens sing against the sunshine yellow. It’s like a blast of Palm Springs, in WC1. The red cabinet acts as another décor wake-up call. Rebekah fell for its dynamic shade when she was visiting Los Angeles, so had the vintage piece shipped over.

Get the look: The Lampert sofas and X-benches are by Jonathan Adler. The artwork is by Yves Krief – find his work at byart.co.uk. The red cabinet is from Miami-based Sabina Danenberg Atelier. For similar modern lacquered furniture, try Julian Chichester. The side tables are by Nicola Falcone. This is the Sellarsbrook Yellow rug by Suzanne Sharp for The Rug Company. The curtains are made in Pierre Frey’s Mauritius linen.

MASTER ENSUITE

There’s so much space in here – it’s a bathroom, dressing room and sitting room all in one.

Get the look: For similar tiles, try Mandarin Stone. For a double shower like this, head to CP Hart. The armchair is by Jonathan Adler. The Terence Donovan photograph of Julie Christie is from the Chris Beetles Gallery. The dress is by Alexander McQueen and the shoes are by Jimmy Choo.

MASTER BEDROOM

In here, Rebekah used a softer palette to create a more peaceful space. The ceiling and mouldings were a real draw for the couple.  The Tudor Rose wall plaques are a nod to the house’s classical plasterwork.

Get the look: The lamp and bed (which was custom upholstered) are by Jonathan Adler. The wallpaper is by Cole & Son. The Tudor Rose plaque is by Peter Hone at Pentreath & Hall. 

The rug adds an Oriental note, woven with silk for a luxurious sheen.

Get the look: The Mamounia Sky rug is by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for The Rug Company. The walnut side table was an eBay find. The curtains are made in Antoinette satin in Acquamarine by Donghia. The chair is from Talisman.

GUEST BEDROOM

Rebekah bought the twin beds on eBay and joined them together to make a generous double.  The wallpaper is from Cole & Son, one of her favourite sources.

Get the look: The bedside light and cabinet are from Talisman. The lacquered shelving was made bespoke. Find a carpenter to make something similar via ratedpeople.com. The wallpaper is Cole & Son’s Cow Parsley.

Visit rebekahcaudwelldesign.com for more info.

Photography / Paul Raeside 

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