I have recently completed a kitchen refurbishment project in a lovely Edwardian house in Kenilworth. The brief was to design a breakfast kitchen which had all the ‘mod cons’ but was still in sympathy with the period style of the house.
We started off with a very dark, cluttered room with very little character and reference to the period that the house was built in. Of course, homes didn’t have fitted kitchens in Edwardian times, and would have had free standing furniture. I took these ideas and added features such as patterned floor tiles, wooden finishes and Arts and Crafts styling that you would have seen in this period, but with a contemporary twist. We chose a fabulous black gloss range cooker as the centre piece, backed by stunning turquoise sculpted tiles that look like they have come from an Edwardian London Underground station.
The oak display cupboards and the central island have a look of freestanding furniture, and I used polished brass cupboard handles and drawer pulls to match the fittings on the range cooker, and again to enhance the period feel of the kitchen.
The floor tiles were selected to look like the quarry tiles which would have been used in Edwardian kitchens, together with the subtle white and grey patterned ones which referenced the patterned tiles that were popular back then.
Finishing touches included the antique brass period style lighting and the gorgeous Arts and Crafts William Morris fabric used for the bench seat pad and blind, in lovely contemporary shades of gold, turquoise and aubergine.
I now have delighted clients, who can’t wait to come home to spend time in their beautifully renovated kitchen.
It’s always good to know you have done a great job for your clients, and lovely to get positive feed-back. Here are some of my latest testimonials. :
We are absolutely thrilled with or new curtains and cushions. Jane has walked the treacherous path pleasing an exuberant extrovert and a conservative, financially prudent introvert with skill and diplomacy. We now have a lovely lounge curtains, beautifully made and skilfully hung, that embody a happy union of sophistication, attitude and calm. Jane has some-thing of the halcyon days when your word was your bond, what got committed to got done and customer led service was integral. Many thanks Jane to you and your team
Catherine and John W, Leamington Spa
We asked Jane to help us revamp our lounge. There is such a vast range of colours, fabrics and furniture on the market that we did not know where to start.
We had an initial meeting with Jane, to take a look at our current room scheme and discuss our preferences for colours etc. Jane then came back to us with some paint and fabric samples and suggestions which she thought we would like. We arrived at a colour pallet of blue, yellow and cream, not colours we would have considered if we had done it ourselves.
Jane project managed the making of curtains and the re upholstery of one of the sofas as well as obtaining curtain poles. She also suggested the lighting which we liked and bought. We also needed side tables, coffee table and television stand, and Jane recommended a company in Lincoln to us. The furniture is of excellent quality, so thank you Jane for pointing us in the right direction!
We are very pleased with the final result and thank Jane for her patience (when we were undecided), and vision of what the room would look like on completion – she was certainly right. We now have a cool, comfortable living space which is a pleasure to relax in.
Pat & Peter G, Leamington Spa
We are absolutely delighted with our new curtains, they look fantastic in the context of our colour scheme and taste within our living room. Even more importantly all the ladies of the house love them. We are thinking of another curtain project in the house later this year and I will certainly come back to you with a brief when we are ready.
Mike V, Warwick
Recently, I was asked to work on a very interesting project in Luton, by a young property development company. They were converting a large 1930’s house into nine studios to provide accommodation for students at Luton University. The brief was to design a vibrant scheme that would appeal to students, but also be able to take the wear and tear of daily student life. The developers were keen to use an idea they had for open cube boxes to provide a versatile storage solution for the rooms .
Each studio was to have its own kitchenette and en-suite shower room, and there was also planned a communal kitchen and living area for the students to meet in.
I decided on a bright and contemporary lime green and tangerine colour scheme for the storage boxes to contrast with an industrial look of concrete and steel grey. I specified vinyl floor covering that looked like steel plate, industrial style lighting and white metro tiles for the bathrooms and kitchenettes. We used Astro turf on the stairs and communal areas to give an unusual but hard wearing floor covering.
As you can see from these before and after pictures the rooms were transformed, and went down really well and were all let straight away despite the rental being higher than that being charged by the University for their rooms. For help with similar projects, please contact Jane at Sweet Lime Interior Design
One of my recent projects was helping a client convert a tired office space into a boutique photographic studio. The offices consisted of two large rooms and a kitchen/storage room. My client neded one room to meet and greet his clients for introductory meetings and viewings and the other as a studio for photo shoots.
I had to work within a tight budget and time scale and incorporate the existing green carpet which could not be replaced, into the scheme. Here is a before picture of the client meeting room, showing the carpet and magnolia walls. There were large windows to dress and the room was pretty impersonal and featureless.
My brief was to convert the main office space into an inviting and comfortable room for the studio’s clients, with a design scheme that would appeal to the studios of mainly female clientele. We decided on a funky vintage look which is very fashionable right now, and I designed a scheme within the budget but with enough wow factor to make the room much more interesting. For the kitchen and storage space I sourced reasonably priced units from Ikea. The studio space was left more or less empty but with the addition of a glamorous mirrored dressing table and stool for those clients’ makeovers!
Here is an after photo of the newly designed meeting room. We painted the walls white to lighten and brighten the room. The gorgeous white chesterfield sofa provides comfortable and stylish seating for clients and that all important wow factor. The amazing wallpaper was from Osborne and Little and had that 70’s retro look but updated with fresh, modern colours. The window drapes were simple voile panels which I decorated with a bobble trim to soften the windows but still let in plenty of light.
If you would like to find out more about this project there is a full case study on my website http://bit.ly/IQGkF2
One of my clients had recently moved into a 1950’s house that needed completely updating, as part of my commission I was asked to style the newly fitted kitchen the client had chosen. I looked to the 1950’s for my inspiration to ensure a sympathetic period feel to the room whilst giving it a contemporary twist.
Mrs Kirby, the Client said: “The kitchen was dark and unispriring and wasn’t a space we enjoyed living in. We feel the kitchen is the heart of the house as we enjoy entertaining and so wanted a space we enjoyed”
Here is a before picture, showing the existing kitchen.
This is the kitchen after refurbishment showing the period style lighting and 1950’s black and red colour scheme.
Mrs Kirby had this to say about the project: …”Jane provided advice on the layout prior to the builders starting work and she gave us very good advice on the lighting. She found some really interesting lights which provide a great talking point and she made all the other suggestions such as colour schemes, light fittings, tiling and the flooring.”