Marriott Road, Barnet EN5

Our clients had fallen in love with this Victorian home but needed to bring it up to date with a complete renovation and a kitchen extension.  We worked together on all aspects of the interior design: advising on kitchen styles, space planning, paint colours, furniture, lighting, bathrooms and curtains & blinds.  With a team of builders and architects already on board, we were happy to hand over a detailed design proposal and let the clients take over the sourcing and project management on site.

Kitchen / Dining / Family Room

With two small children in tow, our clients wanted help designing a versatile family room which would become the focal point of their home.  Firstly, we worked together on getting the floorplan layout right; this was tricky because large open plan spaces can easily fall into the trap of becoming cold, clinical space.  We zoned the space into three main areas - a relaxed sofa corner, the main working kitchen area which consists of a long run of units opposite a generous kitchen island and finally, the dining table close to the garden.  All three areas are flooded in natural light, cast from the large roof lantern and bi-fold doors onto the garden.

Because of the large proportion of reflective surfaces such as windows, glass doors and worktops, we wanted to bring in warmer colours and materials.  The handpainted wood finish of the Shaker style kitchen contrasts these sleek surfaces, whilst the round table breaks up the linear geometry of the rectangular space.  We suggested a warm neutral tone on the walls and a trio of copper pendant lights over the kitchen island.


Design Process

Living Room

Having moved the dining space to the kitchen extension, the front and rear reception rooms provided an opportunity create two distinct living spaces - one 'grown-up' space in the front and one playroom/children's room at the back.  Our clients loved the idea of a William Morris wallpaper for the front reception room, but didn't want it to feel too traditional. They also wanted to keep their existing cream-coloured sofas so we needed to bear them in mind when working up colour schemes for this room. 

Therefore, we suggested a calm green neutral on the walls and a William Morris Acanthus wallpaper on the chimney breast wall.  Because the ceilings are so high, we stopped the wall colour and wallpaper at the picture rail, this emphasises the grand proportions of the room and draws your eye to the ornate plasterwork.


Design Process

Hallway & Stairs

The entrance hallway boasted a variety of stunning features - from the stained glass windows to the winding staircase.  We wanted to complement these period architectural features with a harmonising colour scheme of purple grey neutrals, gradually getting lighter past the dado rail and changing to white past the picture rail. 

We suggested a glass chandelier at the entrance as it suits the character of the property whilst the striped carpet runner on the staircase leads your eye upwards.


Design Process

Main Bathroom

As part of the refurbishment, our clients were keen that in updating the main family bathroom, it would reflect the Victorian origins of the house in terms of design and detailing.  Having sourced a stunning clawfoot bathtub, we went through a series of space planning exercises to find the optimal layout incorporating a generously sized wash hand basin, a toilet, the freestanding bathtub and a walk-in shower.

In terms of sanitary ware, our clients were keen on traditional, Victorian style pieces.  In response to this, we also suggested a patterned floor tile and brick tiling on the lower walls complete with tiled dado rail.  The olive colour of these wall tiles contrast the white sanitary ware whilst the patterned floor tile brings pattern and personality into the space.


Design Process