However, it wasn't long before the homeowners of this prestigious London property were bitten by the renovation bug: they decided they also wanted to 'realise their dream of considerably larger entertainment spaces', too.
Whilst they were at it, it was also settled upon that the ensuite bathroom would be redesigned. A plan was devised: a 3,000sqft extension would be added onto the already vast 9,000sqft home.
The project in a nutshell
The property: A Neo-Georgian home on the Wentworth Estate in Virginia Water, London
Who lives here? A busy family, with teenage children
"We were brought in from the very start of the extension project," explains designer Helen Bygraves. "We've worked with the family closely over the last 12 years; we were first enlisted to design the interior scheme for this property back in 2006, when it was first built, and then worked with the owners on their villa in Zagleta, as well as on their limited edition Oyster yacht. It was our sheer delight to be contacted again to revisit the Wentworth property, to work on this vast extension and refurbishment project."
The spectacular spacious kitchen is a neat combination of airy yet contained; open-plan yet structured. "It's a perfect blend of functional yet exquisite opulence," Helen explains. "The bespoke liquid metal cabinetry and the curved design adds fluidity and texture to the powerful design, behind which top-of-the-range Gaggenau appliances are housed."
To the bedrooms! The walk-in closet was the initial starting point of that vast extension, with custom-made Swarovski crystal lighting providing the perfect soft glow. The cherry-on-top of this luxe closet area? "A bespoke handcrafted central dressing room island unit," reveals Helen, "with a couture glazed top, showcasing opulent accessories, and reminiscent of yacht-like interiors..."
The closet leads through to the master suite, summarised by Helen as a 'soft, relaxing and inviting oasis'.
"The upholstered panels of the light sycamore framework bedhead are paired beautifully with the bespoke bevelled mirrors, reflecting the high-gloss lacquer bedside tables we designed," she adds.
The bedroom, which also features a plush seating area, was designed to match the multi-purpose needs of the occupants; "the clients spend a signficant amount of time relaxing and unwinding in the space during the week," says Helen.
The ensuite bathroom is equally fabulous, of course; "the oversized bath tub is cocooned in nero absolute granite, mirroring the adjacent wash basins," reveals Helen.
Helen's advice for adding a twist of transformative magic to your own boudoir? "Bedrooms can really be brought to life with splashes of colour," she tells KBB Ark. "We've been known to add accents of colour to each bedroom, allowing each space to incorporate its own unique mood and colour scheme. When it comes to dressing rooms, our golden rule is of course to ensure there is plenty of space to accommodate any fashionista's wardrobe and, where we can, dedicate the whole room solely to dressing - it's rather decadent!"
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