"We were asked to ensure a strong emphasis was placed on entertaining," explain designers Jenny and Helen from Hill House Interiors. "It needed to be suitable for both the couple and their children, with the drawing and dining rooms both key areas of focus."
A host of original key features - think classical cornicing, panelling and mouldings - were 'sympathetically restored' by the team, with strict guidelines in place owing to the property's listed status.
It wasn't without its challenges; "to restore the original panelling and ceiling detail, many layers of paint had to be delicately removed," Jenny and Helen tell us. "The beauty of the detailing was all but lost beneath the many redecorations of the historical home, and we worked meticulously to ensure no damage to the original fittings occured."
The project in a nutshell
The property: A six-bed duplex in a grade II-listed mansion block in Kensington, London
Who lives here? A professional couple with a young family
Stepping through the front door, the wow-factor of the property is 'unmistakable', say Jenny and Helen. "The extensive hallway features custom polished stone flooring, in-layed with nero marquina black marble and bronze metal. The eye is drawn down the extensive corridor, where it enlarges to house a beautiful grand piano..."
The kitchen effortlessly treads the line between family-focused and fashion-forward; an antique brown granite central island sits pride of place, matched with pleated faux leather Carlisle bar stools from Hill House's very own eponymous furniture range.
"An oval Italian leather table, embossed with a contemporary crocodile design, sits in front of the leather banquette, especially designed to fit in the bay window," the designers explain. "Ebony macassar high-gloss lacquered cabinets fill the back wall with extensive storage".
The master bathroom is equally impressive, bedecked in nero marquina black marble with shimmering twists of Mother of Pearl adding an extra iridescent glamour.
The look and feel of the space focuses heavily on the historical clout of the property; "with the occupants a young, modern family, the need to create entertaining areas and family-centred spaces was of the utmost importance," Jenny and Helen tell KBB Ark. "We worked hard to exceed the clients' expectations, creating a classic and elegant art-deco inspired scheme that perfectly reflected both the home's history and the family currently residing within."
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