Interior Designer in Chester
Inside Look – Family Home Renovation
A few months ago, we were contacted by a family in Chester. They were looking for an interior design company to help make their new house into a cosy and stylish family home.
The scope of work included concept design and project management for 5 rooms. After meeting with the clients for a free consultation, it was decided that Claire Davies would be the interior designer in charge of this project, along with her team.
The first few appointments were spent establishing an understanding of what the clients wanted their new home to look like, what the budget would be, and their ideal time scale to suit their schedule.
The designs for the ground floor were the priority. The large open plan kitchen/diner, the living room and the light-filled family room at the back of the house were completely unfurnished and required; decorating, a new lighting design, seating, furniture, soft furnishings, dressings for the windows and accessories.
Through our initial meetings, we grew to learn exactly what the clients would like to achieve. It was then our responsibility to put those ideas into a plan that could be realised – within budget.
The colour scheme was to include blush pink, cool grey, copper and warm tones of wood such as oak and mango wood and lots of plants and succulents. For the windows, it was decided that the ground floor designs would feature bespoke planation style shutters. These would be stained to match the flooring and other items of furniture. We were told by the clients that they needed to have a small office area included somewhere in the design.
These clients had a passion for travel and also for nature. The wife, in particular, loved plants and tropical themes. It was important that these interests would be reflected in the finished plans. However, there were also practicalities to consider such as safety for the two children aged four and one… and having somewhere to put all their toys.
Our designs centred on the fact that the larger family room would be used during the day and that this would be were the kids would spend the most time. We were then able to keep the other living room as a more grown up space that would include the hidden office area in a bureau that can be closed up when not in use.
The larger family room featured a corner sofa (in a soft turquoise colour as an accent), an unusual ‘branch’ shelf for an interesting display of books and keep-sakes, a modern and stylish tv cabinet with a block pattern, family photos on the wall and images of scenery and places the family had travelled to.
The other living room which was to be predominantly for the parents was to have a tan leather armchair, the bureau for work space and filing, a three seater sofa bed which could be used for when guests and family came to visit, trailing succulents mounted on the wall and in glass terrariums, and mango wood sideboards and side tables.
The lighting design throughout the ground floor was focused on using copper tones – both when choosing the ceiling lights and also when selecting the table lamps for sideboards, and the floor lamps for next to the sofas.
The copper theme continued with the photo frame and accessory selection, which we decided to mix up with more natural materials such as stone.
After the plans were finalised, we organised the refurbishment from start to finish and ultimately completed designs and renovations for the living rooms, kitchen/diner, hall, stairs and landing and master suite. The clients are now enjoying a beautifully designed house that is just what they have wanted for a very long time.
We’ve been working with Claire since January 2018 and could not be happier. We were so nervous to get an interior design for the first time but she’s so easy going. Claire will work within your budget and approachable. All her recommendations have been great and our home looks so much better thanks to Claire. Highly recommended.