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knightsbridge Project: Apartment 2

8th March, 2017 / Leave your thoughts

Apartment 2 from our Knightsbridge development. This is a basement apartment with an internal courtyard ‘garden’. In the summer, the bi-fold doors from the bedroom and living area open out to make this one large space (see last photo). The ceilings are high for a basement apartment which makes all the difference. This apartment was interior designed using lots of green elements to bring the outside in. Again, lots of textured, natural fabrics used for depth.

View from Kitchen/study area into Living space{Kitchen with hidden study looking through into the living area}

Apartment 2{Living area looking into Kitchen with swivel TV}

Apartment 2{Bedroom area with mirrored wardrobes as before}

Apartment 2{Bedroom area looking through central courtyard into living area}

Knightsbridge Apartment: Interior Styling

21st October, 2016 / Leave your thoughts

Interior Styling shots from one of our completed Knightsbridge Studio Apartments. 

These apartments are actually compact 1 bedrooms but for planning had to be designed as Studios. Clever storage between the living/kitchen/dining and bedroom equates in the bedroom having a seperate feel as well as producing a walk through dressing area!

Knightsbridge Project: Apartment 5

21st October, 2016 / Leave your thoughts

Photos from a 2 year development project in Knightsbridge. This is the design and creation of 9 Studio apartments over 7 floors. The scheme is dark wood mixed with white walls and lots of textured natural fabrics in linens, wools and velvets which bring in a hit of colour. This is the main show apartment. Two more to follow….

BG Living

BG Kitchen

BG Dining

BG Bedroom

Cinema Rooms

20th January, 2016 / Leave your thoughts

They may be referred to with different names such as Media Room, Entertainment Room etc but for most the ‘Cinema Room’  requirements are invariably the same: Comfort & cosiness. To me this means rich colours, textured fabrics to bring warmth and big fluffy blankets to snuggle under during movie time.

Practically speaking, sound is a big factor within these rooms. Fabric stretched walling is the perfect sound buffer plus has the advantage of giving warmth and depth to the room. A recently completed cinema room had navy blue ‘suede’ wallpaper and heavy wool curtains in the same tone. This gave the room a totally cocooned feeling once the curtains were drawn and the lights were lowered in anticipation of the afternoon matinee……..

Daytime Cinema




{Photos: Helen Ford Design}

Copper & Rose Gold

13th October, 2015 / Leave your thoughts

I’ve just been to see a new development where the bathrooms sported copper taps. Very nice to see them in situ although I think its pretty challenging to get other door furniture/sanitary ware within the room/apartment to work with this distinct look (the plug was still chrome which seemed a desperate shame). Still, it got me thinking about the vibe and how this colour/finish translates so well from interiors to fashion……

Rose Gold















{Photos: Pinterst)


Completed Project: Chelsea Family Home

2nd August, 2015 / Leave your thoughts

Entrance Hall….

Here are the first photos from a recently completed project in Chelsea. This was a project with minimal building works – primarily full re-decoration and soft furnishings. There are some great before and after shots which I am currently working on.

This is the Entrance Hall. Before it was very cold with grey wood panelling, a grey and white damask wallpaper and grey carpet to the staircase. I wanted to pull out the colour of the existing marble in the Entrance hall to warm up the space. We opted not to re-wallpaper for practical purposes (sticky fingers) as well as some awkward nooks and crannies as you move up the staircase. The bronze chandelier was selected as its oval to work with the existing coffer ceiling and to reflect the oval design of the existing floor.

The Moodboard showing the original concept is below….

Chelsea Entrance Hall














Chelsea Entrance Hall













Chelsea_Entrance Hall_Moodboard

Beachside Interiors

12th July, 2015 / Leave your thoughts

Whilst sourcing for a project at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre recently I happened upon the below bedroom display in the Paolo Moschino showroom. I just love the chunky Rattan headboard mixed with the linen bedding and wrought iron chandelier.

I’ve decided its time to manifest another project abroad (just to use the bed!) I’m thinking The Hamptons….

{Photos by Helen Ford}

Dreaming of Beachside Interiors…..

{Photos: Pinterest}

A past Project in the Bahamas….

{Photos: Helen Ford Design}

Completed Project: Hertfordshire

12th July, 2015 / Leave your thoughts

Here is a project completed October 2014 and photographed earlier this year.

The client was very particular with the brief; clean, modern and very white with accents of grey. Something fun and funky! Scale was played with in the Entrance hall and Dining Room by adding large ‘paper’ items such as the chandelier and floor standing lamp. The floor throughout the ground floor is white resin with a few rugs thrown in for warmth.

The Garden Room leads off of the Dining Room and out to the Swimming Pool Room across the Patio so it was logical to bring the outside in with a little green in this room. The Mirror in antique and links back to the windows.

The only room with any real colour is the home cinema which I wanted to make comfortable and cosy. The textures of the navy blue suede wallpaper and heavy wool curtains help with the cinema sound insulation as well as give a nice vibe. The room is all blue, including the ceiling, to unify the space.

{Cinema Room}

Organic Living

13th February, 2015 / Leave your thoughts

Today I’ve been thinking about organic interiors; those that bring the outside in, are full of texture and natural finishes. Think wood, washed linen, (fake) furs, wool, coir, plants, wicker……..

Inspiration & moodboard….



























Organic Moodboard














Left to right: Image // Console // Lamps // Art // Mirror // Side stool // Slouchy chair // Rug // Sofa // Soft ottomans

 {Images from top: Axel Vervoordt // Melanie Molesworth // Moodboard: Helen Ford Design}

Designer crush: Jean Louis Deniot

16th November, 2014 / Leave your thoughts

Whats not to ….?




*Photos: Architectural Digest/Elle Decor