Diary of a London Interior Designer – floorplans, countryside and unicorns


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Started the week with a site visit to an ongoing project in Regent’s Park.

The house is Georgian and set over six floors. We have refreshed most of the interior over the past year and now moved on the exterior. We are using Little Greene Chocolate Colour for the front door and Clay Mid for the masonry.

Back in Georgian times the exterior railings were often painted green. Little Greene do a great colour called Invisible Green that would be good choice to recreate this look. However, to ensure conformity with the terrace, they will remain black. Might try and use that green in my own home though, maybe for the exterior fencing.



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Working on the floor plans for a new build apartment today. On a large development in Battersea the building has now been built, our client takes occupation in Q1 2021.

We want to add an island to the apartment, peninsula style from the wall. The island will be extendable to provide seating for 6 when required.

Currently looking at two solutions to do this. The first has a sliding top to the island. The second has a platform from within the island that extends. And we want to include a small sink with a Quooker tap.

Looking forward to getting these plans done and working out that island solution. As with most new developments no changes are allowed during construction so onsite in early 2021 for this one.



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Headed out of town today to look at the bathrooms for a potential client near Tunbridge Wells.

We passed Poundsbridge Manor on the way. Amazing architecture! It was built in 1593 by John and Brian Durtnall for their father. Their company, R Durtnall & Sons, went on to become the oldest building firm in Britain until it ceased trading in 2019. It was passed through thirteen generations. Although no longer in business, what a legacy!

Our initial meeting went well. We now have a Design Proposal to write, this details the design process, how we work and design fees.



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Took some time out today to start planning our Christmas decorations. Although 2020 has been challenging on so many levels we are still getting ready to ‘deck the halls’.

This year I want to keep our decorations very natural. I’m inspired by decorations outside Ralph Lauren on New Bond Street – they always look amazing.

So lots of green foliage around the front door, with red berries, Ivy and maybe pine cones. Also need to source battery lights, ideally in three different sizes.

Could be a lot of effort but if you can’t push the boat out at Christmas when can you?



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Was reminded of this fun project while reviewing site photos today. This is definitely a room that needs a professional shoot when we can.

Our client’s daughter specifically requested unicorns for her bedroom. But we wanted to do them with some style.

Children’s bedrooms can also be a challenge as you want to try and design for the next few years – and their likes/dislikes can change so much. So if she goes off unicorns how can you make a design work for now and then?

We found a very tasteful unicorn wallpaper for this room, have a look, we love it. It has a strong Scandi feel (it does come from Sweden) and a subtly that means it can adapt if we change other elements of the room. For now though, it works perfectly with this ceramic unicorn.


Another very good productive week in our interior design practice. 2020 is going to have a very different end of year, there will be no big rush towards Christmas as we usually do. Maybe this year we will be able to close early and enjoy a Christmas break, whatever that might mean?

Have a great weekend,

Andrew & Andrew, London Contemporary Interior Design