This living room by is actually much smaller than it appears. Every drop of space has been utilised, and every trick in the book employed, to make the space feel bigger and lighter.
'We needed to fit a three-bedroom house into just 93 square metres without its seeming squeezed,' says Philippa, 'so we had to make excellent use of space. It was also very dark. We basically gutted it and started again, to bring in as much light as possible, and increase the sense of space.'
Every nook and cranny cleverly camouflages storage. Even the window seat and custom-made table conceal touch-catch drawers, and a false bookcase (to the left of the fire) incorporates a rise-and-fall mechanism that reveals the television. 'I went to a second-hand bookshop and bought books to the exact measurements, then had to chop them up for their spines,' says Philippa. 'I felt very guilty - but the result looks genuine.'
Warmth and depth is provided by a neutral fabric from that lines the walls. The calm neutrals and clean lines are highlighted by an eye catching abstract painting by Terry Frost. The sofa is covered in 'Small Star' in flax by , with cushions made from 'Minuet' silk velvet by to add texture. A bespoke rug from covers the distressed oak boards that extend through the entire ground floor.
Taken From the May 2013 issue of House & Garden.
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