When Fran Ferdinand, property developer and search agent, found her dream home at the end of 2018, she had a very clear idea of the transformation it was about to undergo. A traditional arts and crafts-style, four-bedroom family home on a private estate in Surrey,England, while full of character, the house was cold and dark, and in desperate need of a transformation. With recommendations from friends and colleagues, Fran called on Hill House Interiors to upgrade the home.
“I knew straight away I wanted to work with Jenny and her team – she immediately understood the brief and what I was trying to achieve, and I felt confident that Hill House Interiors were the designers to bring my ideas to life. The inspiration is classic Chanel – monochrome with just a touch of glamour, and I feel it’s been executed perfectly.”
Hill House Interiors completely transformed the client’s home with clever design ideas. Stepping into the home, the high-ceilinged hallway immediately feels bright, airy and modern – a far cry from the tired, beige interiors that originally adorned the space. The traditional stone mantel fireplace and under stairs cupboard was removed in the entrance hall and replaced with a stunning glass balustrade and cleverly lit stair treads creating a soft glow. Replacing dated cream porcelain floors, a beautiful grey-beige herringbone timber design runs throughout the ground floor. Removing traditional panelled oak doors, the design firm replaced these with a contrast darker door and handles to suit, with the surrounding alcoves heightened to give an added sense of grandeur.
Jenny Weiss, co-founder of Hill House Interiors comments: “This is a traditional house with a thoroughly modern interior. One of my favourite rooms is the dining room off the hallway. The bespoke luxury bar unit we created, with integrated beverage coolers, brushed brass metal inlays and intricate design details, immediately draws your eye to the bespoke “Eat, Drink, Laugh” neon light. Designed as a focal point of this entertainment area in the heart of the home, it adds a bit of fun and personality to the space and is most definitely a talking point when the client is entertaining guests. Sleek and ultra-sophisticated, this dining room is truly a memorable space.”
The large drawing room, with herringbone timber flooring is a subtle contrast to, and enhances, the monochrome colour palette. With a scheme crafted around a wild piece of artwork Fran sourced herself from Andrew Martin, the room is both welcoming and intriguing. With a large U-shaped sofa, decorated with stunning textured cushions, stylish animal prints, intricate contrast braid details and a sumptuous fur throw, it creates the ultimate entertaining space.
The bespoke crystal chandelier, with its’ timeless design, hangs centrally in the living room, balancing the light with its classic proportions and creates a warm glowing presence that makes the room feel even more inviting. The French doors are beautifully dressed with handmade curtains in a textured neutral fabric with a stunning Samuel & Sons contrast monochrome trim applied to the leading edges, complementing the space and design scheme beautifully.
The original kitchen was stripped out and replaced with shaker-style cabinetry and ironmongery to complement the Calacatta quartz-style worktops. Originally laid out in a traditional U-shape, the space has been maximised with the addition of a breakfast bar and four high stools from Hill House’s own collection. The matte black, architectural-style pendants have an opulent appeal that take centre stage over the island unit and provide wonderful ambient lighting in the evening.
Jenny explains; “We’re known for our attention to detail; from the delicate studding on the backs of the chairs to the contrasting border on the venetian blinds – it all comes together to elevate the space.”
After much reflection, Fran confirms the dining room is her favourite space in the house.
“It’s probably where I’ve spent the most time since moving in last September. The ‘Eat, Drink, Laugh’ LED wall art sums this room up perfectly, as does the Michael Moebius print of the Queen – I love entertaining, and knew this had to be a social space where my guests can relax and have fun.”
In a dark oak finish, with gilded Art Deco detailing, the Hill House bespoke cabinetry built into the dining room does not disappoint. The full height unit hosts a drinks fridge, along with plenty of hidden storage for glass and tableware. The large oval table provides a centrepiece for the room, enhanced by the overhead bronze-framed chandelier with tubular glass inserts and the plush velvet wing-backed dining chairs in a soft blush tone adding just a subtle hint of colour.
Speaking about the finished project, Fran says “This is exactly how I envisaged my home, only better. Hill House knew exactly what I wanted, and what was right for the space. There was a mutual respect and level of understanding that is hard to find.”
Jenny adds; “Working to such a strict colour palette can be challenging, but bringing together tonal patterns, prints and textures alongside beautiful bespoke elements and distinct accessories is where the Hill House team really excel. It is a bold scheme, yet classical at the same time.”
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