Heather Lea Music Room
This was the final room to be designed during a two year long project which saw the complete refurbishment of the property. The client wanted a bold, contemporary colour palette throughout the house, to showcase their fun and eclectic tastes and personalities. In contrast to the contemporary style of the other rooms, they felt this room should have a more traditional feel.
Both husband and wife are passionate about music and needed to accommodate a grand piano and somewhere to play the cello within the space, along with plenty of seating for guests. This resulted in a well-considered furniture layout, encompassing necessary storage, creating a cosy and intimate setting. The soft furnishing scheme began with the selection of a beautiful pearlescent gold wallpaper with a strie pattern, giving the effect of silk walls. A strong base palette of deep greens and aubergines were added to give a sense of depth to the room. The client’s love of bold colour and pattern was embraced in the cushions and chairs, using a striking mix of fabrics by Etro and Mulberry, off-set by the bright blue velvet – an unexpected pop of colour. An assorted arrangement of furniture pieces were specified, including an antler chandelier and candlesticks, Julian Chichester consoles and drinks cabinet and William Yeoward lamps. The designers chose artwork in keeping with the musical theme and interesting accessories such as the incandescent butterfly domes, which add a whimsical twist. Each angle of this room has been designed to offer a unique scene that is pleasing to the eye.
One element the couple have been unable to keep the children away from is the bespoke footstool, designed and commissioned by Horton. This wonderfully quirky addition, upholstered in Etro tartan and passementerie, has been named ‘Gordon’ (said in a French accent) and is often pushed around the house as a canine-like playmate. The client was thrilled with the outcome of this room and despite being the last room to be completed it has quickly become their favourite retreat.
Client Testimonial October 2014
We gave them a pretty tough brief – ‘we want our house to feel well designed, but not so it looks all design-y. Oh, and we have small children; so it has to look wonderful, but be practical enough so we don’t keep yelling “don’t touch that!” ‘ But they nailed it. Every room feels like us – a true extension of what we’re like. Every room looks different—yet they all flow into each other. Every room is a pleasure to be in. Even better: we’ve yet to shout “don’t touch that!” All our family loves our house. Our friends love coming round here, as do our children’s friends. We’ve spent more quality time with friends and family as a result. Horton’s designers have changed how it feels to live here. They have changed our lives.