March 16 2011
I’m lucky enough to live in a 1960s Span house designed by the late, award-winning architect Eric Lyons. Being a Modernist home, it should be snappy, perky and sharp, but thanks to the joint commitments of both work and family, my home is cluttered, unstructured and lacking in focus.
So I recently turned to an interior designer for help. Kate Monckton used to work in public relations but has now retrained in interior design. Having already designed the interior of the Hampstead shop of the stylish London grocer, Melrose & Morgan, and sourced décor for Mary Portas’s Mary’s Living and Giving boutique in Primrose Hilll, Kate has great taste and an understanding of challenging living requirements.
After an initial consultation, she prescribed reclaimed oak made-to-order storage, and a fold-down desk for my double-height upstairs bedroom-soon-to-be-study to get rid of the clutter. She also recommended a rethink of the open-plan living room to encompass mid-century-esque wooden panelling incorporating shelving, as well as an additional storage cupboard (for the vacuum cleaner); additionally, she suggested bespoke storage boxes and a window seat for the kids’ double room.
She introduced colours I wouldn’t have thought of – denim blue in the living room, a pretty blue wallpaper by artist Daniel Heath in the kids’ room – and sourced unusual pieces I’ve never seen before such as a grey mid-mod-feel tripod lamp from Chelsea Textiles. I will work from her moodboards and visuals over the next few months implementing her ideas when I have the time and the budget (though she can deliver the whole package for you). I now have focus and a defined direction. Domestic bliss.