‘We read in here on rainy weekends and dark evenings, with the radio on and fire lit,’ says Lucy. Walls in a specially mixed sludgy green, Papers and Paints. Antique armchair covered in Matelas de Laine, Claremont. Artwork on chimney breast, Murakami
Jewel colours provide a rich atmosphere all year. Ottoman, Dean Antiques; covered in an antique fabric. Christmas tree and skirt, The White Company. Tree decorations, Gisela Graham
This part of the kitchen has no window so cascading plants bring the outside in. Banquette seating in leather from Whistler Leather. Cabinetry and flooring, Mathew Bray & Matthew Collins. Tulip table, Eero Saarinen. Find similar wood/ leather chairs at Pamono. Stool, Petersham Nurseries
The cabinets were designed by Lucy, made in timber by a carpenter and spray-painted an RAL colour. Find a similar fossil worktop at MKW Surfaces. Bar stools covered in bronze mohair velvet by Claremont. Botanical prints (left), Colefax Antiques. Tan leather armchair, Sigmar
Originally a garage, this vibrant area is now a work space and games room with lots of storage to hide the messy bits. Blind in Fortuny, Claremont. Desk, Colefax Antiques. Chair, Vitra. Floor, Mathew Bray & Matthew Collins
Design is about working with space,’ says Lucy Hammond Giles. ‘Creating rooms that look beautiful but also that feel right and make people comfortable being in them – combining timeless form with essential function, mixing both the prosaic and the poetic.’ Lucy speaks from years of experience as one of Sibyl Colefax & John Fowler’s prestigious team of decorators. ‘It’s about understanding what is existing: the house and the people who will live in it, and how to make it joyous and interesting while functional and relaxed.’
When it came to her own home, Lucy faced every decorator’s challenge of being aware of the myriad possibilities, while dealing with the parameters of real life. ‘I love light, space and pattern but there were limits, narrowed by our circumstances: the house is a 1950s build, we are a family of four with a dog, we didn’t have a huge budget and had existing furniture and paintings,’ she says.
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