‘SENSE’ BRASSWARE AT BUTLER’S WHARF
DECEMBER 14TH 2016

The Watermark Collection offers edgy, bold new views on kitchen and bathroom brassware. Handmade in Brooklyn, New York, each piece is precisely machined from solid brass, hand finished and assembled to order. The entire collection is available to order in 15 different specialist finishes; from polished nickel and oiled bronze to vintage brass and copper.

The bathroom shown here is one of three recently completed by Maisha Design for a Thames-side apartment in Butler’s Wharf. All three feature The Watermark Collection. This bathroom uses ‘Sense’ polished copper taps and accessories, highlighting the warm metal as an exciting counterpoint to cool marble and glass. An infinitely variable lighting system has been designed to accentuate the supreme luxury of the materials.   

Designed for Watermark by prestigious US studio Clodagh Design Signature, Sense features a distinctive hand beaten detailing. Inspired by Manhattan’s neo-classical stonework, it’s a unique effect made by craftsmen employing a rare Warner & Swasey No 6. Turret Lathe, built in 1938. Because the detailing is rendered by eye using this unique machine, every piece of Sense brassware is a one off.

Products shown: Sense Collection in polished copper: 3-hole basin mixer with cross head handle, bath mixer, shower head, hand shower, flush plate, toilet brush + towel rails.  

 
BESPOKE HEADBOARDS GO LARGE!
DECEMBER 13TH 2016

Inspired by boutique hotels, headboards are a key trend and a great way to introduce design focus to a bedroom. Take a tip from design professionals and go large - with strong colours, bold patterns and oversize dimensions; extra tall or extra wide.

Simon Horn’s custom headboards are made to order in the UK, allowing customers to specify everything from style and size to their own upholstery fabrics and finishing detailing. Shown here, the Simon Horn ‘Marlborough’ headboard has been upholstered in sumptuous ‘Bloomsbury Rose’ velvet from Designers Guild, giving the bed real drama and luxury.  Traditional brass studs complete the look.
MOVE OR IMPROVE
DECEMBER 6TH 2016


The owners of this classic 1930’s Surrey detached house inherited a Martin Moore kitchen when they moved in in 2005.  They lived with it happily for years until the time came for their children to leave home and the “move or improve” question came up.  Having spent years creating a wonderful mature garden, the grounds became one of the key reasons to stay put and completely renovate the house, giving it a new, contemporary look throughout.

A large three storey extension at the back of the house provided the space for a brand new kitchen/living space.  What had previously been a rather narrow and slightly dark space was more than doubled in size to become an airy new room opening straight onto the garden with tall bi-fold doors.  

The existing Martin Moore ‘English’ kitchen, which was more than ten years old, was removed before the extension build started.  But still in perfect condition, it was gifted to another member of the family who used it to build her own ‘new’ kitchen. 



Meanwhile, back in Surrey, the new space was being planned down to the last detail by Pam Baker at Martin Moore’s Esher showroom.  She designed and equipped the island as the aesthetic and practical centrepiece - the meeting point where kitchen functionality and social space cross over. Its form is mirrored by a wonderful, square oak kitchen/dining table, also built by Martin Moore. 

Planning out from the island, two walls were used to create distinct zones - both served by the island.  On the back wall, a sophisticated and highly equipped cooking zone is situated at one end, including extra-wide ovens, a 4-zone induction hob plus gas burners and hidden extraction.  At the far end of the run, the wet zone includes a sink and integrated dishwasher.  The two areas are united by a practical high-level cookshelf, with base and top cupboards providing dedicated storage.  The combination of natural oak and handpainted furniture in this kitchen creates a fresh, modern, relaxed look, perfect for open plan living.



On the side wall, the symmetrical plan has a roomy Appliance Cupboard at its centre.  Bi-fold doors open to reveal a built in coffee machine and microwave, with other large appliances including a toaster and mixer plugged in and ready to use on the shelf below.  The drawers beneath house napkins, placemats, cutlery and other table-laying necessities.  Identical sets of double doors flank the Appliance Cupboard:  One side houses a large fridge/freezer whilst the other provides crockery and pantry storage. 

Pam Baker also designed the elegant freestanding oak cupboard. Its glazed doors display simple, modern tableware, whilst its ¾ height provides a perfect place to display a big vase of flowers or bowl of fruit. 

Set back behind the cooking and prepping zones, Martin Moore also built a completely fitted out utility/laundry room.  The whole project demonstrates how even large kitchens require extremely detailed planning, from ergonomic zoning right down to the level of where individual items - from the ironing board to the toaster - will live.  This level of planning creates kitchens which can be both highly functional and intensely sociable… which exactly fulfilled the brief for this completely bespoke kitchen. 

The furniture is Martin Moore’s ‘Architectural’ design and the extensive new kitchen/living space is united throughout by an ‘Aged Caxton’ limestone floor from Martin Moore Stone.  Its warm tones chime with both the oak furniture and the elements which are hand painted in Martin Moore’s ‘Stone 2’… perfectly matched by Caesarstone ‘Osprey’ worktops.  Martin Moore signature back plate handles with a cylindrical knob are in brushed chrome, adding another note of modernity to this contemporary classic design.

RUNAWAY SUCCESS
DECEMBER 5TH 2016

Bring light to a dark hallway or fill an awkward space - runners are endlessly useful, hardworking and decorative.

Felt’s latest collection of Shyrdak runners range in colour from dazzlingly bright to cool and subtly muted neutrals, offering a wide range of decorative possibilities for both modern and period interiors. Shyrdak dimensions vary from large room size rugs down to small rugs and runners in many sizes. 

A wide selection is always available from stock and Felt’s customers can also commission bespoke rugs in their chosen colours, patterns and sizes.

2017: CHINOISERIE TRENDING
DECEMBER 1ST 2016

The Oriental trend has hit the catwalk and interiors are following suit, with a distinctly eastern flavour set to become a big decorating theme in the home.  The Clarabelle, shown here, from the London Basin Company epitomises contemporary Chinoiserie and is a clever way to add an on-trend touch to bathrooms or cloakrooms. 

The hand decorated porcelain basins from the London Basin Company make great accent pieces, perfectly in tune with today’s decorative looks.  Interior designer Anna Callis, founder of the company, draws inspiration from her travels, creating her own modern interpretations of traditional Oriental and Middle Eastern patterns.  The Clarabelle basin shown here is richly decorated inside and out.

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