As an interior designer, Caroline understood the need for scale when it came to the library house in Kew. She started with the high ceilings in this Victorian-era home to create a sense of proportion, especially when it came to the library with its spiral staircase. The positioning of the beautiful pendant light over the staircase was critical – it took Caroline, the builder and the electrician quite a few hours to install this feature.
The double-storey library is a contemporary take on a traditional library – the owners’ three children have a section each upstairs, while the owners display their books downstairs.
It’s clear the family in this home love books – from the two-storey library to the quirky bookshelf wallpaper in the powder-room and the window seats designed for curling up to read.
This home is a stunning design with plenty of space to gather together in a thoughtful design. The large kitchen with black and timber cabinetry, complete with butler’s pantry, opens up to a spacious family-room with large windows to the backyard and pool area.
The butler’s pantry can be hidden by two sliding doors, and leads from the kitchen into the laundry.
Caroline offered many examples of black and white tiles to her client, to help create elegant bathrooms. All bathrooms feature black and white tiles in different designs with timber vanities for warmth.
The ensuite features drawer handles from the owner’s trip to Paris, used in the bathroom before the renovation. Caroline and Chrissie persuaded the owner to use them here.
The spiral staircase in the library leads upstairs to the children’s bedrooms, bathroom and play area. Caroline understood the need to keep the upstairs design practical and light-hearted, with plenty of flexibility as the children’s needs change.
Caroline organised the custom-made window furnishings – a mix of shutters, blinds and sheers and sourced unique and bespoke furniture.
Caroline empowered the client to trust her own instinct, and gave her confidence to choose different pieces of furniture and fabric, including the lovely French ticking material for the window seats. Caroline used her resources to offer the client a variety of options to create depth and personality in this monochrome house with its quirky French style.
The clients appreciated Caroline’s relatable and approachable style, as well as her endless creative capability as an interior designer.
Architect: Samara Greenwood Architecture
Builders: Constructing Spaces
Photo credits: Tim Shaw