Talented interior designer Fiona Barratt-Campbell creates great-looking interiors. She studied at Chelsea College of Art and Parsons school of design in New York, and was head designer at Kelly Hoppen. She launched Fiona Barratt Interiors in 2006, and now works on residential and commercial projects both in the UK and abroad. To pick up some top decorating advice, we asked her to talk us through her own London home...
You have created a fabulous kitchen-diner in your home (above). What was the starting point for this area, and how did you work with the architectural elements of the house?
‘As we are in a terraced London townhouse the space is traditionally long and slim. As we wanted a large kitchen-diner the only way to create this was to extend the basement. We added huge light wells at one end and created a banquette dining area underneath one.
‘The kitchen area is in the middle and then the far end is the dining area. I really wanted to create space and light (from the garden), so I took a floor out to give a ceiling height of 5.7m. I then designed the dark wood floating staircase and a large three-tier chandelier to hang over the dining table. Although we have lost a floor, the impact and benefit of the kitchen-dining space far outweighs these negatives!’
We love your bathroom. Was the fireplace part of the space previously, and how did you link it with the bathroom’s design?
‘The fireplace was part of the original space. However, we had to find a replacement antique surround. I sourced a carrera marble one to match the stone that we used in the bathroom. I placed the bath in front of the fireplace for maximum benefit and there is also a TV to the left of the fireplace.’
What are the best ways of bringing style and interest to a long narrow hallway?
‘Wallpaper or specialist plaster along with mirrors are great for creating the illusion of space. Art is also very important.’
Your living room has extremely elegant mouldings. Were these already part of the room, and how did you work with them in designing the room’s scheme?
‘Yes, they are original. I think my style of modern luxury complements the original Georgian features that we have in the house.’
How did you go about giving this grand space an ultra-comfortable feel, too?
‘I used a mixture of textures in the materials, fabrics and finishes: for example, silk rugs, ceramic side tables, scagliola coffee tables, antique wood stools, as well as materials such as velvet, suede, linen, ribbed silk and laser-cut leather.’
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Sarah Warwick, Guest Editor
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