A common challenge in London – how to maximise living and dining space in an open plan area. This project started off with some key space planning brainstorming and we came up with the idea of a corner bench in order to maximise the number of people that could be seated around a circular table. Benches are great as they can have storage inside lift-up lids and in this case even provide a place for the cat’s litter tray with a cat flap at one end for easy access!

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At the far end of the room there was space for a generous 3-seater sofa. However, being a lower ground flat, access for something of this scale was not possible, so in order to furnish the space as desired, we had a sofa made in four sections – back, seat and two arms – which were all assembled in-situ.

Another customised detail to note in this room is the curtains: as you may notice in the photograph, the track curves around on one side allowing the full width of the bi-fold doors to be seen when the curtains are fully open, hence not reducing the natural light coming in.

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My clients moved into this property early summer and it was already newly decorated in a selection of neutral paint shades, along with a pale wood floor and taupe coloured carpets. Kitchen units and worktop were in a deep grey tone, leaving a fairly blank canvas in terms of bringing in some accents of colour and pattern. This room presented a great opportunity to combine patterns of various scales; a small geometric design on the curtains and a larger one on the rug with a variety of cushions in the mix too.

In terms of materials there is quite a combination too – marble table top, mid-century style wooden TV unit and clock, white rocking chair, walnut dining chairs, a black and white tiled side table top and despite the existing ironmongery being in a brushed chrome finish we crept a little copper and brass in through the floor lamp and picture frame to add warmth and variety.