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Glamour in Mayfair

We completed a project last month in Mayfair for our clients, Soma Build. The spec was somewhat glamorous and included a dramatic wallpaper from Thibaut, metallic paint from Eico (which was sprayed) and Benjamin Moore Aura Satin.

Making your ceilings appear taller

As we have written elsewhere, the human eye – due to its tendency to perceive colour in relative rather than absolute terms – is easy to fool.

This fact can be used to your advantage when you would like to make a ceiling appear taller.

As Farrow & Ball write on their helpful page here, the technique is to “reduce the amount of contrast between the colour on the walls, cornicing or coving and ceiling.”

The photo below shows Hague Blue being used on walls and ceiling and has the – somewhat counterintuitive – effect of making the ceiling appear taller.

Grey, pink and copper

Maybe you already have enough restrained off-whites and light greys in your home?

Perhaps you should consider a palette like this one, a successful an beguiling combination of grey polished plaster, pink tiles and copper accents?

Photo via Rethink Interiors, in turn via Apartment Therapy.

Thibaut wallpaper

We recently worked on a project in Mayfair with a somewhat glamorous wallcovering designed by Thibaut – we hope to post photos soon.

The firm, whose designs bear a strong European sensibility, has a long history:

“Still bearing the founder’s name, Thibaut (pronounced Tee-Bo) was founded in New York in 1886 by Richard E. Thibaut, an American of Parisian descent. Once heralded as the “world’s largest wallpaper company” Thibaut began as a successful retailer and with multiple distribution points in Boston, New York and Newark.”

You’ll find lots of designs to browse here.

Abigail Edwards – Seascape and Oak Tree Wallpapers

We were drawn on Instagram recently to the wallpaper designs by Abigail Edwards.

The Seascape and Oak Tree designs were two of our favourites…

Abigail Edwards Wallpaper and Fabrics

Ghost Signs in London

Noticing the presence of “ghost signs” – fading, sometimes barely legible painted commercial signage, typically from the Victorian period – is one of the pleasures available to the attentive flâneur. We recently spotted one on Cloudesley Road, in Islington, during our travels in N1.

Londonist have collected ten fine examples here.

Acro- Navy wallpaper by 17 Patterns

We’ve loved the wallcoverings by 17 Patterns since first coming across their designs a couple of years ago during a redecoration project we carried out in Fulham.

Acro- Navy is one of our favourites…

Diespeker Terrazzo

We recently encountered the work of Diespeker – a venerable specialist in terrazzo, established in London in 1881 – while working on the new restaurant in Herne Hill, Llewelyn’s.

Here is the bespoke terrazzo used in the restaurant, “a mix of grey, black and red/brown marble chippings in a light cement”.

Diespeker have a summary of the material on their website: “Terrazzo originates from Italy where, around 500 years ago, quarry workers used stone offcuts for flooring in their own homes. At first, the finish was rough-set and uneven but as methods progressed, the flexibility and benefits of terrazzo were recognised.”

Here is another striking bespoke terrazzo from Diespeker, using only glass.

Edwardian sash window restoration

The ever reliable and illuminating before-and-after photographs: this was challenging work, dealing with severe damage, which involved rot removal and treatment, joinery repairs and full redecoration.

Our work in Mayfair

We are currently working on a distinctive redecoration project in Mayfair – it’s a notable property and has some fascinating mid-20th century history.

We’re not able to publish any work-in-progress photos, but are looking forward to collecting some images of the finished project – we’ve been impressed by the boldness of the paint, colour and wallpaper choices made.