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Fairfield, Victorian Townhouse, Fulham

The meaningful renovation of this Fulham townhouse by Charlotte Heather Interiors celebrates excellent craftsmanship.

Exquisite design and exceptional craftsmanship are the quintessence of this masterful renovation of a two-bedroom Victorian townhouse in London’s Fulham.

Orchestrated by interior design studio Charlotte Heather Interiors, interior designer Jules Custers notes. ‘The clients adore everything selected because of the meaningful stories behind them. We chose a mix of wonderful materials and products from either renowned designers or items that resonated with them based on craftsmanship as both clients are engineers.’

The carefully curated interior hinges on symbolism for the South American homeowners, with blossom weaving a thread throughout. ‘The clients were married in spring and blossom featured in their wedding,’ explains Jules. ‘This reference links from the large cherry tree at the end of the garden to the wallpapers selected because of their blossom motif and the delicate and dusky pinks that prevail in the property because it reminds them of the blossom at their wedding. The brief was to create a space that truly reflected their personalities and celebrated colour. We curated a scheme that would allow colour to flow throughout the space without imposing and dominating the spaces. We used strong pinks and teal, another of their favourite colours, throughout their home, and balanced this with marble, rich wood and brass accents to draw the eye through the areas and introduce continuity.’

Saturated colour sets the scene on arrival at the property where the bespoke front door, painted in a zingy teal, makes a statement, and marries with the beautifully crafted stained-glass window. Victorian-style patterned floor tiles, a nod to the history of the building, provide a neutral base from which soft putty tones were teased through the rest of the house. ‘This allowed us to playfully use colour in a soft way,’ notes Jules.

 Anomalously, it was the master bathroom that instigated the design process. ‘We visited the Samuel Heath showroom in Chelsea Harbour with the clients and they adored the Fairfield range with its living brass finish,’ explains Jules. ‘It was particularly important for our clients to possess unlacquered metal so it would age organically and uniquely. We too love the integrity and truth of a living brass finish.’ Fairfield brassware, instilled with the design influences of the Arts and Crafts movement and crafted in soft flowing shapes, evokes a sense of tradition and formality, while the lustrous finish injects warmth. ‘This inspired us to use brass on all the fixtures in the house,’ continues Jules. ‘Fairfield commenced the scheme and the pink bathtub finished it. The client said she wanted to sit in an inviting pink bathtub, so we ran with it.’

The statement rose pink boat bath was created in a custom colour. A toning bespoke vanity unit, complete with rounded edges, imparts femininity and softness. ‘The layout of the master bathroom was highly successful because it allowed us to create a layered effect,’ reveals Jules. An impactful double shower featuring an opulent Aliseo Marble Mosaic Scallop tile splashback from Artisans of Devizes forms the backdrop for the bathtub. ‘The visual beauty of the double shower behind the bath is such a wow moment,’ explains Jules. Aliseo Marble adorns the shower dividing wall and floor, enhancing the sumptuous feel, and is complemented by a soft warm grey on the walls that evokes a calming aesthetic and seamlessly draws attention to the stunning brassware.

Pink then cascades from the en-suite into the master bedroom where it teams beautifully with warm greys and metallic tones. A statement wallpaper lends drama behind the bedhead with its rose gold sprig motif. Black glazed joinery, which evokes a more masculine feel, balances the scheme, and marries with the glamorous bespoke black and brass Roche Bobois cabinets.

The softest of pinks washes the dressing room, where an ornate boudoir chair dating from the 1920s was given a new lease of life when it was reupholstered by Charlotte Heather Interiors and its gold leaf was reinstated by the client.

The blossom motif is celebrated in the study, formerly a sitting room, where a statement teal wallpaper by artisan company Feathr celebrates delicate trailing blooms. The scheme is a careful balancing act of feminine and masculine traits. Chic bespoke shelving units with artfully slatted doors and a luxe desk topped with pink leather elevate the carefully crafted element. Exquisitely shaped and sumptuously textured blush pink velvet and white boucle chairs inject retro flair.

The open plan area at the rear of the property is undoubtedly the heart of the home. Here, an extension by Charlotte Heather Interiors has resulted in a very long room that encompasses the kitchen, dining and sitting areas. Natural light was a prerequisite for the clients so Charlotte cleverly incorporated roof lights along the space to maximise the light and diffuse it beautifully throughout the day. ‘Early in the morning, the light comes down into the kitchen area where the clients enjoy a coffee, then towards the afternoon the light extends towards the sitting area where they like to read,’ reveals Charlotte. Vast rear bi-folding doors contribute to the space being bathed in light and allow for impressive inside outside use.

Entertaining is key to the kitchen and dining area. Warm whites and putty shades envelop the kitchen, which is punctuated by the deep blue of the decorative extractor fan and also the island designed specifically for guests to sit while the client cooks. Brass details sing out and link to the brassware in the master bathroom.

 Reinforcing the presence of exquisite craftsmanship, a Carl Hansen dining table and chairs in rich walnut injects warmth into the space. A bespoke Tollgard leaf artwork was specially commissioned for the space and brings together the dominant colours in the house.

The relaxed sitting area is a perfect example of a space specifically designed to reflect the clients’ needs. The clients are avid readers and bespoke cabinetry houses their vast collection of books. The sofa in the clients’ favourite shade of teal and a dainty white boucle chair are perfect for curling up and reading, while also escalating the softness and femininity in the space.

 Beyond the bifold doors, the pergola extends the living space further and is designed to provide natural shading and privacy. The space is designed for stylish alfresco entertaining with its chic Carl Hansen furniture. Luxury sheepskins and an outdoor fireplace help combat inclement temperatures. The perfect finishing touch is the wisteria and jasmine that were specially selected to drape over the pergola because they remind the clients of home and also because they echo beautiful blossom.

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