Project Name: Chelsea Apartment

Location: London

Date Completed: 2016

Interior Designer: Alison Teverini & Andrea Milward

The project brief was to furnish and style this three-bedroomed apartment in the heart of Chelsea. Milward Teverini needed to inject warmth and personality into this new build that lacked any character. The clients’ main residence is in the Far East, this three-bedroom property is based in Chelsea in a new development, and is used as a holiday home when the client is in London. Although bright and airy, it was very much an uninspiring white box when the designers first went to take the brief. The client asked Milward Teverini to create a home that had more warmth, texture, and personality.

The client used to be an actress and is a very glamorous woman, her favourite fashion designer being Chanel, the scheme was inspired by, and had to reflect all these different elements. Milward Teverini also wanted to create something that had a hint of 1950’s style glamorous chic, as they felt this look reflected the owner’s personality. The work would include window dressing, walls and floors and the sourcing of all furniture, lighting, and accessories. In the reception room, the striking painting the designers commissioned from an artist in Ibiza was the inspiration for the scheme. The use of the pink was a direct play on the clients love of the baby pink colour used for the classic tweed Chanel jacket.

A neutral scheme provided the backdrop for the pink colour injection to stand out. Detail was added with layers of texture in the form of different materials; a white herringbone rug, an antique mirror glass coffee table, linens, velvets, and quilted cushions, again a playful and subtle take on the Chanel quilted handbag. The glamorous look was continued throughout the apartment, with the use of a mix of beautiful finishes from the linen wall coverings used in the bedrooms, a luxurious mix of fabrics apparent upon the soft furnishings and a combination of new and vintage furniture pieces. The clients own antique bottle green floor lamp provided the inspiration for the master bedroom colour palette and to compliment this Milward Teverini sourced some original vintage brass 1950’s antique mirrors to flank the bed.

Practically, the designers completed the scheme within a relatively short deadline, just in time for the client to come over to celebrate Christmas. The client was amazed with the transformation when she walked in, aside from her feeling that the property had lacked personality, she also initially had some practical concerns and had been worried that the apartment was possibly too cramped for her storage needs. However, with the addition of various walls that Milward Teverini clad with mirror glass in strategic places, meticulous space planning to provide bespoke storage solutions and the addition of simple elegant furnishings, the apartment now looks both spacious and luxurious, which definitely fulfilled and exceeded the client’s expectations.