Project Name: Dual Aspect Victorian Living Space

Location: Kew, United Kingdom

Date Completed: November 2017

Interior Designer: LEIVARS

This project involved the refurbishment of a dual aspect Victorian reception room, previously dated and uninviting, with no focal point or purpose to the space. The client contacted LEIVARS having worked with an architect renovating her property for two years. Whilst the space had been designed well she felt the architect couldn’t bring this special room (plus others) to life and asked for LEIVARS’ help to make the room come alive, they asked the designers to give them a reason to use the room.

There was very little usable storage within the space, so the designers set about designing some bespoke cabinetry for the room. LEIVARS designed a window seat so the beautiful square bay window could be enjoyed but which also offered storage underneath for toys. Additionally, they designed storage either side of the fireplace to balance the niches out and added oversized antique smoked mirrors above to add impact and add movement to the room. With a stunning hand-blown chandelier and double aspect doors you can fully appreciate the space from afar and it looks inviting and soft.

LEIVARS added a log burner to make the room cosy during cold winter London months and created a soft contemporary gin parlour space. The furniture evolved in style to European contemporary, the designers wanted all seating to be soft and curved including the sofa, so the space felt like a gentle hug. The colour tones incorporated into the space were soft pastels, as to balance the green suburban streets surrounding the house.

For LEIVARS, the key aspect of this project is the chandelier over the resin marble coffee table, which perfectly frames the space. Kew is surrounded by beautiful parks and the infamous Kew Gardens, so the soft pastel tones work wonderful with array of greens and floral tributes, it offers a sanctuary of calm. In a busy home this room offers calm and soft tones which allows the scale of the ceiling height and original cornicing to balance the more contemporary elements within the room. Nothing fights in this space, it’s a very harmonious room and everything has a purpose.