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Chelsea Showhouse

However hard an architect tries, some of the most challenging spaces to decorate are show houses that are intended to demonstrate the possibilities of other houses and apartments in a development. Because it’s important that they have a broad appeal, show houses have a tendency to feel a little bland.

Understandably, few developers will welcome suggestions of changes to the fabric of a building, so opportunities to create a completely bespoke space are limited. It’s for this reason that Nina decided to focus as much as possible on comfort – both visual and physical.

The two bedroom flat is tucked away behind Sloane Square, an area that is popular amongst those looking for a conveniently situated pied a terre, particularly those who work in London during the week and spend their weekends in the country. Tactile textures – both on furniture and floors – have a cosseting effect and absorb sound, both inside and out.

By using schemes that comprise her own designs in a range of soft colours, the rooms have a coherent feel. In the drawing room the plain upholstery on the sofas is balanced with a vibrant stamped velvet on a pair of chairs. The magnificent brass fireplace is based on a design by Sir John Soane that is available at Jamb. On either side of it, a pair of magnificent panels were commissioned from Natural Curiosities in California.