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.