COVENT GARDEN PIED A TERRE RENOVATION – KITCHEN DESIGN

COVENT GARDEN PIED A TERRE RENOVATION – KITCHEN DESIGN

Another update on my Covent Garden Pied à Terre renovation project – I shared the ‘befores’ and talked a little about the kitchen design in my last post {here}, but thought I’d post up the kitchen scheme board and elevations/floorplan we’ve been working to.  Because…well they’re just so pretty. The main objective of the renovation is to brighten and lighten the space, and really make the most of the limited natural light in the apartment.  So we’re scrapping the current black wall tiles and dark wood floorboards, in favour of lots of oaks, light greys and whites, and then adding depth and interest with splashes of brass and leather.  Voila: A ‘marble’ quartz work surface perfectly balances form and function – no need to worry about spills or bashes as the stone is much less porous than natural marble.  And it will look just stunning against the simple undermount white ceramic sink and antiqued brass hardware and tap.   As the living/dining/kitchen space is so petite we’re using a wipeable matte white paint for the backsplash, instead of tiles or stone, to make it blend in a little better with the rest of the room.   And reclaimed wood shelving over the sink and tan leather bar stools will soften the hard lines of the quartz and grey cabinetry. In terms of the layout, we are largely keeping to the original one to save costs on re-plumbing etc, but we are moving the hob and oven to the centre wall to improve the work triangle in the small space.  The appliances are all to be updated however, and we’re sticking...
COVENT GARDEN PIED A TERRE RENOVATION – THE BEFORES

COVENT GARDEN PIED A TERRE RENOVATION – THE BEFORES

I’ve been wanting to scribble down this post for so long, but things are a little mad busy over here at EMD right now.  My Covent Garden Pied à Terre renovation broke ground last week and I wanted to share my plans and some ‘before’ pics.   I’m working for a lovely couple on a one bedroom, well, pied à terre apartment…in Covent Garden {it’s all in the name really}.  They’ve owned it for a while but only use it occasionally when up in town, so it’s not been a priority to update/renovate.  It’s an interesting renovation project, in terms of balancing ensuring that we get it functionally and aesthetically exactly how they would like it, but also keeping an eagle eye on the resale value and making sure they get maximum bang for their buck.  Not too dissimilar from all renovation objectives, just with a more immediate resale goal. So as you can see above we’re not making any structural changes, but are updating pretty much every single thing in the apartment.  It’s a lovely space, and the location is incredible, but it does suffer a little from low light levels as there’s an overhanging roof outside the two windows in the living room and bedroom, which also look onto an internal courtyard.  So the aim of the game is to lighten and brighten – think new light oak engineered wood floorboards, a bright white paint finish on the walls, a light grey and white quartz kitchen, light airy furnishings, and a soft palette for rugs, accessories and artwork.   Other less noticeable changes will be raising the ceilings...
E-DESIGN SERVICES

E-DESIGN SERVICES

I’ve received quite a few enquiries over the last couple of months about the interior e-design services I offer, here at Elly MacDonald Design, to clients in Singapore, the US and the UK. So I thought I’d save my sausage-fingers from some avoidable typing, and do a little blog summary of the ins and outs of this service. It’s essentially a more affordable version of a traditional interior design project.  In an e-design project, the client does all the non-design-y bits and pieces: the measuring up of the space, the purchasing and installing of all furniture, textiles and accessories, the sourcing and managing of contractors (where used), the dealing with any and all install bloopers {there’s always one!}, the styling, etc etc. The designer focuses on all the design-y bits and pieces: the technical floor plans and elevations, colour and textural palettes, pulling together the design schemes, managing budgets, factoring in lead times, and processing client feedback on the various design drafts issued. Unlike, ahem, some other firms {that shall remain nameless}, it’s very important to me that these projects are still as personal and non-generic as they would be if they were a full concept interior design service.  I make a huge effort to ensure that the designs are very specific to the client, their personal story, their interests and their family. So how does it actually work, I hear you ask? The client provides me with images of all four walls of each room to be designed, the dimensions of the space, images of any existing items of furniture/artwork/textiles to be incorporated, a link to their Pinterest board and...