Custom Details in a London Refurbishment: Redcliffe Gardens by Ardesia Design

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Redcliffe Gardens, a refurbishment project for a client’s second home in London, comes to us from Ardesia Design — and the designers call it a “classic.” They explain: “The client wished to retain some of the period features of the building such as the fireplace and ceiling roses”…while having a thorough update. This entailed lots of custom work, including joinery (notice the lighted bookshelves/headboard in the bedroom) and even an imported bed from Switzerland. Custom radiator covers and cabinets to hide electronic equipment help to contribute to the clean, uncluttered look; yes, the rose ceiling is still present, as is a time-honored chandelier — with minimalist lighting for an indirectly-lit effect. Natural lighting, of course, doubles its brightness off pure white walls, leaving no need for lights during much of the day.

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There’s a striking contrast between the modern look of the framed mirror above the fireplace and the more traditional smaller art beside it. And, as is the case with most modern re-dos, color is a key ingredient in identifying the client’s individual style. This refurbishment was no exception, as the designers continue: “To emphasize the intricately detailed period coving in the living room, we painted a contrasting line of grey in the middle of the coving to draw focus to the details.” Other colors in the mix: bright buttery yellow in the abstract in the living room; pale gray and sand stripes on shades in the bedroom; a cheery red on bathroom accessories. Keeping the best of the vintage building’s original detail, combined with carefully coordinated and custom work — that’s what works in this flat in Redcliffe Gardens.

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