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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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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