Feature: Tour The First Home Of Interior Stylist Felicty Landrock-Mettam
Interior Stylist and blogger Felicity Landrock-Mettam (a.k.a The Plunge) makes it her priority to turn her clients’ spaces into beautiful, unique sanctuaries. When this native Londoner and husband Pip moved into their first home together in Alresford, Hampshire they faced quite the challenge creating a chic and cosy home inside a 70s build full of small rooms and little natural light.
We asked Felicity to talk us through each design element, from the colour scheme to her greatest find.
On her greatest find: “So, I had worked on about a hundred kitchen shoots in lots of different location houses so I had spent a lot of time considering what would be the perfect kitchen for us. We are real foodies and the kitchen really is the centre of our home life so the layout and flow of the kitchen was the most crucial aspect of our redesign. I have always loved in-frame shaker style kitchens because they feel luxe and reminded me of home; it is also a versatile design that can work in all sorts of locations: it was important to create a space that worked with the age and style of our house and that was where the grey colour came in. I chose a very pure white worktop because it works so beautifully with the walls and Belfast sink, and simplifies the space. Corian is a great alternative to granite’s or quartz as there is more variety in the colour.”
“When looking for the kitchen I had gone to all the high-street suppliers, from John Lewis of Hungerford right down to Wren Kitchens and had found that they all came up a little short in what they could supply. They couldn’t do the style, plus the colour, or they only offered a veneer rather than a painted wood finish. It was frustrating as their quotes are high and if you are paying top-dollar you should have exactly what you want. I found a trade shop and found that I could design my dream kitchen in the right finish for a fraction of the cost. It was a risk as I had to measure, design and plan the whole kitchen and you have no insurance against mistakes, but it totally paid off. The budget worked out great and a super side effect, but for us it is always more important to have what we want stylistically without compromising quality. We ordered the Corian from a specialist company who templated it, I wouldn’t want to try and do that myself. All the drawer pulls and catches, taps etc I sourced from Asta Lives Here; the most important thing was an exceptional joiner who pulled the whole lot together so perfectly!”
On the kitchen cupboards colour scheme: “For me the colour modernized the rather traditional style we had gone for. It also worked as a graduation from the almost black walnut floor to the stark white of the walls. With the light from the large windows at either end of the space, the colour is transformed over the course of the day from a bluey-grey to an inky blue-black. It is Farrow and Balls Downpipe and is painted in an eggshell which is almost a matt finish. The gold accents of the drawer hardwear look stunning against the colour.”
On the parquet flooring: “In a seventies terraced house like ours you have to add features and interest. It really is a blank canvas. I knew dark wood would look stunning with the cool tones of the walls and upstairs floors. I chose parquet because it is an enduring chic choice and just has something more interesting about it,” she said. “I played a lot with textures downstairs from the concrete pendant lights, composite work surfaces and exposed steel beams, they work together to create a refined space. There is something architectural about herringbone that I love and the way the floor is laid means your eye is drawn up the room making the space seem bigger.”
On the colour scheme: “All white living is my dream interior, and upstairs we have literally gone ceiling to floor white which I adore. It’s calm, always chic and the perfect canvas to any life. I have a big interest and collection of art so I like how the staircase has become a gallery. Again it’s the Scandinavian effortless simplistic style that I love. Carefully chosen white, as not all white paints are calming. We have gone for F&B wevet white throughout the house.”
On Teddy’s nursery: “Teddy’s room is the culmination of seeing and working on a lot of nursery campaigns. You are influenced by everything you see and do. I wanted to keep the space neutral and whimsical, and dominated more by a few prominent details rather than a theme, which if executed poorly can get old quickly,” she said. “The vintage hot air balloons became a central detail, as did the Babar prints. I also love a project so wanted to hand-make things like the changing table (a reformed and reworked Ikea sideboard) and the alphabet letters which I hand painted in the last months of pregnancy.
Most of all I wanted to extend the style of the rest of our house into Ted’s room so that it was individual but also recognizably part of the whole. Hence the re-appearance of the round Niki Jones cushions from downstairs in a different colour way. The room also had to be practical and have space for the developing little person who inhabits it. I also wanted to make sure that it was stimulating and (reasonably) colourful, filled with antique children’s books and toys I had as a child. Every where you look in the Nursery there is something interesting.”
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