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Apartment Styling At Bretby Hall

This was an interesting project; to style an rental apartment in the beautiful Bretby Hall, just outside Burton. My brief was to create a classic and comfortable living space, in keeping with the building. I was limited by the current colour scheme and also had to work around existing furniture.

The main living area was HUGE! As soon as I walked in, I knew the best thing was to create two "rooms" within the space so it didn't feel quit so imposing. By switching round the furniture I was able to make a much cosier seating area, and a new rug tied this all together. This left a large dining area and meant the tables and chairs weren't running in a line across the middle of the room.


The dining area in the kitchen felt very soulless, and yet the views from that beautiful picture window were breath-taking.

My client wanted this space to feel more modern than the living room, so working with the wooden kitchen units and black worktops I dressed the space with large canvases that tied in with the colour scheme.

I also mixed in a few vintage touches as well as vases with dried floral arrangements.


Again, I had to work around the existing furniture in the master bedroom, which was dominated by a very large (and very orange) sleigh bed. I used this as the basis for the colour scheme, bringing in calming blues and creating a seating area by the window.

By adding a few new pictures to the wall brought this space together; while crisp white linen and a selection of colourful cushions were the perfect finishing touches.

More than anything, this project shows that even when you are limited by existing furniture and wall colours you can still create stylish living spaces. There's a lot of truth in the adage a change is as good as a rest!


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