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Latham Interiors specialise in Georgian interior design and always have done. In fact, we’re the only interior design company that does specialise in Georgian and Regency interior design.

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

In Conversation with Wandsworth Electrical

One of main reasons for creating the Georgian Regency Interiors blog, was so that I could share with you my insider trade secrets and little black book of top suppliers.

It gives me great pleasure to introduce you to one of my favourite suppliers, Wandsworth Electrical, specialists since 1904 in designing and crafting beautiful, functional electrical accessories to enhance interiors.

Wandsworth’s electrical accessories can be found in homes, apartments, hotels and heritage sites globally where the importance of finish, quality, customisation and longevity are paramount. You can find them at Kensington Palace, Eurostar Terminal-St Pancras, The Bank of England, Ham Yard Hotel, Battersea Power Station and Heathrow Airport.

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Ham Yard Hotel London features Wandsworth Electrical’s Classic Collection

Wandsworth Electrical is the brand of choice used by renowned Interior Designers, and Architects as they carefully blending classic elegance with modern technology such as USB integration.

Heritage Collection Integrated USB socket

Heritage Collection Integrated USB socket

 

I recently spoke with Wandsworth’s MD Adam Sherry to find out more about electrical accessories, the Wandsworth brand and why their products are perfectly suited to period and in particular Georgian properties.

Why are lighting accessories important to the overall look of a room?
The Devil is in the detail. With any design whether a product or a room you have to ensure every element works, so for an interior design project the small items are just as vital to the design as the big statement pieces. An overall room design works because everything has been considered and thought through and when selected correctly, each design element helps enhance each other. Therefore, they aren’t only light switches and plug sockets but must be considered as part of the overall design.

The correct electrical accessories aren’t only important for their look, in terms of interaction points within a room they are used on a daily basis multiple times so the look, and just as important feel of these can help portray the rooms design and quality.

Can you talk us through the different types of fittings so toggle versus switch, your finishes etc?

We have seven collections of designer light switches and these collections produce multiple options as we have the industry leading number of finishes available, with over 30 finishes available as standard these include Polished Brass, Antique Bronze for a more period look to Matt black for modern look.

Georgian Collection Two Toggle Light Switch in Antique Bronze

Georgian Collection Two Toggle Light Switch in Antique Bronze

We also offer a Guaranteed Finish Matching Promise, where provided a sample we will produce a finish that matches exactly, this means the designer doesn’t have to compromise on the look.

To add even more options our designer light switches have a variety of switch options. Each collection and finish offers the options of rockers, toggle, which can also be known as dollies, bell push and dimmers. This variety of switching options and finishes is a key reason why leading designers and architects specify Wandsworth Electrical.

What do you consier to be the best ranges suited to Georgian properties and why?

Our Heritage collection has been designed specifically to cater for customers looking to create a period look or need to be sympathetic to the properties character. Within our Heritage collection we offer a Georgian design with a rope edge that coveys the spirit of the Georgian period. For Georgian Properties we find our Georgian Collection in one of our antique finishes i.e. Antique Bronze with Toggle switches works well.

Georgian Collection in Antique Silver

Georgian Collection in Antique Silver

Georgian Collection Antique Brass toggle light switch

Georgian Collection Antique Brass toggle light switch

However we also understand that people have different design tastes and different property types. That is why we have 7 premium collections that offer modern light switches to vintage light switch designs.

 

I thought you might like to see some Wandsworth Electrical accessories in action

To complement the interior design of Latham Interiors’ new show show in Bath, we used a selection of Wandsworth’s premium collections of handcrafted designer light switches and sockets. The Antique Bronze Penthouse Collection were used in the kitchen and living space as it matched the Samuel Heath bronze kitchen tap, the kitchen handles and also blends well with the antique mirrored glass. See if you can spot them. The kettle may give the game away.

Penthouse Collection in Bronze featured in Latham Interiors Bath Show Home Kitchen

Penthouse Collection in Bronze featured in Latham Interiors Bath Show Home Kitchen

Wandsworth’s USB integrated sockets from this Collection were also installed to enable easy charging of smart devices and their Controls were used to provide quality LED dimming for the Tom Dixon pendant lights and an ‘all off’ switch was installed at the exit for ultimate energy efficiency.

Penthouse Collection USB integrated socket

Penthouse Collection USB integrated socket

The Master Bedroom is a mix of contemporary and traditional styles and features eye-catching Crackle wallpaper by Zimmer & Rohde that is enhanced by Wandsworth’s Bronze Penthouse Collection of screwless light switches and sockets.

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In the guest bedroom, Wandsworth’s modern sockets, USB chargers and switches from the Crystal Collection, chosen so that the stunning wallpaper ‘Free Fall’ by Juliette Travers appears uninterrupted due to invisible switches. In contrast the Penthouse Collection in Nickel was used on the painted walls.

 

Guest bedroom with wallpaper that sparkles in the light

Guest bedroom with wallpaper that sparkles in the light

 

Crystal Collection and Penthouse collection both featured in Latham Interior’s Bath Show Home Guest Room

Crystal Collection and Penthouse collection both featured in Latham Interior’s Bath Show Home Guest Room

 

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For more information about Wandsworth Electrical head to www.wandsworthelectrical.com

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Wednesday, 16 November 2016

IN CONVERSATION WITH GEORGE SMITH – HOW TO CHOOSE A SOFA FOR A GEORGIAN PROPERTY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image features George Smith Tiplady Sofa, Signature Chairs, Brewster Chair, Empire Stool and Georgian Desk Chair

 

This week I have had the pleasure of speaking Ben Norris CEO of leading upholstered furniture brand George Smith who has shared the firm’s top tips on how to choose a sofa for a Georgian property.

 

George Smith has become synonymous with beautifully crafted upholstered furniture. Every sofa, chair, chaise and stool is hand made in George Smith’s workshops located in the North of England.

 

The original George Smith was an early nineteenth century furniture maker and he is still a strong influence in how the current George Smith brand make and design their furniture today.

 

George Smith are widely renowned as one of the best quality makers of upholstered furniture what is it that is unique to you that has gained you that reputation?

 

It is all about the attention to detail in both design and craftsmanship that allows George Smith to be in the discussion of being the best upholstered furniture manufacturer in the world.

 

We look for all our designs, whether inspired in the 17th century or the 21st century, to be timeless and classic and able to inhabit a myriad of interior schemes.  Great design allows an ambiguity that facilitates the designs not being easily pigeon holed into one certain style.

 

Our greatest asset is our craftsmen and women at our factory that bring these designs to life with knowledge, skill and love. Only the very best materials and processes are used to make what is a product of style, comfort, luxury and the ultimate in sustainability.

 

How do you construct your sofa’s and what elements of the process are handmade versus automated?

 

This is a completely handmade product using tried and tested traditional methods passed down through generations, but always keeping an eye on what’s new and integrating these into the manufacturing process where we feel it improves the integrity of the piece. The foundation is the kiln dried beech or birch frame which is hand jointed to give it the ultimate stability. Steel coiled springs are then expertly eight way hand tied into the frame supported on jute webbing.

 

Boar bristle is then added to envelope and cushion the springing, followed by a cotton-feather mixture to provide thick padding and comfort a muslin pad is then sewn in to provide a smooth and seamless base for the application of the fabric in the upholstery phase. The fabric is skillfully cut, sewn and applied to the frame. Finally hand filled feather and down cushions are made for maximum comfort. Thus producing a product of great comfort and with unparalleled sustainability.

 

What sofa styles suit a Georgian property?

 

Georgian properties are about wonderful scale and proportions, whether that be Houghton Hall, a Nash House in Regents Park or a Georgian townhouse in Harrogate.

 

There are many sofas in our range that will work well in a Georgian home. Our Georgian and Regency Sofas have their roots in Georgian times and both have a sophistication and elegance that will fit perfectly in a Georgian home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image of George Smith Georgian sofa, button backed in French blue

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image features George Smith Regency Sofa and Signature Standard Arm Chairs

 

Our Early Victorian Chesterfield would be a great addition to a Georgian home with its ample scale and it’s buttoning detail.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image features George Smith Chesterfield Sofa

 

As would the Brompton Sofa which is inspired more from the 1940’s and 50’s, but the integrity and timelessness of the design will allow it to shine in a Georgian home. The Tiplady Knole has been and continues to be a happy resident in many of the great Georgian country homes across the U.K.

 

What Chair styles suit a Georgian property?

 

The Georgian Chair will again be right at home in a Georgian property as will our Somerville Chair who has inspiration from the 1850’s. The Low Scroll Wing Chair also is based on the great wing chairs of George I reign with its enveloping high back and carver leg detail. Georgian Homes are about evolution and are often filled with items of style from the many periods of their lives. The William IV Chair will certainly not look out of place in any Georgian home.

 

What advice do you like to give on how to best choose upholstery, fabrics and colours etc.?

 

A sofa is one of the foundations of a great interior. Look for integrity in design and craftsmanship and make sure it fits the needs in the part of the house it inhabits. I think comfort is just as important a style and do not underestimate this as you may be spending hours curled up in the sofa of your choice doing the things you love. The fabrics should work with the interior scheme you are developing in terms of colour and style. The durability of fabrics in high traffic areas should always be considered.

 

How to choose a sofa for modern day living which also fits well within a Georgian property?

 

Form and function is a very simple way to answer this question. A majority of Georgian properties, like George Smith furniture, have a timelessness and an integrity in design. This allows for items with a similar ethos to thrive in these properties. Modern day living is no different than Georgian day living and is about comfort, luxury and style.

 

What considerations do you need to make when deciding on fixed back or loose back sofa’s?

 

This is a completely subjective call and is based on what feels right for each individual. The considerations are simply what makes you feel best.

 

In addition to its own collections, George Smith also offers a full-bespoke service. You can choose to take one of their existing designs and adjust it to fit with your design preference or practical requirements. Alternatively should you wish to create a piece using historical Georgian and Regency designs, George Smith can ensure that they meet your bespoke requirements to create a piece in keeping with your property.

 

For more information on George Smith and to view their furniture collections go to www.georgesmith.co.uk

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Wednesday, 2 November 2016

What makes a great Georgian House Hotel interior design?

I wanted to share with you some hotels located within Georgian properties in London, Bath and the English Countryside. All three either have an interesting history or have undergone a recent renovation and restoration programmes involving Georgian hotel interior design expertise.

The Royal Crescent Hotel – Bath

Georgian Drawing Room

Drawing Room at the Royal Crescent Hotel, Bath

If you are looking for traditional Georgian style then look no further than the Royal Crescent Hotel in Bath. Spread over two Grade I listed townhouses in the centre of Bath’s iconic Georgian crescent (our Latham Interiors office and showpiece is nearby!). The Royal Crescent Hotel completed an extensive renovation programme in 2014, resulting in a luxurious place to stay that combines true Georgian heritage with modern day indulgences.

The elegant and refined interior design is reminiscent of a by-gone era. Both the Drawing Room and Library epitomize the elegant style of the Georgian period and classic Georgia interior design. Both of the rooms are timelessly elegant, have high ceilings, open fires and wonderful views overlooking either the Royal Crescent itself or one acre of gardens.

Georgian Library interior design

Library Room at The Royal Crescent Hotel

The 45 individually designed guest rooms and suites blend elegantly with the Georgian architecture, interior design and heritage. My favourite rooms have to be the master suites; each have been individually designed with timeless elegance in mind, ornate Georgian plasterwork ceilings and full-length picture windows with views either of the hotels private garden or across the Crescent lawns.

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Master Suite at the Royal Crescent Hotel

The award-winning Dower House restaurant serves a Modern British menu under the direction of chef David Campbell. There is also a wonderful spa located in the coach house, where you can enjoy a dip in the thermal baths that Bath is so famous for.

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Vitality Pool with Jets at the Spa in the Royal Crescent Hotel

 

Limewood – Hampshire

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The impressive Regency facade that greets you on arrival at Limewood

Limewood is the quintessential Georgian country house retreat, showcasing a great combination of classic Georgian interior design with contemporary twists. You can relax in the Herb House Spa and enjoy delicious food at Hartnett, Holder & Co. run by Chefs Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder both with Michelin stars to their name.

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Chefs Angela Hartnett and Luke Holder

 

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Quail, fig and onion salad

For me the stand out feature is the property itself and its sumptuous Regency eclectic interior design. The original building is a Regency country manor house that was home to the Duke of Clarence in the 1740s. Limewood was built on the site of an earlier property originally established as a hunting lodge in the 13th Century. In 1999 Limewood was acquired by and the underwent a five year renovation and interior design programme under the direction of architectural designers Charles Morris and Ben Pentreath.

The duo re-designed Lime Wood and its ancillary buildings, built on a Regency vernacular, ensuring that both are traditional and of its time. Ben Pentreath of Working Group Design restored the main house and extensions. The design of the main house is intended to suggest a subtle evolution of a rambling, attractive country house that has grown over time.

The new entrance façade is a seamless extension of the existing fine Regency house. It draws on the original Regency interior design of stucco and Portland stone detailing. By contrast, the garden wing, overlooking the formal pools and the Pavilions, has an early 18th Century character that draws on local examples of handsome red brick Queen Anne architecture.

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Herb garden and walkway near the herb house Spa

Internally, the existing building has been re-ordered to provide luxury accommodation, with a series of classically designed sitting rooms, library and private dining rooms, an elegant dining conservatory and sixteen bedrooms and suites. The rooms are laid out around a central arcaded courtyard, with stone columns and arches in traditional English Palladian style, fully covered with a glass retractable roof.

The two Pavilions are eye catchers viewed from the hotel along the axis of the two long garden “canals”. Recognition is given to “nature first, architecture second” by allowing one of the Pavilions to be partially obscured by a fine amelanchier tree which was carefully protected throughout the building works. The arches and columns give the Pavilions are a glorious homage to Palladian.

Limewood’s interior design approach for this Georgian House Hotel is best described as ‘laid-back luxury’. There is an eclectic mix of antique and bespoke furniture combined with carefully selected artwork and ceramics to pieces of art-work by Tracy Emin. The Courtyard Bar has comfortable sofas and Chesterfield-style bar seating perfect for enjoying a glass of wine or cocktail.

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Private dining room

 

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Courtyard Bar at Limewood

 

The Georgian House Hotel – London

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Three houses in one form this London House Hotel

The Georgian House Hotel is a bit of a hidden gem when it comes to the London hotel scene and Georgian hotel interior design. Built in 1851 by Serena von der Heyde’s great grandfather William Chinnery Mitchell, it has been a family treasure for over 150 years. Those of you who know your architectural periods will spot that this means the house was in fact completed in the Victorian Period. However, after buying the land, William Chinnery Mitchell developed it under Thomas Cubitt’s instruction, the leading master builder in London during the Georgian era. Wishing to leave his mark on these grand, heritage buildings, William embellished his houses with a few signature Georgian interior design details, including ten panel doors and his string motif, a plaster decorative line on the exterior of many of his houses.

Over several generations the houses, which are now known as the Georgian House Hotel, have been handed down through the family. Serena von der Heyde took over the bed and breakfast operation in 1987, then with just 28 guest rooms. Today, the Georgian House Hotel boasts 63 bedrooms and apartments. Each room has a distinct approach to Georgian interior design to make the best of its daylight, size and original Georgian features.

Bedroom Suite at the Georgian House Hotel

Bedroom Suite at the Georgian House Hotel

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Splashes of colour add a refreshing update to the classic panelling in this room

The hotel integrates contemporary design into the historic idiosyncrasies of the Victorian buildings and the rooms have been designed and decorated individually to offer a bespoke experience to each guest. The elegant guest rooms showcase a colour palette of some of Farrow & Ball’s timeless hues and feature many of the original interior design features of the Grade II listed building. The Georgian House is quintessentially English and brings the atmosphere of a country house hotel to the centre of London.

Drawing Room

Drawing Room

 

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Thursday, 13 October 2016

Million Dollar Decorating

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by James Swan for his Million Dollar Decorating podcast series. James Swan is an award-winning interior designer and author. He has spent the past 18 years crafting classically influenced interiors for homes, restaurants, hotels and retail stores. His work has been featured in House & Garden, House Beautiful, The Los Angeles Times, The Boston Globe and The Chicago Tribune and his book “101 Things I Hate About Your House” won the 2011 American Bookseller’s Award.

 

During the podcast I discussed with James why Latham Interiors specialises in interiors for Georgian properties, as well as our insights, tips and advice. You can listen to the podcast by clicking HERE and please feel free to rate and review my podcast on iTunes too http://is.gd/MF3qJF). 

Enjoy.

SarahGeorgian Interior Design

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Thursday, 29 September 2016

IN CONVERSATION WITH GEORGE SMITH – HOW TO CHOOSE A SOFA FOR A GEORGIAN PROPERTY

sofa for Georgian interiors from George Smith

George Smith Tiplady Sofa, Signature Chairs, Brewster Chair & Empire Stool

This week I have had the pleasure of speaking Ben Norris CEO of leading upholstered furniture brand George Smith who has shared the firm’s top tips on how to choose a sofa for Georgian interiors.

George Smith has become synonymous with beautifully crafted upholstered furniture. Every sofa, chair, chaise and stool is hand made in George Smith’s workshops located in the North of England.

The original George Smith was an early nineteenth century furniture maker and he is still a strong influence in how the current George Smith brand make and design their furniture today.

 

George Smith are widely renowned as one of the best quality makers of upholstered furniture and sofas for Georgian interiors. What have you done to gain you that reputation?

 It is all about the attention to detail in both design and craftsmanship that allows George Smith to be in the running for best upholstered furniture manufacturer in the world.

We look for all our designs, whether inspired in the 17th century or the 21st century, to be timeless and classic and able to inhabit a myriad of interior schemes.  Great design allows an ambiguity that facilitates the designs not being easily pigeon holed into one certain style.

Our greatest asset is our craftsmen and women at our factory that bring these designs to life with knowledge, skill and love. Only the very best materials and processes are used to make what is a product of style, comfort, luxury and the ultimate in sustainability.

 

How do you construct your sofa’s and what elements of the process are handmade versus automated?

This is a completely handmade product using tried and tested traditional methods passed down through generations. But we always keep an eye on what’s new and integrate these into the manufacturing process where we feel it improves the integrity of the piece. The foundation is the kiln dried beech or birch frame which is hand jointed to give it the ultimate stability. Steel coiled springs are then expertly eight way hand tied into the frame supported on jute webbing.

Boar bristle is then added to envelope and cushion the springing. Followed by a cotton-feather mixture to provide thick padding and comfort a muslin pad is then sewn in to provide a seamless base for the application of the fabric in the upholstery phase. The fabric is skillfully cut, sewn and applied to the frame. Finally, hand filled feather and down cushions are made for maximum comfort – producing a product of great comfort and with unparalleled sustainability.

 

What sofa styles suit a Georgian property?

Georgian interiors are about wonderful scale and proportions, whether that be Houghton Hall, a Nash House in Regents Park or a Georgian townhouse in Harrogate.

There are many Georgian sofas in our range that will work well in a Georgian interior. Our Georgian sofas have their roots in Georgian times and both have a sophistication and elegance that will fit perfectly in a Georgian home.

 

sofa for Georgian interiors from George Smith

Image of George Smith Georgian sofa, button backed in French blue

 

 

 

sofa for Regency interiors from George Smith

Image features George Smith Regency Sofa and Signature Standard Arm Chairs

 

 

Our Early Victorian Chesterfield sofa would be a great addition to a Georgian interior with its ample scale and it’s buttoning detail.

sofa for Victorian interiors from George Smith

Image features George Smith Chesterfield Sofa

 

What chair styles suit a Georgian property?

 The Georgian Chair will be right at home in a Georgian property as will our Somerville Chair which has inspiration from the 1850s. The Low Scroll Wing Chair is based on the great wing chairs of George I reign with its enveloping high back and carver leg detail. Georgian interiors are about evolution and are often filled with items of style from the many periods of their lives. The William IV Chair will certainly not look out of place in any Georgian home.

 

What’s your advice on how best to choose upholstery, fabrics and colours for a Georgian sofa?

 A Georgian sofa is one of the foundations of a great interior. Look for integrity in design and craftsmanship and make sure it fits the needs in the part of the house it inhabits. I think comfort is just as important a style and do not underestimate this as you may be spending hours curled up in the sofa doing the things you love. The fabrics should work with the interior scheme you are developing in terms of colour and style. The durability of fabrics in high traffic areas should always be considered.

 

How to choose a sofa for modern day living which also fits well within a Georgian property?

 Form and function is a very simple way to answer this question. A majority of Georgian properties, like George Smith furniture and Georgian sofas, have a timelessness and an integrity in design. This allows for items with a similar ethos to thrive in these properties. Modern day living is no different than Georgian day living and is about comfort, luxury and style.

 

What considerations do you need to make when deciding on fixed back or loose back sofas?

 This is a completely subjective call and is based on what feels right for each individual. The considerations are simply what makes you feel best. In addition to its own collections, George Smith also offers a full-bespoke service.

 

For more information on George Smith and to help you choose a sofa for your Georgian interior, visit www.georgesmith.co.uk

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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Decorex 2016 – Trends for a Georgian property

I’m just back from a fabulous day at our annual visit to Decorex, the interior design exhibition at Syon Park. So I thought I’d share with you the things I found this year that are the most exciting and appropriate for a Georgian or Regency property. Interestingly the main trends that caught my eye related to Bathrooms.

Trend no.1 The revival of the Avocado Bathroom Suite – well not quite! But Water Monopoly have done for coloured sanitaryware what Angela Ahrendts did for Burberry. Using fresh colours and pairing with the right combinations within a scheme this really does work. As seen here with the pale blue sanitaryware paired with a geometric pink wallpaper and crisp white mirrors and lights. This could also work fantastically with a contemporary chinoise paper.

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Trend no.2 Bronze baths – At Latham interiors we have for some time now become big fans of Bronze. Lighting, switches and sockets and brassware (taps etc) in bathrooms have often been in Bronze in our schemes. Today we spotted two fabulous Bronze baths that would make a real statement whist being smart and deliver an updated yet timeless style.

Chadder & Co’s almost looks like its made out of the great British Penny (now there’s an idea).

The second was from a French supplier we have come across for the first time, Volevatch, who work with local artisans and have the most amazing range of brassware in bronze too. Like the flush handle on a wall plate below.

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Trend no. 3 Decorative basins – We have long been a fan of the company Kohler but now we have discovered the London Basin company. We always like to support local companies wherever we can so finding a British brand with such classic yet stunning designs is really very exciting.

 

So, moving on from Bathrooms here’s what else I thought you might be interested in;

Trend no.4 Taxidermy – not to everyone’s tastes the growth in ethical taxidermy has fuelled much interest. These vibrant butterflies,from Design & Nature, preserved for eternity make a delightful and eye-catching accent in any classic scheme. The peacocks could look stunning in a large Georgian hallway, corridor or library.

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Trend No.5 faded rugs – The colourful rugs below, from Yo Unique, whilst incorporating vibrant colours are antique rugs that have been washed and washed to fade the original pattern and washed over with a colour wash.

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This stunning rug is the latest from Riviere. Unlike their other collections this is weaved in India and has 150 knots per inch.

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And the new collection from Bazaar Velvet was delectable. All able to be customised by size, colour and to a degree by composition to meet with a budget.

There was so much more to see, as you can I am sure imagine, but I hope this hand selected update has inspired your choices for your home. Please do get in touch if we at Latham interiors can assist in any way.

 

 

 

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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

An insiders guide to Club Fenders with Acres Farm

When it comes to Georgian and Regency properties and interiors, the club fender, a seat that surrounds the fireplace is an iconic, show stopping piece. It’s still very much in demand today, as they work well with both traditional and more modern Georgian style interiors.

At Latham Interiors we work with leading specialist Acres Farm, a family run business that has been making club fenders for over 30 years in their thatched barns located in the heart of Berkshire.

Acres Farm make fenders for customers all over the world, including the general public as well as the top interior designers. Acres Farm Club Fenders can be found in palaces to bijou country cottages, elegant town houses and even flats.  Each club fender is hand made at Acres Farm, enabling total control over the manufacturing process and the flexibility to be able to create truly bespoke designs.

Georgian Club Fender

I spoke with William Rollo from Acres Farm to find out more about the history of the Club Fender and his tips for designing a Club Fender today.

 

Where does the name club fender come from?

We believe because they probably originated in Gentlemen’s Clubs.

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What is the history/purpose of a club fender?

Club Fenders are brilliant in that they take up no extra space, and in fact use up wasted space around the fireplace, and at the same time provided some warm seats in the days before central heating. They were never made for Drawing Rooms, only for the more masculine rooms, such as Libraries, Billiard Rooms, Gun rooms etc.

 

What are the pitfalls of sourcing a pre-made or antique club fender? 

Everyone always hankers after antique fenders, but very often they are much too big for modern fireplaces and rooms. Also because they probably came from a Club, they tend to be very masculine and heavy and not suited to the lighter touch most people favour nowadays. Also many old fenders were very cheaply made, often using plated brass, and hollow uprights, so that they had to be artificially weighted at the back to make them stable. Finally these old fenders tended to be very high sometimes, 24” . We have often repaired old fenders and so know exactly how they were made, and do try to restore them.

 

What are the benefits of having a club fender made to order?

Well of course the obvious reason is that it will fit! However, it will also  be in line with the wishes of the client. In particular with regard to the overall height, which we tend to recommend approx. 500mm. Sometimes the seats of fenders look best fitting around the fireplace, against the wall/chimney breast. On other occasions, we would make cutouts in the inner corners of the seats if for instance, there is no space for the entire seat next to the fireplace.

 

What are the constructional elements that make for a good quality club fender?

Solid uprights add natural weight to the construction, rather than hollow tubes. For added strength we always include a ‘collar’ at the base of each upright, as this spreads the weight from the seat over the base equally. The corners of the bases are welded across the mitres. The ends are capped. The metal is thick enough and does not need artificial weighting.

Welding a club fender

Surprisingly, the actual bases of some of the more modern fenders are not actually joined on the mitred corners, they are lined with a metal frame, and the joins just butt up against each other. Also where a fender is very long, we may need to use two lengths of base, and this is seamlessly welded together, so the join is invisible. Again we have seen some, which simply have a panel across the central line of the base  – nothing is actually joined. Of course this type of shoddy workmanship would not be visible when a client ordered their club fender, as it would only be apparent upon delivery.

 

What styles of house does a club fender suit and why?

People tend to think that the house must be of a certain size, however this is not the case. They can be just as useful in a bothy, a small flat in a town, a grand town house or large Georgian or Regency country house as part of the Georgian or Regency interior design.

Club fenders are suitable for cold or warm climates, so long as the metal that the fender is made from is sympathetic to the general ambiance of the room, as there is no controlling factor. There need not even be a fire – just a mantelpiece with an electric fire beneath can be transformed into a useful seating area.

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What styles of club fender do you recommend for a Georgian Country House interiors project? 

Well again, it depends on the type of décor. I would never have a shiny brass fender in a room, unless there are lots of gilt picture frames  to complement the gold colour. On the other hand, a bronzed or antiqued brass fender would blend in well. Also there is the consideration of practicality. Our painted bronze or gun metal fender would look perfect in a ‘tweedy’ type of room. The fender with a curved dip is the most traditional style, but of course it can be personalised by using some wonderful fabric, rather than leather for a Drawing Room for instance. A library,  games or billiard room would normally be the perfect home for club fender with a leather seat – perhaps deep buttoned.

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What styles of club fender would you recommend for a Georgian Townhouse interior?

The wonderful thing about modern life is the incredible gas fires now available in many quirky designs. This has transformed the fireplaces in rooms and of course there is not any dust from the wood or coal to make a mess. Originally fenders were never made for Drawing Rooms, they were purely for the more masculine rooms, but nowadays perhaps by using pretty fabrics, and making the fenders lower, than in past times, they look wonderful in Drawing and Sitting Rooms, and of course Living Rooms and Kitchens too. We have also made them for bedrooms, where they are useful to leave clothes on. I would usually suggest a brass fender with a curved dip in such a house, as the square dip design is much more contemporary.

 

What are the options worth considering to make a club fender more unique/useful/ authentic/beautiful?

Every fender we make is unique, in a way, as it  is made to the exact spec. ordered. I would consider practicality probably. Leather upholstery is very hardwearing; suede is lovely but less practical. We always try to make the width of the opening between the seats the same as the width of the fire basket, as in this way the heat of the fire can come out into the room and is not in front of the seats. It is important not to have it too high, as then it becomes over powering. The fender should be totally unobtrusive and the best compliment we ever have is when a client says no one has noticed it when visiting. Therefore subtle upholstery is usually best. It is an additional guard to the fire, but of course a fireguard should always be used, and a lit fire should never be left unattended, particularly if there are children present.

 

When is a club fender not appropriate?

Very rarely!

I suppose if a fender was to go around a hearthstone which was very high, but even then, we can make the fender onto a flat bar, rather than a formed base, and attach it to the hearthstone.

Not if  it is to be used as a fire guard. Generally speaking a fender needs to have returns, but we have made straight ones too, which go across an inglenook and then is attached at each end.

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For more information on Club Fenders from Acres Farm go to www.acresfarm.co.uk

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