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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.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Creating interiors for bedrooms in a Georgian house

This week on Georgian Regency Interiors, I want to share my insider tips on Georgian bedroom interior design.

Bedrooms are very personal spaces and most importantly a place of rest away from the stresses of work. The bed is the focal point of a bedroom and Georgian bedrooms tend to be housed in a large space with high ceilings, allowing you the opportunity to have a showstopper and use Georgian bedroom interior design to help that.

Georgian bedroom interior design with And So to BedImage:AndSoToBed

And So To Bed have a fantastic range of classic beds of the highest quality that work very well with Georgian bedroom interior design. We love their Louis XV upholstered bed which gives us the classic style whilst allowing us to choose the upholstery fabric that best goes with the overall bedroom design.  They also have a great selection of bedroom furniture including dressing tables, bedside tables and wardrobes which fit really well into Georgian bedroom interior design.

Turnpost Georgian bedroom interior designImage: Turnpost.co.uk

Turnpost.co.uk do a fantastic twist on a classic four-poster design with their Helmsley Bed. We also use a wonderful company called The Four Poster Bed Company who make bespoke Latham Interiors designs. Other pieces of furniture that work well within a period home include a freestanding armoire wardrobe, a dressing table and a chest of drawers, we recommend Oficina Inglesa who make to order from their catalogue or we can create a tailor-made product for Georgian bedroom interior design.

Image: Latham Interiors Georgian Townhouse Project
Image: Latham Interior’s Show Flat

To dress iconic Georgian sash windows, classic curtains with a luxurious feel look wonderful when made using an embroidered silk fabric with a triple pinch pleat heading giving them maximum fullness. You can either have a simple padded pelmet or a large wooden pole with an elegant finial. Finish with tie backs to ensure you can let in maximum light during the day as well as creating that swept back shape. At Latham Interiors, brands that I recommend best for Georgian bedroom interior design are GP&J Baker, Colefax & Fowler or Zoffany.  For those that like to sleep in total darkness install shutters (if there aren’t any already) as well as interlined black-out curtains.

With large walls to fill, wallpaper adds interest and can also evoke a bygone era. Use Toile de Jouy for a very traditional feel or a Chinoiserie style for something that will really lift the feel of a room, De Gournay have a wonderful selection.

DeGournay for Georgian bedroom interior designImage: De Gournay

In a bedroom it is best to have soft lighting that is restful and creates a warm and relaxing atmosphere.  We would advise a central pendant rather than recessed spot lights, then layer with wall or bedside table lights or wall lights and reading lights for clients who like their books. Make sure all lights are dimmable to be able to create a soft and even romantic ambience. At Latham Interiors we love chandeliers and wall lights from Brabin & Fitz and Villaverde.

Images: Pooky

Pooky have some lovely wooden lamps in interesting colours for a twist on the traditional and Heathfield & Co have some more modern options. Make sure you can switch them all off at the wall when you get into bed. Beautiful brass luxury switches and sockets with USB chargers add to the whole look rather than distracting from it, we work with one of the UK’s leading suppliers Wandworth, whose electrical accessories can also be found in Kensington Palace and Kit Kemp’s Ham Yard Hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Images: Heathfield & Co

One of my top tips for lighting in Georgian bedroom interior design is to have bedside and table lamps on a 5amp circuit so you can switch them all off by the door as you leave. Think about incorporating light switches (and sockets with USB chargers built in) by the bed too so that you can switch different lights on and off from the comfort of your bed. Once you’ve experienced this you will never want to go back to flailing around for the switch along the flex on your bedside lamp or having to hop out of your warm bed to switch the main light off.

Image: Wandworth Electrical at Ham Yard Hotel

With Georgian bedroom interior design wooden floors with a large scale rug creates a timeles look whilst also ensuring a warm experience underfoot. We use West Sussex Antique Flooring Company for an authentic and beautifully finished floor and Cheville Parquet whose floors come pre-finished in 4 chevron planks and just require clicking together. For rugs we use a variety of sources but have always found that Rugmart.co.uk can source great options.

Image: West Sussex Antique Flooring Company

Accessories are key to bringing the whole look together, cushions and throws make a bed look inviting and sumptuous, they are also practical. We tend to get most of ours made bespoke for clients, however you can get a superb range at all major high street and luxury interiors brands such as Oka and Amara.com, Designers Guild, LuxDeco.com and Josephine Home.  If space allows have a storage ottoman at the bottom of the bed to put them in when they are not required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image: OKA

If you are designing a guest Georgian bedroom you can be more adventurous than you might be with your own, as guests don’t have to live with the décor day in day out. Fabric and wallpaper brands such as GP&J Baker, Colefax and Fowler and Cole & Son will give you plenty of options for fabric and wallpapers. Upholstered headboards create the feeling that you are in a luxury hotel room and as most guests stay for just 1-2 nights and don’t get around to unpacking, provide them with a luggage rack so that they can comfortably live out of a suitcase.

 

 

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Monday, 27 March 2017

CHELSEA DESIGN WEEK 2017

Last week I attended Chelsea Design week, one of my favourite interiors events of the year. Over 120 showrooms housing over 600 luxury interiors brands in Chelsea Harbour’s Design Centre domes opened their doors to unveil new collections as well as showcase their existing collections. Here is my round up of the top brands that stood out for Georgian and Regency Interiors.

Cole & Son Wallpapers

African influences were seen in many showrooms, as it is a key interiors trend for 2017. A brand that stood out for me by capturing the essence of this was Cole & Son’s new Ardmore Collection of wallpapers and borders, which were unveiled last week. It was created in collaboration with Ardmore Ceramic Art. The quirky collection features exotic flora and majestic fauna: from rare birds to big cats, elephants, rhinos and mischievous monkeys; as well as the beautiful patterns of Zulu beadwork and woven basket ware. What I found most interesting, from a Georgian styling perspective, was the way the collection had been put together to enable the layering of borders and patterns to create a new take on panelling, dado rails and borders. Where a period property might once have had dado height panelling it offers a great way to eye-catchingly re-instate these proportions. For a Georgian property I would use the Matrinah and Ardmore Cameos designs, which have a more classic feel to them, in a powder room or cloakroom to add interest. The Savuti print could be used as a modern day chinoiserie in a guest bedroom and Narina has an Art Deco feel that could work beautifully in a dressing room or cloakroom.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GP& J Baker

There is a real grandeur with GP & J Baker’s collaboration with Historic Royal Palaces. The Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace, has provided a wealth of inspiration for this very special collection. My favourite design is the Palace Maps, which would work very well within a Georgian cloakroom or study.

Mulberry Home

At Mulberry Home (a brand that is also a part of the GP & J Baker group) I loved the “Bohemian Travels” which is a tribute to the discerning traveller/collector; this collection brings together exciting, inspirational designs, exotic textures and palette of radiant contrasting colours. This collection is fantastic for adding topographical detail to a study or used on a chair or as a cloakroom blind. It gives a ‘nod’ to the practice undertaken by gentlemen and scholars of the Georgian period to take the Grand Tour.

Black Edition

At Room’s Black Edition I loved the velvet fabric offerings, in particular the Erbusco fabric, a textural velvet which features an elegant damask and would look amazing on cushions or even as a bedspread due to its heavier weight. For printed velvet that encapsulates a rich but faded glory use Maroque Cinnabar as the intricate layers and elaborate detailing would work well on an old wing chair.

Zoffany

At fabric and wall coverings brand Zoffany, I spotted the Elswick Paisley print which takes inspiration from antique paisley rugs and would be simply stunning for a Gentleman’s study or feature wall. Guinea and Icarus Zoffany prints are perfect for a Georgian Country House where hunting, shooting and fishing pursuits are a main-stay. Guinea features the fine detail of delicate in a beautiful textural effect and Icarus features the artwork of hand layered pheasant feathers.

Another highlight by Zoffany is the Kempshott Wall coverings collection. Holkham Bay was originally commissioned as an oil painting and depicts a landscape of vast sands, sultry sky and moody sea on a layer of gold iridescence. It is a piece of art at a fraction of the price of the original. The wallpaper panels are sold on a roll, so you can apply a floor-to-ceiling mural that looks custom-painted or frame it, stand back and admire!

Fromental wallpapers

You just can’t beat their 1787 range for authenticity. It’s all hand painted on a ground of tea-paper. The designs are inspired by originals from the 18th century or as with their China Trade design depict scenes from 18th century life. From their 20th Century range, I adore the contemporary take on chinoiserie shown in their prunus design which is perfect for a bedroom and their Pleasure of Fishes design would work fantastically in a cloakroom.

Chase Erwin

At leading textile brand Chase Erwin there was an elegant new collection of handmade cushions that really caught my eye. What I loved about the new ‘Beau’ cushion collection is the way they have used the fabrics to create them. They have used the edge of the fabric roll, the part called the ‘selvage’ to create the fringe detail that frames a strip of their Mohair velvet running from top to bottom as the center detail. They would work perfectly in both bedrooms and drawing rooms of Georgian Townhouses.

Vaughan Lighting

One of my favourite lighting companies is Vaughan, their range of lights focuses on classic designs and so many of their products are well suited to Georgian properties. I particularly liked the Alabaster Genoa base that we saw, as well as their range of ceramic Chinese inspired blue and white bases.

 

 

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Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Advice and tips for panelling in period properties

As a specialist in Georgian Interiors, we have had the pleasure of working with some of the UK’s leading craftsmen on design projects for clients of Latham Interiors. One of the areas that we really love working on is panelling in period properties. From Jacobean Oak to painted Georgian, there is no doubt that period panelling is a significant component in giving a Victorian or Georgian house its charm and character.

Three companies that can be found in my little black book for period panelling are Artichoke, Arttus and Hallidays – all of whom have shared examples of their work, insider tips and advice on restoring existing period panelling, painting previously exposed wood panelling and installing new panelling to a historic/period property.

 

How to restore existing period panelling?

The best approach to maintaining period panelling is to avoid disturbing any sound areas and simply look to restoring or, if needed replace any broken panels and framework first. A professional easily achieves this, as they can match the exact period mouldings and panel profiles. We can also mix up unique stains; waxes and finishing products to colour match the repaired or new wood to existing panelling.

TOP TIP – ARTTUS

If all the wood panelling simply looks “tired” then a good clean with some methylated spirits, working in the direction of the grain and making sure you get into all the corners and mouldings, will clean the surface dirt and remove off old waxes but still leave the patina and original colour. Simple but effective! HALLIDAYS advise;

  • It is essential to use an expert when it comes to panelling as done incorrectly the modern wood can move in a different way to the existing panelling – leaving you with large gaps, twisted panels and wonky mouldings!
  • Reproduction of architraves, carvings and wooden mouldings will need to be done by hand as modern machines do not have an ‘eye’ for design. The result leaves you with awkward corners where carvings do not meet properly.
  • It is important that the team you use are experienced in matching woods carefully for behavioural characteristics, and are also confident that they can achieve an exact colour and finish match – make sure that you see samples of the finished timber to compare to your own scheme before you start.

 

Advice for painting previously exposed wood panelling:

Period panelling and carving

An exquisite frieze carved by Hallidays craftsmen

Hallidays advise that it is crucial to research the period of the property carefully to ascertain suitable colours. Whoever you choose to hire should be able to advise you on this, or you can employ a colour specialist such as Edward Bulmer or Patrick Baty. Don’t be afraid of colour! Once you start researching you’ll be astonished at the breadth and depth of colours that have traditionally been used throughout the ages in our homes.

 

Painted panelling by Hallidays

It is important to make sure you have cleaned and prepared the surface including the mouldings that can easily get gummed up with dirt over the years.

TOP TIP – Often, at Arttus we will paint the panelling but leave the dado rail or a door surround as polished oak, this creates a rich contrast in colour and materials that looks truly stunning.

 

Period door panelling

Arttus painted panelling and door surround

 

Guide to installing new panelling to a historic/period property

Hallidays advise that it is crucial that the designer you choose to go with is highly experienced for a list of reasons

  • So they can successfully interpret the right design for the period of the house.
  • They are able to suggest solutions to the seamless integration of modern technologies and conveniences, such as concealed storage, hidden entertainment systems or secret doorways.
  • in scaling and developing the right proportions. Historic properties often have unusually sized doors, windows, chimney breasts that will need to be carefully blended into the design so as not to be noticeable once finished.
  • In selecting the right timber and finish for the period of the house – there is a huge array of possible options, but the authenticity of the finished project will rely on it blending into the fabric of the property.

An essential thing to remember is that if you wish to hang a cherished painting as a focal point above a mantelpiece, then do make sure that the designer knows this. This is so they can size the panels accordingly!

If you want to really make a statement hand carved details can look stunning. Arttus design truly bespoke panelled rooms which are made in Somerset and often incorporate particular carving decoration that is unique to the client.

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Authentic recreation of 17th Century panelling by Arttus

The key to success with panelling is whether or not you can tell if it has been aged. Authenticity is, and always will be the ultimate goal – if a certain period look is required the panelling should look like it has always been there. Sadly, you cannot buy authenticity in a can. However, Artichoke’s period finishing team have the balance of a good attention to detail, experience and alchemy to create furniture that look truly original. The process implemented by Artichoke often starts by chemically altering the structure of the timber by exposing it to ammonium hydroxide. This reacts with the tannins in the oak to darken it and bring out the grain pattern. Once the base colour has been reached, a variety of materials such as lime and pumice can be introduced, along with rudimentary tools such as chains to dent the surface of the timber

Artichoke craftsmen ageing panels

Finally, for those that cannot install wooden panelling in their property but want to achieve a similar effect, try Shufflebotham’s wide width trompe l’eoil Benjamin XL wallpaper. RRP £138 per panel (2.5m x 1m) – available in 3 colourways (mid grey, light grey and clay) The image shows the mid grey colourway

Trompe L’oeil Wallpaper of period panelling for Georgian interior

 

For more information about integrating period panelling into your project, give us a call and we’d be happy to help or email sarah@lathaminteriors.co.uk

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Sunday, 5 March 2017

Best bathroom design and suppliers for Georgian houses

Whilst Georgian bathrooms didn’t exist in any form that we understand today. At Latham interiors, we are nevertheless looking to create bathrooms within Georgian properties that sit well within their Georgian architecture as well as meeting with our 21st century expectations of luxurious bathing. For the most part we look to evoke an elegant and classic feel in our bathroom designs.

From a budget perspective we believe that you shouldn’t scrimp on your Georgian bathroom design. If you want your taps and shower to last then it is important that you invest in the best you can afford which will pay dividends in the long run. We use a range of high quality suppliers that offer stylish products that work really well within Georgian and Regency properties.

Here’s my top recommendations, suppliers and tips to help you with Georgian Bathroom design:

 

Samuel Heath

URL: http://www.samuel-heath.co.uk

 

Samuel Heath’s taps, showers and accessories including door furniture are a natural fit for Georgian bathroom design. Whilst they have some contemporary ranges their products are in the most part classic in design. We love the quality too. All made from solid brass their products are manufactured from start to finish in their Birmingham factory. The finish achieved is second to none and results from no less than 34 plating and polishing processes per item. They hold large numbers of stock items but can also undertake special commissions and bespoke finishes.

 

Mandarin Stone

URL: https://www.mandarinstone.com

 

 

Although Mandarin Stone was founded by mere chance, it has since developed as one of the UK’s leaders in the natural stone and porcelain industry. At Latham Interiors we love their range of stone bathware as well as their tiles. It means we can co-ordinate a vanity unit top, with a deck mounted stone basin for a really classical look.

Fired Earth

URL: https://www.firedearth.com/bathrooms

Fired Earth have a wonderful range of decorative tiles. Pretty mosaics with a classic feel, tiles that evoke the Victorian era perfect for properties of that age and ceramic tiles that look and, almost, feel like wooden floorboards. It enables us to create a unique Georgian bathroom design for every client. They also have their paint range and a number of sanitaryware and brassware products too.

 

Imperial

URL: http://imperialbathroom.com

 

 

Imperial Bathrooms offer classically styled British ceramic ware at very reasonable prices. They have a wide range of products and styles, all that will sit well within a Georgian property, and their products come with a lifetime quality guarantee.

 

Devon & Devon

 URL: http://www.devon-devon.com/en/

Devon & Devon offer a product range across all elements of a bathrooms design. From sanitaryware and brassware to tiling and lighting you can achieve a complete, coordinated bathroom. Their designs are inspired by European traditions and refined American design. Their products are of the highest quality but they come with a price tag to match. Where budget allows we love to work with their elegant products to deliver the most luxurious of Georgian bathroom design.

 

Water Monopoly

URL: http://www.thewatermonopoly.com

What we love about Water Monopoly is their combination of lovingly restored antique stock and their reproduction design techniques. Antique examples are sourced predominantly in France. The stock, that is constantly changing, includes vintage copper tubs, prized for their original patina, as well as ceramic baths and basins, glamorous tri-fold mirrors, swan-neck taps and canopied shower units.

Sitting side-by-side with the originals are faithful reproductions of fireclay tubs in stone and resin and cast iron baths made from recycled brake discs, all of which are manufactured in the UK. Water Monopoly enable our Georgian bathroom design to have a really authentic feel.

If you are a regular reader of this blog you might also recall my reporting of a new trend set about by Water Monopoly at this years Decorex; the revival of the coloured bathroom suite. Click here for more photos

 

Waterworks

URL: http://www.waterworks.com

 

A relative newcomer to the UK Waterworks brings a similar offering to Devon & Devon. It hails from the US and has a catalogue that covers the full range of bathroom products. It sits at the highest end of the market and as such we can often only aspire to work with and specify their exquisite products. If your budget can accommodate their prices you will not be disappointed. Their products are not only beautiful to look at but they are superbly made and as a result highly durable.

For more ideas on how Latham Interiors can help you with bathroom designs for your Georgian Home, see our latest case studies

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Monday, 27 February 2017

Spotlight on Artichoke – Bespoke Luxury Kitchens and Interiors

As part of our research into the best Georgian kitchen designs for our clients, we’re just back from visiting the workshop of one of our very talented suppliers Artichoke. They’re a specialist joinery firm supplying kitchens to, amongst others, many Georgian and Regency properties across the country. Working predominantly with elm, oak and pine they produce bespoke kitchens and timeless pieces of joinery and furniture that will last a lifetime.

 

Artichoke offer a bespoke design service, from concept to fully detailed drawings. Nothing is modular, which allows for a beautiful design delivered with creative excellence and outstanding quality. When designing kitchens in Georgian and Regency properties as we do, this is a huge advantage in terms of quality and flexibility.

 

Setting Artichoke apart from the high street and even  top end kitchen companies is their kitchen carcasses – made of layered birch ply, a material of great quality that allows screws to properly take hold. This means that hinges stay in place over time and ensures longevity. In comparison to high-street companies who tend to use MDF, a material formed from resin and recycled wood fibres.

 

Knowledge of material is also crucial, as artisans they believe they have a responsibility, a duty to get everything right for their clients. Due to this, they have created a library of information on resources that they use which we have found very useful in terms of designing and specifying kitchens for our Georgian property interior design projects. The high-quality work at Artichoke is a reflection of their ambition to be the very best at what they do with the team motivated to produce a high level of skill and quality.

 

The Design Process

All their pieces are assembled with any integrated appliances at the workshop in Somerset with attention given to the way the doors hang and swing. They have panelling detail on the inside of the doors to ensure that the style and the weight are appropriate to achieve the look and the swing required. Perfect for Georgian kitchen designs!

 

The first stage in the process from raw materials to clean the piece of oak that can be worked on

Georgian kitchen design

 

Birch ply makes for a better quality carcass

 

Oak island unit with simple, classic moulding details. This piece is to be painted but Oak is used so that the grain detailing will come through.

Georgian furniture maker

 

Raised panels are all part of a single piece of wood rather than stuck on.

Quality wood for Georgian kitchen design

The pieces are then taken apart with every shelf and hinge numbered so that re-assembly on site ensures that every hinge goes back exactly as it was in the workshop.

Every drawer is finished by hand

Making kitchens for Georgian houses

The Dovetailed drawers will last a lifetime

Dovetail drawers for Georgian kitchen

All pieces are hand-finished in the workshop and again on site

Bespoke detailing and elegant shapes

Scroll corbels for library joinery

 

The base of an oak dresser that will become an antique in the future

Artichoke’s objective is to be still maintaining the level of greatness 50 years from now and running sustainably and we have no doubt that they will be doing so.

 

For more information visit http://www.artichoke-ltd.com or contact us for more information on Georgian kitchen designs

 

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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.

Desk with Kit Kemp book copy

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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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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