Houzz Tour: A Family’s City Flat Gets a Warm, Contemporary Update
A subtle palette, luxurious surfaces and cosy textures bring a boutique hotel feel to a London flat
They appointed interior designer Sacha Berger of Honey Bee Interiors, who cleverly balanced a sleek modern look with a cosy boutique hotel feel, while also ensuring the space is practical for the child and functional for the couple to comfortably work, exercise and relax in their home.
Who lives here? A couple and their child
Property A flat with three bedrooms and two bathrooms
Designer Sacha Berger of Honey Bee Interiors
Photos by Elina Päsok
The layout of this open-plan apartment was already in place when Sacha came on board, so her main focus was the property’s decorating scheme.
A single-wall kitchen sits at the far end, divided from the dining zone by a large island. “I based the colour scheme around the existing brown kitchen, which was remaining intact,” Sacha says. “Blues would have clashed, so I went with earthy colours such as ochre and mustard.”
Sofa, Raft. Cushion fabrics, Romo.
The bright white worktop contrasts with a brass-legged, black ash dining table, while the cream and mustard velvet seating adds a soft feel to the sharp-edged surfaces.
Bar stools, Furniture in Fashion. Dining table and chairs, Liang & Emile.
The dropped ceiling is quite low and was previously fitted with spotlights. There were also a couple of low-hanging pendant lights, which Sacha removed and replaced with one striking, ethereal design above the dining table.
“I added as many lamps around the room as possible, so [the owners] don’t need to use the overhead lights,” she says.
Pendant light, Heal’s.
Sacha designed a unit to install over it, with display shelves backed with smoked mirror. LED lights within the shelves adds a luxurious glow in the evening. Either side, Sacha fitted slatted timber panels. “They’ve turned the unit into one big feature wall,” she says.
Slatted timber panels, The Wood Veneer Hub.
Console, Andrew Martin.
Las Palmas floor lamp, Eichholtz. Curtain fabric, Romo. Rugs, Soho Home and Benuta.
Art Deco cushions, Anna Hayman Designs.
Bedside table, Andrew Martin. Table lamp, RV Astley.
Wallpaper, WallpaperMural. Beanbag; bookshelf, both Etsy.
The owners are over the moon with their updated apartment and loved working with Sacha. “She has convictions about the way colours, patterns and products come together, which is extremely helpful considering how many options are out there,” they said.
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