Houzz Tour: A Luxurious London Flat with a Boutique Hotel Feel
Warm tones and rich textures transform a blank canvas into the perfect city pied-à-terre
Who lives here? A couple with a toddler
Location Marylebone, central London
Property An apartment in a luxury development
Size Three bedrooms and three bathrooms
Designer Sacha Berger of Honey Bee Interiors
Sacha chose a simple but effective colour scheme for the kitchen and living space. “My starting point with this room was that it had a kitchen that we weren’t changing,” she says. “It’s made from wenge [a dark hardwood], so I decided to use that as the basis for the palette, and chose ochre to keep it warm and earthy.
“It’s a big space, but the ceiling is low, so painting it white helped with that,” she continues, “and I went bold with the furniture and fittings.”
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“We worked over the panels that were there, and added slatted wooden panelling either side to create a feature wall,” Sacha says. “The colour of the wood goes with the earthy element, and also helps to balance the space with the kitchen at the other end.”
As the ceiling is low, pendant lighting wasn’t practical, so Sacha needed to find other ways to create ambience. “I just put one pendant over the dining table, and then fitted low lighting in as many corners of the room as possible,” she says. “You don’t always want spotlights on in the evening, so I put a table lamp on the console, and then uplighters behind all the plants.”
Dining table and chairs, Liang & Eimil. Pendant light, Heal’s.
She also factored green into her original moodboard. “I was always planning to bring a lot of greenery into the space,” she says. “I knew a plant would work well with a monochrome print behind it.”
Artwork, Liang & Eimil.
Console table, Andrew Martin. Swivel armchair, Eichholtz at Sweetpea & Willow. Plants, Happy Houseplants.
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Las Palmas floor lamp, Eichholtz at Sweetpea & Willow.
“The main colour idea was the Bordeaux wine hue for the bed,” she says. “I always go for velvet, as it makes colours richer and deeper. It took forever to find the right shade, but it’s perfect. I then needed a contrasting colour for the curtains, so went for gold.”
Cushions, Romo. Bedside lamps, Pooky.
Artwork, Galerie Prints.
Sofa, Eichholtz at Sweetpea & Willow. Mirror, West Elm.
The couple were keen to follow Montessori principles for the design, to encourage independence and give their baby a sense of ownership over his surroundings. They chose a low Montessori bed, which he can get in and out of as he pleases, and all artwork was placed at his eye level. A low bookcase gives him easy access to his books.
Wall mural; Montessori bed; bean bag, all Etsy.
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