The Belsize Park apartment refurbished by multi-award-winning design team
PUBLISHED: 13:18 20 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:18 20 October 2017
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Take a look inside this luxury Hampstead apartment, complete with bespoke vintage brass taps and stained charcoal units
Space planning is the core of any interior design. The allocation and division of space to maximise each and every dimension of the property, while also taking into account the client’s special needs and requirements can be a difficult task, but one that often proves the most rewarding.
This was the challenge for Roselind Wilson Design, the London-based luxury interior design studio, who completed a full refurbishment of a stucco fronted property in Belsize Park, close to Hampstead Heath in January 2016.
The entire refurbishment lasted just over a year, dragging on a little longer than expected because the client was often forced to fly out to the East for business. With meetings often held over Skype, the process was “a little tricky,” but Roselind herself insists both she and her clients were pleased with the final result.
“They were blown away. Having had to travel so often, they didn’t really see it at all until it was finished so it was a real surprise for them,” says Roselind.
Having won a series of awards for both the kitchen/diner and bathroom design, including Best of Houzz Design in January 2017 and 2016, as well as a silver winner at the 2016 London Design Awards, to name but a few, Roselind is thrilled with how well the property has been received.
“I loved it, it’s done really well for us, winning numerous awards (the kitchen and bathrooms) and it keeps being highlighted as a brilliant project. It’s just been so well received I’m super impressed with it,” she says.
Roselind ensured the features of the original property were maintained wherever possible, including the impressively high 3.8m ceilings, curved walls, beautiful ornate cornicing and a statement fireplace. These now stand alongside new materials such as metal, timber and marble, helping to balance contemporary design with traditional character.
One of the most exciting additions to the apartment was a banquette seating area in the beautiful bay window, maximising seating space and a place to shine for the stunning oval marble table, set against a strong black and white striped fabric bespoke bench.
The kitchen/diner space was designed with a large island to accommodate the hobs and downdraft extractors, and a breakfast bar with bronze metal legs was fitted perpendicular to the state-of-the-art laminate island, allowing for comfortable socialising when cooking. Extremely durable, laminate created a slick contemporary look for the surfaces and the units were made with a combination of stained charcoal and graphite oak. In addition, Roselind Wilson Design chose bespoke vintage brass taps for the sink, which helped to add a sense of quality and texture to the space.
“Laminate isn’t often assocated with the word beautiful but we used it for the kitchen surface, which had a beautiful silky finish and it’s also very durable,” the designer says.
According to Roselind, the majority of the process ran to plan, despite experiencing difficulty with connecting the two large windows on the ground floor and the first floor of the apartment.
“We wanted to connect the two windows over the staircase from both floors, so that it would allow a lot of light to flood in. But we ran into trouble with the planning office with regards to giving us the full permission because it would overlook the neighbours too much.”
“Instead, we used two windows with a divider between them, which still gave the impression of a big glass window,” she adds.
The clients, who now live internationally, never had the chance to live in the property because of a business venture elsewhere. The couple then made the apartment availbale to let, which resulted in Roselind designing the home of the couple who moved in to rent the Hampstead property in the short-term.
“The people that rented it were looking for someone to redesign their house because it had been partly destroyed in a fire. So they asked us to do their house, which was great!”
To find out more about Roselind Wilson Design visit roselindwilsondesign.com