THE PERFECT MUSE
Down-sizing doesn’t mean down-grading. Incorporate your favourite pieces - whatever their size - with a few new elements. And smaller spaces don’t necessarily demand small pieces. For this London mews, large scale statement furniture doubles as valuable storage. What’s most important is careful placement and finding pieces that work hard to make the most of a small space.
To exploit every inch of the snug sitting room, shelves create a space-saving library behind the sofa. With limited floor space, an extremely comfortable modular sofa offers a versatile seating arrangement, whilst strategically placed wall lamps cast a warm glow around the room, further enhanced by furniture and accessories in rich, aged leather and a large rug underfoot.
In this mews dining room, signature pieces fill the space with character and style. A large dresser with shelves and drawers offers enough space for displaying china or family treasures - its epic size softened by scalloped edges and an antique paint finish. A dark, polished wooden dining table adorned with crystal accessories and surrounded by leather upholstered dining chairs, creates a grandiose dining setting that defies the small proportions of the room.
A library of books makes an excellent feature wall behind the bed in this mews master bedroom. Pieces with a small footprint, such as compact side tables with hidden drawers and slender column lamps, ensure every bit of space is used efficiently. A soft blue colour scheme evokes a relaxed country look, whilst a reversible botanical quilt adds vintage charm (not to mention extra warmth).
In small houses, one can’t afford the luxury of several spare rooms. A compact desk with an extendable work surface paired with a daybed that transforms into a double bed form the foundations of a multi-purpose room that works doubly hard - both as a study and occasional, comfortable bedroom.