Interior designer Daniel Hopwood has emphasised craft in the design of a beautiful Regency house in Kensington, providing a solution to the divergent functional requirements of the home while bonding together his clients’ different decorative preferences.
Brook House is located in a terraced of Regency houses in London’s royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. Typical of the architectural style of the early 19th century, the house exudes ‘refined elegance’ with its decorative stucco facade, generously proportioned rooms, and tall windows with small glazing bars separating the panes of glass. Some rooms lead onto or overlook a verdant garden.
The clients, a young professional couple, needed the house to address the divergent needs of a new family. It had to have areas for formal entertaining as well as private spaces for relaxation. The design challenge was to find a solution to the clients’ varied functional requirements and design preferences where one half of the partnership wanted monochromatic modernism and the other, a more romantic environment.
The key, therefore, was to create rooms with individual personalities that would be united by attention to detail in material and colour choices.
Entire rooms were reconfigured to create a basement cinema room and a kitchen that led onto a conservatory-style dining room with doors leading into the garden.
The overall design evokes a beautiful balance of masculine and feminine with a combination of dark granite surfaces and bespoke cabinetry.