Check out the NY Times to see how we can turn your pad from crash to flash

Hugely excited about a feature running in the NY Times today on a stunning apartment we designed – my sister’s pad no less with a miniscule budget.  As I’ve said a zillion times before style has absolutely nothing to with money.

From crash to flash – we design spaces that not only make your friends jealous but get star billing in the New York Times check out the picture slideshow .

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Photograph Jonathan Player for the NY Times

Photograph Jonathan Player for the NY Times

Photograph Jonathan Player for the NY Times

Photograph Jonathan Player for the NY Times

Photograph Jonathan Player for the NY Times

Photograph Jonathan Player for the NY Times

19 thoughts on “Check out the NY Times to see how we can turn your pad from crash to flash

    • Thank you for you’re very sweet email. All our pieces have been sourced from all over the globe – from vintage markets to undiscovered graduates. If we love it we buy it so things constantly evolve – but its held together by our love of colour, scale and the quirkier the better!

  1. oh! i couldn’t be happier! I was perusing the home & garden section of the NY times, and found this article. Your style is phenomenal.

    I just moved into a lovely little place with my boyfriend in downtown Milwaukee (Wisconsin) right on the river. Though we have similar taste, we’re struggling to find a concise style of our own, blending our interests and opinions. But, after I showed him the article, and your website…we’re convinced. We’ve been thinking too much about what matches and should have ignored the rules all together.

    Thanks again! I’ll be checking the website for more inspiration.
    You’ve got a great eye!

    • Thank you for your incredibly kind email – your pad sounds lovely very jealous of it being so near a river! Certainly throw the rule book out the window – the reason that so many interiors look alike these days is that everyone follows the rules for symmetrical matchy matchy furnishings. The result is bland beyond belief. Its far more creative to mis match – its harder to achieve but the result as you can see is incredibly eclectic and beautiful. Good luck and enjoy – its great fun. Keep me posted

    • Tons of suggestions I hate to say. You could jazz it up by spraying it a super sexy glossy hue – either by doing it your shelf or for an ultra glam look taking it to a garage and asking them to spray with car paint – sounds odd I know but the finish is beyond belief. You could also get it wrap it in fabric – check out Or you could leave the table as it is and make it slightly more quirky by changing the legs to whatever style you adhere to – an industrial vibe – think chunky wheels or for a rustic feel hunt down out tables at flea markets, take off the legs and put on yours. I could can on but will bore you to death I am sure!

  2. I keep looking for the answer to this – what colour/brand is the paint in these photos? I’ve read somewhere that you use Farrow & Ball’s Down Pipe. Is that true? I was a staunch white wall person until I got A Girl’s Guide to Decorating. Now I’m in love with your whole style and painting our new apartment grey. Keep up your awesome work.

    • Newvermind! I found the answer at last! I’m going to Farrow & Ball this week. It’s a lot pricier that my usual choice (Benjamin Moore) but I love the look of it.
      You should start a paint line, Abigail! You’ve probably sold an ocean’s worth of this paint!

      • It is a bit pricer I have to say but I promise you you will love it. Also very excited you have come over to the dark side – there is no looking back I have to say. Best of luck with the decorating and yes a paint range of my very own – now that sounds like a very cool idea!

  3. Love love love this!!!

    What is the lighter grey you’ve used in the hallway (top pic) and also the last one of the slideshow (with the red hands)? It looks like Charleston Grey to me, but my boyfriend thinks it’s Lamp Room Grey…

    • Thank you its actually neither it was a made up colour from dulux we just played with and regrettably no longer have the codes. I do apologise. Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball is a fab colour to use for hallways very inky and dark or London Clay which may be quite similar to the colour you were looking at

      • Thank you for getting back to me! We currently have Down Pipe, London Clay, Charleston Grey, and Cornforth White drying on a whiteboard… The last three colours play nicely, but Down Pipe is surprisingly green (I’m hoping it changes when dry!) — enough for me to be upset they were out of the small cans of Railings.

        Another question is the brisk white you used on the ceilings… F&B All White or an equivalent? I am finding much more yellow than I expected in some of the other whites I chose (I went on a sample spree) and love the crisp look you got in the apartment.

      • The white I generally use is Cornforth white by F&B its alot creamier than white particularly when used against a strong colours its not quite so harsh. Also down pipe looks rubbish until it dries and then its goes the loviest inkiest bluey grey heaven.

  4. Ok I’m a year late. Just discovered your blog. Love it!! Found you through Minnie at Mama without Borders. I remember these photos in NYT. Love your taste and sensibility!!

  5. It is really beautiful, I love it.
    Can I ask you if you have white PVC French doors (not nice at all with very large PVC frame) will that work with dark walls ? and what kind of curtains or colour curtain will you choose to “hide” the PVC French door in the scheme without obstructing the outside light ? I was thinking of simple white cheer curtain, but not sure with the white !

    • White PVC will work with dark walls but I would then keep all your trim ie all the woodwork also white so they don’t stand out alone. In terms of curtains maybe you could soften the white a bit with a smoky grey or a burnt caramel curtains depending of course on the colour of your walls. My gut instinct is too soften the window with a lovely powdery type hue if that makes any sense.

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