This beautiful period building in the heart of Chelsea presented both a wonderful opportunity and a number of distinct challenges. On one hand, the property boasted high ceilings, great light, and a number of original and characterful features.

Project Name: Chelsea Private Residence
Studio Name:
Ana Engelhorn Interior Design Ltd
Project size: 320 m2
Project Budget: £80000
Completion date: 2018
Building levels: 5
Location: London, United Kingdom
Photography: James Balston

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Bedroom ©James Balston

On the other, many spaces weren’t being used to their full potential and the interior decor was so beige there was no discernible personality. The initial brief was straightforward: create more useable space, particularly in the kitchen and dining areas, and uncover as many of the original features as possible – especially the floorboards.

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Bathroom ©James Balston

During the planning stage, we realised we could gain a lot more space in the kitchen by removing the breakfast area and adding a coffee corner in the dining room. The additional food preparation and storage areas were carefully designed to be practical, while also creating a visually appealing space for living and entertaining.

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Dining Space ©James Balston

Stripping the carpets away, we discovered that the previous owner had left the 200-hundred-year-old original floorboards intact throughout the house. This created the perfect base in which to add warmth and character to the rooms, letting the incredible history of the building shine through.

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