Makeover your maison!
Good news - we've found a innovative, affordable, fast way to do it. Walk this way for weapons-grade interior design inspo.
Would you like a snoop around a beautiful house? Need I even ask?! This gorgeous Belle Epoque villa in the South of France is the très chic handiwork of interior designer Rosie Browne-Clayton. Someone has certainly been scouring the local brocantes for antique treasures!
And check out this Victorian townhouse in West London. Once two grimy flats that hadn’t been lived in for 15 years, it’s now a lustworthy modern, airy family space.
These are both obviously huge, long-term projects but what I like about this Oxfordshire-based interior designer is that she also offers a pioneering, affordable online service – for those of us who love the idea of working with a décor consultant but worry about the amount of wonga involved. It’s also super-quick so very appealing if you’re so darn busy the mere thought of embarking upon a major interiors project makes your brain hurt.
Basically, you email Rosie a photograph of a room in your house that needs a makeover, with a plan showing its dimensions (she won’t laugh at your wonky drawing) and any Pinterest ideas and images that float your boat. You’ll fill in a questionnaire on your tastes, budget and preferred brands, and she’ll come back to you with vairous questions to finesse the brief and get a sense of the function of the room and your own tastes.
Then – ta-da! – in as little as one week later (depending on the amount of to-ing and fro-ing), she’ll email you a design concept and floor plan for the room, including a list of all her suggested furniture and finishing touches, detailing stockists (anything from IKEA to antique stores, depending on your brief) and trade discounts where available. If it’s not quite right, she’ll work with you on revisions meaning you end up with a crystal clear and ridiculously stylish plan to work from.
All this costs just a £400 flat fee which I think is brilliant value. I’m very tempted to let her loose on my kids’ bombsite, er, I mean bedroom. Well, she said she’s up for a challenge.