An Immaculate Home in Oxshott

by theartofbespoke in Interior designed homes

Family homes have to be practical, but this doesn’t need to mean scrimping on style, as this Surrey house shows.

What are the essentials of a great family home? A huge, eat-in kitchen? A utility room? A playroom? This huge house in Oxshott, Surrey, has all three, but doesn’t just tick the practical boxes – it also boasts a clutch of glamorous features.

Step into the two-storey, atrium-style hallway, for instance, and the first thing you’ll see is the Bocci pendant chandelier, which spans a full two floors. Ahead of you is the formal dining room, a fabulous entertaining space that comfortably seats 10. And from here, guests can head into the formal sitting room, where a rare grand piano sits beside the open fireplace. Blanca Sanchez, director of Surrey-based firm Halo Design Interiors, completed the work, which includes one particularly covetable feature in the dressing room of the master suite.

‘What really works about the new house is the way the back of the house connects to the garden.’

Here, in the middle of the room, you’ll find a custom-built, backlit Perspex shoe stand. It’s a showstopper piece that makes the space look less like an everyday wardrobe and more like Selfridges’ Shoe Galleries. The stand also showcases jewellery and, frankly, would be a standard fixture in every home if all homeowners had the space.

The homeowners – a professional couple with two young boys – wanted to put a personal stamp on their new home, and so asked Blanca to oversee the update, which focused on the master suite and a new library area. She refurbished a total of 17 rooms, including six bedrooms and four receptions.

‘We concentrated on taking the best elements of the existing interiors and blending them with new ideas to reflect the clients’ lifestyle,’ she says. ‘What really works about the new house is the way the back of the house connects to the garden. Plus the extension above the garage has added a new dimension to the living space that the whole family can enjoy which connects seamlessly with the rest of the house.’

When it came to furnishings, Blanca looked far and wide.

‘We sourced the furnishings from the UK and overseas,’ she says. ‘We used local craftsmen for the joinery and upholstered items, then commissioned key pieces from the UK and suppliers on the Continent.’

Every piece screams quality, from the hand-made Ochre light fitting in the dining room, to the Amalfi bath, by Victoria & Albert Baths, which is made from a mix of resin and finely ground volcanic limestone.

‘To anyone wanting to achieve a similar look, I’d say doesn’t be afraid to mix a warm and cool palette in the same space,’ says Blanca. ‘In the dining room, I juxtaposed warm gold curtains with understated anthracite feature walls, which makes a good backdrop for an eclectic mix of furniture and artwork.’

But if there’s one take-home lesson here, it’s that having two small boys needn’t stop you owning an impeccable house.

 

Halo Design Interiors – www.halodesigninteriors.com

Bocci – bocci.ca

Victoria & Albert Baths – vandabaths.com/uk

Ochre – www.ochre.net


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