When Hill House Interiors’ managing director came to do her own house, she went for all-out classic luxury.
Helen Bygraves, Co-founder of Hill House Interiors, threw herself into creating a design scheme, tailored to her demanding and highly hospitable lifestyle, for her own 4,000-square-foot home on a private estate in Surrey.
Hill House are world-renowned for their elegant interiors, which have more than a touch of glamour. ‘This is the epitome of a deeply luxurious Hill House home, with a neutral palette of shimmering silvers and greys, embellished with wonderfully tactile textures and bold geometric prints. The end result is an opulent mélange of cutting edge design, the best of contemporary styling and dramatic finishes, surrounded by a stunning Italian inspired terrace and garden.’
To create a luxe feel, Helen has integrated mother of pearl, high-gloss lacquers and inlays of chrome and bronze. There are wallpapers by Elitis, Brian Yates and Donghia, as well as pleated velvets by Rubelli and Fox Linton.
It’s interesting to note that, despite having every option available to her, Helen opted for a classic contemporary look in her own house. ‘It’s got to be timeless and elegant.’
She also worked hard to create a functional, super-living space. ‘The ‘super room’ is a space where I can dine and socialise with family and friends.’ she says. ‘Added ambient lighting transforms the room from a bright party venue to moody intimate dining space; I’ve had many an evening soiree in here, and it works,’ she says.
A fusion between cabinetry and couture designed furniture, the kitchen is a Hill House special. ‘We’ve recently launched our own kitchen line, as more and more of our clients are looking for an injection of Hill House elegance in their kitchen, combined with our extreme attention to detail.’ she says. ‘In an open plan setting, it is paramount that the kitchen flows seamlessly, combining functionality with beauty.’ Luxuries in here include the Zip taps, which serve fizzy or still water, as well as Gaggenau appliances in anthracite and the integrated Gaggenau hob.
Upstairs is a large master suite with its own separate living room, along with two en-suites, which has the feeling of a 5 star hotel. ‘I’ve made it a four-bed house, though it could easily be a five-bed,’ says Helen.
Hill House recently launched their own furniture range and Helen has used pieces throughout the house. ‘Our hand crafted bespoke designs had already become so popular with our ever growing client base, it seemed a natural progression to launch our own line of furniture. It gives our clients and the design community the opportunity to have a piece of the Hill House signature look.’ she says.
For true style, Helen recommends flowing flooring throughout. “This ensures rooms flow effortlessly from one to the next, adding to a feeling of space” she says. In her own home she used crema grey marble tile.
Helen also suggests using sumptuous fabrics where possible, even if it’s just an accent feature. ‘Sometimes a cushion is enough,’ she says. She advises maximising on storage so that things look neat and tidy. ‘At Hill House we advocate storage, storage and more storage,’ she says. ‘Try to incorporate it when you’re designing the layout – you’ll only wish you’d done it afterwards.’Recommended reading: