Hello again, it’s great to have you back!
In our last post, we talked about Lorraine’s unique approach to tackling the research and gathering phase of our current interiors project. Her vision for the Edinburgh property was inspired not only by place, but more intriguingly by the personalities of each of her four clients that share ownership over the property. This leads us to a particularly exciting phase of the project and my personal favourite – the moodboards!
When Lorraine first showed me her mood boards they gave me a completely refreshed idea of the space and a three-dimensional understanding of what she was creating. I truly had to pick my jaw up off the floor. Each room has a distinct vibe but is tied to its neighbour with the thematic threads that were picked up in the early stages of the project ( the location of Edinburgh – its energy, the patterns and colours of its cityscape and its theatrical and literary history).
We’ll be releasing a new moodboard and blog post side by side every day this week! Stay tuned throughout the week or have a wee catch up with breakfast in bed on Sunday morning.
If you’re new to following our story, the Edinburgh property will be used as a holiday home for two families – somewhere that parents, sisters and brothers, aunties and uncles, friends, cousins, and even the dogs can gather, together or separately, at different times of year.
From the earliest stages of the design process, it was clear that the kitchen would be the heart and hub of the home. So, where better to begin our mini moodboard series?
Both families wanted the kitchen to be a lively space where they could cook breakfast together or sip coffee and read the morning paper, but also an ambient space where they could host dinner parties in the evenings. To make the transition between morning and evening light, Lorraine proposes Farrow & Ball’s Green Blue which has a warmth to it while keeping the kitchen a fresh and airy space. Chic terracotta coloured chairs will balance the coolness of the walls with a warm, woven material, bringing an extra pop of colour to the room. The large bay window with working shutters will be a distinct colour to provide a theatrical backdrop to this lively space that overlooks rooftops in the city.
The dining table and bar area will be the main gathering points – dramatic spaces that are still welcoming and not overly formal. Lorraine proposes an elegant but contemporary dining table with clean lines that will accommodate large numbers without dominating the space yet allow everyone to chat at an easy distance. An overhead a sculptural statement light will animate the vast space up to the high ceiling but will be hung low enough to provide ambient lighting in the evening. The bar lighting will be extra large scale and impactful. This area connects those cooking to those watching! It’s a fun, casual area in which to interact so strong overhead shapes in the lighting will create a stage-like zone where jokes can be shared whilst sitting on cool, comfortable bar stools.
The far wall of the kitchen was home to an unsightly modern radiator, which raised the question of how to heat the room without sacrificing style. Lorraine, of course, seized an opportunity to use art as a problem-solver. She’s settled upon a glass radiator that will double up as a heat source and an artwork in its own right. The plan is to commission an artist to create a Matisse-inspired line drawing that will complement rather than dominate the light and airy space. This statement piece will be balanced by a picture gallery on the opposite wall created with black and white family photographs arranged on shallow ledges.
It came as a surprise to Lorraine that for this bright and cheerful space she found herself abandoning her aversion to geometrics. The existing kitchen had vast surfaces of black granite and long runs of kitchen units – fragmented pattern was needed to balance these large shapes. After all, as Lorraine says, different spaces require different things,
‘You have to really look at the space, get a feel for how the existing forms, shapes and light work together and then respond in a sensitive way that enhances these elements for its future use’
Here, bold geometrics will interact with subtler ones to balance some of the kitchen’s existing features. Lovely handmade cement wall tiles with a strong geometric pattern will run along the long back wall in the cooking area providing raw texture against the polish of the modern kitchen units. A white table top with soft curved lines will balance the large rectangular dark work surfaces that came with the house. An easily cleaned indoor/outdoor rug in a finer geometric will sit beneath the table.
Sculptural faux plants will be arranged throughout the apartment to bring life and colour to the space without requiring a green thumb in permanent residence.
Up next, the bedrooms!