Tiziana and Giuliano's new home
Taking this job was an exciting prospect.
A brand new home, and starting completely from scratch.
From the flooring, to kitchen units to furniture and accessories.
Stage one....... The flooring
Choosing the flooring for the entire house. My clients decided to opt for a laminate floor throughout the house. Including the downstairs toilet and bathrooms. We kept the hallways and other rooms all the same colour to allow a good flow throughout. The only rooms that we used a different colour and style laminate was in the 1st floor bathroom, the Ensuite and the 2nd floor bathroom.
The great feature of this quickstep flooring was that to touch it feels like the real thing, with the ridges that you get with natural wood flooring. You can see for the bathrooms we used a slate style laminate. Which again has the same texture as slate but not as cold on the feet.
I had my reservations with a laminate flooring going into a bathroom or downstairs toilet. However have been assured that quickstep is waterproof.
My thoughts are that only a tiled floor can be completely waterproof. Please take this into consideration when choosing a flooring in a room where there could be potential water damage/leak, as did my clients.
ALL THE FLOORING WAS PURCHASED AND FITTED FROM PB LAMINATES http://www.pblaminate-flooring.co.uk
Stage 2..... Tiles
Now time for the tiles. We had a choice from Cavana's range. In a new build you are allocated a certain number of tiles. My clients may extend the tiling at a later date.
STEP 3 .... KITCHEN UNITS
Sleek White gloss cabinets. No handles giving clean straight lines. This gives a more minimalist look.
STEP 4 .... FURNITURE
After finding out brief from my clients and approving my mood board. I chose some furniture and after agreeing we took the next step of sourcing them. The nursery was chosen by Tiziana. As this is one of the joys of expecting (TWINS). I wanted a strong look in both the kitchen and lounge. Black and white are seen in both rooms. Especially in the kitchen. The furniture added to the dining area in the kitchen is a great industrial look. I love using different textures and materials, to make a statement.
STEP 5 .... MIRRORS, SHELVES & ACCESSORIES
It is always helpful with storage to utilise what spaces you can with shelves or shelving units. Mirrors in the all of the bathrooms are designed to have a use, other than your reflection. In the downstairs toilet I chose a stylish, modern mirror which also combines as a useful shelf. In one of the family bathrooms the space above the sink was too small for the usual size vanity bathroom mirror so I chose a selection of small round mirrors which are staggered over two walls. I think this opens up the corner. Accessories in this bathroom are also space saving and stlyed and based on the designer Kartell Componibili.
STEP 6 .... SOFT FURNISHINGS AND WINDOW DRESSINGS
The lounge and bedrooms all have bespoke roman blinds with black out lining. I chose this pattern for the lounge to break up the White walls. I love white walls as they can be so versatile when it comes to choosing your soft furnishings and window dressings. Mustard yellow was continued from the lounge and used as an accent colour in the babies room.
The two dress rooms and hallways all had White Wooden Slated Blinds. To keep some privacy but also keep the hallways and dress rooms bright. I went for a grey roman blind for the master bedroom, as i wanted it to match with the bedhead. You can then add accent colours to the scatter cushions and duvet cover.