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A Cocktail Lounge-Inspired Living Room With Bespoke Finishes

The living room of this three-bedroom late-Edwardian home in St John’s Wood draws from art deco and 1920s design influences with a mid-century modernist twist. Bold geometric forms, luxe materials such as marble and limestone, and gold accents work together to create a space that is luminous, elegant and memorable.

For this project, Designed by Woulfe won several awards including ‘Best Interior Design Apartment UK’ at the International Property Awards (2018-2019), ‘Best Interior Design Apartment in London’ at the UK Property Awards (2018-2019) and ‘Best Interior Design: Individual Home’ at The Sunday Times British Home Awards 2018.


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A traditional fireplace carved from smooth, cream Cabouca limestone and embellished with gold accents creates a focal point in the living area. Family-owned luxury fireplace supplier, Chesneys, have a collection of hand-carved marble and stone fireplaces. Cabouca is a tough, hardwearing limestone quarried in the Portuguese mountains of Porto Mos and gives an elegant finish.

Facing the fireplace is a Zeno Light sofa designed by Antonio Citterio for Flexform. Floating just above the floor on metal legs, the goose-down padded sofa is comfortable and inviting but also minimal in its design.

The sofa was upholstered in a luxurious Chenille Strie fabric from Donghia New York collection. We selected alternating oatmeal and ochre-coloured cushions to tie in with the colours used in the rest of the room, particularly the dining chairs. 

This luxurious living/dining room showcases a stunning blend of elegance and comfort. The wooden flooring sets a warm and inviting tone, complemented by the blue walls that add a touch of tranquillity. A bronze textured cabinet, adorned with tropical plants, adds a sophisticated element to the space. Two boss armchairs covered in Edelman leather, adorned with a blue and grey throw, rest on a textured grey/blue rug next to a grey sofa. A marble top, side table with a gold and white lamp stands beside the armchairs. On the other side of the room, a circular white dining table surrounded by yellow dining chairs with black legs creates a vibrant and stylish dining area. The room is completed with a fireplace featuring a white mantel and a circular mirror above it, adding a touch of classic charm.

Art-Deco Design Inspiration & Geometric Shapes

A statement-making ‘AVA’ round dining table by British Design Tom Faulkner stands pride of place in front of the bay windows overlooking Hamilton Terrace. The distinctive and sculptural piece is made up of a steel base and Calacatta Michelangelo Marble top and accompanied by Tom Faulkner’s Vienna chairs in maize yellow.

For cosy yet sophisticated seating, we opted for a pair of handsome and well-structured swivel armchairs with generous goose-down padding to ensure maximum comfort. Placed inwards towards the sofa, they were upholstered in full-grain aniline-dyed cowhides from Edelman Leather.

A large circular mirror similar to this one by Gubi at Skandium, hangs above the fireplace and introduces a soft shape to counter the sharp angles of the dining table base. The mirror also serves to add depth and reflect light.

Pendant light with recessed spot lights over Tom Faulkner Table

Soft Furnishings Made With Sustainable Materials

A statement throw draped across an arm of the sofa adds texture, pattern and extra comfort. A similar design can be found at Net A Porter by Loewe

The hand-woven Tencel rug from Jacaranda Carpets softens the wooden flooring. Tencel is made from the renewable raw material of wood and is manufactured in an environmentally responsible way. The botanic fibre gives a naturally lustrous shine which is amplified by the subtle linear pattern in varying shades of grey.

The warm, traditional-looking wooden floors were made from oiled engineered European oak from Havwoods. Engineered wood is multi-layered, using cross-lamination to reduce movement under changes in temperature and humidity.

Tom Faulkner Dining Table at night. This luxury living room exudes a classic and refined ambiance. Two brown leather armchairs with striped grey and blue cushions, adorned with a white throw, create a cosy seating area. Light wood flooring complements the space, enhanced by a striped rug that adds texture and visual interest. The light grey painted walls provide a neutral backdrop, while a hanging green plant in one corner brings a touch of nature indoors. A Chesney limestone fireplace with a white mantel becomes a focal point, adorned with carefully placed ornaments. A large circular mirror above the fireplace adds depth and reflects the room's elegance.

Cocktail-Lounge Inspired Home Entertaining

Our client wanted us to create an ideal environment for entertaining, so we incorporated a bespoke axed wood charred timber drinks cabinet for a cocktail lounge feel. Stocked with everything one would need, the cabinet is softly backlit and also has lighting inside. We worked alongside talented artisans on this piece and also commissioned a matching console unit. Similar drinks cabinets which are in keeping with the 1920s-30s feel can be found at LuxDeco and Theodore Alexander.

A brass antique lamp with cream shade provides a touch of old-world elegance, adding to the metallic finishes and gold accents. Antique markets are a fantastic place to go treasure-hunting for one-off, special pieces that will add character to your interiors.

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Luxury metallic drinks cabinet in dining room. Bespoke metallic finished bar.

Brian's Top 5 UK Antique Markets To Visit

Sunbury Antiques Market – For vintage furniture, rugs and curios

Ardingly International Antiques and Collectors Fair – For linens, furniture and fine china

Alexandra Palace Antiques and Collectors Fair –  For glassware, ceramics and paintings

Alfies Antique Market – For Art Deco furniture, ceramics and objets

Grays Antiques – For art, porcelain, ceramics and jewellery

Chow Chow puppy on flexform sofa.

Our Awards & Affiliation

  • Eu property awards 2021 winner
  • EU Property Awards 2020 winner
  • BHA finalist 2020
  • United Kingdom Property Awards SALIC Winner 2018-2019

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