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    open plan living room library with dividing fireplace and oak floor vintage Chesterfield and coloured velvet seating

    Detached Family Home

    At a glance


    North Oxford






    480 sq m

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    The Brief

    This project was an extensive renovation of a large, 3-storey period property along with a substantial reconfiguration and single storey extension.  The ground floor was significantly enlarged, enabling a re-think of the layout and usage of the whole of the ground floor, and upwards throughout the house.

    Project Notes

    The client wanted to keep the warmth and feel of the original house, but bring it up to date with clean lines and to mix up their old furniture (some of it now re-upholstered) with a more modern feel.

    The focus of family life is round the kitchen and they wanted to open this up and link it with a relaxing lounge area, dining and through to the living room where a real fire was important. The client required a large study (with wall to wall bespoke book shelving) to write in, but also was keen not to feel isolated from the rest of the family. We did this by making the study part of the open plan ground floor area, but with glass screens he could close easily if he needed to concentrate without noise, but still see everyone milling around. Equally vital to the scheme was a grand entrance-hall and a big utility room to swallow the clutter of family life.

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    “It has been great fun working with Camilla and we have felt in safe hands from the start. She has a great energy and positivity and brings years of experience and a network of fantastic suppliers, coupled with a good eye for design and a reassuring decisiveness. She understands the nuts and bolts as well as the pretty stuff, so the drawings for the builders and the lighting and colour schemes have been spot-on. We adore the kitchen she has sourced for us, which looks a million dollars but didn’t cost it. There is no way we could have done this big renovation job without Camilla. She has given us the courage to go outside our comfort zone, with great results and, crucially, within a tight budget. Very happy!”
    — Client
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