From classic influences, fine materials and muted colours to the subtle glamour, Louise Bradley’s eponymous business has been fashioning luxurious interiors for a discerning international clientele for over 20 years now. When you step inside one of her two showrooms – located in London’s two most prestigious areas Knightsbridge and Chelsea – you would be forgiven for thinking that you had stepped into a magazine spread. Not a detail has been spared amongst the plush velvety fabrics, regal-like tassels and intricate detailing that lends each piece that je ne sais quoi. Here, Louise – who lives with her two miniature dachshunds Marni and Bebe and her cheeky cockatoo Rosie in a Knightsbridge apartment during the week and a Hertfordshire cottage at the weekend – talks to us about her life at home, go-to classics and favourite shopping destinations.
How did you get into interiors?
I have always loved interiors. In 1991 I started my business, initially opening a shop on Walton Street. The business has just grown over the years and we now have a substantial design side, working with clients around the world, as well as the showrooms with our extensive range of furniture and accessories. Initially I bought items for the specific projects that I was involved with, but gradually I started designing bespoke furniture for each project and then the demand for the furniture and accessories inspired me to develop my own range. I add new items twice each year.
Tell us about your style at home.
My style at home is relaxed. I used a neutral palette, which is a great backdrop for my collection of pieces that I love, and there are lots! I guess my signature style runs through my homes, a fusion of classic and contemporary.
What does your home mean to you?
My home is a sanctuary. I like the space to be ordered so I always get a sense of calm when I walk in the door. I love to cook but sadly I don’t do enough of it and I love a nice garden – I have a great gardener who understands what I like. I also enjoy having friends over for lunch at the weekend in the country and my teenage nieces sometimes stay with me in London, which is always great fun.
Can you talk us through what your home is like?
My London home has all the essentials cleverly arranged over three floors. I have a great drawing room that is wonderful for entertaining and also nice to spend time alone in without being too large. The kitchen is an eat-in kitchen that leads out onto a rooftop terrace that looks out over London. I have a master bedroom and dressing room with an additional guest room.
What is your most prized possession at home?
I value my dogs the same as most dog lovers do. They are always happy to see you and offer unconditional love. Material things can always be replaced but I do have some artworks I would be sad to lose.
Is there anything that you can’t get by at home without?
Bedding from Frette, cashmere throws from Oyuna and my iPad.
Who are you favourite at-home designers?
John Minshaw – I love his style.
Which items in the home is it essential to splurge on?
A well-made sofa that is timeless in design or a chandelier that can add a touch of luxury without being too dominating. Exquisite cushions and glassware are always worth blowing the budget on too.