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Joe Burns, one half of the husband and wife duo behind architectural interior design and property development practice Oliver Burns, certainly practices what he preaches. The head of a company which specialises in interior design that’s nothing short of spectacular and characterised by a modern sophistication take on traditional British elegance, it seems his personal style doesn’t stray too much from his work creations. “[My at-home style is] modern classic with a twist,” the interior designer tells us, “We are currently redesigning our own house and the end result will be very elegant and timeless whilst at the same time a very livable home.” Skilled in creating show-stopping interiors from renovating listed buildings to contemporary apartments, Joe clearly knows what it takes to balance functionality and aesthetics and make a space work to the best of its abilities. Living by the philosophy of thoughtful luxury, the whole raison d’etre of our homes is not lost on Joe – “We try not to be too serious and are quite happy to add in some quirky pieces, especially in my son's bedroom and playroom.”
Joe claims that, “having one or two really individual pieces can make a home truly special” before going on to add that personal photos are a must – “I like to keep lots of photos of special occasions on display around the house – it’s part of what makes our homes unique.”
I like everything to be very organised so we have a lot of storage solutions built into the design of our home. Even the best designed homes can be let down if they are untidy.
With a history in furniture retail and renovating properties, Joe’s understandably well-versed in each step of the process. The designer cites his involvement in the renovation and redesign of grade II Georgian mansion Dalton House – which acted as Oliver Burns’ head office for almost 10 years – as a “labour of love” making it his favourite project so far.
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