To know interior designer Louise Bradley and her eponymous studio is to know a world of unrivalled and timeless luxury in the form of style-defining transitional interiors. The studio—founded and headed by one of Britain’s top interior designers for over 30 years—is known for its mastery of function and form and belief in finite detail. Evidence of that is to be seen and relished in one of the studio’s latest projects.
Overlooking London’s Regent’s Park, in the the prestigious inner circle, the Grade I-listed, expansive property was always destined to maximise on its abundance of natural light and rolling park views—a rarity in the capital. Bradley and her team were tasked with creating an elegant and luxurious home, which required an extensive home redecoration, that would honour the heritage of the property and its location by combining classic aesthetics with a contemporary lifestyle.
With clear vision in mind—one that sought to reflect the majestic park’s palette of soft greens and warm whites, and was sympathetic to how the vistas would evolve with the seasons—the studio first had to overcome the many design and architectural obstacles that come with a Grade I-listed property. For instance, the footprint of the property had to remain the same (no option to extend) and all interior architecture design intentions had to be approved by English Heritage who were thus involved in the project from start to finish.
Other stylistic and functional restraints to be navigated, including systems such as less-than-pretty air conditioning, modern lighting and audio-visual configurations—all of which had to be suitably concealed and considered within the British Heritage requirements. Louise Bradley’s studio went to great pains to include such modern necessities without compromising on the beauty of the project. Bespoke joinery was designed to mask the air conditioning units and, to overcome the restriction of adding extra general lighting in the principal rooms, a deeply considered lighting plan was devised. Antique chandeliers pair with floral sconces and smoked glass wall lights with elegant table lamps for a home that couldn't be more atmospheric.
The property’s heritage status also greatly informed the interior decoration where a fine balance between old and new needed to be struck for it to reach its potential. Louise explains, “As an interior designer, you want to honour the past and ensure that the interiors we design will harmoniously fit with the property’s architecture. When it came to furnishing the space, a combination of old and new was requested, which we have fulfilled by creating unique bespoke designs in our Design Studio and combining those with antique pieces sourced in Paris and the UK.”
Take note of the crystal chandeliers in the drawing room, purchased from Guinevere Antiques in London as well as the bedroom’s herb prints, the rosewood lamp and chairs that are also in the drawing room, all of which were Parisian bourgeois flea market finds. These feature alongside an elegant olive green velvet sofa—its subtly flared arms accented with damask, appliquéd and linen cushions—a high gloss sideboard, an elaborate Venetian mirror and a glorious art collection comprised of landscape oil paintings and cameo prints.
Throughout the rest of the home, Louise’s bespoke studio pieces fill the property so that the client could rest safe in the knowledge that their home was teeming with genuine one-of-a-kind possessions, something about which Louise is deeply passionate. “As is the nature of most of our projects, the majority of the pieces are bespoke from the LB team, created specifically for the project. Or, they have been customised from the Louise Bradley Collection to further suit the clients needs,” she comments.
“Bespoke designs allow us to have complete freedom when designing the space and enables us to create one-of-a-kind homes for our clients. Moreover, it means that we can fulfil the brief in its entirety: taking into consideration every aspect of the client’s requirements; from the bespoke joinery to the bespoke vanity units creating a home for everything.”
The result is, as the brief intended, an elegant and luxurious home, which honours the heritage of the property, its location and its classic style, whilst responding to the modern needs of the client through contemporary functionalities and finishes. But more than anything, what makes the project so special to Louise Bradley’s studio is its individuality.
She concludes, “Most importantly, the project was personal, with many bespoke options introduced throughout and accessories and artworks responding to the clients’ taste. They were delighted, which is what matters most of all.”