Clare Gaskin Interiors

Chelsea Harbour Apartment

Our client was based abroad and we had very limited contact. The brief was to create an elegant contemporary pied-a-terre as a hotel replacement for London stopovers.  The apartment required a complete renovation away from the dated floor plan with a request for expensive and luxurious materials from recognisable brands. Focus was placed on creating a luxury apartment within a contemporary living concept. The client was delighted with the finished look.

We decided to go with a metallic palette varying from dark steely greys to warmer brass and gold tones, using materials that evoke elegance such as velvet and silk wall coverings. These work well with the river view on either gloomy or sunnier days.

To ensure the apartment did not feel too dark or cold, we selected fabrics and flooring with warmer tones, clever lighting schemes and varied use of mirrors (highlighting art works, the river view and overall decorative scheme). The client requested a large open plan entertainment area with adjoining kitchen, it was important the kitchen remained an independent space within the open plan Lounge and Dining areas.

The cabinetry defines the kitchen as a separate space, we installed walnut bookmatched eye level and tall units to add pattern and depth as well as spray painted units for the low level joinery. Bronze mirror splashbacks were used to create illusion of space, reflecting the river views.

The client had a preference for radiators versus underfloor heating. We decided to make the radiators a feature that work with the reflective décor.

A custom, hand knotted Stark rug in the living area optimises the scheme with a coin based design. The bedrooms are elegant, contemporary and hotel styled, with TV/Dressing tables hidden behind pocket doors. Both bedrooms required en suite bathrooms, one with a steam room and the other with a bath and shower. In the open plan living area, floor to ceiling windows were used to optimise sunlight and capture the spectacular river views.