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Norfolk by design: Home for all seasons

PUBLISHED: 10:29 20 September 2016 | UPDATED: 10:48 20 September 2016

The wallpaper picks up the buttoning in the headboard as well as matching the cushions

The wallpaper picks up the buttoning in the headboard as well as matching the cushions


Lanassir Lawes of Swank Interiors looks at ways of creating a welcoming home from home throughout the year

Whenever I work with a new client, one of the things that we discuss is how the home will feel at different times of the year and how we are going to ensure that there is the perfect balance of finishes.

Coastal holiday homes are no exception, as these are continually enjoyed in the quieter, cooler months. This can be challenging if the property is going to be used as a holiday let, as durable surfaces tend to feel colder, although there is usually a way of striking the balance. With the recent holiday home that I completed this was not a consideration, as it is a private retreat for the owners. As the property was purchased from the developer during the build, we were able to work with the builders to make small changes to the layout and specify the fixtures and fittings in the bathrooms.

The focus was to transform the new build to suit my client’s style, meet their needs and feature their favourite colour - sunny yellow.

The second bedroom has become a fully fitted dressing room, freeing up space in the bedroom allocated for wardrobes for a seating area that looks across to the sea view. By moving the position of the door of the en suite to the hallway, we have created the space for a larger shower cubicle “for him”, and across the hall is a classic style bathroom “for her”. In bathrooms where there is no shower above the bath I tend to keep tiling to a practical minimum to make the room cosier and warmer, in this case the bevel-edged large metro tiles suit the traditional fixtures and fittings without looking too fussy in the compact space. The master bedroom is so light and airy with a wall wide window framing the sea view and a vaulted ceiling. The ceiling height has been emphasised with a simple nine-light chandelier dressed with silk shades so as not to feel too minimal.

Although I usually focus on texture and colour, I have mixed and matched patterned wall coverings, and fabrics feature throughout to make you feel at home as soon as you enter. The Sanderson wall covering behind the bed is the perfect backdrop to the bespoke warm chenille headboard with contrast buttons and ammonite table lamps. The driftwood-finish bedside tables tie in with the luxury vinyl tile flooring in the bathrooms, while carpet runs throughout the rest of upstairs including a subtle stripe on the stairs and landing. Lloyd Loom style chairs with textured cushions add more warm textures to the bedroom too.

Although the space has not been overloaded with items it has been filled with pattern, texture and colour to create an easy-to-maintain home from home for my clients.

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