Project Name: West London Pied a Terre

Location: West London, United Kingdom

Date Completed: February 2019

Interior Designer: Rachel Laxer & Beth Clancy of Rachel Laxer Interiors Ltd

Architect: Fiona Mclean Quinlan

Construction Company: ASAP Construction Ltd

Rachel Laxer Interiors Ltd were enlisted for the interior design of a modest apartment with two bedrooms in an apartment complex for a couple that regularly move around. The clients live part time in Hong Kong so they wanted to incorporate various aspects of their Asian style into the interiors and wanted something that reflected their life in Asia. Rachel Laxer Interiors Ltd mixed in pieces such as the oriental doors in the dining room and created lots of bespoke joinery for them to keep their treasures from their travels and other keepsakes.

A large budget was not required for this project, the couple have grown up children, so they wanted it to be a comfortable and beautiful place to entertain them and their friends – but not too precious. Rachel Laxer Interiors Ltd mixed in retail brands such as John Lewis & Partners to keep within the budget. The couple love colour, so the designers made sure the apartment was full of colours, particularly blue which was used in the master bedroom and the living area and dining room – wherever possible!

The overall space was modest too, so Rachel Laxer Interiors Ltd needed an injection of energy and some clever tactics to make it feel more spacious. The master bedroom was particularly small and needed some energy, the one wall with Phillips Jeffries wallpaper made the entire room come together and gave a small room depth.

Rachel Laxer Interiors Ltd have stated that the aspect that resonated most was the joinery. It was delightful to design the joinery with painted colour. This was impactful and a great cost saving to have painted joinery rather than real wood or to have a stained finish.

This design worked so well because it was a perfect collaboration between Rachel Laxer Interiors Ltd and their clients. The client was trustworthy in the sense of letting the designers run with the project and guide the scale. The interiors integrate perfectly to the clients brief, as the design was not trying to be “more” than it was for that space. Rachel Laxer Interiors Ltd kept it simple for a simple apartment and it worked beautifully.