The House

A new build, five-bedroom property of individual design situated in Thame, Oxfordshire. The house was still under construction when we first started collaborating on the project.

The Brief

Our clients - a Portuguese and American couple with a rich and diverse cultural background, acquired through having lived abroad for many years.  To reflect their taste and interests they wanted to create a beautiful, comfortable and light-filled home utilising colour, and individual accent pieces to complement their vibrant contemporary art collection.

The Design

The design has been developed to reflect both the client’s personalities and their shared cultural histories. For example, an antique Japanese screen holds specific meaning because the American client spent several years working in Japan.  The aerial beach photographs in the breakfast room are taken in California where they also have a house and remind the Portuguese client of her childhood.

All rooms naturally flow from the central landing and hallway, creating a number of interesting viewpoints. Whilst the home has a harmonised and relaxed feel, each room has also been given its own personality. In one room it is the artwork that is the key piece, in others an antique table or a chandelier.

We set out to deliver refinement through the use of Art Deco elements and classic furnishings. To create accent points we mixed contemporary designer pieces with 20th Century modern antiques, whilst artworks and favourite fabrics were used to inform colour schemes. The result is a beautiful, vibrant family home.

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