Moving from the United States to the notoriously cramped city of London can be spatially challenging exercise, and the interior designer who lives in this Chelsea apartment was well aware that finding a large apartment, all on one floor, would take some time. Situated on Sloane Square and designed by the architect Lord Willet in 1900, the building including an original cage type lift, has the air of a nineteenth-century gentleman’s club. Tall mahogany doors, polished oak floors and finely detailed moldings and fire -surrounds lend a powerful period atmosphere, but the bathrooms and kitchen are utterly of the twenty-first century.
Impressed by the way English designers mix antique and contemporary pieces so successfully, the designer set about adding to her classic American collection. A French marble-topped table, British Arts and Crafts lamps, a Regency mirror and eighteenth-century Swedish commode all look completely at home in their crisp white surroundings. The owner has also commissioned several items of her own design based on her extensive travels, research into period decoration, and time spent in many of the great European art galleries.