The London house is situated in a fine Regency terrace. The exterior was in excellent shape but the designed, who was called on to create an elegant home from scratch, described the interior as a mess. There is little evidence now of just how much work was required to reinstate the interiors, including remaking the staircase, restoring architraves and comics, altering the doors, designing a new kitchen, and much else besides. The owners were scaling down from a much larger and grander house, and together with their designer they chose favourite pictures and furniture from their large collection of fine pieces.
Immediately striking is the high-quality workmanship throughout, from the floors to the specially made shutters in the drawing-room: painted a French blue, they were designed to open top and bottom, thereby allowing control over the amount of light in the room. Bathrooms are old-fashioned but extremely comfortable. There is a mix of contemporary carpets by Sandy Jones and an Oriental rug in the dining-room. Artworks include an Oriel Harwood head and pictures by Paul Nash and James Pryde. This is a sophisticated but relaxed home indeed.