A busy couple who work in London during the week but retreat to an Oxford-shire country house at weekends have created a town house that is a perfect antidote to their high-speed city lives. The house was bought, in part, for its garden, so that three terriers could happily commute with their owners. The property , not far from the Houses of Parliament, had not had much attention since the 1960s so a major refurbishment and extension was carried out. All the designing was undertaken by the owners but when it came to colour and fabrics they enlisted the help of an interior decorator. Reclaimed nineteenth-century flagstones were laid in the entrance-hall, which was extended to create a conservatory-style dining-room.
The decoration has an Oriental touch, seen in the use of rattan from OKA, Asian antiques and black lacquer. The main bedroom features 1930s chinoiserie fabric. Although many items were bought for the house, the walls are filled with interesting family collections of pictures, including a number of Stanley Spencer drawings. Colours are soft and pattern is limited to several Persian rugs and striped velvets and silks. Shape is an important factor in elements such as the curvy chairs, Oriental jars and pots, and in the way objects are grouped.