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Chocolate Factory Bristol
I recently had the pleasure of working with Annie, a very talented designer who truly understood our style and gave us the confidence to go for something a little bolder in our home! From start to finish, Annie was professional, knowledgeable, and attentive to our needs. Her ability to listen to our preferences and understand our needs for the space was excellent. She took queues from a few pieces we already had and created a whole vision for our space which we instantly loved. Throughout the project, Annie was always available to answer our questions and provide guidance. Her expertise in colour coordination, furniture placement, and lighting design transformed our home into a stunning and inviting space. I highly recommend Annie to anyone looking for an exceptional interior designer who truly cares about delivering a personalised and exceptional experience. Thank you, Annie, for creating a space that we absolutely love!
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Creating a family home from a new blank canvas
The Chocolate Factory site in Greenbank, Bristol known for ‘Elizabeth Shaw’ chocolates dates back to Victorian times. Simon and Caroline recently bought a house in this newly transformed development which includes workspace, retail and community hub. My brief was to transform a plain white space into a warm family home for Simon and Caroline and their two girls. Moving in with a small amount of furniture. one of their first purchases were two vibrant teal velvet sofas, which fitted into the living room perfectly.
The couple have a love of bold colours, but were at a loss as to how to progress with living room decor, so starting with the teal sofas, we built a soft terracotta scheme that complemented teal. My briefing session also revealed Simon and Caroline liked contemporary but also loved boho chic elements, which we added in the soft furnishings, rustic wood console table and shelving, lighting and accessories..
The family room was currently being used as a dining area but also a play area for their two small children. The couple were keen for this space to be more dining room than playroom, but as their two girls were still little, they needed somewhere during the day as a play space.
Zoning a space at the end of the room by the sliding doors for the children ensured the table was easily accessible from the kitchen. As the wallpaper was a large colourful pattern we only used it in one section at the dining end, keeping the bottom end layout with terracotta paint as a backdrop to the white storage unit, taking it around the corner for the children's blackboard, play rug and table and chairs.
Simon's WFH study was off the hallway and it made sense to align the hallway with the same contrasting, black/blue paint on one wall in both study and hallway (see below), leaving the rest of the space white.