Westbourne Park Villas, W2
Claire Lloyd, the landlord of this property, has an impressive CV. She started off as Art Director of Australian Vogue before moving to London in her early twenties. She then went on to work for the British and European editions of W, World of Interiors and Elle Decoration. Perhaps it was no coincidence that she soon started designing homes of her own.
While she claims she is not a professional interior designer, her homes are simply breathtaking. She has renovated 14 homes to date; she admits herself that she gets "itchy feet about every two and a half years”. Her aim with each project is to imbue it with, “simplicity, light, space, comfort and sensuality”. She transformed and sold a mews house in Notting Hill a few years ago before buying this triplex apartment on Westbourne Park Villas.
Once again, she set out to transform the space using her signature shade of white. A common difficulty for many is sticking to just one colour scheme, especially white, without it feeling clinical but somehow she managed it. Everything from the furnishings, to the floor, to the artwork is white. We even marvelled at the her ability to source a white projector TV. Amongst the white are startling injections of colour from a dramatic monochrome chair to contrasting and tactile black cushions. A fur rug here, a colourful light fixture there and a huge piece of art, create more surprising splashes of colour. All is reflected in a large antique mirror in the bedroom which has, unsurprisingly, been painted white.
The loft stylings in the kitchen are the perfect backdrop for the sleek, minimalist kitchen. In a recent interview, she explained that she ensures she adds 'what works'. Kitchen work surfaces are raised to a more comfortable level and the units are deeper. Once again, white dominates but with unexpected dashes of colour – colourful artwork, a red coffee maker and a bunch of dried chillies were hung from the rafters. In the dining room, an architect's drafting table is used as a dining table. As you might expect, the walls and floors are painted white but a large contemporary photograph over the mantel adds dramatic focus, while on the other side of the room a burst of colour is added with a curvy contemporary chair.
The triplex apartment might not have been for the messy types but it proved that minimalism need not be bland.