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HOME TOUR: Your chance see inside This Grand Regent’s Park Residence by Tash South

Have you ever walked past the gorgeous stucco fronted houses around London and wished you could just ring the doorbell and ask to have a quick snoop inside? I certainly have! So when I was approached by Anna Daccache to feature this Regent’s Park property on the blog, I jumped at the chance. Anna runs atelierada.com, a home-staging business, where she gets the chance to furnish and style the most incredible homes in the most prestigious postcodes in London (only slightly envious!)

The impressive frontage of the house.

Set right opposite Regent’s Park on a gorgeous London street with black iron railings and traditional lamp posts, this five bedroom house measures in at more than 3700 sq ft.  – three reception rooms, a master bedroom with a dressing room and en-suite bathroom, three more bathrooms and ‘vaults’ (naturally!), which are currently being used as wine cellars, as well as access to exclusive resident-only private gardens.

The property is set on a grand street, with Regent's park just a few steps away.

Anna has chosen classic furniture and accessories for the dining room.

The rugs and artwork add a modern twist to the space.

Once a contract is signed, Anna has to have the property staged in 3 to 5 days, so she had quite the job on her hands to make this huge property look homely and attractive in such a short time. Considering the potential tenant, location and era of the property, she decided to go with classic pieces of furniture and sophisticated accessories, but styled with modern art and rugs.

Carefully placed and chosen furniture give potential tenants or buyers a much better idea of how a room can be used.

Viewing a large property can be quite daunting, the many rooms can be overwhelming and this is where staging comes in, it gives life to an empty house and inspires the future occupants with ideas on how to best use and furnish the various rooms.

A pop art welcome in the hallway.

The artwork provides a bold neon statement in the study.

Anna also has her own warehouse of high-end furniture and accessories, from modern to classic, that she picks and chooses pieces from for each of her projects. But she also has a network of suppliers and artists she collaborates with – I love how she also takes the opportunity work closely with artists and makers to showcase their work in her projects, including the artist who created the modern pop art in this property.

A dramatic marble has been used in the shower and on the countertops.

The master bedroom, walk-through dressing room and sweeping staircase.

Another project of Anna’s is this stunning detached house in St. John’s Wood, north London. Anna says “The external facade has Gothic features, like pointed arches etc., and is not that polished. This is also the case inside, so I responded to that with the staging.”

With thanks to Anna for allowing me access to finally have a peek inside some of London's grand homes!

A bit more about Atelier ADA

Atelier ADA is an architectural and an interior design and home staging firm run by an Anna, a trained Architect.
They specialise in the private residential sector – an interior and architectural design studio that offers personalised design and management solutions; tailored to client’s particular needs.

 

All Regent’s Park photography by tashsouth.com

HOME TOUR: Vanessa's Colourful & Quirky Home Will Make You Smile by Tash South

When arriving at Vanessa's home, I was met by a tidy grey and white exterior, so on entering the flat, I was totally unprepared for the wonderful explosion of colour inside. Vanessa has used colour in such clever ways in her home – blues dominate, but are peppered with bursts of pink, red and yellow, while pale floors and large windows keep things light and bright.

A bright "Hello' and original Victorian tiles greet you in the entrance hall where an internal dark-framed window gives a little sneak peek of the vibrant home.

Vanessa is an actress, photographer and painter and she lives here with her actor husband and their young daughter. They bought the run-down flat in late 2015 hoping to completely renovate it and move in within a couple of months, but as with most projects, it over-ran and they ended up moving in a few months later than planned in early 2016.

The colourful Living room. Vanessa matched Dulux paint colours to the more expensive varieties.

Not only does Vanessa's creativity shine through in her quirky modern interior, but she also had to be very creative with the budget. With some clever tricks she was able to achieve the look she wanted for a lot less money. For example, many items, such as the glass doors, were purchased and driven down from Manchester (where Vanessa visits family regularly), and where building materials are generally cheaper than in London. Other smart tricks include using Ikea cabinets paired with bespoke cabinet doors painted in Farrow & Ball's Stiffkey Blue and mixing high/low with a few vintage and DIY pieces to achieve a unique and personal interior.

Vintage cinema chairs mix well with the whitewashed wooden floors and the newer pieces.

A gloss black piano and a gallery wall in more subdued colours balance out the brighter ones.

A fabulously styled selection of art, objects, plants and lighting brighten up what would otherwise be a blank, unused area next to the door.

 The 'Azure' velvet sofa by Loaf makes a bold statement and is flanked by the 'red bird' posters which were bought for £5 each and framed by Vanessa.

The 'Azure' velvet sofa by Loaf makes a bold statement and is flanked by the 'red bird' posters which were bought for £5 each and framed by Vanessa.

 The small dining area is cleverly tucked next to the Kitchen. An Ikea shelf is used on its' side and topped with padding for compact seating.

The small dining area is cleverly tucked next to the Kitchen. An Ikea shelf is used on its' side and topped with padding for compact seating.

 The bespoke cabinet doors and open shelving above are painted in Farrow & Ball's Stiffkey Blue.

The bespoke cabinet doors and open shelving above are painted in Farrow & Ball's Stiffkey Blue.

Copper accents stand out against the white tiled background

The Double doors bring loads of light into the space.

Cheeky artwork and Scion 'Mr Fox' bedding add a sense of fun in the master bedroom.

I really wanted to show you inside this fun home because it demonstrates so well how you can start with the clean modern basics (that I'm always going on and on about!) like good storage and hard flooring, and totally add your own style. Unique, quirky touches – taxidermy and Vanessa's interesting artworks – really give this interior personality.

Vanessa's home is a great lesson in how to mix your modern to achieve your own unique style!

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