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

Upgrade Your Picnics With M&S by Tash South

What a fantastic Summer we’ve had here in the UK this year! And although I’ve not been able to enjoy as much of it outdoors as I would have liked due to being very pregnant, it’s been very uplifting just seeing the bright blue skies most days.

A great Summer always reminds me of growing up in Cape Town where the really long Summers meant spontaneous parties on the beach with friends (that feels like a hundred years ago now), but I just love how Londoners embrace the warm weather too, and sprawl out on any available piece of outdoor space to make the absolute most of it. A good Summer in London is one of the best experiences, it just comes alive.

The warmer weather here in the UK of course means more picnics, and grabbing the chance to dine alfresco. I have to admit my picnic kit has never been that well put together, countless previous soggy Summers usually meant a couple of sandwiches and plastic cups thrown into a backpack, but when the weather is this gorgeous, you want your picnic experience to match. So I was very pleased when M&S sent me some of their beautiful picnic range to try out. 

I’m not a fan of the brightly coloured plastic picnicware usually on offer, so I loved the stylish Leaf print melamine plates. I really liked how the plates each have their own leaf design and are not perfectly round, but have been made to feel more organically shaped. The colours are grown-up and subdued on both the plates and the Palm Tree Tumblers and won’t make you feel like you’re at a kid’s party!

I love how each plate has a different leaf design. Set of four side plates, £14

Palm Tree Tumbers, £3 each.

Lately I’ve been consciously trying to cut down on my plastic use, and something that really used to bother me about picnics is the use of single use of plastic plates, cups and cutlery that all end up in the bin at the end of the day. So having a set that’s good-looking and dishwasher safe that you’re happy to use again and again is definitely good for the planet too.

I’ve also been on the hunt for a decent picnic blanket for a long time, and the green herringbone picnic blanket is a perfect match for the leaf picnic range. It’s nearly 1.5m square, so there’s plenty of room to squeeze some extra people on too. It has a waterproof backing so no wet bottoms either - for when our Summers undoubtedly return to our usual expectations!

Thanks M&S for seriously up-levelling my picnics! They’ll be much more sophisticated affairs from now on. 


Set of 4 Melamine Leaf Print Side Plates, 4 X Palm Tree Tumblers and Green Herringbone Picnic Blanket, all gifted to me by M&S Home.

Food: M&S.
Styling and Photography: tashsouth.com