Knowing property design inside and out

PUBLISHED: 15:34 14 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:34 14 October 2015




Interior designer Paula Gundrytells us about getting her creative juices flowing with a jaw-dropping exterior design project on the north Norfolk coast this month!

When life gives you lemons

One thing can definitely lead to another in the world of design. As you probably know by now, refurbishing a client’s penthouse property in the city centre led us to refurbishing his second home in Wells which, has then led us to refurbishing his courtyard garden (or gin and tonic suntrap as we likes to call it). This is a first for us, but we have taken on board our client’s brief and have almost finished transforming what was once an outdoor area like many others in neighbouring properties, into an impressive outside living and dining space.

We’ve used beautiful cedar fencing, not only stylish but very durable for coastal weather conditions, grey slate chippings, backlit topiary sculptures, installed a detachable awning in the shape of a sail, a hammock, and new garden furniture.

And we even commissioned a carpenter to make a bespoke wall box, the front of which drops down rather like a drawbridge so my client can slice lemons to make those all-important G&Ts! We’ve also sourced a BBQ, the like of which I’ve never seen before, complete with holders for champagne glasses to ensure that even the chef gets to enjoy al fresco dining. It just goes to show how a full house refurbishment project can mushroom into the garden refurbishment project, too – our client clearly wanted us to spread our magic dust a little further!

Team news

I’m very happy to announce two new members to the team: an office manager as well as another talented designer who will be joining us this month. To welcome her, we went to Decorex International 2015, an unrivalled collection of exhibitors from across the world of interior design, and were all inspired by the very latest in luxury design – more of what we found later.

Norwich news

We are working on many different styles of property in the city at the moment, everything from Georgian to Edwardian to eco homes, including a number located on the very stylish Newmarket Road. One of our clients has asked us to design and refurbish three bathrooms; come up with new ideas for both the adult area and children’s lounge areas; and look at both of the children’s bedrooms. For the latter, the products we’re using include Birdcage Walk wallpaper from Nina Campbell, Enchanted Forest and Linden – Willow fabrics from Voyage; Woods & Stars wallpaper from the Whimsical collection at Cole & Sons, and we’ve even adding a little owl table lamp to help this little very special little girl settle in to her new home. We’re also looking at the master bedroom (here we will be knocking through to the neighbouring room to create a dressing room); the staircase (where we’ve used Roger Oates rugs and runners), landing and hall (where we’ve used a Titley and Marr door curtains in charcoal - paisley ground). We’ve also created some rugs edged in herringbone to coordinate with the stunning sofas and chairs we’ve having made by John Sankey – the fabrics are beautiful but will be highly durable, which is very fitting for a family home.

While we were at Decorex we spotted some fantastic light designs and we all agreed how perfect they would be for this particular project – the client was thrilled! Each room definitely has its own identity and by using Farrow & Ball paint in Elephant’s Breath and Skimming Stone as well as various shades of grey and lots of lovely textures, the rooms will flow from one to another seamlessly. An important point to make is that everything is drawn to scale through careful planning of this project, giving consideration to every space, however large or small each room may be. We’re completing all the designs and coordination and supply of products and trades for this project, much of which will be complete pre Christmas.

Bringing cgi to interior design

We’re also working on computer generated designs (also known as virtual rooms) for a property developer in central Norwich whose beautiful apartment will soon be launched on the market for sale in the region of £1million. I’ve been asked to use my skills in this way to help show potential purchasers just how amazing this open plan living space
could be. I’m also designing for two more brand new developments in the city on behalf of clients who want to give their new homes a more personal feel. It
really is non-stop at Paula Gundry Interiors.

And finally

You know what I was saying about one thing leading to another? Well, our designs for the bedrooms of a hotel on the east coast are coming along so well that the clients have asked us to look at another of their hotels!

Gosh I almost forgot

I took part in the Great North Run this month too, not quite sure how I fitted it in, but loved every minute of it. What an amazing event, I can’t wait to run again next year.

This column is sponsored by Paula Gundry Interiors. You can contact Paula Gundry on 01603 628007, 93 Unthank Road, Norwich, NR2 2PE. www.paulagundryinteriors.co.uk

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