Historic Chelsea Townhouse
Built in 1714 for the Duchess of Hamilton, Mark was appointed to undertake a complete redesign and refurbishment of this Grade II listed townhouse in the heart of Chelsea. Spread across four floors the accommodation boasts such original features as the pickled pine panelling in the drawing room and further panelling to the dining room, snug, and stairs.
Whilst it was primarily an historical restoration, Mark’s designs for the house allow its original spirit to shine whilst through decoration schemes the house has been brought right up to date for a young, cosmopolitan family in 21st century London.
Specialist painters from Switzerland created lacquer finishes to the original panelling, with the sitting room in a Chinese Red, the dining room in a textured, warm, ‘aged-pearl’, and the original drawing room pickled-pine panelling preserved and restored, to provide a backdrop to important antique pieces, bespoke upholstery, and bold 1970’s artwork, all sourced by Mark.
The bedrooms and bathrooms were gutted and the services and layouts updated. Book-matched marbles, and mosaic linings to the showers, are typical of the high level of detail Mark brings to projects.
The former coal-store was incorporated into the basement layout to create an additional bathroom suite.
The well planted and established garden, with its unusual swimming pool, was tidied-up and garden furniture incorporated into the scheme.