House extension and renovation

House extension and renovation

A family house extension and renovation in North London

Although this terraced house in North London had three bedrooms, Adriana and her husband wanted more space to be able to host family and friends. The house was set over two narrow floors and one small loft. The ground floor was quite dark and the biggest inconvenience was the internal walls blocking the flow of light. Besides the light, the walls also blocked the vision of the garden.

They wanted to connect the garden with the interior of the house. At the same time, they wished to keep the rooms as opened and bright as possible. Adriana was dreaming about a big beautiful space to spend time with her family and friends.

Additionally, they also needed a loft extension to add a new bedroom to the property. With the loft extension, they will enjoy a great master bedroom on that floor.

house extension

When I met Adriana I understood her biggest concern. As the ground floor was so narrow, she had no idea about how to distribute the open area. She knew she wanted a big sofa, an island in the kitchen and a dining area close to the garden. However, she didn’t know how to make it work and how to make the most of the space.

She also needed help to design the space of her kid’s bedroom and her master bedroom in the new extended loft.

Regarding the style, they loved contemporary and bright rooms with Nordic warm vibes.

When I created the mood board, I had into account using materials and textures to give warmth to the rooms. At the same time, I wanted to improve the amount of light in every room, so mirrors and reflective materials were a must.

interior design mood board
Open plan ground floor

The ground floor was the most important space for them. They wanted to keep it as open and as big as possible. In order to achieve this, the only walls planned on this floor were the ones that enclose the bathroom.

Another requirement was to be able to see the tv from every corner of the open plan. They wanted to use the tv in the living room and, in other times, in the dining room or kitchen.

After thinking about the design and layout of the ground floor, we decided to separate the living room from the dining room with a tv stand furniture. This way, the tv stand creates a difference between areas, allowing open space and visual communication at the same time. Also, it would be easy for them to rotate the television to one side or another, depending on their needs.

To make a difference between areas, we thought about putting wooden boards covering the living room wall. This way, we added warmth to the open plan and visually make a distinction between the living room and the rest.

While these wooden boards keep the areas separated in a visual way, the line stripes on the ceiling create a connection in the whole space.

In the end, the layout of the ground floor resulted welcoming and spacious. The L shape sofa is inviting you to sit and get comfortable. The way to the kitchen is clear and you even can see the garden from the entrance.

Something special about the dining area is the glass showcase on the floor. Adriana and her husband had this idea in mind. They wanted this place in the floor to put elements with sentimental value in a decorative way.

house extension
Kid’s bedroom

Besides the ground floor design, Adriana also needed help with the bedrooms. We decided to follow the same neutral warm palette for all the rooms of the house. White mixed with neutral tones and wood.

Regarding the bedrooms, they wanted simple and practical guest bedrooms. For their little girl, they required a beautiful room where she can have her space to sleep but also to play.

The Nordic style bed is the main element in the kid’s bedroom. A small table, a storage box, and one closet is all the furniture the little girl needed in her room.

home renovation - kids room

I designed and painted a botanical mural in one of the walls of the kid’s bedroom. Adriana wanted something special for this room and together we decided that a handpainted mural will add texture and colour.

We decided a botanical theme because it looks beautiful for a little kid’s bedroom, but also, will be appropriate in the future for a teenager.

Before painting the mural, I created some sketches to study the overall shape. At the same time, I did a colour palette selection of green and pink colours to use in the mural.

home renovation - kids room
Loft extension and master bedroom

Adriana and her husband wanted a comfortable bedroom on the top floor of their house. The loft extension allowed a big master bedroom, one dressing area, and one bathroom.

Placing the bed behind the sloped ceiling was a good idea to make this space look more cozy and intimate. One side table and a chest of drawers function as storage and decorative elements for this room.

The wallpaper behind the chest of drawers gives different tones of the colour palette that we were using while emphasizes the tranquil mood we wanted to achieve.

master bedroom - loft extension

The bedroom is divided from the dressing room by the closet. Useful shelves for shoes and accessories are in the corners of the dressing room. In this area, the main element is a dressing table with a round mirror hanging on the wall.

The different textures and soft colours play an important role in the design.

The same wallpaper used behind the chest of drawers is also covering the right wall of the room. The wallpaper unifies both areas and contributes to create an intimate mood giving warmth and interest to the whole space.

master bedroom - loft extension

“My biggest concern was to create a beautiful and practical room where we could spend time with family and friends. The living room and dining room seemed impossible to conect in a practical way that worked for all of us. Talking and working with Tania was the key to solve all of our problems!”

Adriana

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Open-plan transformation

Open-plan transformation

An apartment in Highgate cleverly renovated.

The design of this open-plan area in a 2 bedroom apartment in North London was a beautiful adventure. 

Ready for a fresh start, Julia and her husband decided to renovate their flat. They wished to maximize the space and to get the home they always wanted. When they moved into their new home, they already knew that they needed to change the space. They wanted to create something special for their family. 

After our initial meeting, I realized that they had a very clear idea of what they wanted to achieve with the renovation. A big space to spend time with family an friends was a must. For that, an open plan seemed the best solution. They both agreed in the style they wanted to achieve: a contemporary style. However, Julia was concerned about getting a “too plain and cold” mood with an excessive modern look. For her, it was important to create that coziness and warmth that keeps you comfortable at home.

Once I had a better understanding of the space, their preferences and personalities, I started working in a mood board. It showed initial ideas about the style and the mood we were expecting to achieve for their renovated flat.

Open plan - Mood board


My proposal for the open plan was to go for a simple Scandinavian style with the touch of luxurious elements. A neutral colour palette will unify the whole apartment. 

The renovation consisted of changing the layout of the flat in order to achieve a new open area. This new open area was composed of a big kitchen with an island, a dining area, and living room.  

The main goal was to keep it open, but at the same time, having the possibility to separate the living room from the rest when needed. Besides that, Julia and her husband wanted to have an extendable dining table to host at least 10 people during weekends and parties at home.

These 2 petitions were quite challenging for that space. However, I was positive that we could find a great solution to fulfill their needs.

open plan kitchen

Before they expected, I came up with a solution. I provided Julia with a detailed floorplan showing exactly how everything would fit and where to put the furniture to make the most of the space.

The shape of the layout and the position of the windows guided the whole open-plan design. The L open shape was very convenient. It provided more intimacy for the living room and a big space to host the kitchen and dining area.

I also provided an initial idea of how the materials and textures worked together in their space. They wanted tiles in the kitchen area and wooden floors for the rest of the flat. My proposal was to highlight the kitchen with the tiles and also, lowering the ceiling in the same area. This would help to create a subtle differentiation between different areas.

Open plan - Layout design

With the detailed floorplan, they were able to have a better understanding of the space. Together we discussed the different options to achieve the ideas they had in mind.

The key element to be able to separate the living room from the rest was a glass folding panel. This kind of panels are so trendy now, and they also make a great function when well designed. In this case, it was very appropriate. It could separate the living room or, create an open plan allowing an extended big table for big dinner parties.

They were excited about all the ideas. However, they wanted to see how it would look and how the design and the glass folding panel would work.

Check this other project where I also used a glass panel to separate spaces: A small warehouse turned into a comfy studio
Open plan - Dining area

With all the ideas, initial drawings, mood boards, and concept, the design was ready to go into detail. I started working on the 3D images to be able to see how the distribution, the materials, and furniture worked together.

I always tell my clients that the best moment to make changes and to explore ideas is the designing time. If you have plenty of time for the design process, you will be able to see the best options and as a result, you will obtain the perfect home for you.
Open plan - Living room

Separating the living room from the rest with the folding panel brings privacy to that room. It also keeps the light and the open sensation in the whole space thanks to the glass.

The living room is a small retreat where they could relax reading a book, having a nice chat or watching tv. For that, the living room has 2 different areas. One reading area, with books on hand and direct light to read at night, and one living area with a large sofa and the tv conveniently placed.

The neutral and appealing tones compose the whole design, creating a monochrome home with rich textures and subtle contrast. In the living room, the contrast appears between the bright scene and the dark armchair, folding panel and cushions. At the same time, the golden pendant light and the marble and the golden coffee table give sophistication to the design.

Open plan - Living room

The glass folding panel not only has a practical function. It works as well as an important beautiful decorative element. It is one of the main elements since it stands out and can be seen from any angle of the open-plan area.

Once opened, the folding panel separates the living room from the rest. With this option, the available space for a dining table is 4 comfortably seatings. However, folding the panel, the space gets bigger. This allows extending the table and to host 10 people in the open plan area.

We also thought about the pendant light. To avoid a weird looking light in one of the corners of the table, we came up with an idea. The solution was to add a small hook in the ceiling. This way, they are able to hang the light up in there when they are using the extended table.

Another important element of the design in the scene is the bookshelf. It frames the dining table and creates the visual transition between the dining room and the living room. It also adds pops of colour with the books in the whole open area.

The final design is practical, contemporary and cozy at the same time, exactly what Julia and her husband wanted.

In the 3D images, it is so easy to understand the space and to refine the design making modifications in a fast way. I created some visual alternatives for the kitchen floor and worktops, different furniture options, and some different colours and patterns for the walls. 

Open plan Kitchen and dining room

Everything was cristal clear now and all they needed was to start.

I finally provided them with all the information about the design project. 3D images, drawings, layouts, furniture list to buy the products online, and all they needed to make it happen.

My work was all done, and after that, I followed up with them a couple of times to see how they were doing. Everything seems to be working great and they are now enjoying their renovated home a lot!



“I loved working with Tania. She came out with clever ideas for our space! It was so helpful to get advice from a professional designer before actually making the decision to buy.”

Julia

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Warehouse conversion

Warehouse conversion into a small studio

A warehouse turned into a comfy small studio in Madrid center.

From a 30m2 warehouse, this project was about maximising and transforming the available space to create a beautiful contemporary studio in the center of Madrid.

When Alvaro bought this place, it was a small warehouse with concrete floors, broken windows and bare ceilings. You couldn’t see a habitable space in there, but he was determined to transform that warehouse into a 1 bedroom studio.

The initial goal was to create a small but comfy apartment with kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom and bathroom in 30m2. All of it in a practical and economical way. Challenging for sure, but not impossible!

brick wall

We noticed the potential of the existent brick wall right away, and we both agreed to develop the design around this beautiful feature. It was the key element that unified and gave personality to the whole space.

Without even thinking about it, the style was already defined. An industrial-chic style softened with some nordic elements would be perfect for this space and its purpose.

The red brick wall was already very powerful. We needed to keep the rest of the space bright in order to make it look bigger and neat. Light grey floors and white walls created contrast with the brick wall and black elements, like windows and glass panel. The windows are in the most important wall of the studio (the brick wall). They need to be beautiful and to have a design according to the rest of the place.

small studio

Although it was a small space, Alvaro wanted to create all the possible comforts required in an apartment. A comfortable and stylish bathroom, an area to chill, a place to enjoy food and a space to rest.

The warehouse consisted of a small corridor that led to a squared room. Dividing this square between living areas and the bedroom was a good idea to start the design.

We agreed to the overall distribution and now we needed to think about how to separate the different areas. It was important to think about the light. The room only had windows on the brick wall to illuminate the whole space.

Creating a wall to divide the bedroom from the rest was not a good idea. The bedroom would look tiny and the kitchen and living area would be quite small as well. Thinking about the design, I wanted to add not to subtract.

warehouse converted into a small studio

The best solution to divide the space was a glass panel. It would allow some privacy and yet would create the feeling of a larger space in both areas. This was also essential to get as much light as possible to all the rooms.

In addition to that, the panel reinforced the industrial style we were looking for the design of the apartment.

At that point, the layout was clear and the main elements decided. Now was time to focus on the style and the general mood to continue defining the different areas of the studio.

Check this other project to see more ideas with glass panel to separate spaces: Open-plan transformation
small studio kitchen

The kitchen

The best location for the kitchen and dining area was in the middle of the studio. Seemed quite logical that the bedroom was located at the back and the living area in the left corner.

The design of the kitchen, alined with the wall, contains everything necessary for 2 people. The vintage fridge, the chalk wall, the white tiles, and the metal extractor, emphasize the style and give personality to the studio. Also, the lights play an important role in creating the mood.

The dining table is the central and dynamic point of the studio, with space up to 6 people.

small studio

Living area

In one side, the living area has of a nordic style sofa and a side table. Both highlighted with a gallery wall background of frames and warm colour drawings.

The gallery wall creates interest and coziness to this corner. We played with warm tones, similar to the brick wall colours, on the cushions and paintings.

The different areas are also accentuated by the lamps. The big pendant lamp in the living room is delimiting through the light that area. The same with the pendant lamps above the dining table and the wall lamps in the kitchen.

small apartment in Madrid center

The brick wall unifies the space, but the elements and furniture are responsible for visually separating the different areas.

In the left corner, two more cabinets continue from the kitchen to cover the wide of that wall in a visual way. The cabinets work as storage and living room furniture as well, framing the TV integrated into the wall.

We wanted to keep it simple. At the same time create interest and make different areas as comfortable and practical as possible. A beautiful stylish design is equally important than a practical and well-designed space.

small apartment

The bathroom

The bathroom was designed to be as comfortable as possible. To keep the same style in the whole studio, we used hydraulic tiles on the floor and one wall. To create contrast and make this room brighter, we use white tiles for the rest.

It is vital to keep a coherence between the different rooms or areas in the same apartment. Especially in a small studio like this one.

The basin cabinet goes from the basin to the floor to make the most of that space. The main goal of this project was to maximize the space keeping it simple and clear.

Just as the windows needed to look great and beautiful in the brick wall – the most important feature in the studio- the same happened with the switches.

The importance is in the details. This is so important, that something as simple as a switch can make a big difference.

These vintage style switches were the perfect ones for the brick wall. They remark even more the industrial style with the black metal pipe that covers the wire.

small apartment 1 bedroom

The bedroom

Behind the glass panel, a king-size bedroom is the main character. The pendant lights in both sizes enclose the bed. Also, the small simple detail of a plant in the middle creates a focal point and interest to the background in a simple and elegant way.

We used a black stool as one side table. Some big framed paintings on the other side to break the symmetry.

Cleverly located, a good size closet is in the corner next to the glass panel and aligned with the wall. It allows plenty of storage and it is visually pleasant from all points of the studio.

It was important to keep things simple.

In small places like this one, it is essential to use minimal concepts to make the room appear bigger and clean. What makes the difference is to make the most of the space thinking about every detail of the design. How things will be used, the best way of placing objects and how elements interact with each other.

This project was beautiful and special since the beginning. The building told us the style and the space gave us guidance for the layout and the design. We just focussed on the details to make it perfect.


“Tania understood what I wanted to achieve better than I did. Her vision of the space and her ideas to make the most of it were invaluable for the project. I knew it was going to look good, but the final result has exceeded my expectations.”

Alvaro

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Family flat renovation

Family flat renovation

A 3 bedroom family flat totally renovated.

This family flat in North London was totally renovated. The main goal of the flat renovation was to make space for an open plan area, two bedrooms, 1 studio, and 2 bathrooms.

Richard and his wife wanted to achieve a modern looking family flat with a hint of exoticism. In our first meeting, they told me that they liked eclectic designs. They wanted to mix the things they loved in a way that worked well in their space. The preferred style for Richard was an industrial style, while his wife was keen for a boho style instead.

I started working in the mood board having into account everything we talk about and their preferences. The idea of mixing styles and create one design with industrial and boho elements was very interesting. I was sure that both styles were going to look amazing.

flat renovation

After a few drawings, pictures and mood board options, we defined the layout, mood, and style. It was important for them to focus the design in a practical living style. Good design needs to be beautiful and personal but also, has to be practical to live in.

Dark tones combined with white and rich textures are key to achieve contrast and get bright spaces at the same time.

We started defining the open area. The best place for the kitchen was one of the corners with the island separating spaces and the dining table following the island. In the other side was the living room with a big sofa as the main element.

To unify the open area in a visual way, we decided to use wallpaper for the main and larger wall of this room. We wanted to use a wallpaper with a beautiful texture to give interest and contrast to this part of the apartment.

flat renovation - kitchen

The design of the kitchen needed to be as practical as possible. The dark floors, the cabinets in dark grey, and the white walls create an elegant timeless look.

The dining area in front of the kitchen follows the same principle. However, it plays with an industrial style table and 2 Nordic style chairs to highlight the modern vibe of the apartment.

The black and golden industrial bookcases on the main wall are in contrast with the boho mirror, rug, and cushions in the living room. This contrast of styles works because all the elements follow the same neutral colour palette.

flat renovation - boho style

For the bedroom, they wanted to achieve plenty of storage, a big bedroom, and a small space to be able to work with the laptop.

The dark frame of the bed, as a central piece, stands out in front of the marble texture wallpaper. The rug also helps to create contrast between the dark floors and as a consequence, it makes the bed stand out even more.

Two different side tables with pendant lamps above them break the symmetry, adding interest to this part of the room.

flat renovation - bedroom design

The available space for the wardrobe was the wall in front of the bed. This wall had a chimney and building structure protruding in its middle area. As a consequence, there were to closets instead of one.

However, anything that at first glance can be an impediment, it can also become an advantage for the design.

We decided to use that middle space to put shelves that can be used to place decorative items and books. Also, the lower shelf made the desk they wanted in this room. This way the desk will be more integrated into the design.

Regarding the kid’s bedroom, they wanted to keep it simple but at the same time putting some fun details in it.

We thought about a white and green colour palette. The main elements in white in contrast with the shelves and soft elements in green.

To create a playfully modern look we needed a beautiful vinyl to make the room stand out. A geometric green bear vinyl was great for this design.

flat renovation - kid's room

In the third room of the apartment, they decided to create a studio to be able to work from home.

A bespoke table with a simple and clever design maximises the available workspace in the studio.

A shelf above the table comes handy for items of regular use. Also, a big bookshelf serves as decoration and practical storage for this room.

flat renovation - studio

The main goal of this flat renovation and the design was to create a realistic and practical flat for a specific family lifestyle.

Sometimes, mixing styles is the best solution to achieve a design that pleases the whole family. If the styles are correctly mixed and the selection of colour palette is the good one for them, it can result in an amazingly beautiful design.


I wasn’t sure about what style worked best for my flat renovation and my family until Tania gave us a few ideas about it. It was very helpful to discuss with her our ideas and needs. She was determined to mix all of our requests and to make something personal and special with it.

Richard

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