Tuesday, January 12, 2016

White space pt 1

An all white space done well is a timeless classic - crossing styles and periods. It is at once simple and soothing, but also layered and varied. Such is the case in the beautiful London home of designer Catherine Woram and her husband, architect Michael Bains. A large Victorian with classical details, decorated exclusively in white throughout, with very little exception. Together they meticulously renovated the space, restoring some of the original Victorian features, and adding details like the tumbled herringbone flooring. Catherine has collected many of the pieces over time from thrift shops and car boot sales - but the neutral monotone colour scheme makes it all effortlessly coordinated. This house boasts an unexpected twist at the back, with a thoroughly modern renovation. Clean lined and light filled, it opens right out to the backyard. 

Another twist to this all white space is that, while it is a functioning family home, it is also a fully rentable photoshoot space that has been used by companies such as Laura Ashley and Marks and Spencer. With its large five metre kitchen island it has been host to celebrity chefs such as Antonio Carlucci and Jamie Oliver. Pippa Middleton used the space recently as the setting for some of the images in her book, Celebrate. Proving once again that an all white space is always the perfect backdrop.

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