Overlooking London’s prestigious Regent’s Park is a recently revamped townhouse with interiors which have formed a very compatible marriage between contemporary and timeless. Credit due to the eponymous Louise Bradley Design Studio, which was founded almost three decades ago with a focus on bespoke luxury interior design worldwide.
“The studio combines exacting standards with a warmth and informality which makes the whole process enjoyable and rewarding,” says self-taught designer and founder of the brand, Louise Bradley.
“The resulting spaces are ultimately beautiful, supremely functional and a true reflection of each client’s needs and aspirations.”
Inspired by the rich historical significance of the townhouse, the studio’s aspiration to design the space stemmed from a need to preserve its past.
“We were inspired firstly by its heritage - it’s a Grade I listed property with remarkable architectural detail, which we had to preserve, working hand in hand with English heritage,” explains Bradley.
“Secondly, we were inspired by the property’s location in one of London’s most prestigious neighbourhoods, overlooking Regent’s Park.
While the history and location hold so much prestige and reputation, we also had to ensure that our interiors would create a comfortable home for its residents, combining the classic aesthetic with contemporary design.”
Exuding a sense of calm and elegance, the home features a neutral colour palette throughout with a delicate combination of organic materials, high-quality furniture and precious antiques.
The floorings of the abode comprise a mix of timbre and stone with silk carpets; there is natural wood, upholstered items and a linen wallpaper in the drawing room made with an array of organic fabrics, which have been intricately designed by craftsmen in the UK; the bathrooms feature beautiful marble slabs sourced from Italy and ‘her’ dressing room in the master bedroom is graced with nature-inspired, hand-painted botanical wallcoverings.
“We have been championing the classic contemporary aesthetic and a neutral colour palette as the heart and soul of our design style, since starting the practice,” expresses Bradley.
“The classic contemporary aesthetic provides a timeless solution for interiors, unfettered by passing trends.
For every client, the balance between the classic and contemporary elements of the design is different and it might mean working with original features of the property, introducing antiques found in our favourite Parisian markets, or contemporising the space with interesting textures and surface finishes.”
The selection of paint shades and fabric hues used for the palette have been handpicked by the studio. “Although they are neutral, they are vibrant with various textures and tones, often taking inspiration from nature.”
The home is proof that it’s all about detail. “Adding contemporary elements to the interior is an interplay of subtleties and detail - often a slight tweak of the shape of the sofa will change its character, in the same way as playing with proportions will.”
Many of the furniture pieces are bespoke, as well as personalised pieces from the studio’s collection.
Artwork is dotted throughout the space, sourced from Roman Black Gallery, Cadogan Contemporary Art Gallery and Alon Zakaim Fine Art.
A selection of chic chandeliers have been sourced from London-based Guinevere Antiques to complement the design scheme.
Paying homage to the remarkable home’s heritage, the aesthetic has been carefully curated by maintaining a muted yet rich colour palette while honouring the property’s authentic layout, staircase and fireplaces.
The bookcases in the study have been designed in a dark walnut shade with concealed decorative lighting which is reminiscent of the original fixtures.
“The location overlooking Regent’s Park is key to the design of the property,” says Bradley. “The beautiful large windows with amazing views over the park meant it was important to look at the floor plan and a colour scheme that made the most of the spectacular views; to achieve this, we opted for soft muted colours that would complement the different seasons.”
Intertwining heritage with modern luxury, the historic London townhouse truly is a revived design marvel. louisebradley.co.uk
Images courtesy of Louise Bradley Studio
From the Summer 2020 issue of Harper's BAZAAR Interiors