A London Townhouse
in the quiet leafy roads between Wandsworth and Clapham Commons
has been transformed by Jacquie Lund's team of designers and technical
used to working on large projects but this house represented a real
challenge," explains Jacquie. " There are a lot of similar
sized houses in this area and many of them feel cramped and airless.
I wanted to make this house full of light and give it a sense of
house is Jacquie's home and she has used all her skill and experience
as a professional manager to successfully complete the project.
entrance door opens onto a long hall leading into a large kitchen
area with wide, double aspect sliding doors that help to make the
outside courtyard part of the atmosphere. "The previous owners
used what is now the kitchen as a living/dining area and their kitchen
was tucked away at the end," explains Jacquie. "But I
wanted a large kitchen as I like to entertain guests and when the
family is around we spend a lot of time here."
was able to open up the area by inserting a steel frame so there
were no barriers to the garden view. The kitchen design began with
the tall cupboards each side of the fireplace which are original
to the home. She installed new cupboards that keyed in with them
and painted them in ivory. In the middle of the kitchen is a large
island unit with a granite top, two sinks and a waste disposal,
there is also room underneath for a dishwasher and storage. "People
say, why do I need so much storage?" says Jacquie, "The
answer is because you can never have enough. This is particularly
true if, like me, you hold buffet parties for thirty of forty people.
You need a lot of space for all the dishes and bowls!"
comes from the States so she regards a large fridge as a necessity.
She ordered one from American Appliances and is very impressed by
the range they offer and their level of service. The kitchen is
finished off with a floor of French oak from Campbell Marson.
dining room leads off the hall and here Jacquie has chosen a raspberry
red colour to decorate the walls and the cabinets made by Thistle
Joinery. This gives the room a warm, intimate atmosphere especially
appropriate for candle-lit suppers. Jacquie has placed her books
on the cabinet's bookshelves so the room also has the feel of a
library, albeit a very stylish one.
first floor, Jacquie has her sitting room which features an unusual
chess set made for her by the Parson School of Design in her native
California. She had it framed to make a table that forms the centrepiece
to a room full of art and decorative items she found on her travels
round the world. "Everything in this house has a story."
up the house we come to the scene of a clever alteration that created
a large living area from what was formerly the attic. In order to
complete the work the builders took off the roof. This sounds like
a major undertaking, as Jacquie says "People told me I was
mad to take off the roof, but it only cost a little more than re-roofing
the house." The results speak for themselves; Jacquie created
a bedroom, bathroom and home office in what might otherwise have
been confined space.
light from roof skylights floods the area and there is a feel of
space created by the glass wall from the home office onto the landing.
The high wall at the head of the stairs is the perfect place for
a picture gallery. She used a hanging specialist and is very glad
she did. "It took hours to select the pieces from over fifty
pictures and position them so they all go together. You could never
do it yourself, it would take a million years!" laughs Jacquie.
main bedroom has a soft, soothing atmosphere enhanced by the caramel
colours of the fabric on the curtains and headboard. The room is
also remarkable for its absence of clutter as Jacquie says, "I've
used every available space in the house to create storage space.
It's said to be an American characteristic; but it's true. I find
it much easier to marshall my thought processes when working in
an uncluttered environment. It's strange because when I am working
on a project and visiting the site every day, I am surrounded by
a mess. But once you've ordered everything and you arrive at the
end, it's not a good idea to have stuff lying around."
has created an individual house in an area becoming increasingly
popular with families moving out of flats across the river to gain
more space. She has cleverly maximised the spacious potential of
her house and flooded it with light.
in her kitchen.
works on private commissions, co-ordinating, managing and designing
projects ranging from smaller works to projects of several million
pounds. She charges by the hour rather than as a percentage of the
budget. Her clients are time-conscious professionals, or people
living abroad, who are very happy to delegate the project to her
from architect designs to completed works and final professional
can create contemporary or traditional interiors according to the
wishes of her clients. Contact her on 07976 412840 or firstname.lastname@example.org
typical South London home uses its interior space to maximum advantage.
kitchen has double aspect glass doors opening onto the courtyard.
sitting room with chess set table.
home office looking onto the picture gallery.
main bedroom has a soothing atmosphere.
sunken bath with limestone surround.
by Hutchinson Design
01608 68 4455
worktops by Terry Coppin 07951 717308
Folding doors by I.D. Systems 01603 408804
Oak flooring by Campbell Marson 020 8879 1909
by The American Appliance
by Thistle Joinery
by PWP 020 7627 1313
bath surround by Terry Coppin 07951 717308