Close your eyes and try to imagine your idea of the quintessentially English country home. Mine has boot rooms and sculleries, flagstones and wood burners, antiques and quirky family treasures. There are bedrooms under the eaves, beams and hopefully a roll top bath. Of course there would be a big kitchen diner with room for a sofa or two and a snug for those chilly nights. The thing is I don’t have to close my eyes. I just have to drink in these photos of The Stables by hám interiors. Can’t get much more English… oh maybe a chocolate labrador lying by the fire.
This Victorian home located in Streatham, South West London is an absolute dream. The fireplaces, original moldings and plasterwork, the painted wooden floorboards, the shutters….all of these details give me heart palpitations. I am a bit disappointed about the modern kitchen = something more in keeping with the period of the house would have been much more pleasing to the eye. But I’ll forgive the homeowners because OMG this home has a summerhouse in the backyard. !!!!! Via jj Locations.
I say it week after week but it’s true. If you have to drag your sorry self into work on a weekend it better be somewhere stylish. I would love to be surrounded by as much colour and fun as the creatives who work in Masquespacio‘s studio.
Photography by Bruno Almela
Home offices often have a bad reputation as dreary, neglected spaces, reserved for dreaded hours of endless emails and piles of unsightly paperwork. There’s no doubt that a dull interior can make working at home feel tedious and uninspiring. A statement desk can be the perfect piece to base your room decor around, and is a worthwhile investment in combining style and practicality to provide a work surface as well as a storage solution. Here are 5 stunning desks from for 5 different interior styles:
Bring a touch of the Swedish country style interior with this . Dating to around 1780, the desk features a slant-front which drops down to provide a work surface. Behind the drop are several banks of stepped drawers – ideal for storing writing equipment – alongside two disguised document drawers which slide out from either side of the central compartment. Below the writing surface are five larger drawers which sit on the original shaped bracket base. The desk retains its original brass hardware fittings and has a distressed wood finish. £5,200
Hollywood regency style is characterised by its drama and opulence, and this fits the bill perfectly. Handmade in Italy, a black mirrored surface and brass linear accents creates a stark contrast and a sleek finish. Two joint drawers with brakes are pulled out from the face of the desk by mirrored handles. The mirroring continues on the edges of the drawers, which are crafted from a rich dark wood. This desk sits on pointed brass legs, which are both elegant and functional in their resistance. £2,900
Campaign desks were originally used by officers on military campaign, designed in a way which made them easy to transport. This striking from the 1950s features metal hardware along its pedestals and desktop, which is covered with the original tooled leather top. Originating from England, the desk is a fantastic storage solution with eight drawers as well as a large middle drawer; the top three drawers are also fitted with locks. The gold-tone hardware is emphasised by the desk’s deep mahogany, which is elevated by the eye-catching high bracket base. £4,200
A truly unique piece, this has been designed in the style of 20th century modern furniture designer, Milo Baughman. A lucite box forms the work surface, sitting on a white lacquered desk in a contemporary finish. Inside the box is a display of white porcelain flowers scattered across a velvet backdrop, co-produced by artists Alicia Kowalski and Patricia Kagan. The organic feel is juxtaposed with the industrial chrome ‘X’ base of the desk, as well as a chrome hexagonal handle on the single drawer. £2,300
Furniture designer Donald Deskey played a vital role in the ‘Streamline Moderne’ design movement, which emphasised curving forms and long horizontal lines. This is one of Deskey’s more masculine pieces, with a rectilinear design in the lacquered surface and base, as well the cast monel draw handles. Black lacquer is drastically contrasted by the walnut burl two-tone finish of the desk. Four of the drawers are graduated in size and a broader drawer sits above the knee hole. £4,600
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