A dark boutique-style retreat in North London

Posted on Fri, 13 Oct 2017 by KiM

I am so grateful Sue Miller of Mad Cow Interiors contacted me because I am absolutely in love with her dark, eclectic style. Sue is a colour, pattern and texture enthusiast (her home was featured in Abigail Ahern’s book Colour) and this is very evident in this North London boutique retreat project. I don’t typically lead off a post with a bedroom but in this case it is the icing on the cake. The path was cleared for Mad Cow to collaborate with a specialist to relocate & redesign the kitchen. We added bathrooms you’d want to melt into and created storage solutions without compromising the flow of space. The sunken living room was extended and dug out to create drama out of those awkward Victorian half landings and in keeping with our signature style, every room featured different floor finishes and striking wall treatments. We designed & decorated reclaimed barn wood into bed headboards and had the furniture custom made specifically. On top of all this, we layered curated art & vintage finds selected from various travels and we used photographic prints framed from our own collection of work. The finished result has all the luxury of a boutique hotel but with a characterful homely touch. With its crisp Egyptian Cotton bed linens and towels, its complete range of dinner service, crockery and utilities. Every inch of this home is to die for!! I love it Sue!!!

Karen says:

Quite stunning and truly original love – 1 critique – when painting the ceilings a few shades lighter and would feel a bit more open.

Would love to see some of the paper on the ceiling

xavier says:

Love the bedroom

Suzanne Melton says:

I love everything about this but, MOSTLY, I love the outhouse privy (fourth photo up)!

We have an Old West bedroom/bathroom but couldn't figure out how to make the toilet look like the inside of an outhouse.

Great job. I love how you (or the designers) are doing so many dark rooms.

raj khan says:

it is really impressive

Åsa, Gothenburg says:

I just love this! I guess to have a home like this one has to go all in, not only a room or two-

elise says:

are mad cow and abigail ahern the same person?

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