A decorative design studio established in 2014 by Founder and Creative Director, Lucy Cunningham, who lives in the Hampshire countryside with her husband and two sons. Layers of the unexpected set Lucy’s refined English aesthetic apart. The contemporary and the classic are blended seamlessly and skillfully, with longevity rather than passing trends in mind. Greatly skilled with print, which she applies with a peaceful elegance, Lucy draws influence from art, travel, nature and a variety of cultures and eras to inform her vision. Impeccably sourced Ikats, Kantha and Suzanis may be teamed with historically inspired designs, there are no rules. It’s this boundless curiosity and sensitivity that allows her to create beautifully considered homes rich with character and warmth.
This is what I am after – comfort and a vast range of influences that make it a bit unexpected and challenging.
“Discovered through Instagram, we were tasked by our clients to design a home to be the antithesis of a traditional northeast home (where they were moving from). The couple chose to refresh the home, originally built in 1955, as a way to breathe new life—and sneak an extra bedroom—into their space. When it came to the initial mood board, capturing a sense of cheerfulness and familiarity through the use of color was top of mind. With one heading a public art organization, integration of artful interiors and color was paramount. We designed the home with outspoken wallpaper selections and color combos that celebrate life.”
Definitely packing a punch with a riot of colour and bold pattern clash this home in Coral Gables, Florida is by Miami-based design firm Bunsa Studio.
Photography by Nicole Franzen
“Our Baxter project was a careful modernization of a 1904 classic California bungalow. Ceramics, matte finishes, natural materials and uncovering of expansive views drove the design. A central artery of millwork allowed us to create generous storage where it had previously been lacking. A custom bookshelf climbs two stories to house an extensive literature collection. The kitchen and closets were designed for ease of use and hiding of clutter. The light fixtures were hand made by local ceramic artist Heather Levine.”
A fun and fresh family home with tons of storage and bags of style. Baxter House by Emily Farnham Architecture.
Photography by Trevor Smith
“Instilled with a European sensibility, East End Residence combines a delicacy in refined detail, together with a complete reimagining of the interior to anchor itself in place for many years to come. Set within Adelaide’s heritage East End precinct, the original home sits as a relatively contemporary insertion, yet lacked purpose. Drawing from an original connection to an artisanal approach and the weaving of industry, the home becomes a reawakening of both opportunity and place. The underlying focus hones in on creating a realignment to the surrounds, reinforcing views out toward the parklands as well as enhancing movement throughout.”
An urban oasis with a zen-like luxury. East End Residence by Adelaide-based Williams Burton Leopardi.
“We worked closely with the clients and the architect to bring this Bondi property to life and ensure it was a space that was reflective, not only of its surroundings but also of the young family who would be inhabiting it. From the relaxed rendered walls to the amazing marble and joinery details, the home is a masterpiece in architectural details and personality.”
With a focus on detail and finishes, a seamless transition between indoor and out and the needs of modern family living Blair St by Sydney-based interior design practice Frankly is beautifully tailored to the clients’ dreams.
Architecture by CS Architects
Photography by Dave Wheeler