A slow-designed home

A slow-designed home A slow-designed home

Suzy’s own home in west London shows that she practises what she preaches: layered, laid-back design that evolves naturally over time.

When it came to designing her own home, Suzy had the luxury of time on her side; she’s allowed it to evolve gradually over a number of years, filling it with pieces she loves and layering them instinctively. It represents all the things her studio does best, unfolding in a ‘slow design’ style.

Suzy’s first task when her family moved into the Victorian property was to restore it to its original state, replacing cornicing and skirtings. The house was quite dark, so she worked with an architect to open up the ground-floor rooms.

With this authentic canvas in place, Suzy saw an opportunity to add bright, surprising contrasts. A vibrant yellow doorway between the living room and library frames the neutral walls and pops against the cobalt-blue kitchen at the rear of the house. The vibrant pattern of a Pierre Frey fabric, covering a pair of vintage armchairs, echoes the bold design of two early 20th-century Chinese rugs.

Suzy designed certain areas around treasured pieces, including the kitchen, where a set of ten vintage Hans J Wegner chairs is teamed with a bespoke ash dining table from Another Country. This room is the heart of the house, with cooking and entertaining often in progress.

For a human touch, Suzy has hung beloved artworks by the likes of Gary Hume and Gerald Laing around the rooms, along with dashes of quirky print and pattern.

This is a home that works hard, but does so in the most lighthearted way.

Duration
4 years
Location
London
‘Suzy’s gift for interior design devotion to Modernist furniture and genuine love for Scandinavian and French textiles makes her house as spirited as it is beautiful.’ House & Garden
A slow-designed home A slow-designed home