The gardens, large entertaining rooms, sumptuously appointed bedrooms, gym/ballet studio, and cinema/family room all reflect Alison Henry’s classic sense of laid-back glamour.
Playing with an almost monochromatic white scheme, Henry brought in characterful layers of texture with white oiled oak floorboards, white chalk finished walls, pale grey silk rugs, handpicked antiques, bespoke crystal Murano chandeliers and French style carved marble fireplaces.
The garden itself has the feel of a living room within a home, appointed with classical metal furniture topped with soft buttoned cushions, a low lounge seating area around a carved gas fireplace, sun loungers, a breakfast area and bespoke Officine Gullo barbecue set up in keeping with the kitchen’s design.
When this project began, it was clear to the designer that the ‘Alice in Wonderland’ gardens – ancient Wisteria included – needed to be saved.
From there, the AHD team stripped the buildings down to their bare bones, rebuilt and reappointed them in handsome, historically relevant detailing.
In this way she has remained true to the original building’s history, while bringing it into the 21st century and making it a family home.
It is both a place for relaxing en famille and for gathering friends and family for serious entertaining.
It is modern and dynamic while remaining true to its proud historic roots as a classic Belgravia home.
For Alison Hentry, one of the many pleasures of refurbishing the Belgravia house was working in both a classical and contemporary design language.