Appointed by the owners during the construction of an elegant 6-bedroom home in Sevenoaks, Kent, Andrew Henry Interiors set out to create a home with distinct living spaces for relaxing, socialising, studying and playing. Incorporating their existing Asian influenced furniture and art and the philosophy of traditional Feng Shui, the client wanted to weave their cultural background and heritage into their home. The interior design, therefore, spotlights these existing pieces, whilst complimenting the arts and craft style of this brand new, lavish home. The property showcases LUXE, Andrew Henry Interiors’ elegant, high-end, bespoke service.
Jessica Robins Senior interior designer at Andrew Henry Interiors, comments “We’ve created a space that would make a lasting impression on visitors whilst providing a comfortable, practical home for everyday living. Surprise and dramatic contrast define each space and create a journey of discovery throughout the property and the richness of our designs are also influenced by the property’s historic surroundings. Situated within the exclusive Wildernesse Estate, with a former stately home dating back to 1705 as its centrepiece, we wanted to ensure that this stunning new property also complimented the setting and surroundings.
The design team focused on creating an unforgettable social space in this room, choosing an alternative style that would stand out from the rest of the house.
Transporting the family and their guests from day-to-day life to a spectacular destination, a bespoke bar designed by the lead designer and pink and royal blue booth seating placed against a backdrop of floral wallpaper adding tones of green, ensure eccentric flair. Green velvet bar stools tie in with the wallpaper and a pink oversized neon light adorns this wall space, ensuring plenty of wow factor. Eight individual ceiling pendant lights on brass fittings drop down over the bar, creating evening light that replicates the ambience of a cosmopolitan venue.
Designed to make a stunning first impression, the entrance hall features neutral colours and bespoke pieces to create a bold statement. White marble flooring with a striking black border, designed by Andrew Henry Interiors, frames the space and a multi pendant mesh steel feature light by designer Arturo Alvarez adds further interest and grandeur to the entrance. The stairs and balustrades were stained to match the wood flooring throughout the house and hand painted silk wallpaper was sourced from China, subtly introducing visitors to the oriental references that run through the home.
Formal Living Room
Working with the artwork, coffee table and sideboard supplied by the client, the design team created a sophisticated space for entertaining in this formal living room. Classic style and opulence colour this space with beautiful textured Arte wallpaper used on all the walls and a neutral colour scheme that brings the bright artwork above the fireplace to life. Matching, symmetrical luxurious rugs create further comfort and statement lights have been placed above them, introducing textured glass and brushed gold to the area.
Informal Dining Room
As an everyday space used regularly by the family, it was essential that this room was functional and hard-wearing, whilst remaining connected to the rest of the home. Creating a sense of calm and warmth in contrast to the grandness of the more formal spaces in the property, the design team sourced a high-end, mid-century light that ties in with the clients existing chairs and sideboard and an oversized mirror was placed for Feng Shui reasons, inviting energy into the space and reflecting light from the patio area outside.
Formal Dining Room
The ambitious design team focused on creating a formal dining space with an oriental twist. The beautiful walnut herringbone flooring, which was selected to run through the whole of the downstairs, is softened in this room by a luxurious light grey rug which rests under an inclusive oval dining table. A fluted antique brass chandelier creates a dramatic effect over this social space. Hand painted silk wallpaper sourced from China creates a stunning backdrop and feature wall and compliments the traditional floor lamp supplied by the family. A burst of colour in the luxury silk curtains adds further texture and ties the space together.
This informal living space was designed with an oversized matt olive velvet sofa taking centre stage. Combined with a bespoke Julian Chichester media cabinet and anthracite bifold doors, this is the perfect space for the family to relax in. The client’s own artwork adds colour and quirk to the playful interior.
The design team worked with high-end specialist kitchen company Stoneham to create a luxurious kitchen that is practical but also beautiful, with a stunning, harmonious result. Selecting a veined white marble work top and dark stoned hue kitchen cabinets, the kitchen was elevated to a space to make cooking and socialising a joy. Andrew Henry accessorised the room with striking maroon Juvi beetle counter chairs with matt black legs.
Andrew Henry Interiors selected a soothing colour palette here, introducing a scattering of warm maroon in rich textures. Again, this room has a subtle oriental influence projected by existing furniture, which has been combined with modern pieces to work with the style of the house, creating a cohesive scheme that resonates with the rest of the property. Delicate Arte wall panels with a distinct oriental pattern add a feminine dimension to the space and a striking bespoke canopied bed is paired with beautiful Visual Comfort lamps. Bespoke apex shutters which can be controlled from the bed were installed to manage daylight and the bed canopy feature ensures Feng Shui rules have been considered, as well as adding sophisticated comfort to the space.
Guest Bedroom (bedroom 4)
The aim in the guest bedroom was to create an impactful space with a rich, deep colourway. The walls and wardrobes are painted in Farrow and Ball Preference Red, adding dramatic contrast to the white walls and fabric curtains. A luxurious bespoke headboard with wenge border provides further opulence and a nod to the arts and crafts architecture of the house.
Teenage Daughter’s Bedroom
Andrew Henry Interiors created a playful room here using the occupant’s favourite colour; blue. Using a mix of pattern, colour and texture to form a more grown-up space to take her into her later teens, the room is a fun and eclectic space that will transition alongside her. The upholstered bed is from Loaf and bespoke shutters were supplied by Andrew Henry Interiors and can be controlled from the bed.
Teenage son’s bedroom
The client’s son chose the wall colour here, which is Farrow and Ball De Nimes, and the space was then styled around his preference. Again, the designers wanted to create a space that was fun and would age well with the client’s needs. An oval rattan headboard, geometric fabrics and stylised bedside lamps were also introduced to make the space memorable.
Situated on the ground floor, this study prioritises practical work space and neat storage. Bespoke his and hers desks and joinery maximise the area and the striking herringbone floor and brass accents elevate the space.
Designed by home cinema experts Sevenoaks Sound and Vision, Andrew Henry Interiors specified and supplied the bespoke black-out curtains in matt maroon velvet made with acoustic cloth and selected the shade of the chairs to go with rest the home.
To ensure the home abided by Feng Shui rules, the Andrew Henry Interiors team familiarised themselves with the practice and applied these learnings to their designs. Integral to this approach, mirrors and headboards were thoughtfully placed to safeguard and support the owners.
Andrew Henry concludes: “It was important to us to not only design the interiors, but to design the living experience of this home, so our approach went beyond aesthetics to incorporate practical considerations. We’ve created the ultimate balance of luxury and functionality, whilst embracing owner’s personal style and history. Maroons and greens compliment the family’s oriental heritage and we were mindful of creating a family home of longevity rather than a show home.”www.andrewhenry.co.uk