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I’m so excited to be sharing the first in a new series of blog posts and Steller stories with photographer Nathalie Priem. I love @nathaliepriem's work, both for interiors but also her still life and incredible landscape photography. So I’m delighted to be able to share Nathalie’s images here, starting with this beautiful apartment in London's Little Venice which is the home of interior designer Shanade McAllister-Fisher.
Shanade studied at the KLC School Of Design and then went on to work for a luxury interior design studio, focusing mainly on high-end development projects across London, before setting up her own studio in January of this year. I asked Shanade about her inspirations, and how she went about transforming this interior into such a vibrant home.
"I purchased this one bedroom apartment from the local authority. It hadn’t been modernized for years and the whole apartment was very tired and dated, but the enormous floor to ceiling original sash windows and high ceilings had me hooked as soon as I walked through the front door. It was a small space but with big attitude."
"I opened up the dividing wall between the kitchen and living space to create an open plan layout. As the kitchen was always going to be dominant within this room, I wanted it to feel more like a piece of furniture that would sink in and complement the room."
"I wanted each room to have its own identity but also flow as one space so I’ve used an undertone of monochrome and brass throughout, while giving each room its own colour pop."
"I love using bold colours, big patterns and lots of texture to create drama, impact and visual talking points."
"The bedroom is a place to retreat and relax so colour was really important in here. The inky blue walls and complementing blue hues (painted in Farrow & Ball's Hague Blue) are so tranquil and luxurious, making it such a calm space to relax and drift away. As with every room in the apartment, there is always a statement piece, and the roman blind made with Timorous Beasties Napoleon Bee fabric is a complete showstopper."
"Originally this woodwork was going to be stripped back and repainted, but when I saw the amazing richness and texture being unveiled under the layers of paint I fell in love with its pared back state. The restorer thought I was mad when I told him to stop and leave the window as is."
"The terrace is accessed from the kitchen sash window. It is such a luxury to have outdoor space in London that I wanted it to feel like an extension of the apartment and another lounging and entertaining space."
"The bathroom is small and narrow with no natural light so I used mirrors and glass to create a feeling of space and openness. I wanted to draw attention away from the size of this room and by adding a focal point with the very cool geometric floor tiles the eye is naturally drawn downwards."
"The entrance hall is hugely important to set the scene, so drama was at the forefront of the design. This again isn’t a large space so I wanted to have over-exaggerated big patterns, large wall art and a rich colour palette, which is a little unexpected when you open the front door."
With thanks to Shanade McAllister-Fisher. See more of Shanade’s work here. You can also find Shanade on Pinterest, Houzz, and Instagram.
Photography by @nathaliepriem
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