Today I have been preparing various moodboards to help visualise the styles available for a friend and client who wants a complete change in their living room. They like a lot of very eclectic items from colonial to industrial to fantastic items from Anthropologie, so to try and narrow down to what it is they want to live with and what works cohesively, I have come up with the following boards.
I have instructions for no bright colours unless from Anthropologie, natural wood, creams and neutrals and statement pieces via lighting or furniture. Hopefully the boards will start to whittle down what it is they really like and don’t like so I can prepare a final board for them. They don’t have small children, and are happy to use pale fabrics on chairs and sofas, and they also love accent turquoise and teal which works well against neutrals and bare wood.
The boards are really useful generally for clients to let me know what they do and don’t like, plus they are also a good reference for me to keep generally. I am LOVING the Anthropologie pendant flower lights, and may have to try and fit them into my own scheme in the near future…
The day has come and Rocket Queen is now open for business with Charmaigne and Danny inking creatively in the fabulous new premises. Here is the tattoo studio makeover story…
Textured walls, uneven floors and in a mess
When we started the room was large and full of shelving with bumpy concrete walls, a rubbish ceiling, uneven floors and generally in a very sorry state. It took ages to clear it, and a full skip load of rubbish had to be taken away.
The floor needed a total overhaul.
The room has 3 windows, all with security bars which need to stay as part of the lease, which then led to ‘Inspiration No 1’- a prison cell.
This room has to be highly functional, and also very sterile for Health & Safety standards. Bearing this in mind, we decided to go for non-porous surfaces which are easily cleanable. I kept thinking about the film ‘Dead Ringer’s with Jeremy Irons in his operating room, so took the tiles idea as ‘Inspiration No 2′ – an operating theatre.
I did want to bring in an abbatoir feel as ‘Inspiration No 3’, and use chains from the ceiling to hand screens from, but was rightly persuaded that it might scare off the clients!
We tiled all around the room with metro tiles and used black grout to make them stand out. A new ceiling and plasterboard was added to make the rest of the surfaces smooth and hygenic:
A huge amount of tiling was needed
Ceiling before replacement and the inspirational iron bars!
The new upper walls were painted in dark charcoal grey paint, (washable but with a matt finish), and the lowered new ceiling was painted white to reflect light. The floor is high grade linoleum for hygiene in a dark grey with a slight sparkle finish and it is non-slip. To keep the room very clinical, we installed a stainless steel medical sink, and chose a variety of storage furniture in enamel which continued the sterile look. The white cabinets came from Ikea, and the black trolleys are actually mechanics’ garage storage systems. The tattoo benches are adjustable so that clients can sit or lie any which way for tattoos on any part of the body.
Dark floors and paintwork on the walls
As two tattoo artists work in this room, we bought and installed two medical privacy screens in case people want a private area during their sessions. I changed the very dull plastic white pvc panels on these for new waterproof and wipeable fabric, (aka shower curtain fabric sewn into panels, and which is as slithery as hell when you sew with it!). We used really cool retro patterns of tattoos and tattooed people for these.
Love this fabric!
As the room is predominantly grey, black and white we added some punches of much needed colour, with posters and original artwork by artists like Jacknife’s Chris Hopewell.
Before & After: really pleased with the transformation…..
There are two separate treatment rooms, which have been decorated in much calmer colours; one for laser removal and the the other for reflexology and beauty treatments:
You can see the first makeover on the reception and shop area here…
My kitchen is teeny weeny, and a typical afterthought galley on a Victorian house. It fits one person, (two if no one leaves the spot they stand on), and if any one gets in front of the fridge it becomes a chicane with a lot of reversing. We had 14 people one Christmas and I did manage somehow, but there was a chain of people leading out and passing plates as it is so small. The house is a large 5 bedroom number, so the small kitchen makes no sense at all.
I dream of extending it across the back of the house into a huge sociable room, and have started hunting out ideas. I do not want a ‘classical’ kitchen, we had one made bespoke at our last house and it was lovely and suited the house, plus held my beloved Lacanche range. But I am a bit bored of those style of kitchens and want something different now.
WHAT NEXT? I love the industrial edge; steeel framed windows by Crittall, concrete, unfitted furniture and unexpected items. But I cannot really pretend that a new build extension to an 1870’s house is an old factory and blend it in with the rest of house. Or so I thought until I saw this amazing kitchen in Remodilista by Christine Chang Hanway
The architects are Stiff and Trevellian and they have converted a basement into a huge open plan sociable spave with zoned areas. It if industrial in areas, but also suits the period house I think. I would never worry about cracked floor tiles and stains again with that floor.
Internal half glazed wall with punchy colour cabinets.
There is another similar industrial room featured in Living Etc that I love which is more applicable for ideas as it is not set in a basement:
This one has the mother of all chandeliers, I am dribbling as I type….
Simple, industrial design sweeps through this kitchen in the form of steel windows, raw brick walls and a salvaged pillar -the space is kept on the chicer side of industrial with elegant marble work surfaces and the soft grey paint palette.
So the question is to extend or to rip out the old and try and make that space work?