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The Star & Garter

THE BRIEF: To create a luxurious three bedroom apartment overlooking the lush meadows of Richmond and the meandering river Thames

Sitting regally atop Richmond Hill, overlooking the lush meadows of Richmond and the meandering river Thames is The Star & Garter - a London Square development and Grade II listed building. Suna Interior Design was briefed by London Square to create the interior design for its luxurious three bedroom apartment show home, to encapsulate the magnificence of both the architecture and the location. The scheme was designed by Ellen Leedham, who took her inspiration from the location and the opulence it evokes, to create an equally elegant show home. “I wanted guests entering the show home to be enveloped by comfort and luxury and to be awed by original features in the apartment. My job was to enhance this already impressive space. To this extent a lot of thought was put into sourcing unique accessories and works of art, and designing bespoke items of furniture.” 

The apartment provides a luxurious home that is ideal for entertaining, and each of its grand spaces has been designed to accommodate this vibe, with each and every item considered carefully before it was chosen to be confident it enhanced this scheme. In the living room is a palette of ivory and grey with nuances of blue, and enhanced with metallic finishes and impactful dark wood joinery. This creates a welcoming and luxurious atmosphere which is enriched by the flooding of light through the majestic arched window running the length of one wall. Exquisite attention to detail has been paid to every element of this design; from the metallic stud finishings on the stylish armchairs to the flawless finish on the dark wood wall panelling. The glamorous dining room continues the ivory, metallic and blue colour palette and sets the scene for many an appetising dinner party with bespoke dining chairs sitting around an elegant custom-made glass table. Beautiful floral artworks by Elizabeth Ockford from Trowbridge Gallery embellish the walls, and a divine pendant light adds a touch of sparkle from above. The chic kitchen area is ideally situated for all the preparation to take place, with ivory cabinetry and a lacquered stone clad island with bar stools to enhance this generous space, allowing guests to mingle whilst the cooking happens. 

Each bedroom also boasts an exclusive design. The master bedroom positively oozes glamour with a bespoke panelled wall onto which sits the oversized, ivory and metallic studded headboard. Metallic touches have been added throughout to the indulgent palette in this room. Captivating works of art and feature statement pieces, such as a beautiful chest of drawers with intricate stud detail and an antiqued framed mirror hanging above the sophisticated dressing table, all create the unique and opulent feel in the room, which is carried on into its ensuite bathroom and ample dressing room.

The second bedroom has a soft blue and natural palette, creating a calm and tranquil space. Ellen explained “This room has a classical influence with the French wooden framed bed and whitewashed oak furniture. The design reflects the beauty of the historical design which is sympathetic to the historic building.” An oversized framed mirror and dramatic pendant lighting add a sense of scale to this impressive room. A striking and impactful dark and light palette has been utilised in the third bedroom. Showcasing two beautiful carved feathered artworks flanking the dramatic upholstered panel which forms the backdrop to the elegant headboard and places the bed firmly in the centre of this inviting design. 

“We were briefed to create a design that reflects the ultimate in luxury” said Ellen “and I truly feel that Suna Interior Design has done this.” This exceptional home is now a triumph of exquisite design and thoughtful styling.

Photographer: Matt Livey

Designer: Ellen Leedham

Author: Katy Briscoe

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