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Period property in Manchester

Livingetc Best Room of 2012
Master bedroom and dressing room
Master bedrrom, feature wall
Cork wall covering on silver foil
Original glass art installation
Laser cut fabric of the throw over on the bed
Dressing room
Glass swinging doors in to the dressing room
Bench in the dressing room

“Art of interiors” is an independent interior design practice and retailer of unique home products, sourced from around the World.
Although we undertake projects from Scotland to London, this Victorian period property is situated half a mile away from Manchester city centre in a quiet residential area. Its close proximity to our showroom in Hale, Cheshire helped us to keep a close eye on the refurbishment of this beautiful house. The property has been neglected for many years and was in desperate need of a total modernisation. It was lucky that no DIY enthusiasts attempted to remove all its period features, like original fire places and decorative covings.
Our brief was to save and restore all the period features and at the same time, create a contemporary interior, timeless, yet un-predictable. The generous proportions of the master bedroom were matched by a large dressing room. The two were connected with glass swinging doors. Made in bronze transparent glass with sand blasted design, they define the areas and still make the space look as one, when fully open. The same carpet continues through both rooms. Deep shaggy pile in white colour is truly luxurious. The tracers of decadent elegance can be found in various materials and finishes used throughout the space. White walls contrast with chocolate brown bark over silver foil wall covering from Japan. The hand blown glass Italian chandeliers look stunning in white colour. The occasional chair in the same white leather looks inviting and sits comfortably next to the devore voiles curtains and roman blinds in a semi plain fabric with a subtle sheen. The chocolate brown colour is also used in the furniture, where it is combined with white gloss. Silver throw over made out of laser cut metallic fabric from Paris brings life in to the calm space. Mock crock patterned scatter cushion and bolsters make the interior more playful. The accent colours of sea blues and greens in muted shades are not fashion lead and would not look dated in a year’s time. A large round 3D mirror from Portugal hangs above freshly restored original marble fire place. It reflects the glass art installation opposite. Made out of three pieces of glass, it has a three dimensional quality and brings all the colours together. In the dressing rooms, there is continuity in colours, but some twists are added to stop it becoming monotonous. A contemporary bench graces the centre of the dressing room.
The interior is light and spacious, but visually stimulating. The observer is tempted to experience the space with all their senses.