Testimonials from our Interior Design Clients
We’re passionate about our work, and about transforming and enriching the homes of our clients. We continually strive to have the most satisfied clients, and they often tell others about our work. We’re delighted to share their comments and experiences here too…
Complete redesign and refurbishment of a four-storey townhouse in Putney Bridge, London
“I cannot recommend Stephen highly enough. He combines a rare combination of expertise and experience and he was a true partner in the project to renovate and remodel my London townhouse.
“He has a great eye and flair for imagining how the whole will come together harmoniously while being meticulous about every last detail. Stephen followed the project from inception to completion: concept drawings of the new layout, identification and selection of main contractor, project management, interior design, selection of finishes and final touches. At each stage Stephen listened intently, took on board, interpreted and improved my ideas, adding his own and then presented a range of realistic options for how to proceed. At no stage did he impose any of his thinking, while giving advice when it was sought and ensuring the project had overall integrity and would be easy and enjoyable to live with.
“I benefited from Stephen’s extensive network of contacts and suppliers which was supplemented by original research in areas where that was required. He maintains very high standards and expects the same from the suppliers he works with; I found they responded in kind and were proud to be associated with a project that he was masterminding. If Stephen recommends someone there is a very good reason; they are likely to share his ethos and deliver to his high standards.
“At each stage he made me aware of the costs and was conscious of the overall budget. It was a pleasure to work with Stephen. The results were splendid and I am delighted with my new home.”
SF, Putney Bridge, London
Refurbishment of a loft apartment in Hampstead, London
“Stephen was our chosen designer for the complete makeover of our duplex apartment: new bathrooms, a new kitchen, new lighting, extensive joinery work and new flooring throughout.
“From the start we found Stephen to be very astute in perceiving the kind of living space we were looking for, and very adept at discussing and developing ideas. Following this initial ‘conceptual’ phase, Stephen produced remarkably detailed design drawings and schedules that proved so valuable for the construction phase – so much detail decided and specified up front that would otherwise have mounted up or possibly been overlooked in the hurly-burly of construction.
“Overall, we were most impressed by his tremendously infectious enthusiasm during the entire process, his professionalism and acute attention to detail. Also notable was the very pro-active relationship he developed with our building contractor which went a long way to ensuring the construction phase ran as smoothly as could be expected. We have no qualms at all in recommending Stephen, and indeed on the basis of our recommendation one of our friends has since taken him on.
“Most importantly of all of course, we absolutely love our new home.”
A&DL, Hampstead, London
Remodelling of a house at Bankside, London
“I commissioned Stephen from Residence Interior Design to redesign our 2 bedroom property in London Bankside into a 4 bedroom house with the view not only to obtain planning permission but to fundamentally change the way the property functioned and flowed.
“I am happy to say we gained planning permission and was thrilled with Stephen’s interior design ideas for our family home and can thoroughly recommend him to any future client. His passion and enthusiasm for even the smallest detail was a delight to witness.”
SU, Bankside, London
Remodelling and refurbishment of a large property in Kingston Upon Thames
“Stephen possesses originality and conviction but is also very willing to listen and explain his ideas. His attention to detail and commitment to high quality are also obvious but (unusually) he wants rooms that are practical and work within a budget – he doesn’t pitch the unrealistic.
“I’d recommend Stephen without hesitation.”
JB, Kingston Upon Thames
Building Management Company acting for freeholder of large development
“It has been an absolute pleasure dealing with you on this alteration which due to your good management has run very smoothly.”
RS, Senior Property Manager, Rendall & Rittner London
Refurbishment of a country house in Sussex
“Stephen has helped to transform our home and we would have no hesitation in recommending him.
“He gave us lots of choice on different designs, materials and costs and his attention to detail was fantastic. What appeared to be minor details that he discussed with us transformed the finished product. He was also very creative, whilst always taking account of our particular taste and style rather than impose his own solutions.
“Stephen was always very professional and his presentational skills are most impressive. He has a pleasant, easy going manner which not only put us at ease but also enabled him to have an excellent relationship with the various suppliers and contractors.”
Remodelling of a large family home in South West London
“The service from Residence is excellent, from the first meeting to last. The brief was met and we’re delighted with what we have. Stephen combines a friendly approach with expertise and considerable effort to help you through the process.
“He is a pleasure to work with, and you feel supported throughout. There can be some difficult moments when undertaking a large refurbishment, and Stephen works hard to make sure that you are best prepared to deal with the issues when they arrive. He is an expert planner, and we have learnt lots from working with him.
“We were looking to make the best use of space of our ground floor refurbishment while retaining a certain amount of original features and the ‘feel’ of the rest of the building. Stephen helped us focus on this and found inventive ways of achieving this, both in terms of big, practical solutions all the way down to small, but no less important, issues of design detail.
“We were surprised by how seemingly little things can make big differences. It may seem obvious, but when you go through the process you can see how quickly you can lose sight of what is important, and what areas will have knock on effects elsewhere. This also has cost implications for the project, so having someone like Stephen to help you through it is invaluable.”
L&NS, SW London
Remodelling and complete refurbishment of a penthouse apartment on London’s River Thames
“Stephen combines a creative sense of design with a professional’s understanding of what is sensible. This combination results in very attractive and importantly very livable space. He is easy to work with and listens carefully to the full set of requirements — including budgetary.
“I would immediately reach for Stephen again for any renovations or input to new build.”
R&PI, Westminster, London
Design work for a new build property in London
“Stephen is a very sympathetic and unpretentious designer (a rarity!) with real creative flair and attention to detail.
“He pulled together the sketch ideas and produced a very detailed layout and specification that was easy for the main contractor and the many sub contractors to follow. He made subtle but important changes that improved the look and feel and made suggestions for sourcing some key items. Bathrooms are complex because of the number of trades and sources involved – Stephen pulled everything together.
“We had spoken to many Interior Designers, but most seemed to have a particular ‘style’ that they followed and were only interested in projects they could be involved in from scratch. Stephen came to our rescue and tidied up our conceptual ideas.
“We had very strong views about what we wanted to achieve and Stephen responded flexibly to our requirements. He is a pleasure to work with and we would certainly use his services again.”
SG, Putney, London
Refurbishment of a large apartment in Pimlico, London
“Stephen listened intently to my ideas and worked to turn them into reality. Equally importantly, he kept me realistic on what I could achieve for my (limited) budget. He was happy to work in any capacity – from advisory through to implementation – and I am delighted with what he helped me achieve.”
LB, Pimlico, London
Remodelling and refurbishment of a London riverside apartment
“I am delighted with the the way it turned out and regularly receive compliments on the high quality and good taste of the result! I would have no reservation in recommending Stephen to friends.”
“He helped me to develop the design plans in a way that reflected the direction I wanted to go in while being practical and conscious about cost, lead times, and availability of materials. He coordinated suppliers and worked closely with contractors to make sure things were done on time and properly.
“I approached the prospect of a complete refurbishment of my flat with some considerable trepidation due to the horror stories we all hear about building works. Stephen made all of the difference to turn what could have been unpleasant into into an experience that was both smooth and, dare I say it, enjoyable.”
MN, Lambeth Bridge, London
Interior Design for a family home in Kingston upon Thames
“Stephen assisted us with various parts of our complete house refurbishment as we went through the project. The architects had left us with a basic layout but when it came making some of those spaces practically work as well as add some sense of interior design Stephen’s help was invaluable. He enabled us to rethink areas of space planning and with subtle adjustments to the architects original layout he turned our plans into something really special.
“Of particular note was the work Stephen did with our two quite awkward and small bathroom spaces. His attention to the perfect arrangement of these spaces and his understanding of how the details really makes a difference has made these bathrooms both superbly practical and a joy to use, and that’s not to mention Stephen’s direction on products and finishes which added the design gloss we were looking for.
“Stephen’s talent, practical knowledge and experience made the difference in everything he helped us with: from space planning and design to technical advice and product selection. I have no doubts at all in recommending his services.”
A&GL, Kingston upon Thames