Contemporary Classic by Sophie Paterson

 In Designer Highlight

Today we are taking a look at the Contemporary Classic designs of the London-based interior design director Sophie Paterson.  Sophie established her interiors company, Sophie Paterson Interiors, in 2008 at the age of 23 with no formal training but with plenty of good taste to spare.  She got her start in the design business when she had a developer over at her home to look at some plans she was considering.  He liked her decorating style so much that he asked her to do some work for him on his latest project.  She ultimately was given full design direction without any budget restraints and allowed to design the interiors of a large townhouse renovation with a basement extension.  Through working hands-on with the developer and his team of engineers, carpenters, and builders she was able to get her start.

Since that time, Sophie has developed her company into one of the UK’s most successful interior design studios, and works on high-end projects in both the commercial and residential sectors across Britain and Europe.  She even published a book, Style & Glamour, which is filled with images from her projects that not only acts as a portfolio but also provides information and inspiration on how to create her signature Contemporary Classic interiors.

Together with her experienced team of talented design professionals, Sophie provides a personalized, relaxed design service.  She plans each project herself and gives it over to her design team who manages it.  Her style is both timeless and contemporary, with an expert use of color and texture and an innovative eye for design and approachable luxury.

For our design inspiration today, we are taking a look at two Sophie Paterson residential projects.  First, we have a spacious five-story classic townhouse redesigned for contemporary life.  Then we will check out a pied-a-terre that she reconfigured to make the most of the limited space in brilliant and attractive ways.

Sophie paterson chelsea townhouse contemporary classic living room B

sophie paterson chelsea townhouse contemporary classic living room details

Sophie spent two years immersed in the transformation of this five-story Chelsea townhouse that once belonged to David Bowie in the 1970s.  She completely reconfigured the 1860s residence working closely with the owners to create a unique and glamorous home that reflects their very particular taste.

A mix of antiques and contemporary furnishings fill the first-floor formal living room.  The owners wanted a design that appeared as though it had been collected over time and not necessarily by a professional designer.  The light-filled room features warm colors, rich textures and luxe finishes.  Silk lines the walls to add a bit of luxury.  Geometric shapes emphasize the lines of the period architecture.  The mirrored, antique brass and ebony cabinets on either side of the fireplace are from Birgit Israel.  The leather furnishings are from Poltrono Frau.

sophie paterson chelsea townhouse contemporary classic entrance hall

On the ground level, guests enter the home here in the grand entrance hall with its high ceilings and period detailing. The generous space allowed for the generously scaled modern pendant chandeliers from Jamb. The designer sourced the antique mirror from a favored local antique shop which she placed above a newer Macassar ebony console. This is a perfect example of combining the best of classic design with elements of contemporary design for a space ideally suited for contemporary lifestyles.  That is one way to create Contemporary Classic designs.  The hall leads into the very glamorous kitchen and dining room which spans the entire floor.

sophie paterson chelsea townhouse contemporary classic kitchen

Sophie paterson chelsea townhouse contemporary classic kitchen design detail

sophie paterson chelsea townhouse contemporary classic kitchen and dining area

The kitchen is of complete bespoke design by Sophie Paterson Interiors. The Macassar ebony, Arabescato marble, and smoked mirror kitchen take inspiration from the Tom Ford makeup boutique in Selfridges. Gaggenau appliances blend harmoniously with the bespoke cabinetry. Low-level lighting complements the sophisticated design. An eat-in bar separates the kitchen and dining area.  The dining area includes a blue faux shagreen feature wall.  The dining table came with the house, left by the previous owners.  Both the new owners and the designer loved it and decided to keep it.  Beyond the kitchen, there is a small sitting area with French doors that open onto a paved garden with raised flower beds.

On the lower basement level, there is a guest bedroom with en-suite bath, a utility room, and a cozy home cinema.

sophie paterson chelsea townhouse contemporary classic master bedroom

The master bedroom suite is on the next level.  The look is very Ralph Lauren with a Ralph Lauren Home oversized four poster bed serving as the focal point.  The room includes a Poltrona Frau leather armchair and a Macassar ebony dressing table, all gathered on an antique rug. Taupe leather upholstered wardrobe doors with bronze handles create another layer of texture and luxury.  The mood in the bedroom continues into the bath with Zoffany damask covered walls and bronze Heathfield lamps.

sophie paterson chelsea townhouse contemporary classic bedroom additional

There are additional guest bedrooms moving on up.  The soft neutral colors and textures continue throughout.  Here we see more bedding from Ralph Lauren Home and paired with zebra print Andrew Martin cushions.  The bedside tables and lamps are from Porta Romana.  At the foot of the bed is one of several antique collectible Louis Vuitton travel trunks that are throughout the home.  The trunks are an ideal touch to imbue a contemporary room with classic style and elegance.

The house is complete with a rooftop terrace with Alexander Rose furnishings.  The outdoor space provides a quiet get-away along with views across London.

..and on to the next residence!

sophie paterson chelsea pied-a-terre contemporary classic Living room A

This Chelsea home serves as a contemporary classic pied-a-terre for a couple with a young child.  The residence is rather small, so the main emphasis was on creating a greater sense of spaciousness.  Another primary objective was to maximize all opportunities for storage.  Nearly every item in the home is of bespoke design; sofas, pillows, rugs, mirrors, etc.  The classic feel and the architectural details were preserved and recreated in enhanced ways that work far better for the owner’s lifestyle.

sophie paterson chelsea pied-a-terre contemporary classic living room B

sophie paterson chelsea pied-a-terre contemporary classic living room c

The rooms are small, but an array of design tricks make them appear larger.  Textured light reflecting wall-covering lines the walls.  The colors are soft and neutral.  High gloss furnishings and eglomise mirrors create reflections which help enhance the feeling of spaciousness.  The room has ample seating as well as lots of hidden storage.  It is complete with Contemporary Classic styling.  The results are very chic.

sophie paterson chelsea contemporary classic pied-a-terre master bedroom a

sophie paterson contemporary classic chelsea pied-a-terre master bedroom B

The master bedroom is completely configured with an attractive and purposeful bespoke design.  Sophie and her team designed and installed an extensive wardrobe and storage system about the entire room.  They even integrated the eaves and under the bed with smart solutions.  The upholstered paneled headboard and the dressing table are customized to fit perfectly into their space. This is making the absolute most of every available inch while keeping it elegant and luxurious.

sophie paterson chelsea contemporary classic pied-a-terre bathroom

The en-suite master bathroom features book-matched marble, mirrors, and hidden storage tucked about the room.  Custom design touches and decorative lighting ensures that every detail is impeccable.

sophie paterson chelsea contemporary classic pied-a-terre bedroom 2

sophie paterson chelsea contemporary classic pied-a-terre bedroom 2 detail

This adorable room is the owner’s young son’s bedroom.  Sophie and her team designed a bespoke wardrobe and toy storage system finished in limed gray oak and blue lacquer.  The wallpaper is by Cole and Son with models of hot air balloons.  Everything is tailored to fit perfectly in its place.

I am so impressed with the integration of storage everywhere.  I had to include this project from the many Sophie has to feature.  Not only does it demonstrate her ability to design a home that is attractive and well furnished, but it also demonstrates her ability to create a home that is supremely functional and smartly designed beyond just the aesthetics.  She does so without sacrificing aesthetics at all.  This home too is a perfect example of Contemporary Classic design.

It is no wonder Sophie Paterson Interiors has made its way to the top.  She has a natural eye and an innate sense of what works.  She is an example to support the idea that one either knows design or they don’t.  Style and taste and a sense of what is correct is mostly an innate gift that one learns to channel.

That concludes our design inspiration for today, my friends.  I hope you all have enjoyed these Contemporary Classic designs by Sophie Paterson Interiors.  If you would like to see more of Sophie’s work, be sure to check out her website. Sophie is also very active on social media, so be sure to check her out there too.

Interior Design:  Sophie Paterson Interiors 

Photography:  Ray Main

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  • Abby Krug

    Great new designer. I am very impressed. I have to respectfully disagree with you about having luxury branded items about the house. I think their presence undermines a sense of style by substituting consumerism for taste. My mother’s Hermes handbag is the predecessor to today’s Constance-it is devoid of visible logos- and despite being used for years upon years- in pristine condition. The ubiquitous Hermes throw with it’s huge H looks like it belongs under a saddle. As always you pick great interiors to show your readers. Thank you!

    • JD Knight

      Hi Abby…Thank you so much for your comments!! We appreciate you so very much for reading along. LOL! The statement you noted was more of a poetic observation than an absolute idea.

  • Abby Krug

    Me again- just re-read myself. Sure the bag looks great today- but that is not germain to its being devoid of the gold H on its clasp. Sorry for digressing. I can tolerate logos just barely – remember the old Bally of Switzerland ad- when your own initials are enough?

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