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Castle Quay Property Review

April, 2012

How much retro is too retro? To stop your granny-chic flat looking like, well, a granny flat, you need the right mix of contemporary style with retro-chic accessories. Castle Quay Property Review took a masterclass from number 113 Le Capelain House.

With its New York hotel-style lobby and quayside spot, Le Capelain House was always going to be cool. But the team behind London design company Honky have upped the style stakes with their super-retro revamp of apartment 113. Designer Christopher Dezille expains how they achieved the Soho-boho look.

Hot accent colours
‘The colour scheme originally came from a rug we’d sourced. We based the scheme on that yellow because it was fresh like the reception room and gave a real zing to it. We used a light grey to add depth and mood.’

Mix vintage and contemporary
‘We call it granny chic – that kind of mix and match is very in. ‘Make do and mend’ is the theme, mixing modern Italian design with found pieces. It’s boho New York loft meets Soho House Hotel chic.’

It’s in the details
‘Don’t be put off by pattern, it can really add something unexpected. The crazy wallpaper as you walk into the flat is supposed to give the whole hallway an ‘Alice in Wonderland’, through the looking-glass type of effect.’

Mix, don’t match
In the bedrooms it’s all about layering textures, high gloss surfaces with soft textiles. It’s a marriage made in design heaven.

Surprise: the key element
‘I’ve always loved the hand-printed wallpaper designs from Deborah Bowness, featuring chairs, piles of books and hanging dresses and it was great to be able to bring that quirky Shoreditch feel into this apartment. We’ve placed the wallpaper inside wardrobes, cupboards and behind doors to add a playful touch to the scheme. If you’ve got the strength of conviction to add something different, most houses could take it. A single strip of her printed chair design wallpaper in a hallway would add an element of fun.’

Add some quirky accessories
‘There’s a theme of birds running through this apartment from the flying ducks on the wall to the birdcage lights and the ceramic birds in glass cloches. Last year it was all about Perspex boxes, this year at the Milan design shows, everything was displayed in glass cloches. It’s a wonderfully retro way of showing things off.’

Something old, something new
Show off your up-to-the minute designer appliances with a retro-styled accessory. We love the bookish designs of the classic Penguin mugs, guaranteed to bring a touch of highbrow to your tea break.

Take a look around number 113, Le Capelain House for yourself, a similar two-bedroom apartment in the Castle Quay development overlooking the park is on the market with Dandara for £620,000.

View the project in our portfolio or click here to view the article (PDF)

Modern retro

April 15, 2012

How much retro is too retro? To stop your granny-chic flat looking like, well, a granny flat, you need the right mix of contemporary style with retro-chic accessories. Castle Quay Property Review took a masterclass from number 113 Le Capelain House.

With its New York hotel-style lobby and quayside spot, Le Capelain House was always going to be cool. But the team behind London design company Honky have upped the style stakes with their super-retro revamp of apartment 113. Designer Christopher Dezille expains how they achieved the Soho-boho look.

Hot accent colours
‘The colour scheme originally came from a rug we’d sourced. We based the scheme on that yellow because it was fresh like the reception room and gave a real zing to it. We used a light grey to add depth and mood.’

Mix vintage and contemporary
‘We call it granny chic – that kind of mix and match is very in. ‘Make do and mend’ is the theme, mixing modern Italian design with found pieces. It’s boho New York loft meets Soho House Hotel chic.’

It’s in the details
‘Don’t be put off by pattern, it can really add something unexpected. The crazy wallpaper as you walk into the flat is supposed to give the whole hallway an ‘Alice in Wonderland’, through the looking-glass type of effect.’

Mix, don’t match
In the bedrooms it’s all about layering textures, high gloss surfaces with soft textiles. It’s a marriage made in design heaven.

Surprise: the key element
‘I’ve always loved the hand-printed wallpaper designs from Deborah Bowness, featuring chairs, piles of books and hanging dresses and it was great to be able to bring that quirky Shoreditch feel into this apartment. We’ve placed the wallpaper inside wardrobes, cupboards and behind doors to add a playful touch to the scheme. If you’ve got the strength of conviction to add something different, most houses could take it. A single strip of her printed chair design wallpaper in a hallway would add an element of fun.’

Add some quirky accessories
‘There’s a theme of birds running through this apartment from the flying ducks on the wall to the birdcage lights and the ceramic birds in glass cloches. Last year it was all about Perspex boxes, this year at the Milan design shows, everything was displayed in glass cloches. It’s a wonderfully retro way of showing things off.’

Something old, something new
Show off your up-to-the minute designer appliances with a retro-styled accessory. We love the bookish designs of the classic Penguin mugs, guaranteed to bring a touch of highbrow to your tea break.

Take a look around number 113, Le Capelain House for yourself, a similar two-bedroom apartment in the Castle Quay development overlooking the park is on the market with Dandara for £620,000.

View the project in our portfolio or click here to view the article (PDF)