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Designers Guide Feature on Kris Turnbull

Kris Turnbull - Designers Guide 2016This traditional Georgian house located on a private tree lined avenue with a distinguished history has undergone a complete renovation. In keeping with the property's history, the clients were keen to restore the property to its former self and to create a welcoming and luxurious family home following modern and updated designs and materials.

An exciting challenge for Kris Turnbull, who has created the perfect marriage of the past with some ultra-modern designs to create one seamless home where newly created rooms generated by an extension, open those areas to maximise light and accentuate visual access to the views of the new surrounded gardens and terraces without compromising the period architectural style.

The property contains two luxurious reception rooms including exotic hardwood flooring and opulent white marble fireplaces, an open plan kitchen with family-lounge, four en-suite bedrooms, a master suite with two neighboring boutique-style dressing rooms and two separated semi-open plan bathrooms with private wellness spas and mirrored hidden plasmascreens.

Kris Turnbull StudiosThe interior of this enchanting family residence draws inspiration from Georgian masculine architecture and uplifting colours of the French Riviera with soft whites and highlights of antique gold throughout. The dramatic reception room that greets guests as they enter is eyecatching. Silk paperbacked wall covering merges with the crisp white architraves and bespoke full-height walnut cabinetry in contemporary design at both ends of the marble fireplace to provide an elegant canvas for the royal blue velvet sofa and brass feature accents. Finishes are to the highest standards including a fully upholstered pelmet with voluminous sheers and a sumptuous bespoke hand woven silk rug with an overall palette, which is warm and neutral for a perfectly tailored and calm feel. Period influences are evident throughout, with grand paneled doors and sash windows so beloved of the Georgian era adding true grandeur.

Combining a rational approach with investigative and imaginative use of materials we continue to expand our reputation for delivering new build architecture, as well as giving vibrant and sustainable life to old and historic buildings through adaptive and innovative visions. The diversity of brands, design houses and world influences guarantees a unique and comprehensive styling to suit from the traditional right through to the modern contemporary.

Kris Turnbull Article in Designers Guide

Designed with a neutral palette, texture and contrast come into play as velvety soft aged fabric seating mingles with a series of hand-carved furniture pieces included a round Ebony Macassar dining table and contrasting antique-mirrored server cabinet with radial brass torched detail.
This calm, tonal colour scheme was adopted with the aim of accentuating the client's vast and eclectic art collection within the classic elegance of the formal dining room.

Ulster Tatler FeatureKris Turnbull has conceived plans in which the main focus of the open-plan family room is focused on the south facing French doors and the garden views beyond. A pale and muted colour palette throughout draws the eye to the stronger colours of the exterior views. A light, yet sophisticated touch is used for furnishings in a contemporary design – clean, modern lines following the highest quality in terms of material and craftsmanship with an organic customised shaped chandelier in cutting edge glass designs, that playfully reflects light from outside, animating and illuminating interior spaces that adds a playful touch to the antique mirrored ceiling above.

The four storey-sweeping staircase with pleasing floral pattern and the pastel colours add a light and a feminine touch to the themed walls. This neutral palette serves as the perfect foil for the glamorous details of high ceilings, intricate cornicing and delicate gilding, which characterises and defines this beautiful central hall.
A bespoke headboard in exotic polished wood & Rubelli silk fabrics dominates in the master bedroom. In addition textured wall coverings, luxurious silk carpet, églomisé mirrored bedsides perfectly combine to create a calming, elegant and timelessly sophisticated bedroom suite.

The stunning bathrooms have been designed to meet the requirements of 21st century living with private wellness spa and to include traditional features such as a period freestanding bath. This home represents family living at its best; the result is a superbly opulent residence, created to marry comfort and elegance whilst remaining true to the building's heritage.

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