Furnishings for flats 1 & 2, Monmouth Place, Bath

With the top two flats nearing completion at our project in Bath City Centre, today we are sharing the moodboards of furnishing ideas as these flats are heading for the AirBNB/ Luxury Holiday Let Market soon! Watch this space and make plans to head to Bath people!!


Our Favourite Finds This Month

We’ve been hunkered down with our project in bath, so thought it would be a nice idea to do something different and share with you a few of our favourite interiors finds this month. You may even end up recognising a few come next month when the project finishes and we show you our results!

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First up is this canvas botanical wall hanging from Rockett St George. We love the black poster hanger, rather than a frame, and the fact that it’s printed on canvas gives it a softer, almost weather worn feel. Perfect for period homes as well as modern industrial.

This Phrenology head from John Lewis. Phrenology was the practice of human head measurement. It was believed that certain areas of the brain were used for different things, and that measuring the head could give you an idea of the patients personality. It also often departed from science and concentrated on obscure things like “philoprogenitiveness”, from the Greek for “love of offspring”, that was located centrally at the back of the head. It was very popular in the 19th century, and heads like this would depict what areas of the brain did precisely what. Put him on a side table or bookshelf for a Victorian gentlemens room feel.

This bankers lamp from Debenhams. They first appeared in the early 1900’s and they seem to be experiencing a small comeback. Green is thought to be a soothing colour and so would work well on an office desk or worktop, as well as a bedside table.

And finally another from Rocket St George, the Gatsby side table with leather magazine holder. Perfect for smaller homes in need of clever but still lovely looking storage, the magazine rack could also be used to store your laptop or a spare throw.

Cambridge St Renovation -After

A few months back we started our first proper project as Stark & Goodwin– A Victorian Cottage renovation in Godmanchester. We proposed the design concepts and colour schemes and also project managed the build working with building contractor Redwood Conversions to organise, oversee and manage the project from start to finish.

With the cottage now rejuvenated; Complete with new slate roof, some internal re-configuration and new heating system, new tenants will be calling this place ‘home’ in a few days so before we hand over the keys here’s a little sneak inside at the final result.

As this was such a big project with so many elements to show you we will break it down into mini case-studies across forthcoming blog posts; sharing the transformation across each room from the fireplace to the bespoke soft furnishings and the stunning new relocated bathroom…

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To find out how Stark & Goodwin can help you Execute Your Vision contact Laura@starkandgoodwin.co.uk

Visiting Bath & 1 Royal Crescent

Our latest project is designing 4 apartments in a Grade II listed building in the heart of Bath City Centre. We took a little research trip to Bath last month when we visited site for the first time. . .

These photos were taken at the The Circus and 1 Royal Crescent. We came away feeling very inspired by our Georgian surroundings and plan to use these influences in the design details throughout the apartments.

The project will be finished Summer 2016 and we’ll update our blog with the progress as it happens!


Concept Mood Boards for Cambridge Street

Here is the Bathroom concept mood board we put together for our Cambridge Street client!

The bathroom promises to bring an early Edwardian sensibility and style to the renovation with classic white sanitary wear and traditional decorative brassware. Geometric patterns from nature such as hexagons will feature with a monochrome colour palette. Flashes of botanical colour will be injected sparingly in the next design stage.

For the rest of the house our client is looking for a rich palette with some depth such as purples and reds. We looked back at the illustrious era of Victorian Botanical Art for inspiration to create the concepts and colour schemes. This process of producing a concept board helps to communicate our vision. From here we’ll work on honing ideas, bringing colour families together and executing our vision into a design solution.


Thinking about some home improvements in 2016?

‘Execute your VISION! Then sit back
and enjoy your home… (ta-da!)’

Here are our top tips to ensure project success…
Plan Ahead: I know it’s boring but running out of the funds you need to complete your project leads to compromise on the finish and quite often means you cannot afford the finishing touches like that beautiful tile splash back for your cloakroom or the new roman blind for your bedroom. Plan ahead and research the true cost of what you want to achieve.
Hire an interior designer to put together a design proposal and cost calculation. This will also save you endless amounts of time researching products, brands and prices. A designer will have all this readily on hand, and should he or she not, will spend the time researching so that you don’t have to.
Keep an eye on your budget: You can very easily get overwhelmed in the midst of a renovation project, especially if you are still trying to work and run a family home. I’d always advise building in some contingency funding to ease the stress of unexpected costs- 15% of the total budget is a good guideline.
Hiring a designer can help you to avoid costly mistakes that will not only help you save money but can increase the value of your home. A designer can keep you on budget and save you time and effort. A designer also knows where to go for resources for everything related to your home. Its what they do day in day out.
Be realistic: Think carefully before making any major changes to your house that will not increase the future selling price. Also make sure what you are trying to achieve is possible structurally or without costly relocation of utilities for example. Engage the services of local professional tradespeople who will charge nothing or very little for estimates.
Whether you have no idea where or how to begin to decorate your home, or whether you have an idea but need help tying pieces together, or you simply haven’t the time to execute your style and vision due to your busy home and work schedule, hiring a designer to manage the implementation of a plan will forge a strong joined-up relationship between you and your architect or contractor early on.
From large scale renovations to advice on selecting paint colours, window and floor coverings or selecting furniture, art work and decorative objects, we can help you achieve your goals.
To find out how Stark & Goodwin can help you execute your vision contact Laura…

Victorian Botanical Art

Or current project Cambridge Street is a Victorian Cottage. Our previous blog post depicts a few before photographs and here at Stark & Goodwin HQ we are busy at the drawing board exploring ideas for the project. As our heart lies in restoration and history we have been looking back at the illustrious era of Victorian Botanical Art for inspiration to create concepts and colour schemes for this renovation.

Flowers became an important part of Victorian life; drawing rooms, walls and fireplaces were adorned with flowers and plants. In our modern age of digital photography, the meticulous detail Victorian artists used to record the flora discovered on expeditions around the world is awe-inspiring. The main criteria was of course scientific accuracy, but many of them are very beautiful in their own right.

Renowned artists of the day included John Day (1824-1888):

John Day orchid paintings
source: wikipedia

John Day orchid paintings
Source: unknown

Brothers Franz (1858-1840) and Ferdinand (1760-1826) Bauer:

Ferdinand bauer

Ferdinand bauer
Source for both images: NCA collection

And Sarah Ann Drake (1803-1857):

Sarah Ann Drake
Source: Pinterest

Sarah Ann Drake
Source: Pinterest