The Muddy House Updated
I am usually the great procrastinator when it comes to interiors. Sometimes the indecision is related to the cost – sofas, for example, are a nightmare and can only be attempted as new purchases once every ten years for fear of totally doing my head in – but other times it can just be the feeling that my potential purchase has such longevity that I must research all possible angles. Like, forever.
There’s also the small matter of losing all our furniture in a house fire when the mini muddies were babies – there’s nothing quite like it for teaching you that, hey, it’s just stuff and that when required you really can recreate an entire sitting room with second hand donations from friends… Anyhoo last weekend I totally bucked that trend, due mainly to stumbling across Ensor Interior Design while driving into Tunbridge Wells from the south. Passing through Frant I saw a sign advertising the shop and spontaneity got the better of me.Now if you, like me, have whizzed past before and thought that looks classy – therefore pricey – you might be pleasantly surprised. There is a real variety of bits, depending on your budget, but all looks equally on trend and high end. Instead of replacing the whole sofa I figured I could get away with adding in a whole load of soft furnishings and revamping it that (cheaper) way. Well, judge for yourself. Here’s the room BEFORE, (below).
Then I came away with new luxe cushions (Velvet Cushions, £65 and Concentric Dove Grey Cushions, £90) and a throw (knitted pompom throw, £120), a super cool Madoura Black & White vase (£29) and lots of ideas on how I want my sitting room to look. See the AFTER photo (below).
I’m so pleased to have an injection of colour in what was becoming a very cream and slightly dull palette of cushions. Unfortunately my purse wasn’t wearing its elasticated pants so I couldn’t reach in to grab the credit card for this lot below, but I did take some snaps to remind me for next time. I’m particularly taken with the grey Beaded Chandelier, (top right, below) which, I’ll be back for when I’ve saved £324.
This interiors store is a great find. It’s wonderful out-of-the-way location means easy, free parking outside (except at school Pick Up & Drop Off times – Frant Primary School is near by) and that you can browse the shop and ask the staff (who all have professional design backgrounds) questions at leisure without queues or crowds. The layout is conveniently divided into little stylized spaces to give you ideas on colours, what goes well together and how a room might look.
They also have a workroom out the back which a slightly magical library of fabric books, (below), so you can select the material for your soft furnishings and curtains/blinds projects in-house. It’s increasingly rare to find all this expertise and inspiration on offer under one roof these days. Friends who have used them have commented that their prices are really competitive for such a bespoke service.
In the meantime I’ll be enjoying my new cushions and dreaming about the day I’ll be swinging off that Beaded Chandelier.
Ensor Interior Design, 37 High Street, Frant, Tunbridge Wells, East Sussex, TN3 9DT, Tel: 01892 750101, ensorinteriordesign.co.uk