The countdown is on and we can’t wait to unveil our three brand new show homes at Abbotsfield in St Helens. We caught up with Sam Simmonds, Creative Director of Killer5 Interior Design Studios and the creative head honcho of these fabulous new homes. Sam travels the world and immerses herself in all things design-related to be able to create such beautiful, standout showhomes.
Sam’s given us the inside track on where the inspiration has come from for our new collection of three and four-bedroom homes in this guest blog and how you can replicate them in your own home.
There is a psychology behind design and my aim with each show home here at Abbotsfield is to evoke a positive emotion or memory of every potential buyer to walk through the door. It’s no easy feat to achieve, but buying a house is a heartfelt decision – you know the feeling instantly – and that’s what we want to tap into. Each home is very differently designed to suit a variety of potential buyers but there is a common theme that ties them together – world travel. I’m hugely inspired by different cultures and eras and how these can be used in a contemporary way. Colours, texture and pattern taken from different continents is a great way to create atmosphere and points of difference in your home.
This house is spacious, light and has an element of grandeur with its beautiful master bedroom suite spanning the entire second floor. With this in mind, I’ve taken inspiration from Africa with elements of British colonial style furniture in heavy wood finishes and combined these with monochrome tribal prints, textured wallpaper and rugs, and accents of warm earthy orange, khaki and browns influenced by safari and the great African savannas. The overall feel I wanted to create was a classic, comfortable and effortlessly stylish look.
Get this look: Use vintage leather travel trunks as bedroom side tables and pair with a classic tripod side lamp. Frame heavy ethnic jewellery and vintage travel and black and white safari photography in slimline black frames to create a cohesive wall decor theme. Faux leather and animal skins can add a touch of luxe to living areas and bedrooms – but be warned, use them sparingly! Another cost effective way to inject a touch of the exotic is to use large palm plants placed in clusters in an assortment of woven baskets.
The roaring 20s are back next year and I don’t need any excuse to introduce iconic Art Deco infused pieces of furniture and colour schemes. It’s such an elegant, but functional, period that brings out the romantic designer in me without being overly feminine and girly. The New Ashborne is the perfect house type to carry this level of sophistication, with its separate living room, feature bay window and open-plan kitchen diner ideal for entertaining. I’ve been inspired by Miami’s South Beach district and the contemporary colour palette uses sage, mint, peony pink and blush rose on plush fabrics, with marble, brass and wooden finishes throughout.
Get this look: Make your own stunning feature headboard with opulent printed fabrics and choose furniture with ornate metallic decoration. The sunburst mirror makes a great entrance feature and is a classic Deco motif. Dress your dining table with pink smoked glasses and extend the use of this opulent Art Deco favourite with light shades and vases – either picked up from a vintage retailer and any number of high street stores.
The New Stamford stands out for its open-plan design with a kitchen, living room and diner spanning the ground floor. This gives the home an airy and contemporary feel, so I’ve taken some design cues from both New York’s creative loft spaces and the North West’s industrial mill conversions. We’ve used reclaimed wooden furniture and combined these with vintage black scaffold pipes and rustic boards to create bespoke shelving and storage. We’ve cleverly used a large format vinyl print to give the impression of exposed white washed brick work in the living room, which adds character and is pretty easy to install. Accessories are all industrial looking, including oversized clocks, period lighting, black and white photography with some quirky prints to create gallery walls. To lift the predominant wooden brown tones, we’ve injected yellow, grey and blues to provide a real colour pop with the soft furnishings. All in all, a stylish and more minimal urban design to suit a younger market.
Get the look: You can mix and match wooden finishes but choose pieces that have matte black steelwork to get the industrial look instantly. Concrete finishes also complement this look really well, try it will planters paired with bright green foliage.
Buyers can visit the new show homes at Abbotsfield daily from 11am until 6pm at Reginald Road, St Helens, WA9 4JA. For more information, the sales team can be contacted on Tel: 01744 776 275.