Stunning interior style
PUBLISHED: 15:08 29 November 2013 | UPDATED: 15:09 29 November 2013
Sue Bromley takes a look at fabulous new homes on the market – in Berkshire and Buckinghamshire – which epitomise the latest designs, both inside and out
If you were going to pick locations that stand out in both counties it would be hard to beat Sunningdale and Gerrards Cross. By chance, both of the exclusive developments we are going to feature have been dressed by interior designers Alexander James, but the noted developers are different.
Millgate of Ruscombe, Twyford, have built Alderbourne Place in Gerrards Cross, while Bellway Homes, with offices in Milton Keynes and Hampshire, are responsible for The Asters at Sunningdale. So there it is, a lot of local talent and knowledge.
Jamie-Lee Tegg, Interior Designer at Alexander James explains the design concept for White Heath, the show house at The Asters: “We always want to create interiors the purchaser can aspire to; White Heath gave us an exceptional setting to work from, so the interiors needed to reflect this.
“The entrance hall is the gateway to this exquisite home, so we wanted to emphasise the open space with a polished floor tile running through into the kitchen/family breakfast room. We’ve used a round table in the centre which has an ebonised oak top and a hammered polished nickel base, which is a really elegant piece with beautiful lines. This was dressed with an oversized silk floral arrangement emphasising the space and height, and a sumptuous pin stripe patterned rug to draw everything together. A traditional shaped love seat and side table takes advantage of the space underneath the staircase, offering a quiet haven in the centre of the ground floor.
“The kitchen / family room is the perfect location for family living, it’s the heart of the home, and we’ve reflected this with a painted kitchen in grey shaker style with black granite worktops and an oak breakfast area.”
The Alexander James team decided to ‘bring the outside in’ by adding two bay trees at the far end of the kitchen, by large concertina doors overlooking the garden. There’s a family room tucked around the corner with a comfy style linen sofa. Rustic wood furniture finishes elsewhere and a tall window effect mirror create a feeling of openness and light.
The drawing room is far more traditional and formal, using textures such as dark wood furniture with a fabulous 3D effect front, to contrast with embroidered velvet. Finishing touches like chenille thread scatter cushions with a hint of sparkle and ruffles add some depth to the room. Vibrant purple velvet sofas make an impact against an otherwise monochrome colour palette.
Jamie-Lee continues: “Our vision for the master bedroom in White Heath was to create the feeling of a grand boutique hotel as soon as you walked into the room. The winged deep buttoned upholstered headboard in sumptuous crushed velvet really gives the wow factor and the dark wood with chrome detail bedside chests illustrates the size of the room. The bed is dressed using crisp white linen with added silver tonal textures to the throw and scatter cushions; it really is pure luxury.”
Here we have grand country living with the ultimate in style. The homes have been dressed to reflect this, and you really will see signs of the country both inside and out, right from admiring the bespoke staircases in these lavish properties on the outskirts of Fulmer village. We’re not surprised to learn that nearby estate agents and curious local folk have been popping in to take a peek at the show homes dressed for potential buyers to appreciate. Just three properties remain unsold.
Millgate’s in-house design team produce fabulous kitchen and family areas – it’s something we’ve come to expect from them – and the spacious properties at Alderbourne Place has provided the ideal opportunity to show off their skills.
Bespoke Shaker-style hand-painted units are arranged around the walls and there’s a large central island with solid oak breakfast table. It’s all complemented by sculptured stonework. There’s a twin bowl Belfast sink, incorporating a waste disposal unit, and appliances are top of the range including a Falcon dual fuel range cooker, American-style fridge/freezer and wine chiller plus Miele dishwasher and microwave.
The more formal drawing room features a limestone fireplace with gas fire.
Bathrooms come with impressive white Villeroy & Boch sanitary ware and contemporary chrome furnishings.
Both the in-house team and Alexander James have made the most of the space and light in these homes, we noted the appearance of indigo – the hue of this season that will definitely last – alongside the muted tones and burnished silver providing a backdrop.
The joy of a walk-in wardrobe
I was surprised to discover that in a survey by Primelocation just under half of British homeowners said a walk-in wardrobe would be a key feature of their dream home, writes Sue Bromley.
I’m puzzled because I expected it to be higher than that – perhaps it’s just one of those things that doesn’t instantly come to mind like a walk-in shower room and state-of-the-art kitchen equipment.
However, I’ve come to realised as a result of many visits to some of Berkshire and Buckinghamshire’s most delightful homes that the walk-in wardrobe is a ‘necessary luxury’ if you want to make the most of real living space, avoid clutter and truly maximise the benefits of your storage areas.
A great example is the walk-in wardrobe at The Asters in Sunningdale, shown here. Meanwhile, Alderbourne Place’s master suite dressing room is comprehensively equipped with a bespoke range of hand-built American White Oak furniture, incorporating fitted drawers, shelves and rail hanging.
Find out more:
Alderbourne Place, Gerrards Cross
Five bedroom detached homes
£2.1 to £2.45m depending on plot
Show homes open 10am to 4pm, call 01753 891965 or outside of these hours The Frost Partnership, 01753 890909,
The Asters, Sunningdale
Five bedroom detached homes, some with an additional au-pair/grandparent suite
From just under £2.9m and available with Bellway’s part exchange scheme
Call 0845 676 0264, www.bellwayhomes.co.uk