Shortlisted: Alexander James Interiors for the Residential £2.5 – £5 Million (Property Value) Award

Alexander James Interiors have been shortlisted for the Residential £2.5 – £5 Million (Property Value) Award in the International Design & Architecture Awards 2014.

The project is a contemporary house showcasing the latest in modern design and innovation with dividing walls that can be opened out to create a flexible space.


The brief for this property was to design a scheme that complimented the striking external architecture while still making it feel homely and inviting. The breath-taking and contemporary house was an exciting project to work on, with everything in the house dedicated to the stunning south facing views. In an effort to create a seamless transition from inside to the outdoors, the interior follows a scheme of predominantly earthy tones. The walnut doors and bespoke cabinetry bring a warmth and depth to each room, and this contrasts beautifully with the washed grey oak floors and the sunken textured hand woven carpet in the ground floor. Bringing in deep bursts of reds and oranges in textured fabrics provide another dimension of warmth that is sometimes needed in such contemporary homes.


The clever use of textured wallpapers throughout really enhanced certain areas like the fireplaces. I designed a bespoke pendant light in the entrance hall which makes maximum use of the double height internal space and really shows off the two storey high glazed windows. Carefully selecting art sourced from around the world gives a sense of individuality to each room and the lighting system was designed to highlight these unique pieces. A specialist motorbike was displayed as a piece of art in the hallway creating a central core to the house. Key pieces of furniture were used in each room such as the over sized sofas in the family area. Pairing this with metal-framed parquet top coffee tables gives a genuine eclectic feel.