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Here we trans­formed a concrete basement within a beautiful terraced house into a new cosy TV gaming zone and luxurious guest boudoir with a boutique hotel feel. The basement had pre­vi­ous­ly been used as a gym, storeroom and Xbox play space. The clients wanted to keep the gym but to add the extra guest room and elevate the space to feel con­sis­tent with the stylish look of the rest of the house.

We were respon­si­ble for all aspects of the trans­for­ma­tion, from the CAD spatial planning, lots of custom joinery design and con­trac­tor co-ordination to the instal­la­tion and styling of the basement. The new floorplan was intri­cate­ly planned to unlock the best layout. The team had to work around a fully tanked space with indus­tri­al metal beams and concrete floors. A new dec­o­ra­tive palette and paint colours were applied to the walls through­out. Bold colours, patterned wall­pa­pers and inter­est­ing textures have been layered to add character. The design team sourced all the furniture, lighting, plants and several pieces of art. The space is styled with an eclectic mix of the client’s music records as well as Run For The Hills curated vintage finds and acces­sories.

We designed bespoke indus­tri­al blackened steel and reeded glass Crittall pocket doors to separate the two curated rooms within the space. Their custom warm timber wardrobes and fitted joinery with rattan inner panels and brass iron­mon­gery add a touch of mid-century glamour to both rooms. The doors in the TV gaming zone are flanked by Run For The Hills-designed full-height cabinets in a rich dark blue that conceal the family’s toys, games and mem­o­ra­bil­ia. Light bounces off antique mirror inserts in the wall panelling playing against the dark paint colour. Against the moody palette, antique brass picture lights and glass rod wall lights add extra sparkle and metallic contrast.

In the boudoir, guests can close the pocket doors and pull thick curtains across to feel totally enclosed and separated from the rest of the house. Limewash wall paint acts as a fresh yet textured backdrop while feature wall­pa­pers have been applied in unex­pect­ed locations, including inside the wardrobe and shelving, giving guests a beautiful surprise. The room features lots of fitted joinery designed by Run For The Hills, including wardrobes and custom-built bedside tables in a chunky aged brass metal finish. A larger, l‑shaped vanity doubles as a dressing table and laptop space for guests to lay out their acces­sories and beauty products on.

The luxurious, scalloped and fluted headboard, also designed by Run For The Hills, is made from gold ochre corduroy, adding a pop of colour to the room. Luscious planting trails down the shelves adding a botanical zen to the space. Layers of quilted bedlinen and double stacked dec­o­ra­tive cushions give a nod towards boutique hotel style. A bespoke, intri­cate­ly hand woven rug sits beneath the bed adding softness and warmth to the floor when guests get out of bed. The windows are dressed with gorgeous curtains and blinds fwith fabrics, trims and acces­sories selected by the design team. A boucle armchair and a bespoke pouffe with hand-printed fabric and tassels provide com­fort­able places to sit.

At the top of the stairs down to the basement, a custom neon sign designed by our graphics team, sits on hand-printed wallpaper, bringing the  warning ‘Mind your head’ to life. The pattern clash wallpaper jux­ta­pos­es softly textured wallpaper on the open shelving running down the stairs.