Taking the stress out of a major build is the specialism of one young company working increasingly in Nappy Valley.
What do the complete restoration of a house on Trinity Road, offices in Regent Street, flats in Marylebone and a house revamp in Ramsden Road have in common? They are some of the current projects being project managed by Stanza Interior Design.
What started as an Italian kitchen- and wardrobe-only interior design company just three years ago, has blossomed into a full service company that takes the worry out of undertaking a major revamp or build.
Stanza’s charismatic team, Director Thea Ingram, Lou Kelly and Kate Aumonier, effortlessly juggle the planners, structural engineers, architects, builders and endless rounds of suppliers to smooth what can be a daunting process. They pull in the expertise needed to run large projects to budget and keep to timescales. The clients only deal with Stanza Interior Design.
Interior design-only projects still form part of the business, explains Thea.
“People are scared of the term interior designers but they’re not just for the rich and famous. And nor do we dictate design. We can help clients make the decisions, show them mood boards so they can visualise the final look, and take the fear out of the process. Clients have the ideas, we make them work.”
Stanza’s USP is ensuring that the design fits the family’s lifestyle and the way they want to use their new home. “It’s a more personal service,” she stresses.
Stanza Interior Design is still loyal to the high-end, beautifully-designed Schiffini and more medium-priced Siloma kitchens and wardrobes that were the nub of her original business. Their extensive range of wood finishes, metal frame and glass, stone or melamine inset doors and sophisticated countertops, suit all budgets and add a sophisticated look to any space, be it kitchen, bedroom or sitting room. The kitchens can be produced in any RAL colour which offers an almost infinite number of options.
Most popular currently are handle-less, matt lacquered kitchens in darker shades than stark white, with an average kitchen in a Victorian house costing £20,000 including worktop, kitchen furniture, appliances and installation.
The business has evolved. The design of a family space is not only about the kitchen but the colour palette of the entire ground floor. Warmer, darker colours and more interesting textures and finishes mark the new style of interiors. “It’s less clinical and more homely,” Thea enthuses. Mixing and matching colours and textures in the same space is a particular Stanza ‘look’.
“Style is going full circle,” she believes. “We’ve gone from separate rooms to open-plan and now we’re going back to keeping the walls. Pocket doors add flexibility between say, front reception rooms, as they can disappear into bookcases.“
It’s all clever stuff and opens up endless possibilities for any Nappy Valley kitchen extension, loft or general revamp.