Decorated with rich velvets and vivid colours, interior designer Emma Green’s Victorian terrace in south London is always particularly beautiful at Christmas time. When she and her husband bought the house, however, it looked very different.
‘It was all yellow walls and blue carpets,’ Green reminisces. ‘We’ve done it up gradually, in stages. First we concentrated on getting the place more liveable. We pulled up the carpets downstairs to reveal the beautiful original floorboards underneath, which we stained, then we re-carpeted upstairs and painted the whole place. A new kitchen was next, which we then went on to update with new fronts, and finally we converted the loft.’
There are pros and cons to being an interior designer when it comes to doing up your own home. ‘Working on your own place is harder in a way than working on a client’s house,’ Emma Green reveals. ‘When I work with a client, I find it easier to understand exactly the look they want and then I can put together a list of choices for them. When it comes to my home, I’m aware of all the different combinations of choices I can make, so it’s a bit trickier.’