A Colourful new Home in Tenterden

Modern country kitchen dinning room with dressed table
dining room and Green dining room table place settings
Dining room green dressed table theme
Green dining room table place settings

cheerful home

We love to shout about how much we believe homes are all about the people living in them expressing themselves and it was a joy to bring this bright and cheerful home to life for its equally bright and cheery owners. After downsizing from a big family home, this couple had built a house which fitted their needs perfectly. However, after a long and exhausting build they had simply lost the spark and joy necessary to put their stamp on the interiors. This is when we got the call!

Blue and Red Living room with red enamel fireplace
embroidered cushion on living room sofas
Red and blue living room interior and sofas
Red and blue living room interior and sofas

an opulent make over

Great design has to complement the building it sits in and the people who use it. With many elements already in place, Smartstyle worked to blend the new design with the existing finishes. We addressed the layout, lighting and all the decoration on the ground floor, from sumptuous curtains to bold soft furnishings and bespoke cabinet designs. Colour was the order of the day for the interior scheme, with pops of vibrant pinks and zingy greens against a light grey backdrop and with a warmer side to the living room enriched with warm reds and soft blues. Even the downstairs cloakroom was treated to an opulent make over.

Blue and red living room sofas
Watercolour coffee table
living room arm shari and teal floor lamp
Watercolour cushion on living room sofa
Living room sofa and water colour cushions

prized possessions

We worked hand in hand with the clients throughout the design process to understand what was just right for them and during implementation to ensure everything ran smoothly. We finished by styling throughout the ground floor to show off their prized possessions alongside a few hand-selected accessories that complemented their home.

Entrance hall interior design, pink, teal and oak
living room bright pink arm chair and geometric side table
bookcase display cabinet
Under stairway bookcase storage display cabinet
Bathroom WC Japanese inspired wallpaper with swans
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what the client says

“Phoebe Oldrey is amazing! We were wary of engaging an interior designer but thank goodness we did. We had a sort of vague idea of what we wanted but found it hard to put into words. Phoebe was very good at teasing out of us what we liked and didn’t like and then coming up with innovative ideas. I enjoyed working with her. She has a great sense of colour and style and I learnt a lot. She not only helped us choose furniture and colour schemes, she also re-organised the layout in rooms so that they worked better, gave us advice on picture hanging and positioning and helped us change our perspective on what works and what doesn’t. Instead of the muddle and safe tatty blandness we lived in before we now have flow, vibrancy and colour.

Phoebe is very professional and organised, always confirms ideas and arrangements in writing on the day. She has access to shops and products we would never have known about. She never gave up searching for exactly the right thing. We had fun shopping for new furniture on her recommendations. I always looked forward to our regular meetings as I knew she would have something unexpected to wow us with that would also be just perfect.
We initially asked her to help us sort out one room on the basis we would do the rest ourselves but we were so excited by her approach and ideas and the way she ‘got us’ that we asked her to help with the rest of the rooms downstairs.
We love our new home and every time we walk through the front door our hearts lift.

Thank you, Phoebe, you are the best.”