Windsor family home design by Jimmie Martin
The homeowners of this recently extended Victorian house in Windsor are originally from Slough, but they now live mostly in Connecticut, USA. With two young boys aged 8 and 10, Lee and Sarah wanted their Windsor home to include some of the Jimmie Martin furniture pieces that they love. The style and aesthetic of these pieces have shaped the interior design of their Connecticut home, and they wanted the same for their UK abode. The couple also wanted the property to be a home-from-home, with dedicated space to entertain family and friends.
With this in mind, Lee and Sarah picked a number of key pieces from Jimmie Martin and started planning the interior with furniture that would connect the lounge and middle room. After this initial planning, the couple soon realised it would be better if Jimmie Martin took over the whole project for a complete cohesive look and feel, as the house was completely empty, and they needed all the rooms filled with furniture and decorated ready to move into and enjoy. They also had just six weeks to try and get all the work done and furniture in place.
When Jimmie Martin first visited the property, the house was dull, plain and beige, lacking any style and personality. Lee and Sarah knew they wanted something different, so starting with some of the items they had on their wish list, Jimmie added and mixed in new products so that the design looked layered and multifaceted. Then Jimmie guided Lee and Sarah through the key design decisions, taking them out of their normal comfort zone. For example, painting the double reception room walls, shelving, fireplace almost black. Lee didn’t like green, but Jimmie had a vision, so with the help of a computer-generated image, he showed his clients his design and with their approval, installed a whole green themed room, which became a “library bar” space. “Jimmie’s vision was to create a green room, a totally green room, including a library of green books,” said Lee. “He used The Little Greene Lamp Black in both rooms with matching glass chandeliers, letting colours play a big part. The contrasting colours and textures and focal points like the green books, the Cole & Son wallpaper and green design classic velvet chairs on the round rug, create a warm and welcoming space to socialise or simply sit down and read a book rather than just a walkway to the kitchen. This is now our favourite room in the house.”
Their son’s bedrooms are also colourful but fun too. Archie’s bedroom features a monochrome rug with his name in wooden letters spelled out above his bed and a comfortable and child safe Jimmie Martin bean bag chair. Some signature Jimmie Martin cushions complete the room. His older brother Frankie got a graffiti headboard wall, set against putty grey painted walls. The master bedroom is a more tranquil grown-up space with a luxurious green velvet bed paired with Timothy Oulton glass bedside tables, and an oversized floor standing, glass, dressing mirror also from Timothy Oulton, which can be lit up when needed. This room’s colour scheme and style is in keeping with the rest of the house.
Pops of colours can be found throughout the entire house, from the kitchen diner velvet chairs, and the library harlequin wallpaper, to the bold blue rug under the Andrew Martin sofa which is a focal point in the cosy sitting room. Even the courtyard garden didn’t escape the Jimmie Martin design treatment. Four Jimmie Martin beach bag recliner chairs offer a place to relax on the faux grass carpet.
Lee and Sarah were over the moon with the end result. Given that they already loved Jimmie’s style, it made perfect sense to have him work on their home and it is a perfect example of how a designer’s skills, contacts and products can be used quickly to create a bespoke space. Lee and Sarah said: we decided to give Jimmie free reign on designing the whole house – this was the best decision we made. We tasked Jimmie with designing, sourcing and installing within weeks – with the backdrop of some significant industry supply chain challenges. With regular remote check-ins and video calls, we were absolutely overwhelmed with the end results. Jimmie and his team delivered well beyond expectations, and we have an amazing home to enjoy when we are in the UK”.
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