THE LOWDOWN >>
Richard Wingfield and Paul Marshall bought their home in the spring of 2018. The busy pair were on the hunt for a relatively ‘finished’ property, as opposed to a ‘doer-upper’ that needed some TLC, but fell at the first hurdle when they surrendered to Kenilworth House’s charms within seconds of their first viewing. Built in 1911, the Edwardian family home is situated in the small coastal town of Monkseaton, a ten-minute drive from picturesque Tynemouth. Renovations began almost immediately, helping to turn a slightly scruffy semi, which hadn’t been decorated since the 60s and 70s, into a super stylish pad. The pair and their beloved pooch, Cooper, officially moved in during the summer of 2018.
THE TRANSFORMATION >>
Richard and Paul envisioned a hip home with heaps of personality. Longing for eclectic Scandi-style design with bold Palm Springs-meets-Copenhagen vibes, they set their sights on BoConcept’s unique, Danish-inspired furniture to help bring their vision to life.
The pair treated the entire home to a top-to-bottom makeover, including their three bedrooms. The day-room-and-kitchen and front living room, however, take centre stage and best show off the couple’s impeccable taste – and some of BoConcept’s most iconic pieces.
To retain the property’s traditional character, Richard and Paul decided to keep some original features, including stained glass doors and windows, which can be found throughout the property, and the living room’s large bay window and beautiful ornate ceiling with original cornicing. Elsewhere, it was out with the old and in with the new. Gas fires were ripped out and replaced with contemporary stoves, while the unsightly 1970s carpets and old- fashioned kitchen headed for the skip. Sadly, the pair couldn’t hold on to the kitchen’s teak wood panelled wall (which the home’s original owner polished religiously for decades), as walls were knocked down and modern, on-trend Crittall windows and doors, which open out to a south-facing garden, were fitted. Once installed, they completely transformed the space, allowing for open-plan living and tons of natural light to flood in.
Over in the living room, the statement fire surround you see now was actually sourced on eBay for just £20. Fortunately, thanks to old markings on the wall, the couple were able to find one that matched the same size as the original.
THE RESULTS >>
Inspired by the intimate gentleman’s clubs of years gone by, the front living room is a purposely dark and inviting escape. Painted in a deliciously-moody shade of navy (Blue Hicks, to be exact – the same colour as the original BT Tower Restaurant in London), the walls cocoon you and the soft furnishings create a relaxed aesthetic throughout. BoConcept pulled it out of the bag in terms of Scandi-style furniture; the oversized and uber-comfy Mezzo sofa, in plush green velvet, commands attention and contrasts with the leather footstool – which also doubles up as a coffee table – really well. Complete with a zingy yellow floor lamp to add a bright splash of colour, BoConcept’s grey Imola chair, draped in teal and turquoise textiles, a vintage drinks cabinet, bold artwork and cheeky accessories, it’s a personality-packed room that demands cosy, chilled-out evenings in front of the TV with a tipple or two.
The day-room-and-kitchen, on the other hand, is bright, airy and functional – somewhere for Richard and Paul to eat, work, entertain and kick-back in the warm sunlight during the summer months, when the Crittall doors are always open. The space oozes strong Scandi vibes and was modelled on Room 606 in The Radisson Hotel in Copenhagen, with a colour scheme of teak, green and blue. The white tiled fireplace-meets-feature-wall, dusty blue Reno chair by BoConcept, teak wood sideboard, which offers tons of storage space, and walnut kitchen doors to match, are all stand-out features.
The kitchen/dining space, painted in dark grey, is home to a simple white dining table, which can be extended, surrounded by Adelaide chairs from BoConcept. Perfect for dinner parties, get-togethers with friends and late-night suppers.
See more of Richard and Paul’s home and keep up to date with their ongoing renovations by following @kenilworth.house on Instagram.
ABOUT BOCONCEPT >>
Purveyors of stylish and contemporary Danish design, the team at BoConcept has the power to transform homes into Pinterest-perfect properties. They are expert home decorators with an eye for fashionable and functional pieces that turn everyday houses into wow-homes. The company has been designing and manufacturing Danish-inspired furniture for over 60 years, helping to breathe new life into single rooms, small apartments, large houses and corporate spaces all over the globe – 60 countries to be exact. It has sleek studios dotted all over the UK – the nearest can be found under Fenwick Newcastle’s roof – and its skilled consultants are an urban-minded homeowner’s best pal, whether you’re looking to update a space corner by corner with luxury accessories, or revamp a room or two completely.