Who? I hear many of you asking. Well, in the simplest terms, she’s the interior designer who has just been asked to do up the Beckham house in West London.
Yes it was Kelly Hoppen for the “first phase” apparently and now it’s Rose Uniacke. Now like many of you, I imagine, I had no idea who she was. But when I looked at her work, I can see why Victoria, who is these days (or strives to be -depending on your point of view) regarded as *a person of taste*, chose her.
At first glance these images are all beige and neutral and tasteful but they’re a long way removed from the bland good taste of a Hoppen house. Uniacke trained first as a furniture restorer before becoming known as someone who could source fabulous pieces. Gradually her reputation as someone who could also create fabulous interiors began to spread.
I love all these rooms, because I love the mix of old and new. Each room almost looks like a still life painting – although that may be partly down to Simon Upton’s skill with a camera. She’s also a paint specialist and it’s the effect on the walls that I particularly like – they all look like polished plaster.
The colours are muted, the furniture simple but she makes the most of all the natural features and there is nothing remotely footballer’s wife about any of it.
Some of these pictures are of her own home – all 14,000 sq ft of it (yes I know, but she is also married to David Heyman, the producer of the Harry Potter films, and they do have five children).
It’s basically all very simple with luxury in the details – the architectural detailing, the beautiful antique carved chair by the side of the freestanding bath that contrasts with the raw floorboards.
These pictures are a mix of projects she has done and her own house and while we might not all have the space, the proportions or (let’s be honest) the budget to recreate something on such a grand scale as this, there is inspiration to be had and lessons to be learnt.
On a practical note, I’m not sure that a red velvet curtain separating the kitchen from the dining room is a great idea – it might need regular cleaning, but for drama and separation of the space it’s pretty fantastic. Actually, looking closely I can’t even see a hob there so perhaps the steak frying is done elsewhere.
I love this conservatory and also how the addition of a simple wooden bench has turned this corridor into somewhere I could quite happily sit with a book for an hour.
In fact, I wonder if that’s the secret? So many interior designed homes seem to lack personality. There are artfully arranged pebbles on worktops and huge vases of flowers and outsize bowls of fruit. But Uniacke has books in many of her rooms so you really do feel you could move in and unpack.
What do you think?