AUGUST POSTCARDS: Sustainable Luxury in Central London

I’m so excited to share this project again for anyone who didn’t see it the first time around. I was asked by Obbard to consult on this historic building and came up with the concept, colour scheme and look and feel for the five apartments. Come and look around and rediscover the details you might have missed first time round.

walls in Graphenstone Bougie

I was invited to work on this iconic (I don’t use that word lightly) London building a little over a year ago by Obbard who asked if I would consult on the concept, the colours and the look and feel of the apartments, which, at the time I first visited were run down and empty. Obbard had already redesigned the layouts to create five lateral apartments from what used to be a collection of small pieds a terre built for gentlemen to use when they came up to town to visit clubs or entertain women who possibly weren’t their wives. The Grade II listed building now belongs to the wine merchants Berry Bros & Rudd and we all immediately agreed that we wanted to develop the apartments in a high end, sustainable and eco-conscious way, as far as was possible, for what was to become a collection of rental flats.

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If you like the colours used they are from Graphenstone and are as follows:

Off white walls Bougie

Yellow Ceiling – Lamplight

Red Ceiling – Barolo

Green Ceiling – Aspidistra

Pink bedroom and bathroom – Powder Pot

Brown room – Bookcase

These are special colours so if you want you need to ring 01379 772940 or email [email protected] and ask for what you want.

Kate Watson-Smyth

The author Kate Watson-Smyth

I’m a journalist who writes about interiors mainly for The Financial Times but I have also written regularly for The Independent and The Daily Mail. My house has been in Living Etc, HeartHome and featured in The Wall Street Journal & Corriere della Sera. I also run an interior styling consultancy Mad About Your House. Welcome to my Mad House.


  1. Such a beautiful project. I love the crittal style doors in the bathroom with the reeded glass sections – where are these from please?

  2. I love the pink used… warm, subtle, the perfect amount of colour for layering textures and patterns against!! Would love to get my hands on this colour but can’t see it on Graphenstone website 🙁 nooo 🙁
    Great work!!

  3. Hi Kate – simply adore these apartments! Love the bathrooms, the yellow ceiling, everything! Could you please share the source of the rugs? They complement your soft neutral colour schemes do well.

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