Today, we’re shining the spotlight and giving you a house tour of our longest standing designer, Danielle. Originally from Wales, Danielle lives in London with her partner Simon and cat Dora. Together, they live in a spacious 3 bed apartment in Brockley. The previous owners and their family had lived in the house for over 60 years, and let’s just say it needed a little updating… Luckily, Danielle had the vision! So, despite an extremely long and stressful buying process (nearly a year) they made it and completed on their second home together. Scroll on down to find out about her renovations process and explore some of the ‘before’ shots.
Danielle’s passion for interior design all started with a love affair with none other than ‘Changing Rooms’. However, we can safely say the transformations she does for Topology and within her own home are far from some of the nightmares created on the show! Here, she’s moved walls to make the kitchen bigger, and ripped down ceilings to make the upper floors feel more spacious and light. We think Danielle’s renovation journey is nothing less than a triumph. So without further ado, enjoy this house tour, interview and soak up some inspiring interior design…
Portrait by Theo McInnes & Interior Photos by Richard Kiely
1 – What made you buy this property and what works did you undergo?
“I’m also glad we made the kitchen work better for us. I pushed the wall back between the kitchen and the bathroom (stealing some space from the bathroom) which meant we had more space for an additional run of units and the shelving which I love. “
2 – How did you begin the design process & onboarding of trades?
I’d drawn up all our designs before we’d even got the keys for the house (upside of it taking so long). But I also knew I wanted to live in the space first before committing to any of the plans. We also had to get sign off to do the work first which took around 3 months. I had a few contractors to quote for us and in the end took a risk and used contractors that we’d not worked with before – rather than using our usual Topology contacts. I felt it would be a good chance to try someone new on my own project rather than a clients!
3 – What was the most challenging part of the renovation process & did you manage to keep costs under control?
4- What’s your favourite room and spot in the house?
3 – If you could change one thing now in hindsight what would it be?
I’d have put wall lights / extra lighting in the hallway – I hate having the ‘big’ lights on in general and it always bugs me that I don’t have any softer lighting out there. I’d also have replaced all of the skirting boards and door architraves. I wish I’d stripped them all off and put new to give a more crisp finish. Both were areas that I decided to scale back on to keep in budget, but given we didn’t go over at all, I feel like I should have pushed the boat out here.
5 -Your top 3 furniture pieces?
5 – Your paint colours used?
Kitchen- F&B – Slipper Satin
We hope you’ve enjoyed this house tour series and learning more about our designer Danielle & her beautiful home in Brockley. Tune in next time for our founder Athina’s house tour…