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How a morning room in a period building can be brought into the 21st century with modern paints and carefully selected furniture.

The project: This is the morning room of a Regency house in the Channel Islands that was built in the 1820s.

The designer: Janine Stone ( does complete ‘turn-key’ refurbishments. With her London based team of architects and designers, Janine Stone has mastered the art of bringing period houses into the 21st century— and building houses that combine the best of old and new.
morning room janine stone
Oscar Norton says: ‘The house was pared back to its bones and reinvented to create a home that combines period character with 21st-century luxury living. Key to the success of this scheme is the painstaking attention to detail; traditional panelling, artisan plasterwork, bespoke flooring, joinery and specialist paintwork are combined to restore the room’s period feel.

The ceiling and walls are finished with a translucent white-paint treatment that creates the appearance of an aged patina, reflecting the light from the central chandelier and wall sconces. The room is furnished with other pieces that are sympathetic to the period, including a Regency-style table that was custom-made specifically for the room and has been designed to be the perfect height at which to take tea while enjoying the sweeping views.’

How to get the look:

The violet velvet on the sofa is from Lelievre, Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, London SW10 (020–7352 4798;

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For an extensive range of beautifully made sofas, visit Dudgeon at Bartolozzi Mews, 100, Lillie Road, London SW6 (020–7589 0322;

Ossowski has an impressive reputation as a dealer in 18th-century mirrors. It’s at 83, Pimlico Road, London SW1 (020– 7730 3256;

For a wide selection of traditional wall sconces and chandeliers, try Charles Edwards’s two showrooms at 582 and 575, King’s Road, London SW6 (020– 7736 8940;

Wendy Cushing Passementerie offers a wide range of trimmings and tassels, ideal for adding an elaborate touch to curtains. Available at Chelsea Harbour Design Centre, London SW10 (; 020–7351 4440)

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