Born in Scotland and now living in an old converted school in Hackney, Katy Stevenson-Bretton‘s work first caught our eye with her warm and textured designs. As we explored further, we discovered a wealth of projects mixing old and new, natural and vintage materials but all linked by the same inviting sense of comfort and class.
She tells us how having a vision for your space is the key to achieving a space that works together, ‘Have a vision. This could be keywords, colours or just the vibe you’re trying to create. Create flow and harmony by weaving your vision throughout your home, rather than creating themes for each room.’ We chat to Katy about her perfect Sunday in London, her design favourites and what home means to her…
Is there a signature Katy Stevenson Bretton look? If so, how would you describe it?
I’m not sure there’s a signature KSB look as I’m always working with a client’s own vision and ideas, but I do always like to stay true to a building and its heritage. Natural materials and deep, earthy colours appeal to me and I like varying textures and bringing together old and new – nothing too ‘match matchy’!
In terms of furniture, what design classics standout for you?
I love a good chair! Favourites are the 1958 Norman Cherner armchair – so elegant – anything by Pierre Jeanneret (but especially the ‘Easy Armchair’) and a more recent production, the Baines & Fricker SB03-1 Elm Rocker.
What would be your top interior design tip for our readers?
Have a vision. This could be keywords, colours or just the vibe you’re trying to create. Create flow and harmony by weaving your vision throughout your home, rather than creating themes for each room. One simple technique is to stick to a limited colour palette throughout. Build moodboards based on your vision (Pinterest is brilliant for this) and source fittings and furnishings which are in-keeping with your look. Follow your heart and try not to get tied up in what works with what. Aim to build up art and decorative objects slowly – your home should reflect your life and character, not just a single shopping spree.
What does home mean to you?
My home is my sanctuary – the place I am most comfortable and most myself. I live in an apartment in an old converted school in Hackney with my husband and our 4 year old son. It’s very characterful and filled with natural materials, vintage pieces, family hand-me-downs and art and objects we’ve bought and collected over the years.
What are your three most treasured pieces?
Last year I sourced a giant tree root from eBay (I think it’s sequoia – it was shipped from California in the seventies) and paired it with a round carrara marble top to make a coffee table. It’s one of my favourite pieces in our home. I also love our crystal decanters, which belonged to my husband’s great uncle, and a Peter Howson drawing which was bought for a song many years ago from an antique shop in Ayr.
A perfect Sunday is…
A bit of a lie-in followed by an indulgent breakfast (I’m currently obsessed with Anna Jones’ healthy pancake recipe), a walk in the sunshine – either a good countryside stomp or, if we’re in London, then maybe stopping at Columbia Road Flower Market. Then home to cook dinner and watch a movie.
If you could choose one piece from Layer, what would it be and where would it live?
I’ll take the AR Cordemeijer 1262 chairs please – they will be perfect around my just-ordered new dining table!
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