Image: New beginnings
  • LOCATION: London SW12
  • BUDGET: £45,000

New beginnings

Modern family home receives storage makeover

When this family of four moved from a period house to a modern home it was time to think differently about furniture and storage. They enlisted the help of Barbara Genda for what became a three-phase project to add sufficient storage throughout. The starting point was a cupboard under the stairs, which became useful hanging space for coats and the children’s school and PE bags. In the master bedroom, dysfunctional furniture was replaced with beautiful walnut wardrobes broken up by smoked mirrors. During the second

phase, a statement library was created with thick shelves and integrated lighting as well as the addition of storage to a study room. In the dining room a stylish free-standing display unit in dark stained oak perfectly complemented the existing dining table. Finally, the third phase of the project was a playroom in the loft, which was fitted out with white shelves bearing colourful fronts for a funky and vibrant finish!


The challenge in the study was to make the space appear wider and brighter so mirrored backs were used on the open shelves to reflect light and create the illusion of space.


Situated on a large first floor landing the library was built around a small window and doors for an authentic library feel and fitted with integrated lighting on open shelves to create more space.


The beautiful walnut wardrobes featured bronze mirror panels and contained hanging space, shelves as well as his and hers storage. A further wardrobe was used purely for shoes and handbags.


The dining room furniture fitted beautifully in this space and again had mirrored backing to add to the illusion of space. The entrance hall wardrobe provided invaluable storage for coats and shoes and featured bright green melamine interiors and high gloss lacquered doors.


This quirky loft space was fitted out with stepped shelving and storage as well as a curved fronted desk with drawers.