Painted furniture in a freestanding feel and well-chosen accessories create a homely kitchen for isobel thompson’s apartment.

Legal analyst Isobel Thompson bought her two-bedroom apartment in a Victorian mansion house in northwest London as a bolthole. Its interior was clean but dated and in need of a complete overhaul. Short on time, Isobel chose to hand the entire refurbishment over to designer Rosie Winston of Clifton Interiors. ‘As Isobel spends a great deal of time travelling for work, we met only a handful of times during the process, but communicated regularly by Skype,’ says Rosie.

‘Architecturally, the flat retained many of its original features, with tall ceilings and large windows, and I wanted to make the most of that,’ continues Rosie. The kitchen was very modern, with blocks of wall units that made the room feel closed in, and a kitchen table near the windows, creating a void in the middle of the room. ‘We’d developed an eclectic vintage look for the rest of the apartment and the existing kitchen didn’t fit into that style.’