August 18, 2021|Luxury Design
How to break into the design industry
We are fortunate enough to receive multiple CV’s, portfolios and applications for internships arriving in our inbox daily, alongside requests for advice on how to become an interior designer. We speak to our Co-Founder, Sharon Lillywhite, on her top ten tips for how to break into the design industry and what it takes to be an Interior Designer working at the very top end of...
June 28, 2021|Luxury Design
Conversations in Craftmanship: Davidson
In our third edition of ‘Conversations in Craftsmanship’, we are delighted to speak with Alexandra Davidson, the Managing Director of luxury furniture brand DAVIDSON. Established in 1986, this family-run company have become renowned as a purveyor of the finest British craftmanship, specialising in contemporary designs in luxurious finishes. Alexandra shares with...
June 15, 2021|Luxury Design
Interior Design in The Pursuit of Love
Nancy Mitford’s most enduringly popular novel ‘The Pursuit of Love’ is the latest in a string of TV adaptions of period novels. Following on from the success of Regency-era series Bridgerton, The Pursuit of Love has made us fall in love with the 1920s as a design period all over again. First published in 1945, the extravagant costumes, maximalist interiors and majestic...
May 28, 2021|Luxury Design
Conversations in Craftmanship: Lalique
In our fascinating new series ‘Conversations in Craftmanship’, we will be showcasing the work of our favourite artisans and reveal the high level of skill and craftmanship that goes into creating their designs. In this second edition, we speak to Frederick Fischer, the UK Managing Director of Lalique. An iconic symbol of French luxury, Lalique was founded by glassmaker and...
May 20, 2021|Luxury Design
Visual Trickery: Trompe l'Oeil
The visual trickery of trompe l’oeil has entranced viewers for centuries. From the French term meaning ‘to deceive the eye’, trompe l’oeil refers to the use of paint to create an illusionary scene, landscape or architectural feature. This style was first devised by the Ancient Greeks using a combination of pigment and wet plaster to produce colour. This was then used to...
April 23, 2021|Luxury Design
Conversations in Craftmanship: Cole & Son
In our exciting new series ‘Conversations in Craftmanship’, we will be showcasing the work of our favourite artisans and reveal the high level of skill and craftmanship that goes into creating their designs. In our first edition, we speak to Carley Bean, the Design Director of prestigious wallpaper and fabric company Cole & Son. Carley leads a team of four...
February 9, 2021|Luxury Design
How To Style A Luxury Bar Cart
A true icon of the Art Deco era, we love how a bar cart makes an instant style statement. Popularised during the 1920s-1970s, drinks trolleys are experiencing a revival once more as we currently spend more time at home. A practical, portable and stylish piece of furniture, keep reading to learn our expert tips to styling your own bar cart.
January 25, 2021|Luxury Design
Bridgerton: Our Love Affair With Regency Interiors
Celebrated as the ‘age of elegance’, the Georgian era is the backdrop for Netflix’s sumptuous new series Bridgerton. Inspired by best-selling author Julia Quinn’s novels, the plotline follows two competing families in London in the early 1800s: the understatedly elegant Bridgertons and the ostentatiously wealthy Featheringtons. The exquisite interiors reflects each...
January 18, 2021|Luxury Design
Pantone Colour of the Year 2021
For only the second time in Pantone’s 20-year history, the colour institution have chosen two shades instead of one for their Colour of the Year. As we look to fortify ourselves with energy for the year ahead after the ongoing uncertainty of 2020, it makes sense that we should want to surround ourselves with colours associated with joy and resilience. ‘Illuminating’ a...
December 10, 2020|Luxury Design
Luxury Amenities in a Post-Covid World
Super-prime property is all about the superlative, from the very finest materials to world-class amenities, the standard expected is nothing short of exceptional. Our globally mobile clients have experienced the world’s most exclusive hospitality, and therefore when they return home, they expect this same level of luxury at a minimum. As a result, hotel-style services such...
November 27, 2020|Luxury Design
Wellbeing in a Post-Covid World
The impact of Covid-19 this year has seen domestic, work and leisure aspects of life all combined into our homes. With the requirement to work from home and our lives increasingly digitalised, the value of a home that is centered around wellbeing is even more apparent. For today’s Ultra High Net Worth (UHNW) buyers, a spa, gym or swimming pool simply isn’t sufficient to...
November 18, 2020|Luxury Design
Technology in a Post-Covid World
Our homes have always been our sanctuaries, but this cherished space has become all the more important as a result of the pandemic. From the need for a dedicated workspace, to an emphasis on cleanliness and wellbeing in the home, the virus is shaping new priorities. This is especially true at the top end of the market, where emerging trends pre-Covid 19 are now transforming the...
November 4, 2020|Luxury Design
Savoir Beds: The Art of Tailored Sleep
Each year, the clocks going back signifies the transition from summer to autumn as well as the start of a new season. This coupled with a second lockdown, means we are spending more time in the sanctuary of our homes than ever before. With a third of our lives spent in bed, the bedroom is one of the most important rooms in the home, providing a restful space to dream, recover...
September 11, 2020|Luxury Design
Art Deco Style in Interior Design
Art Deco first appeared in France and is short for ‘Arts Décoratifs’ after the International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts held in Paris in 1925. Considered the epitome of glamour in the Roaring Twenties, this eclectic movement references the geometric forms of Cubism, the machine-style of Futurism, as well as its predecessor Art Nouveau....
September 3, 2020|Luxury Design
Spotlight On: The Bedside Table
When designing the interior scheme of a bedroom, we like to think of the bed as the focal point of the room and the bedside tables as the perfect bookends that frame this key feature. A thoughtfully considered bedside table should not only reflect your unique personal style but also be functional, providing space to store practical items. In this blog, we share our expert...
August 28, 2020|Luxury Design
How To Design a Luxury Outdoor Space
With summer approaching and warmer days ahead, our focus shifts from the indoors to the outdoors. Much of the appeal of a garden is that it offers a multifunctional space; a place to enjoy alfresco dining with family and friends, a welcome retreat to read a book or room for children to play. As such, when beginning the process of designing an outdoor space, it is important to...
August 20, 2020|Luxury Design
An Introduction to Elizabethan Style
This week we pay homage to 400 years of illustrious playwright and national treasure, William Shakespeare. Coinciding with St. George’s Day, April 23rd will truly be a quintessentially British celebration. This coupled with Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday this week means there is no better time to celebrate the enduring elegance of British design through the ages. In...
July 28, 2020|Luxury Design
Jewellery for the Home: Passementerie
Passementerie is a French term, which encompasses ribbons, trimmings and tassels used to adorn clothing and furnishings. This age-old technique enhances curtains, pillows and upholstery through embellishment, transforming these commonplace items into works of art in their own right. These trimmings can be both bold and understated, adding the all-important finishing touch to a...
July 26, 2020|Luxury Design
Top 3 Ways to Accessorise a Luxury Outdoor Space
When designing a home, accessories can be viewed as the final layer that adds an all-important touch of personality and visual interest. A thoughtfully curated selection of accessories, that complements the overall design scheme and colour palette, has the ability to elevate a space to the next level. As a result, outdoor accessories are just as important as indoor accessories...
June 23, 2020|Luxury Design
Craftsmanship in Design: Our Top 5 Artisans
Craftsmanship in design has a rich and long legacy, which has seen time-honoured skills and expertise passed down from generation to generation, but adapted to meet modern tastes and requirements. At the top end of the market, our clientele are seeking exclusivity and exceptional quality, and this is where we enlist the skill of artisans and craftsmen to create something...
May 27, 2020|Luxury Design
The Art of Wardrobe Organisation
Our wardrobes are often an extension of our personality, and hold many of our most treasured possessions. However, with space often at a premium, creating a streamlined and organised wardrobe has clear benefits. The trend for downsizing is one we have observed increasingly at the top end of the market, as our clients look for residences that reflect their unique lifestyles. One...
May 18, 2020|Luxury Design
Home from Home: How to Recreate Your Favourite Hotel
While travelling is temporarily on hold, we find ourselves dreaming of the luxuries we enjoyed at our favourite hotels. From sumptuous bedding to decadent spa experiences, a stay in a hotel offers a much-need retreat from everyday life. While we are not able to visit these places in person, we can still recreate the feeling of sanctuary that a luxury hotel brings. The added...
May 7, 2020|Luxury Design
Travel The World From Your Home
The luxury of travel is something many of us are looking forward to post-lockdown. From a tropical island escape to a culinary city break, travel offers enriching and memorable experiences that stay with us long after our trip ends. Although we currently aren’t able to visit these destinations in person, carefully considered design can provide a way to take a journey from...
May 1, 2020|Luxury Design
How to Virtually Redesign Your Home
During this period of lockdown, we are spending more time in our homes than ever before. As a result, we are discovering a new sense of gratitude for spaces within our homes that may have been previously under-appreciated; a sun trap in the garden for eating alfresco or a freestanding bath for moments of relaxation. However, this extended period of time inside can also...
April 29, 2020|Luxury Design
Tips for Creating An Inspiring Home Office in Lockdown
Of all the rooms in a home, the office is the most important space to achieve a balance between style and practicality. With many people now working remotely from home during this period of lockdown, the need for a clearly defined space for productivity is more essential than ever. Our expert guide shares our top tips on how to create an inspirational home office that marries...
April 16, 2020|Luxury Design
The Colour of Hope: The Blue Edit
Colour authority Pantone unveiled Classic Blue as their Colour of the Year for 2020. One of the strongest hues within the colour psychology spectrum, blue instils a sense of calm and is associated with loyalty, security and trust. In solidarity with the NHS and all the incredible work they do to save lives, we have collated a sensory edit of our favourite blue-hued places,...
April 2, 2020|Luxury Design
Our Top 5 Tips for Styling With Books
A true home to Oliver Burns is a treasure chest of thoughtful accents and pieces that together transform a space from ordinary to extraordinary. When adding the finishing touches to our luxury residences, we handpick a discerning selection of books to tell a visual story behind the design and inject personality into the space. Thoughtfully chosen books styled on coffee tables...
January 21, 2020|Luxury Design
Super-Prime Bathroom Design
At Oliver Burns, we are thought leaders in luxury bathroom design. In an increasingly fast-paced and technology-driven world, we understand the practical and emotional value of a beautiful bathroom. Traditionally a private domain within the home, we are seeing the division between the bedroom and bathroom removed to create expansive, open plan areas and suites that maximise the...
January 20, 2020|Luxury Design
Luxury Soft Furnishings
Adding texture to a space is an all-important consideration when designing any interior scheme. Without texture a room will have the same visual tone and tactile feel, which can result in it feeling flat and uninspiring. Fabric is an effective way to instantly create an inviting atmosphere in a space, especially when contrasting materials are layered together to add visual...
January 15, 2020|Luxury Design
Project Focus: Belgravia Townhouse
In a charming Belgravia enclave, this Grade II listed white stuccoed residence with portico entrance represents Georgian grandeur at its best. Responsible for not only the design, but also the build, Oliver Burns acted as designer, development manager and main contractor for an international client on this inspiring project, solely responsible for crafting and delivering its transformation.
January 5, 2020|Luxury Design
Art in London’s Finest Residences
London is one of the greatest artistic epicentres, with world-renowned galleries such as The Royal Academy, The National Gallery and the Tate Galleries displaying some of the finest and most highly valued masterpieces. From Seurat’s Bathers at Asnières to Diego Velázquez’s Rokeby Venus, London is a treasure trove of iconic and celebrated works of art. However, it is no...
October 26, 2019|Luxury Design
Project Focus: Regent's Park Townhouse
Situated overlooking The Regent’s Park, this exquisite Grade I listed Nash townhouse has it all. From floor to ceiling windows and grand fireplaces, to sublime architectural details, the natural beauty of this Regency gem is breath-taking. Set over six stunning floors, we designed this family home for lovely long-standing clients who had just become new parents, so...
September 26, 2019|Luxury Design
Art in Super-Prime Interiors
Artwork has been traditionally viewed as the finishing touch to dressing a home, providing the proverbial cherry on top. However, recently we have observed a reverse trend where art can inform how the structure of a home is designed. From reinforced floors, to freight elevators to bear the weight of heavy paintings, the architectural fabric of the building is now carefully...
March 13, 2019|Luxury Design
Project Focus: The Lakehouse
Situated on the tranquil shores of the Italian lakes, with a stunning backdrop of mountains and cypress-fringed water, we created this stunning villa as a family holiday home for a dear long-standing client. A derelict property that had fallen into great disrepair through the generations, our client purchased the home four years ago and commissioned Oliver Burns to lead...
February 12, 2019|Luxury Design
John Nash's Iconic Architecture
The legacy of the esteemed regency architect, John Nash, can still be observed in the architectural fabric of our capital. From the sweeping grandeur of Regent’s Street to the elegant stuccoed façades of The Park Crescent, Nash left an indelible mark on London. A master of diverse architectural styles, Nash’s repertoire spanned everything from neo-Classical Gothicism to...
January 25, 2019|Luxury Design
The Real Value of Roof Terraces
When a super-prime buyer is spending up to £7,000 per sq.ft on a property in London, they get the very best; an iconic address, world-class interiors, private spa facilities and underground parking. But there is one highly sought-after feature that doesn’t come as standard with a multi-million pound London home and that’s a roof terrace.
December 8, 2018|Luxury Design
No longer the domain of opulent, stuffy interiors, the fringe is back and it’s better than ever. Adorning catwalks and interiors this season and beyond, we explore why fringing is set to become the new classic, adding instant glamour to whatever it touches.