When it comes to principles, handbag designer Angela Weidenbaum holds hers so dear that design wise, they not only influence her work but also, the style of her home.
The mother-of-three is guided by her commitment to living clutter-free and to vegetarianism. So Angela, who only works in fabrics and faux leathers when it comes to her handbags and will neither wear nor have as furniture any animal skin products, had a major interiors make-over on her hands when she and husband David moved house last autumn.
For the four bedroom mock Georgian property they bought on the outskirts of Manchester was all gilt, chintz and styled to period so couldn’t have been further from Angela’s minimalist mantra.
Explains Angela: “I like simplicity. I find that traditional styling can clutter space, which I believe cramps creativity. Being clutter free helps to free the mind, not least because it’s easier to keep clean and tidy, which brings about its own peace.”
To overhaul downstairs, Angela contacted her favourite design team at Stuart Frazer’s Prestwich showroom. Known primarily for its ultra contemporary, hi-gloss kitchens, one of which Angela had in her previous home, this time around, the Weidenbaums requested Stuart Frazer not only design and build them the perfect dining kitchen but also, work with them to create the ideal ‘Zen’ lounge and family den.
To a black and glacier white colour scheme, Stuart Frazer initially laid marble tiled floors to replace carpet. The company’s experts then carried through its signature handle-less Siematic units from the dining kitchen into neighbouring rooms so they could be used for such as television and computer stands. For Angela, the advantage is that remote controls and other paraphernalia can be concealed from view and kept tidy in the units’ cupboards and drawers.
By following the same colour scheme and styling from the front door through to French windows that open out on the rear garden, Angela, with Stuart Frazer, has created an airy, openly flowing space. Her downstairs is flooded with light that is reflected off the white surfaces, with the touches of black helping to cast the softest of shadows.
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