Alison and Alan were ready for a change. Their living room which effectively spanned two rooms and opened into a dining room at the rear of the house, had served their family well over the years. This large space proved particularly useful when their children were young. The room was broken up into distinct areas with the front part being used as a traditional living room then a study space which partly separated it from a play area at the rear.
With the passage of time, the children outgrew the play space and the furniture began to look dated and so the couple decided that it was time to create a new purpose for the space and a fresh and brighter look. They’d seen something that they really liked the look of in the Conquest brochure and so requested a consultation with a Conquest furniture designer.
In discussion with Conquest designer Shameen, they found that they were able to quickly communicate what they were hoping to achieve with the room, a bright and airy contemporary feel with a better flow through the space and a large aquarium that would form a centrepiece.
‘Shameen was very easy to communicate and interact with and we felt very comfortable and confident that she would produce a very good design but we didn’t realise how dramatic and stunning the change would be.’
The new display furniture and sideboard in white painted wood with glass display areas, light oak worktops and inset lighting provided a clean, fresh and contemporary feel and a perfect canvas for the striking colours of their new aquarium.
The areas has been transformed from what had become something of a thoroughfare into a serene living space with study, library and reading nook and with the aquarium as the centrepiece.
The tranquility of the finished space belies the work and technical challenges involved. Concealing the wiring and electrical gadgetry was crucial to creating that sense of calm and order, as was the creation of the piece that would hold the aquarium. It would need to be very strong but also the lines of the design should ensure a sense of continuity and perfect fit. This was achieved by mirroring the curve of the aquarium with a curve in the light oak work top.
‘Working with Conquest has been very easy as all personnel from beginning to end have been polite, friendly and professional. Shameen worked tirelessly at the weekends to produce the design on time and was not troubled by our interim email requests regarding the fish tank. The fitters were punctual, skilful and professional. The surveyor made some very important adjustments to the initial design and it was obvious that the designer, surveyor and fitters worked as a team to produce an excellent final product.
We would unhesitatingly recommend the Conquest team to anybody.’
The Richardsons from Chichester spent six months transforming their newly built home with the help of Conquest before they moved in, in June this year.
‘As the house was a new-build all of the rooms were empty shells without any fittings, so we wanted to build furniture such as wardrobes in the bedrooms and cabinets in the sitting room for storage.’ Matthew Richardson
The couple had asked the builders of their house to leave from constructing furniture in the bedrooms as they preferred to work alongside the designers at Conquest to create a bespoke wardrobe which catered to their requirements and aesthetic tastes. Conquest designed the wardrobe to run along one wall in the bedroom and to curve around the corner onto the connected wall and to then fit underneath the window. The wardrobe consisted of an inbuilt dressing table with fitted lights, a chest of drawers and a window seat which also acted as shoe-storage, making best use of the available space. Additionally, Conquest created a headboard for the bed and two bedside cabinets which perfectly matched the material used to create the wardrobe, creating an attractive and consistent design.
However, it was not just the bedroom that Conquest helped to transform:
Create Space for Dining this Autumn
Mike Sinclair, a company Director from Kent and his wife Jayne, transformed their formerly slightly cramped dining room into a spacious, family orientated room equipped with perfectly matching furniture that suited their personal requirements and fitted the space exactly.
Before the transformation, the family’s dining room was furnished with free-standing oak furniture which was taking up a lot of space yet without providing enough room for storage. Opting for bespoke furniture allowed them to have dining room furniture that was created to fit the specific measurements and contours of their dining room, meaning that there was more available storage space but without as much of the floor area being taken up. They were able to choose every aspect of the design, including cabinets to exhibit their finest glass and china, a further cabinet to store their spirits, a wine rack and cooler, drawers to hold their cutlery and shelves to display their photo frames – all equipped with in-built spotlights for a striking finish. Additionally, as the couple enjoy entertaining guests and had to that end, kept a trolley in their dining room specifically to carry hot-food, Conquest created an in-built hot cupboard, fitting perfectly into the corner of the room to maximise storage and space.
Conquest were able to provide a beautifully finished oak fitted dining furniture which made the best and most efficient use of the space, whilst ensuring it worked on a practical level to meet their particular needs.
Whatever your needs or style requirements, and whatever the size and shape of the space available Conquest can help to ensure that you can enjoy the perfect dining experience in your own home.
If you are interested in furniture that is created specifically for your home, contact Conquest Fine Bespoke Furniture on 0800 975 1199 to arrange a personal design consultation at home with one of their qualified designers. Our furniture design team cover all areas of the UK.
My Perfect Kitchen
Sometimes in life, only the best will do and this was precisely the view Miss Turk came to when she ultimately decided to opt for a Conquest built and fitted kitchen. For Miss Turk, a Nurse from Hampshire, an insistence on the highest standards applied equally both in her work life and at home.
It’s no surprise then that it was Conquest that she ultimately came to for the design and build of her new kitchen. Miss Turk had taken on a real project when she bought her new home in Hampshire around a year ago, describing it as a ‘shell’ with no kitchen at all when she moved in. Simply preparing food and washing up presented a daily challenge. However she was determined to adapt the house to meet her particular needs and design requirements. She began by removing a wall between the kitchen and the dining room to open up the space for the creation of a kitchen diner. The victorian property had particularly high ceilings and she found that the ‘out of town’ big DIY stores couldn’t make their standard kitchens fit the space. Miss Turk was also keen on a wooden dining table with a carved finish, designed to integrate with the kitchen island – again something she didn’t feel she get far with in the big stores. ‘The designers didn’t seem to understand my needs and the design that I was looking for. I felt that I was being manoeuvred into their standard offering. The experience with Fiona – one of the designers at Conquest couldn’t have been more different – she got me – and we worked together.’
Miss Turk was able to ensure that the kitchen fitted into the style that she had envisaged and had begun to develop for the rest of her new home. She also found that Fiona at Conquest, was able to deliver innovative solutions to the challenges of the job – such as the need to ensure the boiler’s presence in the kitchen was as discrete as possible. Miss Turk worked together with Fiona on the whole look of the kitchen and its connection with the rest of the home, making tweaks and adjustments here and there. Miss Turk loved the Limestone floor tiles that Fiona showed her and how they toned beautifully with the granite work surface she’d selected.
The fitters too made a great impression with nothing being too much trouble.
And the final result – Miss Turk is delighted saying that it has made a huge difference to her life. The new kitchen diner has really opened up the house and provides the perfect space for socialising and entertaining.
Juliette Whiting and her husband, Charlie Whiting (of Formula 1 fame), renovated their 18th century Georgian property; transforming the interior to reflect their own personal taste and style to bring out the spectacular features of the house. Juliette said:
“I had heard of Conquest’s excellent reputation from a number of friends, but it was only when I saw a Conquest advert in a homes and interior magazine, and saw the Lexington Lounge photograph that I was prompted to get in touch, as it was exactly the kind of look I wanted to create in my home.”
Mr and Mrs Whiting moved into their Georgian style property over a year ago and wanted to put their own personal touch to their already remarkable home. The property’s previous owners had opted for very dark, rich colours, although Juliette was extremely tempted by black fabrics and bronze patterned wallpaper,
“I was a little concerned that the strong and beautifully designed wallpapers would date and compete with the house and architecture, rather than complement it.”
Juliette wanted to lighten up and transform her new home with white woodwork in the entrance hall and pale colours in order to create a bright and relaxing design, which could then supplemented with splashes of colour, such as the red stair-runner. When asked what inspired the design of her home, Juliette answered:
“My choice in tones and colours was inspired by the colonial-revival style of architecture represented by the Raffles hotel in Singapore, a style very much influenced by Georgian architecture in Britain. Georgian style homes tend to draw on the classical orders of architecture and I wished to bring these elements into the decor of my home.”
The bright interior, pale colours and white carved wooden panelling complement the dark teak flooring and bring out the beautiful features of the house such as the chandelier, the columns and the galleried landings, reinforcing its romantic Georgian character.
If Mr and Mrs Whiting’s story has inspired you to want to transform your home, we can help. If you’d like to see more detailed photos then simply click on the Flickr (fr)icon at the top of this web site. At Conquest Fine Furniture, we can create beautifully crafted fine bespoke wooden panelling, exquisitely designed and detailed handcrafted radiator covers, skirting boards, picture rails and much, much more. For more information on how we can help to make your vision a reality, or to a book a consultation, contact Conquest UK on 0800 975 119.