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Coastal House Beautiful

My Coastal Townhouse design project is featured in the February issue (out now) of House Beautiful; I cannot think of a better way to start 2016!

The House Beautiful article, written by Janet McMeekin, explains how the brief set by my clients was to design a home which reflected the local area and wherever possible used local tradesmen, artists and suppliers.  The interior design needed to feature my clients extensive art and ceramic collection which were they only items they brought from their previous London home and were to be the focus of their new home.  I sourced all of the furniture, fittings and accessories for this project ensuring that each item had contemporary simplicity, a nod of retro or were iconic design classics.

The pretty coastal village where my clients live is near to my own home, so on a clear July morning I set of to further discover the character, textures and colours of the village.



My interior scheme used my photography of the area as a starting point and a palette was created which included soft grey, blue tones and vivid red found on the safety boards and life rings.  You can read more about using this scheme in my July Colour Pallet here.

Three key pieces of furniture in the Coastal Townhouse include the long bookcase behind the sofa, the lounge sideboard and the glass and oak dining table, all of which I designed specifically for this client.  You can see more images of these items in the portfolios here.


Over the coming weeks I will talk much more about individual aspects of this project, in the mean time I am sure you would enjoy the House Beautiful article and the wonderful photography by Richard Gadsby.

If you have any interior or furniture design query, or you would like details of any of the furniture or accessories used in this interior, then please do not hesitate to contact me on alys@oliveliving.co.uk or call 07989740401.  You are also more than welcome to follow my news and opinion on my social media platforms Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

  • Lukeosaurus And Me

    2nd January 2016 at 6:50 pm Reply

    Your photography is absolutely beautiful. The tones are wonderful and I can see why you chose to use them. Ray x

  • emilie

    3rd January 2016 at 12:14 am Reply

    Amazing, congrats on the feature! so glad I came across your blog. Happy New year lovely xx

  • Julia Grant

    3rd January 2016 at 3:19 pm Reply

    Looks like a great feature Alys, what a fab start to the New Year.

    • Alys

      3rd January 2016 at 4:42 pm Reply

      Thank you so much Julia, your Perky tables looks excellent in the article xx

  • Janet McMeekin

    4th January 2016 at 10:24 am Reply

    Hi Alys,

    Lovely blog post. Thanks so much for your kind words about my House Beautiful feature….I thoroughly enjoyed writing it, and also crossing paths with yourself, and homeowners Beverley and Graham Steel. They’re justifiably proud of their stunning coastal townhouse which is a sheer delight in every aspect.. You’ve also built up a wonderful relationship with the Steels which speaks volumes about Olive Living. Looking forward to featuring your own home next! :-) x

  • Beverley Steel

    5th January 2016 at 6:18 pm Reply

    Hi Alys
    It was such a pleasure working with you on realising the vision for our new home. We felt you really understood what we wanted to achieve and took on board all our suggestions and comments. It was a good partnership and fun too. We are delighted with the end result and the feature in House Beautiful is a great showcase for your talent.
    Best wishes
    Beverley and Graham

    • Alys

      5th January 2016 at 10:31 pm Reply

      Thank you so much for these kind words. It was wonderful to work with you both, I couldn’t have wished for better clients and I am so pleased that you are happy with the article. Ax

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