The woman at the helm of Victoria Beckham’s fashion brand, Catriona Drummond, shows us around her enviable Acton home. Get interiors inspiration from her stylish decor
Catriona Drummond worked for Simon Fuller’s 19 Entertainment for the past 20 years guiding the careers of many artists including the Spice Girls and more recently being at the helm of the Victoria Beckham fashion brand. She left 19 to spend more time with her three children and set up a consultancy business. We take a peek at her stunning home in Poet’s Corner
What condition was the property in when you moved in?
The house had been converted back from flats to a family home by the previous owners when I bought it and luckily there was nothing that needed structural work. It was mostly cosmetic work to the interior but I replaced all the windows, insulated the loft space and put on a new roof, had the brick work re-pointed and then set about completely re-decorating.
What were the major changes you made?
The major changes were to the downstairs kitchen and dining area. I put in oak flooring with underfloor heating and completely updated the kitchen with a handmade shaker style kitchen with marble splashbacks. I also put in an ‘island’ – the first time I’ve ever had one in a house I’ve lived in – and practically spend all my time there now!
Tell us about the ‘look’ you wanted to achieve?
I wanted a relaxed and elegant home that worked for adults, children and pets! It had to feel like a home and not a showpiece. Whilst this is a large house it has a very good layout and when the kids are out at school I never feel as though I’m rattling around in it. I wanted to have a freshness about the house that complemented the beautiful garden and keep the colours warm but simple. I used fresh, light colours in the kitchen that really complement the Victorian features. All the furniture I had in my last house (which was very modern) works just as well here too – this house is very accommodating to all styles due to it’s bright aspect and the size of the rooms and ceiling heights
Where did you source what you needed for the home?
I used ‘Shirting’ paint from the Little Greene Paint Company (stocked at Palmers of Chiswick) all over the kitchen diner and up the stairs and hallway, and Paint Library’s Blue Blood in the ‘blue’ room. I used tiles for the bathroom from the Stone and Ceramic Warehouse on Bollo Lane in Acton, and I got the bathroom furniture from W4 Bathrooms. The carpet going all the way up the stairs is from International Carpets, also in Acton.
What influenced you when choosing the interior schemes?
I love trawling through Pinterest for inspiration and looked at a lot of New York Shaker-style kitchens to get the look I was after for the kitchen but to be honest, the house spoke for itself as it is so grand and elegant!
What do you feel are the property’s stand-out features?
The house has retained all its original features, fireplaces, cornicing and high skirting boards. It’s double fronted and theres a great sense of space but it is not too big for me when I am on my own working from home. The garden is also stunning – I am not overlooked from any angle and I feel as though I am living in the country but am only 10 minutes from central London.
What do you like about the local area?
I love living in Acton, it’s a mixed bag of cultures and ages. There is a great local feel and everyone is very friendly. Churchfield Road functions as a high street should, it has everything – butcher, baker and no doubt tucked away somewhere is a candlestick maker too.
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