Not only does Ellerby Street boast a prime riverside location and proximity to Fulham Palace, it is also home to a rather discerning bachelor – if his lacquered bespoke kitchen and palatial master bedroom are anything to go by. The gentleman in question is a client of Helen Bygraves and Jenny Weiss, the dynamic duo who head up Hill House Interiors…
Words: Madeleine Howell
The pair have worked on projects all over the world, from Kazakhstan to Dubai, but it’s this Fulham home that really encapsulates what they are all about. ‘We worked very closely with him on the project,’ Bygraves tells me enthusiastically. ‘He had his own ideas, but we had a big influence on what he ended up with.’ The initial brief was for an immaculate, hi-tech finish that would feel comfortable and homely, which made Hill House, famed for their glamorous style and meticulous attention to detail, a natural choice.
‘He came to us because he liked our style, but also our personalities,’ explains Bygraves. ‘We try to be very personable.’ It’s an approach that shines through in Ellerby Street. I note the striking Pulp Fiction and Skyfall prints, the family photographs and tasteful nudes in pride of place. ‘That’s a perfect example of client input. He gave us his favourites and we commissioned some specially sized posters. Every detail is important, and that often involves teaming new things with existing accessories.’
Accessories aside, Ellerby Street was the perfect opportunity for Bygraves and Weiss to showcase what they do best – bespoke cabinetry. For what else does a bachelor with a love of fine tailoring require but some seriously impressive wardrobes? ‘My favourite room in the house has got to be the master bedroom,’ Bygraves agrees. ‘It’s got all the mod cons that you might expect in a luxurious hotel suite.
‘It’s also neat, tidy and practical, and very homely. There’s ample storage for all the suits, watches, shirts and jumpers he could possibly need. Everything was custom-made, from the mirrors and the big dressing table down to the bedside tables. It’s very easy to go and buy things off the shelves, but to manufacture something specially makes all the difference.’
The result oozes good taste without the kind of cheesy clichés associated with either over-the-top or empty bachelors’ abodes, and in fact, Hill House’s handiwork could easily be tweaked to happily accommodate a couple or a family. It’s very much a home as well as a bolthole. What else gives it that undeniable underlying sense of glamour? ‘A lot depends on knowing when to inject glamour, and when to hold it back,’ Bygraves offers. ‘It will often mean opting for the understated. That said, we believe that sometimes you have to set the trends, rather than simply follow them!’