Interior Showcase: Inner-city style from Di Henshall Interior Design

A couple and their teenaged daughter leave a large suburban home to start a new life in the city, bringing in award-winning interior designer Di Henshall to transform their new apartment dwelling. The result is a sophisticated, urban-inspired home that has all the hallmarks of the designer’s style.

Di Henshall Design city apartment

“The family asked me to design and furnish the whole interior space for the three of them, reflecting their personalities and style,” says Di of the project. “All of the occupants have lively, vibrant personalities so I chose rich rusts, navy blue, copper, gold and white as the main colour palette. I chose reflective surfaces, such as bronzed mirror and gloss lacquered light fittings to complement the colour scheme.”

Di Henshall Design city apartment kitchen dining

Custom design

Though there weren’t any structural changes required, Di Henshall did add things such as wallpaper, full height mirrors, extra cabinetry, extra storage in many areas and new light fittings. Almost everything was custom made, and Di also salvaged two beautiful Louis chairs from the original house that she had recovered in a luxurious Italian velvet.

Urban edge

“I think the design has elements of London about it – bold, strong colour coupled with reflective surfaces and rich, textural fabrics – something you see a lot of in the UK,” explains Di of the finished apartment.

It’s the kind of aesthetic that Di Henshall loves to abide by. “I love to push people slightly outside of their comfort zone, so I do love to have an element of surprise in everything I do.”

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Di Henshall, Principle Designer at Di Henshall Design