We're in the Metro

What’s black and white and read all over? Well today it’s full of colour. We’re really pleased with our interview and design write-up in today's Metro. The London paper features a double-page spread of our colourful family home design. 

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The piece looks at our design ethic and takes you through the journey from grotty rental to light and airy living space. Speaking about our Avocado Sweets approach, Interiors Editor, Vicky Harrison says: 

‘Having the ability to see potential where others can’t is the mark of a creative mind, and it’s clear that interior designers Susie and Evros Agathou have this vision in spades.’

Well we certainly needed that vision on this one....

The Property

Left languishing on the estate agent's website, this forlorn maisonette was devoid of natural light and needed a complete overhaul. With a host of design tricks and hidden technology - including ‘skirting-board’ heating and a vertical lego play wall - we increased the sense of space without extending an inch. Drawing on our knowledge of cutting-edge and vintage products we created a highly functional family living space, bursting with colour, fun and texture.

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Take a quick look around....


 Exposing the brick added space to the hallway.

Exposing the brick added space to the hallway.

The entrance hall: Here, we quickly became space stealers to make the most of the home's footprint. Starting in the hallway, the exposed brick wall gained a few valuable inches and creates an entrance full of texture and warmth. Borrowing lighting ideas from our commercial work, the colourful Muuto bulbs are a fun welcome and spread the light evenly through the hall. 

 Opening up the space made a huge difference to the natural light.

Opening up the space made a huge difference to the natural light.

The kitchen/diner: We removed internal walls to bring in as much light as possible, installing a state-of-the-art fire prevention 'misting system' to allow for the open-plan design. Bespoke features, like the poured concrete kitchen island, clad in reclaimed wood were designed to add character. Storage solutions were built into the bench seating to make the most of the space. A vertical lego wall keeps the children busy without cluttering up the floor. 

 Hidden away - no need for bulky radiators when your heating's inside the skirting boards. 

Hidden away - no need for bulky radiators when your heating's inside the skirting boards. 

Living Room: We exposed the ceilings to create a sense of height and texture. The colourful wall display is both storage solution and art installation rolled into one. The After Matisse rug by Sonya Winner is one of the exciting contemporary designers we selected to bring added warmth and colour to the space. 

 A simpler mix of colours makes the bedroom a restful spot. 

A simpler mix of colours makes the bedroom a restful spot. 

Master Bedroom: The mix of old and new designs continues into the master bedroom where a cooler palette of colours, with a splash of egg yolk yellow (we couldn't go too neutral..) makes for a restful space. 

 Varnished wallpaper makes a fun alternative to the traditional tile. 

Varnished wallpaper makes a fun alternative to the traditional tile. 

Always looking to innovate, we ditched the traditional tile for a varnished wallpaper by contemporary American designer, Aimeé Wilder to make a fun family bathroom. 

Enjoyed the tour so far? Why not take a look around the rest of the home.

We love an exciting design challenge, so please do get in touch if you've got a project you'd like to work with us on. We're always happy to have a chat.