A chic “pied-à-terre” was my brief for this mini palace in the heart of central London. Originally a humble mews, the property was completely gutted and re-built internally, and a basement was dug to provide extra space. I then needed to give the house some character and asked master-joiner Brian Capewell to erect sharply detailed timber panelling throughout the main reception floor. Thereafter I sourced 200 year-old parquet flooring and reclaimed grey and white marble tiles from France. Finally, juxtaposing styles, a very modern “floating” timber and glass staircase was installed, providing a contrast to the more traditional furnishings. The kitchen was designed with Plain English, and the bathrooms by Drummond’s.