Anna has long been regarded as a tastemaker: a graduate from Chelsea College of Arts, a successful interior stylist and founder of the fashionable Primrose Hill store, Maiden, back in the early 2000's. Her latest initiative - the launch of AU Bespoke - a private atelier sourcing unique and timeless pieces that complement more minimalist, sophisticated spaces.
Anna's discerning edit includes antique, mid-century and vintage: furniture and objects united by their design sensibilities and quality of craftsmanship. Less is definitely more and her look is attracting a lot of attention behind the scenes, from some serious interior names. Pieces you can expect to find: think marble coffee tables, Willi Rizzo dining tables, vintage sheepskin covered chairs, unique lamps, stone bowls, pottery and covetable vintage textiles. Selling both online and by private appointment from her home, this is an exciting business to watch. Be quick if you find something you love, these beautiful one-offs sell quickly.
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Discovered on The Modern House: St. Francis House, a monastic retreat transformed into “an exceptionally chic modern home.” Located in Cambridgeshire, a 45-minute train journey from London, the late-Georgian structure was built as a country estate. It was in the 1950s that a religious order moved in and purpose-rebuilt the place as a silent retreat, stripping out just about all of the original detailing and introducing, among other things, 22 spartan bedrooms on the second floor.
Photography Courtesy of The Modern House
These innovative antiques dealers and stylists are offering to take the hard work out of finding unique pieces having a well-trained eye is everything in the interiors world. It’s the magic power that helps you pick that one vintage gem from the piles of secondhand junk; the confidence to commission one-off items that will be treasured for generations; and the skill to track down the limited-edition designs that everyone’s searching for. But what if yours is a lazy eye?
After all, it takes a lot of time to find that perfect piece. Or what if you require the in-depth knowledge of where to look and who to contact? Then you turn to a new generation of stylists, designers and dealers who are willing to lend you their expertise – their eye, if you will. You can browse their latest finds online, ask them to seek out that special something or hire them to decorate a whole room or house. Here, we’ve picked three firms at the forefront of this democratic design revolution…Continue reading
St Francis House, Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire “I was seeing trends come and go, which made want to stick with really good quality materials and timeless forms that hold up over the years. You don’t want to regret putting in 18th-century fireplaces – you have to trust they will be right well into the future,” said interior stylist Anna McDougall (née Unwin) when we visited her at the elegantly-restrained home she designed for her family in Cambridgeshire.
"The house, once a religious retreat, has a wonderful relationship to the surrounding gardens, with large panels of glazing opening out the entire ground floor."
St Francis House, Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire
“I was seeing trends come and go, which made want to stick with really good quality materials and timeless forms that hold up over the years. You don’t want to regret putting in 18th-century fireplaces – you have to trust they will be right well into the future,” said interior stylist Anna McDougall (née Unwin) when we visited her at the elegantly-restrained home she designed for her family in Cambridgeshire.