Oftentimes entrepreneur Laura Wellington is kept busy by the varying commercial and residential design assignments she receives from her clients. Recently, however, she found the time to oversee a much more personal project: the revamp of her own home in Leeds, England. Using a rather unique working style, she and her partner James have infused their home with a collection of colors and accessories the likes of which we rarely come across.
The house’s color palette is a great example of the organic process Laura used to achieve the look. When it came time to paint, she was excited by the prospect of potentially using some of the colors she’d recommended to her clients but that hadn’t made the cut. Samples in hand, Laura headed to the kitchen and a wall that was destined for demolition. “I stood back and created a color journey,” she beings. “I let my eyes take me to the next color leading from the living room right up to the attic.” She even designed one of the hues herself.
Form there, Laura “dumped” all of her existing furniture into the appropriate room and let her imagination help shape the space. This freeform and “playful” workflow saw her pairing wild accessories together and coming up with clever DIY hacks. In one space she made use of leftover materials from client projects. In another, she turned a dining table into shelves to display some of her favorite accessories.
While she’s thrilled with the way her renovation turned out, Laura says the most profound takeaway from the process is her renewed confidence in herself, her abilities and her eye for design. Because of this, she’s even been making bolder choices at both the hair salon and when she gets dressed every morning. Scroll down to see the home that has Laura holding her head higher than ever. Enjoy!—Garrett
Image above: Laura collected all of the paints her color-averse clients have rejected over the years and put them all in her own home. “One of the first things I did was to get all those colors up on a wall which was being knocked down in the kitchen, and then I stood back and created a color journey. I let my eyes take me to the next color leading from the living room right up to the attic,” she explains.
Paint – Valspar “Weather the Storm”
Rug – Supermundane
Lighting – Petite Friture “Vertigo” by Constance Guisset