Chelsea Townhouse, London. Photograph by Andrew Lamb.
Since 1999, Harriet Anstruther has been providing architectural interior design services for apartments and townhouses in Kensington and Chelsea, country estates, cottages, barns and gatehouses in Surrey and Sussex.
Harriet’s architectural interior design service enables clients to maximise the value of their property portfolio whether for rental, sale or as a home, delivering interiors tuned uniquely to client needs and personalities. All projects are lavished with the same integrity and discerning eye for exacting detail and finish.
She knows the importance of the quality of small things; a handle on a door, a switch on a wall. The parts of an interior that we touch every day are the parts we see every day and remind us if we love or hate where we are, if it works or grates. It shows attention to detail, a love of what she does and a wish for the client to continue to love their home long after she has torn up the snagging list and gone home.
Harriet guides the design and implementation of a stunning home by helping clients to develop an individual and eclectic style, creating harmony between inherited pieces, art collections, the architecture of the building and their contemporary needs. She wants every client to be excited, engaged and enjoy each space, rather than simply providing a purely functional solution. The space expresses the individual characteristics of each client so that no space is bland, formulaic, stereotypical or dull. Elements of wit and surprise are often interwoven into the schemes.
They have to reflect the personality of the person who lives there, so being in a Harriet Anstruther room, can feel like an intimate experience. It’s not about a designer look. It’s about personal things that inspire.
As a stylist Harriet works in interiors, photos shoots, film and television to provide art direction and consultancy.
Harriet’s interiors ooze British style. There is a comfort in the faded grandeur about her rooms but, there is also an edge, a laid-back sex appeal, a sort of lavish abandon.
Harriet is actively involved in the arts and acts in an advisory capacity for Design Museum, the V&A Museum, the Royal Academy of Art & The Museum of British Folklore & Brompton Design District, which runs in conjunction with the annual London Design Festival. She variously encourages young artists and advises her clients on the selection and commission of art and design for their properties.
Harriet’s projects stitch together restoration and classic modern design, the 20's hang out with the Edwardians, everyone is invited, just as long as you are well turned out. Her confidence and her playful nature with design allows rooms to be fun without the ridiculous, smart without dullness and most importantly a place you would want to be.
Harriet is a Professional Member of the BIID & the IIDA and a visiting lecturer & tutor at the RCA.