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French-Brooks Interiors

London
Photo: Paul Massey

Regions Served

  • United Kingdom

Services Offered

French-Brooks Interiors is a residential interior design studio based in London and Hampshire, UK, primarily for private clients but also for developers and architects.

The studio was founded by Victoria Wormsley who has fifteen years’ experience in interior design, ten of which were spent at Chester Row Interiors, the company she set up with property developers Chester Row, based in London SW1 and focused on prime central London property.

French-Brooks Interiors offers a fully integrated service including spatial planning, lighting and bathroom design, furnishing and interior decoration, or just one or two elements, depending on the project. Working to create spaces that reflect their owners’ identities, Victoria’s design philosophy is simple: to suit the work to the architecture and the individual.  Her considered, thoughtful approach and collaborative style lead to elegant, comfortable interiors which balance practicality with an understated glamour. She is comfortable working in a range of idioms from pared-back minimalism to more traditional eclectic interiors.

Victoria has worked on a large variety of projects, from a listed Cotwolds farmhouse, a Belgravia pied à terre, a new house on the Crown Estate in Surrey and a former monastery in the South of France. She has designed many developments for sale or rental and has advised Land Securities on the interior design of an 89-apartment scheme on London’s Oxford Street. Since launching French-Brooks Interiors, she has expanded the practice increasingly into country house projects whilst retaining its London expertise.

Victoria has a creative yet focused approach informed by her lifelong interest in art, architecture and antiques, a previous career in financial communications and a degree in English Literature from Durham University. She has also studied at the Inchbald School of Design and the London Design School.

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Contact

Founder

  • Victoria Wormsley

Locations

  • 12 Cranley Place
    London
    SW7 3AE
    UK

Featured Projects

london penthouse kitchen/dining room designed by french brooks interiors 10
london penthouse bedroom designed by french brooks interiors 12

London Penthouse

We worked with a property developer client on this penthouse apartment in London’s South Kensington. The brief was contemporary, edgy yet luxurious. We opened up the kitchen and double height ceilings to maximise light and space and overcame the challenge of asymmetrical ceilings by sourcing sculptural pendant lights. A sleek compact kitchen keeps the focus on the dining area with its modernist pieces. In the living room an ebonised bookcase lined with a metallic finish sets off the clean-lined furniture and shots of colour. In the master bedroom floating bedside cabinets enhance the feeling of space. Click here to see more images.

Photos: Paul Massey
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minimalist london apartment bathroom designed by french brooks interiors 16

Minimalist London Apartment

The brief for this project was ‘cool, calm and collected’: an oasis of tranquillity in the city. We maximised space and light by opening up the kitchen into the living room and swapping the grilles over the French windows for external electric shutters. The minimalist kitchen and wide oak board flooring fitted perfectly into the clients’ aesthetic. The matt white table anchors the space and a concrete pendant light hangs in perfect balance over it. The bathroom features a concrete resin basin made to fit the space exactly and a lavastone mosaic floor in soft greys. Click here to see more images.

Photos: Patrick Williamson
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english country house master bedroom designed by french brooks interiors 20

English Country House

The brief for the decoration of this rambling country house, originally a farmhouse but enlarged in the nineteenth century, was warm, informal and practical enough for the clients’ four children. The large kitchen, which flows into the dining room at one end and snug at the other, has a cosy retro feel with a concrete worktop, brass vintage lights and strong blue paint. The master bedroom is a luxurious retreat: the gilded Japanese screen is set off by grasscloth walls and a velvet headboard.  Further exoticism is provided by the paisley bedspread and thick silk/wool rug. Click here to see more images.

Photos: James McDonald
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London Mews House

This mews house off a famous London square had windows only on one side, low ceilings and was narrower at one end than the other. New top and lower ground floors were added and we specified a glass floor in the kitchen allowing natural light into the guest bedroom.  We disguised the shape of the drawing room by commissioning panels of antiqued mirror for the fireplace alcoves and accentuated the vertical with sleek full length curtains. Smoked oak veneers and quirky pendant lights add warmth and character to the minimalist kitchen at the heart of the house. Click here to see more images.

Photos: Mel Yates
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Chelsea Arts & Crafts Apartment

This apartment in Old Chelsea, London, had an enfilade of reception rooms overlooking the river. The client wanted to throw period details such original Arts & Crafts leaded light windows into relief against cool minimalist elements and her wide-ranging art collection.We catalogued and laid out the artwork before designing the art deco inspired chimneypiece. An antique parquet floor contrasts against the pale grey walls and white gloss lacquer kitchen, whilst the furniture is a mix of vintage and highly contemporary. Click here to see more images.

Photos: Mel Yates
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english country rectory entrance hall designed by french brooks interiors 32

English Country House Rectory

This Georgian gothic old rectory dating from 1828 was in need of total refurbishment. We redesigned the lighting and upgraded the heating and A/V specification whilst being careful to retain the house’s period character. We used bold colours and a leaf motif in the decorative schemes in response to the confident Regency architecture and countryside setting. Antique furniture and traditional features were combined with modernist abstract art and a carefully curated mix of furnishings to provide a fresh look to decorating an English country house. Click here to see more images.

Photos: James McDonald/The English Home Magazine, Mel Yates

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