Designer Emma Tutill on creating a dream home in Harlow
PUBLISHED: 06:14 21 May 2020
By blending British traditional with contemporary styles, interior designer Emma Tutill has created a home that truly wows
Emma Tutill is an interior design studio creating luxury interiors throughout the UK and abroad, and has recently completed a major project in the West Essex area. After graduating from Chelsea’s KLC School of Design and spending many years working for a top London based interior design firm, Emma went alone and established Emma Tutill.
The company’s designs are unique to each project, taking inspiration from the client’s personal style, the location and period of the property. The focus is on creating bespoke, curated interiors that encapsulate each client’s dreams and aspirations. Emma covers all aspects from concept through to completion, no matter how small or large the project. Every stage is carefully considered from the materials chosen, space planning to lighting, kitchen and bathroom design, bespoke joinery and cabinetry, furniture and accessory selection.
Emma’s passion stems from the belief that good interior design should not only create a functional and attractive home, but a better quality of life. We catch up with her to discuss her work on Homewood House, a stunning period property on the outskirts of Harlow.
How did you get involved with the project?
I was an old friend of the clients, we used to be neighbours for many years. When the clients moved out to Essex they contacted me and asked if I would help them to design the old, run-down Victorian property they had purchased. I jumped at the opportunity as I could see so much potential in the property.
How closely did you work with the owners?
I worked very closely with them. It was a great collaboration as we both shared the same vision for the property and they were very fond of my previous design work. It was a very pleasurable and exciting design experience for us all.
How long did the project take?
The project was carried out in several stages starting with the wine room in the basement and working upwards through the house. In total I’d say it took about two years to complete.
What were the biggest obstacles/challenges you had to overcome?
The main challenge we faced was making sure we restored the property back to its former glory, referencing back to its Victorian history, but also making it feel current and timeless. It was this blend of styles that the client and I both agreed was very important to achieve.
The previous owners had built a couple of extensions onto the sides of the house, which is where the current wine room and dining room is located. Because of this, the layout didn’t feel as organic as I’d have liked it to be. We therefore removed the odd wall here and there to create more flow, and by using the same or similar architectural details across the rooms we were able to create continuity throughout the house, making it feel whole again.
Can you sum up the overall look/aesthetic you’ve achieved?
I would say the property is a perfect blend of British classic/contemporary style. The combination of the architectural details, parquet flooring and bespoke joinery create the ideal base layer for the more contemporary second layer of furniture and upholstery. It is this combination that gives the property that timeless and cohesive look. The use of Farrow & Ball paint on the walls give a rich depth of colour to the rooms, helping to create a warm and homely feel that flows throughout the property.