How to combine a mixture of styles for a fresh and contemporary look in a classical property. To view the full property, click here.

First impressions are everything. Update a classic stucco façade with a high gloss black front door and contemporary plants.

I like to balance an ornate antique piece, like this gilt chinoiserie mirror, with more modern and sculptural upholstered shapes.

Silk wool drapes beautifully for window treatments, so avoidswagging and pelmets for a sleek contemporary feel

Bright white flowers and soft foliage, like cow parsley and cherry blossom, lift and freshen a more traditional interior.

Consider cladding a chimney breast with mirror or adding a sculptural chandelier to give a traditional dining room am elegant yet contemporary feel.

Glamorous lighting, like crystal and nickel pendants, instantly update a kitchen. I chose Farrow & Ball skimming stone for the cabinetry to create an airy and serene feel in this property.

When dressing windows that have a view to your garden, consider forgoing any treatments to achieve a sleek and architectural look.

One beautiful item will lift an entire room. These hand crafted, twisted glass lamps draw the eye and elevate the entire space.

Symmetry and flow is everything. Adapt the layout so that spaces feel more generous and all door openings sit centrally to each other.

For a timeless and contemporary feel, use a light veined marble such as statuary oro. Remember to choose the best quality stone to ensure the highest level of finish.

‘Modern’ should not mean devoid of detail. Add a little luxury with a chevron stone tile to speak to the building’s history.

Family rooms have to be the perfect balance of comfort and elegance. Deep, cosy sofas are a must.

Don’t let small secondary spaces become dark and cluttered – choose only one key feature like a beautiful fabric or wallpaper and pare everything else right back.

Embrace the fabric of the building. Sandstone paving to the back garden mirrors the warmth of the property’s brick façade.

Keep garden rooms chic and minimal with classic detailing in shades of ivory, light grey and nickel

Successful design, as with life, is a delicate balance and one we seek to perfect daily. Wishing you all a balanced life and a well designed, elegant and timeless home.