Design Centre Stories

Staying Home in Style

Curious to discover how the creative community was adapting to a life of remote working, Design Centre, Chelsea Harbour’s social media team asked designers to reveal their new set-ups at home. The results reveal not only some enviable interiors but insights in to how to make home-working more of a pleasure.

Both Edward Bulmer and Joanna Plant have been naturally drawn to where the best light can be found, Plant at her dining room table and Bulmer in the music room of his Queen Anne house in Herefordshire, where he has set up his drawing board and art materials.

“I am very much enjoying having the doors open and listening to the birds singing whilst there is so little traffic on the nearby roads,” says Plant. “I would encourage anyone to bring something in from the outside if at all possible – even a blossom-y twig swiped on a walk or run is a joyous thing.”

Susie Rogers of Mulvaney Rogers switches between a dedicated office space in the garden and the pine-panelled library of her 17th-century farmhouse, which features an oak hall chair with a cushion made from a Watts of Westminster silk damask. “We’ve altered numerous things in our house in the 25 years we’ve been here, but never the library,” says Rogers. “We walked in on day one and the wobbly ceiling, pine panelling and enormous, time-polished flagstones made us feel immediately at home.”

Paul Goodchild of Goodchild Interiors is focused on discipline, meanwhile: “I attempt to impose a new routine that works for me, just like we do at work. I dress for work, have breakfast before walking to the office across the other side of my living room, write my to-do list, then do the most horrible thing first.” He’s also thankful for some of the small pleasures in life: “I get to listen to the music I like, have made new friends via WhatsApp groups, drink excellent coffee, appreciate the silence outside, and luckily have a lot of work to get on with.”

Images, left to right: Edward Bulmer, Joanna Plant, Susie Rogers and Paul Goodchild