Todhunter Earle has been at the forefront of the international interior design industry for over 20 years. They are one of only a handful of leading designers to have been continuously included in the House & Garden, Homes & Gardens and Country Life Top 100 Interior Designers lists. Emily Todhunter founded the company in 1988, with Kate Earle joining as her partner in 1998. Since then the business has expanded rapidly both in size and scope. Projects range from classic English country houses to well-known restaurants, yachts, small boutique hotels, ski chalets and beautiful homes worldwide. Have a look!
This important Arts & Crafts house, not far from central London, is home to an international family who wanted an informal family house for entertaining on a large scale. The house is listed, so minimal changes to the layout were made, but a new kitchen/family room was added and a stunning swimming pool/spa complex. A mix of contemporary, commissioned and antique furniture creates the un-fussy, warm and comfortable interior with far-reaching views across the Hertfordshire hills.
This large Victorian vicarage, set amidst beautiful gardens with access to Richmond Park, is a family home to a repeat client. Working with Smallwood Architects, Todhunter Earle added a two-story extension to create a large kitchen and dining room with bedroom and bathroom above. An orangery, large terraces and a children’s play area were added in collaboration with Randle Siddeley. The client’s art collection was important to the scheme, together with antique furniture and rugs sourced by them in London. A more Scandinavian scheme was used for the family areas and bedrooms, with fresh, light linens and prints, floors by Schotten & Hansen and Swedish rugs from Robert Stephenson.
It’s hard to describe this London house. You walk through a gate in the wall and there it is… a barn folly in the heart of London – it is quite unexpected. It is long and narrow, but as a space now works very well. Working closely with Flower Michelin Architects, Todhunter Earle completely transformed the building that was there before, rearranging the space so that as you enter, you can see right through the house to the garden at the back.
Working with Peter Tigg Architects and Rupert Cordle, Todhunter Earle completely gutted this lovely house in Knightsbridge. Challenging decisions had to be made…. which floor to locate the kitchen on, how to integrate the children’s floor with the upper floors, and how to improve the feel of the basement. Todhunter Earle’s answer was to remove the entire back of the house! Enormous, two-story windows pivot so as to be virtually invisible when opened. The kitchen became a gallery to the playroom, which leads into the garden. In effect, they open planned all of the ground and lower ground floors and a small, awkward shaped house was transformed into a generous and beautiful living space for the whole family.
A 1920’s village house rather than a chalet, it was important to the repeat client that Todhunter Earle retained original features of the house and created a modern mountain home without being remotely rustic. With grey oak floors throughout and a beautiful new staircase made in oak and fer forge, the original encaustic tiles were kept to set the scene for the contemporary interior. Many pieces were made to commission, combined with antiques and mid-century furniture and lighting sourced and bought in Paris, London and Lyon.
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