British Designers at Heal’s: Styling the classics

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In celebration of British Designers at Heal’s, we teamed up with Kate Watson-Smyth, interiors journalist and creator of Mad About the House, and Tiffany Grant-Riley, interior stylist and creator of online blog Curate & Display, who took over the windows of our store in Westbourne Grove.

The brief was simple: create a ‘home from home’ within the windows of the Queen’s building featuring pieces from the Heal’s roster of past, present and future UK design icons.

What resulted was two very different roomsets that were true to their interior styles. Take a closer look at their displays below.

A firm believe in the idea that a home should tell a story, Kate describes her style as Urban Glamour with natural wood and touches of metal never far from her styling.

Using the Russell Pinch Wallis sofa and the Balzac armchair by Matthew Hilton Kate has styled a visually striking living room using pieces with organic shapes and rich colours.


When asked how she went about creating her roomset Kate said, “I just love the Wallis sofa by Russell Pinch and have done ever since I saw it at the Press Show so I knew I wanted to build something around that sofa. It embodies what we discussed about British design – clean lines, elegant, timeless, but with an element of luxury with the blue velvet. It’s very me.

“I like to use a lot of different textures and layering, but keep the colour scheme simple. That’s why I chose to layer a number of rugs and feature that beautiful drinks cabinet from Heal’s Tendeter.”


A selection of designs used in Kate’s roomset

In contrast to Kate’s maximalist style, Tiffany Grant-Riley is drawn towards the minimal, often taking inspiration from Scandinavian style. Embracing slow living and a simple aesthetic, Tiffany has a penchant for pieces that use materials in their simplest form, allowing the beauty of the designs to speak for themselves.

Tiffany used the Orson desk designed by Matthew Hilton to feature in her laid back home office space with plenty of greenery, metallic touches and warm colour palette.



She says, “I liked the clever mix of classic mid-century with the walnut wood and the metal legs giving it a contemporary feel. So I thought I would do a workspace because I’m drawn to spaces where you can be creative.

“I wanted elements of greenery which are very much my style and a bit of the dark, earthy terracotta which tied in well with the copper touches in the rug. I included a few brass pieces from Tom Dixon as well because I felt I needed him in there as he is one of the most important designers of our time.”


A selection of designs used in Tiff’s roomset

If you would like to see the roomsets in person, head to our store in Westbourne Grove. The installations will be there until August 31st 2017.