Inner-city sanctuary, Notting Hill

Home tech helps deliver boutique hotel inspired living with home comforts

Working with award-winning interior designer Brian Woulfe along with lighting designer and founder of Light Fantastic Lucy Martin, IDS designed and installed a home automation system for a prime property in West London’s Notting Hill.

The homeowners were an American couple residing in London with their three-year-old twins. Their hectic but home-oriented lifestyles meant they wanted the interiors to feel like an inner-city sanctuary that was luxurious and comforting while providing the perfect environment to create beautiful memories as a family and when entertaining guests. Of high importance was incorporating sustainable features, hence Designed by Woulfe commissioned IDS to deliver a smart home scheme, which could optimise the house’s performance and green credentials.

Brian Woulfe, Managing Director & Founder of Designed by Woulfe, explains, “The home technology market can be quite daunting as there is so much choice. Designers need to work with specialists to find the right solution for their project and help make the clients dreams a reality. For this project, our technology choices needed to reflect our clients wish to be sustainable and greener. Together we decided on LED lighting throughout and an automated heating and cooling system to ensure that the home was sustainable in its functionality.”

As avid travellers, the end clients were keen to replicate a boutique hotel’s design and feel through the interior design scheme. Brian Woulfe details, “While this meant having a refined and luxurious approach to the design choices, we also wanted to maintain a level of familiarity, functionality and real home comfort. By opting for home automation for audio, security, lighting, and heating, we ensured that not only was the home as energy efficient as possible; the automated shades gave a real hotel experience in the bedrooms.

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