According to Thaïs Niville of Ghent-based interior design studio Ville Design, a home does not have to be a showroom, but should be the perfect balance between living and enjoying design. Her most recent project, Residence PV, is a clear reflection of that idea. In the design, the team was given carte blanche by the client, even down to the choice of loose furniture. This produced a beautiful result that is fully in keeping with the studio's style.
Interior designer Thaïs Niville wants her clients to be happy with the interiors they have designed for them even after ten years. She wants to assist those clients at every stage of the design process with all her knowledge and enthusiasm and hopes that even after all these years, they are still happy with the choices that were made. They have made their new home a real home, taking care of quality materials and interiors in general. Those interiors could best be described as timeless and neutral, and, as Niville himself describes it: less is more. Every project is different, of course, and therefore no two interior designer's days look the same. There are different challenges attached to every project. This variety makes the job very interesting, according to the designer: "The evolution from an initial conversation to a design, implementation and finalisation is very fascinating and a fun process that is very rewarding, whether it takes one, two or three years." Indeed, in some cases, a project can take so long that towards the end, the team no longer realises what an extraordinary achievement they have actually made. In those moments, it is the reactions of others, for example to a photo on the studio's Instagram page, that remind them of this and give them great satisfaction.
Interiors that can be described as timeless, neutral and less is more
We would like to show you Residence PV, a renovation of an old farmstead in Dworp, Flemish Brabant. The result ended up looking more like a new-build house rather than a renovation, which points to the strength and insight of the interior design studio. Initially, Ville Design would focus mainly on the master suite and living space. Throughout the design, however, they had the opportunity to extend their style throughout the entire home. It was an opportunity the studio naturally grabbed with both hands. The client's main condition was that the interior design of the home should match the concept and the natural stone of the kitchen, which were already established. Furthermore, the studio was given complete freedom to turn their vision into reality, right down to the smallest details. One specific element that the clients wanted to see in their interiors and that the architect integrated into the design was the sculptural staircase in the living space. According to the designer, it was absolutely beautiful for the interior. The white spiral staircase is indeed a real pièce unique in the heart of the house, a true work of art in itself. Once you have studied that eye-catcher long enough, your attention is immediately drawn to the rest of the interior. The house has quite large rooms, so it was very important to create enough warmth so that the home does not end up feeling cold. Therefore, a dark wood type was chosen in the entrance, kitchen and dining and living areas. This wood forms a nice contrast with the light walls and herringbone parquet. The calm colours in the living area, with a nice touch here and there in the decoration, and the organic shapes create a warm feeling of home. The bathroom has a slightly more limited colour palette with many shades of white, but again does not feel cold. The client did the entire follow-up himself and chose to work with local craftsmen. The right eye-catchers really complete a home without feeling excessive. In this way, Residence PV demonstrates one of the studio's main visions, namely that an interior does not have to be full to convey the right message. You can read the full article in Imagicasa Spring 2023.
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