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Fantastic interior designer Kit Kemp’s book A Living Space takes you through a magnitude of her beautifully executed interiors, and will really help to guide you through your own home and experiment with the spaces that you have, and perhaps inspire you to go bold with your designs.

A Living Space by Kit Kemp


A Living Space by Kit Kemp


Kemp’s approach is a contemporary take on the classic English style, dressing up rooms in a chic but relaxed way, which makes them perfect for all types of homes, from a town house to a country cottage.

She uses playful and colourful components in her work that show how a sophisticated and elegant home can have of hints of fun and spontaneity in its interiors, and these themes can be seen throughout all of her designs. Kemp has said of her own work as producing “elements of intrigue and curiosity that create a sense of adventure and fun”, which sounds like the perfect recipe for creating a beautiful and exciting home!

A Living Space by Kit Kemp


With ten lovely chapters, Kemp takes you through making your home perfect for you, and it’s all about the little touches of detail to make a space complete. From using artwork to textiles to organic materials, Kemp shows how to make a house your home, whatever your style or taste preference.

A Living Space by Kit Kemp

Much of Kemp’s work are beautiful hotels around the world, but with her innovative touch the rooms she creates look less like hotels and more like beautifully modern but welcoming rooms in a beloved family home.

The chapter titled Dogs, is one of my favourites in the book, and is the essential guide for decorating a home that every dog-lover needs.

A Living Space by Kit Kemp


This artwork of a Scottie dog’s silhouette filled in with a map of Scotland is one of my favourite pieces in the book, along with these colourful cow sculptures below, that proves sophisticated style comes in all shapes and sizes (and animals!)

A Living Space by Kit Kemp


So whether you’re looking for inspiration for your own home, or just fancy looking through some beautiful interiors and maybe picking up a few ideas along the way, A Living Space is the perfect book for you.

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I spent a lovely afternoon yesterday at the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho which opened last year and combines an amazingly central location with a very relaxed spacious environment. The interior design by co-owner Kit Kemp is fantastic with lots of colour, texture and eye-catching accessories which are cleverly combined to keep the overall feel calm and inviting. Spaces are superbly lit and cleverly move from the cosy feel of the library and drawing room to the buzz of the restaurant and on the drama of the basement bar and cinema room. I really enjoyed my visit (lunch with a great friend, loosely disguised as a business meeting) and am already looking for a reason to return.


The main restaurant

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Garden room spaces off the main restaurant

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An ingenious and beautiful timepiece in the lobby


The library


Clever accessorising throughout



The drawing room


The bar being set up for an event


The rather fabulous cinema room


And yes, finally, I did take a picture of the ladies cloakroom.

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