Our next Designer Spotlight feature is a designer right here on our doorstep in London (and Norfolk!). Carlos Garcia of Carlos Garcia Interiors was born in Spain, and he has been a longtime admirer of English antiques and country house interiors. He opened his eponymous interior design firm in 2014 and has created a portfolio of wonderfully decorated interiors. His own 17th century manor house in Norfolk is a real triumph of demonstrating how antiques from all over the world bring character to any room.
In the drawing room of this Norfolk home, Carlos places a William Kent style giltwood mirror with Palladian decoration above the fireplace. The lovely Irish mahogany sideboard is a classic piece of English country house furniture, and the Japanese Imari vase and Delft blue and white vase both add colour to the room. The details of the decoration are just as thoughtful as the main pieces in the room: in particular, the miniatures and silhouettes hung on either side of the fireplace invite closer inspection.
The dining room in his Norfolk house features a wonderful collection on antiques: from the verdure tapestry, Charles II oak cabinet, Delft blue and white porcelain, to the Charles II style barley twist chair. Each piece works together beautifully, and with the subtle interpretation of a Turkoman Jijim and handmade passementerie on the chair and blue-grey wall colour the look is modern and fresh.
In the entrance hall of the house (with the dining room visible in the top left corner of the photograph), more traditional oak furniture graces the room. The wonderfully gilded mirror on the back wall provides a perfect balance to the dark colour of the wood. The gateleg table in the centre of the room is a quintessential example of English design. This type of table first appeared in England in the 16th century and is characterised by the presence of two legs that can pivot, like a gate, to extend the table.
For another house in Norfolk, Garcia designed a classically stunning bedroom. The Regency linen press with its wonderful mahogany patina works beautifully with the linen print curtains. The tripod table underneath the window features a number of traditional decorative pieces, including a mahogany humidor and ceramic dishes.
To see more of Carlos’s interiors, have a look at his website (his blog has great tips on exhibitions and events in London) and follow his daily musings on Instagram for a peek of his upcoming projects. Thank you for letting us feature you, Carlos, we look forward to seeing your latest work!