First impressions count, but as the huge and imposing double doors of Lauren Atkins’ spacious family home in Oxshott open, they don’t just count, they slide whooping down the Hollywood-style stairs, across a white ocean of highly polished porcelain and cause a gasp of awe. This is an entrance that makes an entrance.

It has an appealing art gallery feel too, with artworks sprinkled liberally through the hall

It has an appealing art gallery feel too, with artworks sprinkled liberally through the hall

The kitchen is by KCA, the chairs are by Tom Faulkner and Lauren sourced the original Saarinen table

The kitchen is by KCA, the chairs are by Tom Faulkner

The kitchen is by KCA, the chairs are by Tom Faulkner and Lauren sourced the original Saarinen table

Lauren sourced the original Saarinen table

The repetition of just a few colours and shapes in this way anchors and unifies the scheme

The repetition of just a few colours and shapes in this way anchors and unifies the scheme

In the dining room, the chairs are by Koket and Lauren found the dining table in a shop on the King’s Road. The sculpture is by her friend Maria Bassett and is made out of concrete

In the dining room, the chairs are by Koket and Lauren found the dining table in a shop on the King’s Road. The sculpture is by her friend Maria Bassett and is made out of concrete

The sofas are by Two is Company. Lauren designed the ottoman

The sofas are by Two is Company. Lauren designed the ottoman

Lauren buys some artworks from The Affordable Art Fair

Lauren buys some artworks from The Affordable Art Fair

A curvaceous blue sofa tucked under the sweep of the curving staircase

It was the height and space in the house that convinced Lauren it was the one for her – when she first saw the plans

It was the height and space in the house that convinced Lauren it was the one for her – when she first saw the plans

In the study the white, gold and blue theme continues, with the emphasis switched to the darker colour

In the study the white, gold and blue theme continues, with the emphasis switched to the darker colour

In the study the white, gold and blue theme continues, with the emphasis switched to the darker colour

“Smaller rooms take dark colours well. It makes them more intimate.”

The blue-dominant scheme continues in the media room. The oversized brass lamp is by Graham & Green, the sofa bespoke – designed by Lauren. The beautiful gold side table is Kamen. The coffee table is bespoke – made by Lauren

The blue-dominant scheme continues in the media room. The oversized brass lamp is by Graham & Green, the sofa bespoke – designed by Lauren. The coffee table is bespoke – made by Lauren

The blue-dominant scheme continues in the media room. The oversized brass lamp is by Graham & Green, the sofa bespoke – designed by Lauren. The beautiful gold side table is Kamen. The coffee table is bespoke – made by Lauren

The beautiful gold side table is Kamen

In the second guest bedroom a sideboard by MFUK, the ‘photobooth’ photos were found in Camden

In the second guest bedroom a sideboard by MFUK, the ‘photobooth’ photos were found in Camden

The bedside tables are Graham & Green and the lamps are Vaughan Designs

The bedside tables are Graham & Green and the lamps are Vaughan Designs

The blue-dominant scheme continues in the media room. The oversized brass lamp is by Graham & Green, the sofa bespoke – designed by Lauren. The beautiful gold side table is Kamen. The coffee table is bespoke – made by Lauren

Upstairs the feeling of light and space continues

The blue-dominant scheme continues in the media room. The oversized brass lamp is by Graham & Green, the sofa bespoke – designed by Lauren. The beautiful gold side table is Kamen. The coffee table is bespoke – made by Lauren

The bedrooms are furnished with neutrals and monochromes

Many of the lamps and objects in the house are bespoke, made by up and coming, and often completely unknown artists and designers. Expensive originals mingle with purchases from art.com and 1stdibs

With a four-poster bed from Maisons du Monde Lauren’s daughter’s bedroom is fit for a princess. The light fitting is by Smallable

With a four-poster bed from Maisons du Monde Lauren’s daughter’s bedroom is fit for a princess. The light fitting is by Smallable

The bed is by Conran and the ottoman is bespoke by Lauren. The lamps are from West Elm Left: A chest of drawers by West Elm and a mirror by Graham & Green

The lamps are from West Elm Left: A chest of drawers by West Elm and a mirror by Graham & Green

The bed is by Conran and the ottoman is bespoke by Lauren. The lamps are from West Elm Left: A chest of drawers by West Elm and a mirror by Graham & Green

The bed is by Conran and the ottoman is bespoke by Lauren

The yin and yang ottoman is also bespoke by Lauren. The brass flying ducks are an antique find

The yin and yang ottoman is bespoke by Lauren. The brass flying ducks are an antique find

The master bathroom is tiled throughout and the bath and basin are by Victoria + Albert Baths

The master bathroom is tiled throughout and the bath and basin are by Victoria + Albert Baths

The master bathroom is tiled throughout and the bath and basin are by Victoria + Albert Baths

“I never follow fashion and won’t be pigeon holed, which keeps everything fresh.”

In the master bedroom, the headboard is bespoke by Lauren

In the master bedroom, the headboard is bespoke by Lauren

  • The Malins Group malinsgroup.co.uk/
  • Lauren’s property company, The Malins Group, are currently looking for sites – valued between £2-15 million - to buy in the South East. They are interested in a wide range of sites, including residential conversions of buildings with an interesting provenance – both historical and change of use, such as offices - as well as newbuild sites and existing developments. 01932356043 info@malinsgroup.co.uk

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  • pictures: David Merewether
  • styling: Kimberley Watson

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