SL Visits the Salvesen Graham Office |

SL Visits the Salvesen Graham Office

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In search of that illusive work / life balance? Well Nicole Salvesen and Mary Graham, the design duo behind interior design brand, Salvesen Graham might just have found it. SL went to find discover just what it looks like when working from home, really works…

Set at the bottom of Nicole’s South West London garden, ‘The Shed’ as they call it, pairs practicality with style just perfectly; in short, it is a showcase of their discerning talent.
Built two years ago, the building crucially comes in at just under the legal height needed to attain planning permission, keeping the process relatively stress-free.


Painted in Farrow & Ball ‘Pigeon’ (their signature colour), the office was designed to seamlessly blend in with the garden. Tall vines line the walls and allow for privacy from neighbours either side, while preened pot plants offer colour and homeliness. Faux grass, although not their first choice, ensures mud free trips back and forth from the house each and every day.
Inside, it has a grown up but lived in feel, with Fermoie's soft furnishings (the fabric brand from the team behind Farrow & Ball) and a custom-made David Seyfried sofa – the team’s first choice for their clients.
The office is small but perfectly formed with everything from the elegant wall lights and smart storage having been as carefully considered as you’d expect from interior designers of this standard.
The space plays to the strength of the elements with double doors that open out in summer for an al fresco feel to heavy duty radiators and the kind of luxe curtains you find in the grandest of homes.



Although juggling motherhood with business is made far easier when home is just a stone’s throw, as the Salvesen Graham business grows (when we popped round there were seven projects on the go at once) there will come a time in the not so distant future when it outgrows this cosy space. Whether it is transformed into a guest room / play room / summer house / man cave (if you ask Nicole’s other half), is up for debate – whichever it is, there is no denying that this kind of ‘shed’ is a welcome addition to any home.