A soft, tan sofa set low on dark wooden slats rests before the sitting room's wall of windows, while a triad of coffee tables is poised in a three-legged lotus, their surfaces hued bronze and resembling well-beaten gongs. And in this yin-bright room there's also a yang-dark dining table, where five can dine beneath a peaceful seascape print. Make a pilgrimage along the river's Chelsea Embankment, just beyond your door, or if the material is what you seek then try the upmarket boutiques of the King's Road. When you return home, the dark-decked balcony begs for contemplative coffee, taken overlooking ancient oaks and new-grown roof gardens.
Your hosts are a fresh young family who spend time in the Cambridgeshire countryside when not in their London home. In fact, they've ensured there's something of the calm of the rural here too, with their pared-back aesthetic.
##Turning the eye inward
In introspective fashion, a black-lined architectural sketch of the home's own sitting room hangs above the sumptuous bed, lit on both sides by lime-green lamps atop Conran side tables. Indeed, these are this apartment's most saturated additions, its walls taupey and pale.
A wall of windows lets out onto the balcony, where you might take in the morning breeze before a day touring the pretty streets of Chelsea. Or for a more warming wake-up, immerse yourself in the bathroom's elegant freestanding tub, sitting central beneath a tall window all its own.