Berkshire Road
Transformation Time: 18 h
Areas: Dining room, living room, master bedroom, outdoor area



After 10 magical years in one of these historic buildings, we found ourselves in a rut — an eclectic collection of pieces, accumulated over many years, each with its own sentimental value, but little that was really complementary. We knew we needed some fresh eyes on the place, a vision that wasn’t labouring under a decade of familiarity.

I did some research and found Carol and thought there was little to lose in having her see the house and propose some changes. I liked what I saw and the decision to give Carol and her team from Arete artistic license and discretion was straightforward. I was under time pressure; the need for a quick implementation owing to an imminent house party was part of the brief, and they delivered with minimal fuss. Curation of pieces to complement the existing artefacts was swift and installation took place in one day.

My husband, a natural sceptic, was pleasantly surprised at the change that was effected in a short space of time with a relatively modest outlay. I could not recommend Carol and her team more highly if you are looking for a new perspective on a room or a whole house.
— Kimberly (UK)