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Home News Nomad Developments shares the secrets behind creating the perfect riverside home

Nomad Developments shares the secrets behind creating the perfect riverside home

by wrich
  • Richmond Riverside will deliver two stunning, contemporary waterfront homes
  • Pineapple Interiors reveals design inspiration behind the houses’ luxury look
  • Richmond-Upon-Thames house prices rose 2.5% in May

Boutique property company Nomad Developments has revealed the secrets of creating the perfect riverside home, having teamed up with interior design firm Pineapple Interiors to work on the two stunning waterfront homes at Richmond Riverside.

The homes in question are Osprey House and Dunlin House, which together make up Richmond Riverside. Spacious and ultra-luxurious, with private mooring onto the Thames in the back gardens, the development demands the best in terms of its architectural finish and interior design. 

“At Nomad, we love creating exceptional spaces and Richmond Riverside provides us with a fantastic opportunity to do just that. The site’s river front location along with the proximity to central Richmond is truly unique and is allowing us to create two very special homes. For us, synergy and balance of the properties are paramount and fortunately we work with an incredibly talented design team along with our fantastic trades which makes bringing that vision to life a real pleasure.”  Jack Simpson, Managing Director, Nomad Developments

Just three minutes’ walk from Richmond-Upon-Thames town centre, the homes certainly enjoy a premium location. Richmond’s housing marketing performance is indicative of the borough’s desirability. While prices in London dropped by an average of 0.7% between April and May 2021, they rose by 2.5% in Richmond, according to Land Registry figures. 

Pineapple Interiors has been working with Nomad Developments to create the vision for the architectural and design elements of Richmond Riverside. Their work began early on, with Interior Designer Louise McGarry commenting: “For Nomad Developments, the bones of the house are very important. Before any building work begins, we produce a detailed layout plan to carefully consider how the space will best be used for family living. This is then paired with an electrical plan to ensure that sockets and light fittings are in all the right places – for example a socket in the floor underneath the desk in the home office.”

To create the right ambience in the homes, architectural details, internal finishes and wall coverings have received considerable attention. Tadlakt – a type of Moroccan plaster – will give the walls an organic, pared back feel. The more formal spaces will be elevated using wall moulding and decorative cornices, while transitional spaces will feature reeded panelling and Crittal glazing.

“The brief for the furniture is laid back luxury with an emphasis on comfort. Nomad asked for a home that is elegant whilst still durable for the demands of family living. The colour scheme will be neutral, and we will introduce interest by layering textures and materials – timber, marble, stone, glass, leather and organic linen.”  Louise McGarry, Interior Designer, Pineapple Interiors

This emphasis on natural materials perfectly suits the context of the homes’ riverside setting. The design aims to make the most of that setting, with floor to ceiling glazing in the kitchen and primary bedroom. The primary suite includes two dressing areas, an emperor bed and seating area, with neutral tones promoting relaxation.

The terrace off the bedroom provides the perfect spot for enjoying a morning coffee and croissant overlooking the river. The doors from the suite onto the terrace will be fully glazed with a very slim profile, while the balustrades will also be frameless glazed panels, to allow for uninterrupted views out over the river.

There will be a subtle Mediterranean vibe with a checkerboard floor tile in warm gold and terracotta tones, as well as antique wrought iron and stone sculptural furniture.

“We will have a mixture of furniture shapes and functions on the terrace, including a large, comfortable sofa and armchairs to allow for relaxing, reading a book and watching the world go by as well as a small dining table for two.” Louise McGarry, Interior Designer, Pineapple Interiors 

Internally, Richmond Riverside will feature a mix of new furnishings and plenty of antique pieces, to make the homes feel curated over time. Travel restrictions permitting, the Pineapple team will be heading over the Channel to visit the Parisian flea markets to source some one-off pieces.

In the open plan kitchen and living space, for example, a 3.5 metre sofa will emphasise the family vibe, providing plenty of room for the whole family to sit down together. In the garden, meanwhile, the planting scheme will be layered, organic and varied, emphasising the peaceful, natural atmosphere by avoiding any overly structured planting and instead favouring a range of textures and heights. 

“The star of the show for these homes is the stunning location, with the river at the end of the garden. That’s been hugely influential in the design of the interiors. After all, the key to creating beautiful riverside homes is to celebrate their wonderful, natural setting.” Louise McGarry, Interior Designer, Pineapple Interiors