Steal the style: No 11 Pimlico Road

Amira Hashish discovers an elegant mix of pattern, tile, metal and timber at this understated yet vibrant Belgravia restaurant
Overview of No 11 Pimlico Road
It's the little touches that make No 11 Pimlico Road so inviting, with its mix of reclaimed furniture, eclectic accessories and fresh flowers

No 11 Pimlico Road oozes elegance. The restaurant's great use of pattern, tile, marble, zinc and timber complements the colour palette of raspberry, grey, eau-de-nil and shades of white. It makes for an understated but vibrant look.

Once The Ebury, a local haunt, it was recast and reopened by new owners Darwin & Wallace, with interiors by Sophie Douglas of Fusion DNA.

"We wanted the design to be a reflection of the home, to be comfortable and not too prescribed," says managing director Melanie Marriott who was heavily involved with the makeover process.

For reservations and more about No11, visit no11pimlicoroad.co.uk.

Interior - armchairs and tiled floors
Dining furniture doesn't always have to match. Here, Ercol and the Ant chair are mixed with bar stools on a monochrome tiled floor
The style is inspired by the architecture and shops of Pimlico and ideas are taken from florists, boutiques or antiques shops in the area which stock 20th-century gems. Reclaimed furniture is mixed with new finds while accessories are sourced from independent shops or websites for an eclectic vibe. Those seeking inspiration for a charming dining area with a modern twist need look no further.

Cheers for chairs


A dining set doesn't have to match. No 11 mixes Ercol and the Ant Chair with bar stools in different sizes. The restaurant sourced its seats from The Contract Chair Company (thecontractchair.co.uk), Design Resource (designresourceinteriors.com) and Eclipse Furniture (eclipsefurniture.co.uk). It also recommends vintage suppliers such as Cream & Chrome (creamandchrome.co.uk) and The French House (thefrenchhouse. net) in Parsons Green, which refurbish and upholster old chairs.

Interior of No11 Pimlico Road
Get the Scandi look with white geometric cube shelves
For a more instant fix, combine John Lewis's Ken dining chairs (£125, johnlewis.com) in oak with Fjord dining chairs in oak/white (£99 for two from made.com). Ikea's white Henriksdal bar stool (£50) and the Murray footstool from made.com (£249) also work well. Finally, pick a statement item in a bold colour such as the raspberry Fyfield Salsa accent chair with light feet from Debenhams (£450, debenhams.com).

Turn the tables


The dining table should have an industrial feel. Oka's Gramercy has all the appeal of a salvaged antique with aged metal legs and a solid burnt oak top (£1,265 at okadirect.com). Or go for Dwell's simple Mitchel square extending table that has a white glass top and high-gloss metal frame (£499, dwell.co.uk).

Off the wall


The walls at No 11 complement the fresh and light colour scheme. Cool greys (search Farrow & Ball's paint chart, or more affordable Dulux) act as a restrained backdrop and highlights elements such as shutters, tiles, panelling and shelves. A cheap and quick way to get the Scandi look is to use wood panelling wallpaper (£19.99 per roll, wallpaperdirect.co. uk) which creates the illusion of distressed and faded wood in pale natural colours to go with your greys.

Interior shot of staircase at No11 Pimlico Road
Cool grey walls act as a restrained backdrop to the main dining room
For a less permanent option, fill white geometric cube shelves (£24.99, argos.co.uk) with favourite magazines and books, taking care never to clutter. And if you have the budget, the ESU bookcase from Skandium (£1,840 at skandium.com) is irresistible.

Making shapes: lighting


A simple black, white or glass colour scheme for lighting will stand out if you use curvy shapes. For a No 11 look, the Beat White Stout pendant light by Tom Dixon (£275, heals.co.uk) is perfect. The restaurant's tealight holders and vases come from notonthehighstreet.com. Ribbed mercury glass holders in teal are a bargain at £4. Combine these with the more traditional Nkuku silverglass candle holder (£11, debenhams.com).

Glass vase and magnolias
Fresh flowers feature in the restaurant daily

Ready to accessorise


It is the little touches that make No 11 so inviting. Accessories were found at retailers along King's Road, including Designers Guild, Anthropologie and Peter Jones, and fresh flowers each day are a must. "You can spend £5 on foliage and make an impact," says Marriott. Display them in a Bearcan vase (£12, designersguild.com), LSA flower posy vase (£15, johnlewis.com) or chrysanthemum vase (£24, anthropologie.eu).

The three key artwork pieces on display originated from photo-sharing website Flickr.com. "We approached individuals privately to seek permission to use their photographs," explains Marriott. Discovering breaking talent via social media is a savvy method of finding a truly one-off artwork for the home.

And never be shy to upcycle. "There was also a lot of stuff left over from the previous owner which we upcycled, including a stash of brown boards which we washed and distressed, as well as some old tins from the oven," adds Marriott.

Scour the markets
The No 11 team recommend Sandown Park Racecourse Antiques & Vintage Fair (sandown.co.uk), Bermondsey Square Market (bermondseysquare.co.uk) and Alfies Antique Market (alfiesantiques.com). Those willing to venture beyond London could try the Antiques & Collectors Fair at Bath and West Showground (check bathandwest.com for opening times).

HOW TO GET THE LOOK AT HOME: NO 11 PIMLICO ROAD



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1. The raspberry Fyfield Salsa chair from Debenhams (£450; debenhams.com).
2. The ESU bookcase from Skandium (£1,840; skandium.com).
3. A Nkuku silver-glass candle holder from Debenhams (£11; debenhams.com).
4. Ken dining chairs in oak (£125; johnlewis.com).
5. The Beat White Stout pendant lamp from Tom DIxon (£275; heals.co.uk).
6 Ribbed mercury glass tealight holders from notonthehighstreet.com (£4; notonthehighstreet.com).
7 A chrysanthemum vase by Anthropologie (£24; anthropologie.eu).
For reservations and more about No11, visit no11pimlicoroad.co.uk.

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