The Idealist

Beautiful Snug and Sunday Room

A closer look at our Tudor love affair

Last week we explored a mock-Tudor home in East Sheen, an extended 1920s property, recently given a design overhaul by Roselind Wilson Designs.

The heart of this Richmond home are the snug and Sunday room, richly panelled in dark oak. Here we look at how these rooms have been designed to serve their very specific functions and provide wonderful spaces to relax in. 

No Tudor home would be complete without a snug

The snug

No Tudor home, original or no, would be complete without a snug. This area has been designed keeping the original features in mind, and brilliantly, specifically for the comfortable drinking of red wine.

The snug

Entered from a bright open plan living area this warm and welcoming space is perfect for nights in front of the fire.  Great care has been taken to respect the architectural elements of the room, including the magnificent fireplace, but it hasn’t been overdone: the furniture and artwork are modern and the room has been finished with an eclectic mix of accessories, including a parchment-covered drum used as a side table. Casting a romantically warm glow on the panelling are the wall lamps covered with Le Grin horsehair fabric from Abbott and Boyd. This snug is predominantly ‘Tudor’ without being a theme room, and indeed perfect for nights in with a bottle or two of red!

The Sunday room

The Sunday room

This room is for the eating of a lazy Sunday breakfast. It’s a simple design, with the table placed under the window so breakfast eaters can sleepily gaze out into the front garden.

The key feature of this room has to be the fantastic artwork. Painted by the client’s uncle, the picture perfectly reflects the view from the window and gives a fairly traditional looking room a contemporary element.

Although predominately for Sunday morning kippers and poached eggs, the room can also be transformed into an intimate dining area for evening soirees with friends by turning the table round.  Great care has been taken to ensure that the space is comfortable in either layout.

The thing we love about both of these rooms is that they manage to be respectful of the heritage and character of the house without being twee historical pieces. They manage to be elegant, contemporary and historic at the same time. Who wouldn’t love flicking through the Sunday supplements while sitting in the Sunday room, or drinking a fine glass of Burgundy while the fire crackles in the hearth in the snug?

More Information

Roselind Wilson Designs are based in London and work in the UK and internationally, provided interior design and architectural services. Roselind Wilson Design 9 Lonsdale Road, London, NW6 6RA, 020 3371 1779,

Thank you again to them and to the home owners for sharing their home with us!

  • Charlie is a lifestyle journalist with a passion for snooping around people’s homes: the good, the bad and the ugly. She loves innovative interior design, period homes and antiques; loathes things with slogans on, and carpets. She lives in rural Essex with her husband and two children.

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