One of the many amazing parts of being an interior designer is working with clients that have a vision and helping to turn them into a reality. In our latest project, for a client in Old Northeast St. Petersburg, we are making a Sherlock Holmes inspired library.

When thinking of the fictional detective, dark wood finishes, wallpaper and warm colors come to mind and that’s exactly how the Sherlock Holmes Museum in London has the apartment on 221 Baker Street decorated.

Photo Credit:  Flickr

Photo Credit: Flickr

Victorian style furniture and rugs are also throughout the space.

Photo Credit:  Travel Style

Photo Credit: Travel Style

The BBC gave Sherlock Holmes’ apartment a touch of the 21st century for its hit show Sherlock by adding some modern accessories and light fixtures. 

Photo Credit:  Cumberbatched

Photo Credit: Cumberbatched

In our project, though, we wanted to keep the feel of London in the 1890s while adding some subtle details like straight modern lines and metallic finishes that made the space timeless, not dated. 

Lisa Gilmore Design  Sherlock Holmes  Inspiration Board

Lisa Gilmore Design Sherlock Holmes Inspiration Board

Lisa Gilmore Design   Sherlock Holmes   Inspiration Board

Lisa Gilmore Design Sherlock Holmes Inspiration Board

We relied on a mix of fabrics to add character to the space. From a print to a classic English plaid, velour and textured leather, the different surfaces each have their own appeal and brought together make for a room design with as many unexpected turns as a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle novel.

We can’t wait to share the photos of this space when it’s done but for now, we’ll have to leave it as a mystery. The inspiration boards are a pretty good clue as to how it will all come out.

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Photo Credit: Feed Floyd