A high-end townhouse transformation in West London

Interior designer Kayla Pongrac worked with Clippings to fill a renovated townhouse with sophisticated furniture and lighting.


Project summary

  • Clippings was chosen as partner to source and install FF&E from multiple premium furniture brands.
  • Using the online platform and personal service simplified the procurement process for the client.
  • Product research, specification, requesting and approving quotes and placing orders were all completed on the Clippings platform.
  • Support of Clippings team was on hand for complex requirements, e.g. arranging COM upholstery production with brands.
  • Clippings online tracker made checking production and delivery status of items from various brands easy. 
  • Clippings consolidated all products and delivered them when the building was ready.

Experiencing the Clippings advantage

When interior designer Kayla Pongrac had the opportunity to transform a house in Notting Hill, she picked Clippings to source design in line with her vision of a serene, sensual and design-led interior.

She enjoyed using the platform and the service of our team so much that she got the whole crew of her interiors studio Iron and Ivory onto the platform. “By using Clippings, our team can actually reduce their workload. Typically, we’d do quite detailed FF&E spec pages listing all of the fabrics, quantities and things like that. But I can just export that information directly from Clippings into an Excel spreadsheet that I can present to the client to show what we're planning. In case we have to look at alternatives, it's a very easy process. There’s no need to go back and edit spec pages over and over again – you don’t even need to create them in the first place. Clippings makes a big difference, giving us more flexibility. We're not scared to change something because it's easy.’ 

A focal point in the living room is the Pacha Lounge Chair by Gubi.

A house with potential

‘When my partner stepped into the house for the first time, he walked right back out – but I saw the potential’, Kayla remembers the first viewing. ‘We completely gutted and restructured the place to create an open concept. I wanted a really prominent living space, so I chose a gorgeous Calacatta Monet marble and bespoke cabinetry for the kitchen as a focal point and to compliment the existing original marble fireplace.’ 

This dramatic architectural intervention demanded an equally ambitious FF&E scheme. Kayla wanted to celebrate original architectural features whilst creating a contemporary and inviting living space. ‘With the FF&E, I wanted to keep it subtle and minimal but with lots of textures in a very tonal way.’ 

Kayla opted for a dramatic marble to add interesting textures to the interior.

Clever tech plus personal support

She opted for a neutral colour scheme and sculptural, understated design pieces like Gubi’s Pacha lounge chair, the Macchiato sofa by NORR11 and coffee tables from Resident – products Kayla discovered on Clippings when she researched FF&E options. 

‘As a designer, I find Clippings so user-friendly. I type in the style I'm after, and I get a ton of options. From there, I filter if I'm more specific as to what brand or product I’m looking for. I can make boards for my various projects and see how everything looks together. It’s like a Pinterest, but instead of creating a mood board, I can curate a collection of actual products that can be order directly to the project's site.'

Kayla also relied on the Clippings team for some of the more bespoke elements. ‘The Macchiato sofa from NORR11 needed to be in a CRIB5 fabric, and the brand offered us to do a COM fabric. We chose the Kvadrat fabric 'Moss', and our Clippings account manager Rachel and specification manager Victoria helped me get everything organised with NORR11 – it looks phenomenal. Customising a sofa was a new experience for me as I'm just so used to picking what's available.’ 

By choosing neutral beige, grey and white with black accents, the interior of the living space feels serene.
Boucle, marble, powder-coated metal: different textures keep the overall look interesting.

A straightforward quoting process

By putting together her furniture scheme on Clippings, Kayla didn’t have to use other software tools or email suppliers individually. “I love that I can request quotes on Clippings directly on the platform. I can take subtract or add items to suit the budget and quickly understand the final pricing as ‘trade discounts’ are calculated on the spot! It all helps to manage the project better, meet deliverables and keep a happy client.’

The Clippings team assisted Kayla with finding alternative products if the item she put forward wasn’t available. “The team will go out and find a few different options if it's something I couldn't find on Clippings. They will build a relationship with a new manufacturer so that we can still get everything through Clippings, which is huge. ‘Cause then we're not working with a bunch of different suppliers – we're going all through one source.’

Keeping track of your orders

Kayla found the platform useful after she had placed all orders. ‘Thanks to the delivery tracker, I could see the status of every item of the order – what was still in production, what had arrived at the Clippings warehouse. It helped me communicate with my client, so I could let them know when to expect it. We could then arrange from our side to be there to help style or set up for the arrival. Logistically, Clippings makes my life a lot easier.’

She also sees Clippings as an excellent resource for discovering fresh design. ‘I told my team: if you think FF&E, check out Clippings. You’ll find everything on there. Instead of searching on Pinterest or Google, I advise them to search through Clippings. Product details, pricing, lead times, and fabric options are all right there, saving them from doing much extra research. They can learn about different products, create mood boards and then we can review them together. Clippings is the easiest way to get familiar with new brands.’

The black Offset coffee table from Resident adds contrast to the living room.
Kayla Pongrac is the co-founder of interior studio Iron & Ivory.

Interior photography by Darryl Snow Photography.

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