With Nutshell respect for the inherent character of a building is the foundation for any project.  Discreet designs mix old and new, use soft colour and natural materials.  Houses should be homes, so schemes usually emerge from a client’s lifestyle or most treasured possessions, perhaps a particular carpet or painting.  

From a background in antiques and art history Claire Houchin learnt the decorating ropes working for David Mlinaric ‘one of the top British decorators of the 20th century’. 

Projects included the Asprey Flagship Store on Bond Street, Cherkley Court in Surrey, a Belgrave Square mansion and numerous private residences.  Founding Nutshell Interiors in West London in 2005 Claire relocated to Geneva with her family in 2007. She is the sole designer but often works with architects or builders.  Claire speaks fluent French.


Penthouse, St John’s Wood, London

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‘A good interior should be a pleasure to live in, on the most practical level’