When you think of London in terms of a Monopoly board, the most coveted position to be in is with houses or hotels on the purpley-blues of Park Lane or Mayfair. As a relatively new resident of London, I still think of some places in terms of the colour grading that Hasbro gave them; Old Kent Road will never shake that association with murky brown.
A recent trip (in real time) to the purple side of the Monopoly board took me to Anna Casa Interiors in Mayfair – the second of Anna Dodonova’s palatial interior design showrooms. It is the most luxurious and elegant, yet homely mock shop; the sort of place you feel like you have to take off your shoes, but can slump into the hand-picked Italian leather sofa with a freshly brewed coffee. The creative vision of Miss Dodonova is seamless, oozing glamour and sophistication.
Here is a lady who has a design degree in her back pocket, and a powerful, thoughtful ability to work classic and timeless pieces to create her clients’ dream homes. Travelling with a keen eye and working with only cream-of-the-crop brands that produce the highest quality pieces of furniture, ensure that with Anna, your home will be the best dressed bricks in town.
A few weeks later came the showroom party with jelly in teacups by Bompass & Parr and plenty of fascinating chat on some beautiful furniture. A rather glamorous affair.
With the age of first-time buyers rising to the 40s, Anna’s services are not in reach of the majority of us living pay-packet-to-pay-packet, scrimping to get ‘on the ladder’, or spending our last tenner on a cheap bottle of plonk. But her showroom and talent is something of an inspiration. If I had endless paper notes with the Queen’s head on, as opposed to some moustachioed bloke, I would take a chance on Anna Dodonova styling my house just right.
The Anna Casa showroom can be found at:
2 Hay Hill