Ceres Show House
Designed by the award-winning Anders Robert Cheer and built by Amirez Development’s dedicated team to their exemplary specifications, 12 Minterne Road comprises 2 impressive 4 bedroom houses. Ceres Showhouse is also a finalist in the SBID (Society of British and International Design) awards in the Show Flats and Developments category.
This exquisite development is located in the sought after location of Evening Hill, Poole, which is widely regarded as one of the area’s most sought after roads within a conservation area that lies within Canford Cliffs and Lilliput.
These contemporary homes offer generously-proportioned rooms and plenty of open plan living and entertaining space, taking full advantage of their superb locations.
Evening Hill is a splendid coastal location that has superb south facing gardens and magnificent sea views over Poole Harbour and across Sandbanks. Conveniently located, the local area offers a variety of stylish boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants, and the school catchments of Lilliput C of E Infant School and Baden Powell/St Peter’s C of E School with ‘outstanding’ OFSTED results.
Benefitting from the design excellence, each home includes underfloor heating, beautiful bespoke Italian kitchens and well-appointed bathrooms. Each home has secure private parking, an Electrical Automation System with Audio and Lighting control as well as various additional options.
Nykke Jones Interiors completed the interior design for the Ceres Show House. The brief given to them was to fill it with what it needed – furniture. Nykke Jones wanted to fill it with contemporary pieces, and lush, soft furnishings. It needed to have warmth and character for it to feel like a home.
On stepping into the house, Nykke commented:
“I immediately encountered a surprisingly bright spacious floorplan, ideal for modern family living. Instantly your attention is brought to a generous sweeping staircase that winds up the three floors to the master bedroom, which bestows the best sea views. Rain, hail or shine, the views are wonderful, in any kind of weather.
“I knew I wanted to add colour. I didn’t want to be safe. I wanted to create a space that said ‘this is a happy joyous place’ and so the creative process began.”
Overall, the design for the interior was inspired by the actual house. The style and architectural features gave off a hint of art deco and 1950’s retro. Nykke said:
“A house talks to you if you listen. All the surfaces were perfect shades of grey, which was the ideal backdrop for my colour scheme. Which quickly became, Peacock Blue, Blush Pink, Navy Blue, Moody Grey, and Mustard Yellow. They don’t sound like they’d work, but they really did. I wanted to stay away from just grey.
“I believe the colour scheme in a home should marry in with each other from room to room. Each should in some way, connect to the other. That way the house flows, and there’s unity in the design. Each room compliments the other without being the same. It’s a pleasant transition from space to space. It’s calming and comforting. It brings it all altogether.”
To ground the design, the theme of the furniture, along with the colours had to work together as one. So art deco and retro 1950s pieces were added – and this included use of materials; lots of silk and velvet.
Nykke talked about their favourite pieces of the creation of the interior of Ceres:
“I do love the kitchen dining area. The big beaten-up grey oak table works so well with the 50s velvet chairs, it shouldn’t…but it does. And I like that. Mismatched pieces. I don’t like ‘matchy matchy’. Coordinate yes, match no!”
“I don’t want anything I do to look like something out of a catalogue. What’s the point of a showhouse? To sell it of course. But in the process, by dressing and staging the property to look and feel like a home, visitors can gleam some inspiration of their own. And ultimately go away and think about their own interior design ideas. For me, I get some lovely new clients from the project, the furniture company get massive exposure for the collections, and the developer sells his property. Which I can say Ceres has now sold. Lock stock and all the furniture too! What a success!”
Ceres and the other houses are located on the shores of Poole harbour, with breath-taking sea views over Brownsea Island and The Purbeck Hills beyond. Access to the area is well served by all modes of transport, with particular emphasis on the fast rail link direct to London Waterloo, as well as sea and air travel to the Channel Islands and mainland Europe from Poole ferry port and Bournemouth International airport. Bournemouth and Poole town Centre’s are equal distance from the property and both offer superb shopping, recreational and entertainment facilities.