Today I’m starting a new conversation with Nicole Salvesen and Mary Graham, the duo behind Salvesen Graham.

Salvesen Graham- Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Salvesen Graham is an interior design and decoration practice specializing in classic interiors with a modern twist, working for both private residential and commercial clients in the UK and abroad.


Dear Nicole and Mary, thank you so much for taking part in my ‘In Conversation’ series. I love how your interiors look classic yet fresh and functional. Any tips for achieving this style?

It’s a case of looking at the past and the present at the same time. Our ethos is really to combine colour with texture and pattern, to create a richly layered room.

Salvesen Graham - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez


Who are the past or present interior designers that inspire you the most?

With our background in design working on English country estates and large London properties we can’t help but be inspired by John Colefax and Sibyl Fowler, Robert Kime and Nina Campbell. They all have a way with pattern and colour and always stay up to date. We are also inspired by the American designers Michael Smith for his classical look and Steven Gambrel for his use of colour and working with the architectural details of a home.

Breakfast room with daybed by Sibyl Colefax and John Fowler. Source: Colefax & Fowler


One home accessory you can’t live without?

Cushions! It is something you can constantly be editing. Colour, texture, shape, size and quantity can all add interest!

Salvesen Graham - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez


Favourite London interior?

We completely adore 5 Hertford Street, a private members club. The stunning interior at this Mayfair club succeeds in being both glamorous and understated.

5 Hertford Street. Source:: WSJ


I see you use a lot of green and pink in your interiors (I love this combo!) Any other favourite colour combination?

We have a love for teal, as you can tell from our branding and use it with pretty much any colour including mustard!

Salvesen Graham - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez


Finally, do you have any advice for people who want to establish their own interior design practice?

Don’t underestimate the value of the experience you will gain from working under a great designer before you forge ahead on your own. We were both incredibly lucky to have done that and truly believe it is the knowledge we gained during this time that has enabled us to offer such a full service to our clients. It has also given us confidence in our designs.

Salvesen Graham Relaxing Morning Room in Decorated Spaces 2016 – House & Garden Festival. Source: House & Garden


Salvesen Graham - Directorio Deco by Gloria Gonzalez

Thank you so much, Salvesen Graham!

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Gloria González

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