54 Oxford Street

The couple’s first major project in Liverpool was the fitting out of their new home.

Understanding of the interiors is largely based on the five surviving photographs and consequently their importance as the most avant-garde domestic interiors of that period in Liverpool has been generally underestimated.

The couple created a harmonious sequence of interiors in which everything was to their design and in many cases of their making. The furniture was experimental and often quirky in form.

The decorative schemes of brown with accents of purple and yellow, and red and black, or white with key notes of pink, gold and green, must have been striking.

The principal rooms were published by the Studio magazine in 1901 in a special edition devoted to ‘Modern Domestic Architecture and Decoration’.