16th June 2010
Catherine Milner has been quietly acquiring, renovating and designing properties for her exclusive and international clientele for a number of years.
Catherine’s most recent project was described as a triumph in which the ‘style went above and beyond that offered by most top end developers’ (Knight Frank, Belgravia division). Clients and contemporaries alike speak of her reputation for excellence and impressive value-adding renovations, making Catherine the chief port of call for high-specification projects in Belgravia, Chelsea and Knightsbridge.
Guided by strong architectonic principles and classical influences, in Catherine’s view “every property possesses an inherent and rational logic that must be un-locked”. Once revealed, skilled artisans and her personal team of sub-contractors are employed to achieve optimum control over quality and finish. This, combined with her beauty and charm, ensures that notoriously difficult builders become obedient soldiers in her presence. Meanwhile, delighted clients come up with every ruse to keep Catherine in their lives post-renovation. Whether they instruct her to design their home or garden, build a conservatory or facilitate a long lease extension: these clients know that all projects will be completed on time, on budget with taste and aplomb.
Catherine maintains a ‘personal commitment’ to every project and takes pleasure in creating beautiful and timeless homes for her clients. She will stop at nothing in pursuit of the perfect finish and looks for inspiration wherever she goes. During a recent trip to Pompeii, Catherine was inspired by the classical cornicing in the Roman forum. Upon her return to London she instructed her architect and craftsman to lift the ceilings and replicate the proportions to magnificent effect.
For Catherine, it is ‘important that the interior design of the property reflects both the client’s lifestyle and their cultural history.’ Only then can the turn-key service be of true value to a client.