Katharine Pooley is one of the worlds best interior designers

WOW!House has officially launched and I am honoured to hear how much everyone is enjoying the fresh and eclectic Tennis Pavilion Courtyard we created in collaboration with McKinnon and Harris. To be included alongside an amazing array of designers, and to feel the buzz across London, and the worldwide design community has been fantastic.

The annual showcase features curated spaces highlighting the latest trends and innovations in interior and garden industry. Each year, designers are invited to transform rooms or outdoor areas into unique, immersive environments that reflect their creative vision and expertise. These spaces often draw inspiration from various themes, blending traditional and contemporary elements to create stunning, imaginative displays. It serves as an inspiration hub for design enthusiasts, providing a platform for those in the industry to exhibit their talents and for visitors to experience cutting-edge design in a tangible, engaging way.

For WOW!house 2024, my inspiration draws heavily from my passion for tennis, creating a quintessentially British experience centred around an elegant tennis pavilion.With McKinnon and Harris, we’ve crafted a space reminiscent of a classical garden, complete climbing roses through traditional trellis work and silk wallpaper, hand-painted with botanical scenes from my own gardens. This inspired backdrop perfectly showcases McKinnon and Harris’ outdoor furniture collection, including the Dr. Johnson Tennis Umpire Chair.

The ambience I aimed to create is one of classic, timeless elegance, evoking the peaceful and verdant atmosphere of an English garden in summer. The setting is complemented by the gentle thwack of tennis balls and the scent of freshly cut grass, capturing the spirit of Wimbledon with touches like champagne and Strawberries and Cream Truffles.

A contemporary tennis pavilion interior design for WOWHouse 2024 hosted by the chelsea design centre

I love playing tennis, it’s probably the most important of many sports to our family. We enjoy a very active lifestyle together of running, hiking, surfing and biking, (I could go on endlessly!) but tennis has a really special place in all our hearts. I have been really lucky to see each of the four Grand slams in person, France/ US /Australia/ Wimbledon (it helps that my husband is a passionate lifelong tennis player and professional tennis coach so watching and playing tennis is a shared love and something our whole family takes a great deal of pleasure from). 

The best tennis court to play on is Burton Court which is situated in the heart of Chelsea and part of the Royal Hospital Chelsea and is a private club the membership costs of which are used to generate funds for the running costs and maintenance of the Royal Hospital. My favourite stroke has to be my forehand, it’s super reliable for me and (on a good day) I can hit a winner from anywhere on the court.

For me the best will always be Wimbledon, the energy is extraordinary, the backdrop steeped in history.  Watching Roger Federer defeat Andy Roddick in the final, 5-7, 7-6, 3-6, 16-14 to win the Gentlemen’s Singles tennis title at the 2009 Championships is an all-time life highlight for me. It was his sixth Wimbledon title, and a record breaking 15th major title overall, finally surpassing Pete Sampras‘ all-time record. The most exciting current player has to be the young Italian Jannik Sinner who recently won a major and is number 2 in the world at only 22. I am also totally inspired by Iga Swiatek who is also only 22 and the women’s world number 1. They are both off-the-charts incredible and really revitalising tennis.

I would like to take a moment to thank our wonderful suppliers involved in the event with a mention below. We could not have pulled this together without your support, imagination and good nature – thank you for being a part of this wonderful project. Do make sure you head down to the Chelsea Design Centre this month to see the space with your own eyes. I will also be a guest speaker on June 11 for a Panel Discussion hosted by Homes & Gardens. Chaired by Sarah Speteri, Global Brand Director of Future Publishing, fellow WOW! Designer Suzy Hoodless and I will share personal insights and inspiring ideas around ‘Creating Magical Spaces.‘ Be sure to secure your tickets below.

McKinnon and Harris is a distinguished luxury outdoor furniture company renowned for its timeless designs and exceptional craftsmanship. Established in 1991 in Richmond, Virginia, McKinnon and Harris has become synonymous with elegant and durable outdoor furnishings crafted from the finest materials. Founded by Anne Harris Massie and Will Massie III, the company is committed to creating pieces that blend classical design with functionality. Each meticulously handcrafted piece is made from premium materials such as solid aluminium and teak, ensuring longevity and enduring beauty. With a dedication to sustainability and attention to detail, McKinnon and Harris has garnered a loyal following among discerning homeowners, landscape architects, and designers worldwide. 

The Garden Trellis Company started life in rural Essex in 1992. The simple idea behind the company was to manufacture high quality trellis panels that would enhance the gardens and outdoor spaces of people who appreciate attention to detail and excellent customer service. From ornamental, decorative trellis and contemporary slatted panels in courtyard gardens, to individually designed gazebos and summerhouses or bespoke planters and obelisks, their team of creative designers and experienced craftspeople take pride in producing a quality finish every time. For bespoke projects they offer a site visit, free CAD design service and an installation service with a “clean site guarantee”. 

 “We believe the natural beauty of wood can enhance any garden design. With its natural grains, soft contours and durability, expertly made garden joinery is an investment in the overall look of a property and provides quality outdoor living for years to come.” – Julian Furness, Director, The Garden Trellis Co.

Colbourns is a premier provider of high-quality, custom-made rugs and carpets, known for their exceptional craftsmanship and timeless designs. Based in the UK, the company offers a diverse range of bespoke rugs that cater to both contemporary and traditional tastes. With a focus on using the finest materials and expert techniques, the team creates luxurious and durable floor coverings that enhance the aesthetic appeal of any space. Founded by the Colbourn family, the company combines decades of experience in the textile industry with a passion for innovation and design. Every rug is meticulously crafted to meet the highest standards of quality and style. The company also emphasises sustainability, sourcing eco-friendly materials and employing ethical production practices. They uphold three exacting standards: authenticity and heritage of technique, fair trade and selection of raw materials.

Fromental are makers of hand-painted, embroidered, and printed wallcoverings, framed artworks and objects. Founded by designer-makers Tim Butcher and Lizzie Deshayes in 2005, the business’s ethos is rooted in a deep love and respect for beauty. Beauty is fundamental to a good life, and Fromental’s artists empower each customer and collaborator to welcome it generously into their every day. Timelessly elegant, the luscious Chelsea Green colourway of KP’s collaboration with Fromental – ‘An English Butterfly Garden,’ showcases flowers, including honeysuckle, camellias, duchess peonies, jasmine and forget-me-nots. Hand-painted in the loose chinoiserie style, this striking palette features delicate flora rendered in a soft, largely monochrome scheme set against a rich background of deep green silk.  The name Chelsea Green is a nod to one of Katherine’s favourite parts of London, Chelsea, home to her beloved Chelsea Physic Garden – a hidden green sanctuary amidst the bustle of the city. With every piece sold, a donation will be made to support Butterfly Conservation, a wonderful charity, whose work protects and conserves endangered British butterflies and their habitats.

Hare & Humphreys, established in 1987, stands as a beacon of excellence in the realm of architectural conservation and decoration. With over three decades of dedicated service, they have become synonymous with the meticulous restoration and embellishment of some of Britain’s most iconic structures. Their journey from humble beginnings to becoming one of Britain’s foremost specialists has been marked by a passion for preserving heritage and a commitment to impeccable craftsmanship. From the grand halls of historic palaces to the contemporary facades of modern landmarks, their team’s expertise spans across eras and styles. H&H’s portfolio boasts a diverse range, from private residences and stately homes to churches, museums, and government buildings. With a blend of tradition, innovation, and unwavering commitment, they aim to continue to be at the forefront of preserving Britain’s architectural treasures for generations to come.

&Tomorrow is known for its lifelike, high-quality artificial floral arrangements. Based in the UK, the company specialises in creating beautiful, realistic flowers that bring lasting elegance to any space. With a keen eye for detail and a passion for design, &Tomorrow’s team of artisans meticulously crafts each arrangement to capture the natural beauty and intricacy of real flowers. Founded by Holly, &Tomorrow combines her love for floristry with a commitment to sustainability and innovation. Holly’s vision was to offer an alternative to fresh flowers that maintains the same level of beauty and charm without the need for maintenance. Using the finest materials and the latest techniques, &Tomorrow’s creations are perfect for both personal and commercial spaces, offering timeless floral solutions that require no upkeep. Holly and her team work closely with clients to customise arrangements that enhance any environment, from homes to offices and events.

For over 40 years, John Cullen Lighting has been enhancing spaces with the power of light in over 50 countries. They design schemes that bring interiors and spaces to life with light and design discreet luxury architectural luminaires, which create stunning effects. As a prominent player in the world of architectural lighting design, John Cullen Lighting goes beyond the ordinary and provides custom solutions that seamlessly integrate with the unique characteristics of each project.


Victoria Bain established her textiles studio in 2000 and now works with world-leading interior designers on projects for high profile residential clients; 5-star hospitality; prestigious superyacht projects; and key influential property developers. Victoria is both Founder and Director. She studied at Chelsea College of Art in London followed by Edinburgh College of Art. She encountered the mastery of embroidery during her design studio years in Paris where she gained a consummate knowledge of haute couture, and from this a sensibility and high regard for craftsmanship.

Patrick Ireland Bespoke Frames and Mirrors is a family-run business based in East Sussex. Founded by Patrick Ireland, whose career in picture framing spanned over 40 years and took him across the globe, the company is now run by his daughter, Abbie. Patrick’s journey began after a visit to the Turner Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts sparked his interest in art. He moved to East Sussex with his wife and started framing his own art collection. As demand from friends grew, Patrick travelled to Florence and Certaldo to master traditional techniques in gesso, gilding, marbling, and dragging, leading to the production of the exquisite, hand-finished frames the company is known for today. Patrick’s frames gained international acclaim when they were showcased at the High Point Furniture and Decorative Fair in the US. After time, he shifted his focus to design, innovation, and quality, earning a stellar reputation among London’s leading interior designers. Today, Patrick Ireland Frames is renowned for its bespoke craftsmanship and ability to swiftly adapt to changing trends. 

Little Halstock is a bespoke furniture and cabinetry company renowned for its exceptional craftsmanship and attention to detail. Based in Dorset, the company has built a reputation for creating exquisite, custom-made pieces that blend traditional techniques with contemporary design. Their team of highly skilled artisans takes pride in working closely with clients to bring their visions to life, whether it’s for a single piece of furniture or a complete interior fit-out. Little Halstock has grown from a small workshop into a celebrated name in bespoke furniture. The craftsmen’s passion for woodworking and commitment to quality have been the driving forces behind the company’s success. 

Bray Design Upholstery specialises in bespoke upholstery services, working exclusively for interior designers and developers. Based in the heart of Berkshire, the company has a solid reputation for its meticulous craftsmanship, attention to detail, quality, comfort and customer satisfaction. Founded by Marilyn Beddard, the company draws on over thirty years of experience and a deep passion for the craft. Marilyn and her team of skilled artisans work closely with clients to bring their vision to life, ensuring each piece is tailored to their specific needs and preference. Using only the finest materials and techniques, both modern and traditional. Bray is committed to sustainability and often incorporates eco-friendly practices and materials in its work.

Julia B Casa is a luxury home décor brand renowned for its exquisite, handcrafted textiles and bespoke interior design services. Founded by Julia Berger, the designs draw inspiration from classic European styles and modern design trends. Julia and her team in California work closely with clients to tailor each product to their specific tastes and needs, offering personalised consultations and bespoke design solutions. The brand is committed to sustainability, sourcing eco-friendly materials and promoting ethical production practices. Her collections are celebrated for their timeless beauty and attention to detail.

Charbonnel et Walker is a renowned British chocolatier, celebrated for its luxurious chocolates and confections. With a rich heritage dating back to 1875, the company has earned a prestigious reputation for its exceptional craftsmanship and commitment to quality. The chocolate makers offer a wide range of handcrafted chocolates, truffles, and other sweet treats, each made with the finest ingredients and traditional techniques. Founded by ladies Mrs. Walker and Mme. Charbonnel, the company has been a favourite among chocolate connoisseurs and royalty alike. From its iconic Pink Champagne Truffles (found on our Tennis Pavillion WOW!House Courtyard) to classic chocolate assortments, Charbonnel et Walker’s creations are known for their exquisite flavours and elegant packaging. 

Established in 1967 by Ralph Lauren himself, the company has become synonymous with luxury, quality, and timeless elegance across apparel, accessories, home furnishings, and fragrances. In addition to fashion, Ralph Lauren offers a comprehensive range of home goods, including bedding, furniture, and décor, designed to evoke a sense of timeless sophistication and luxury both at home in the United States and across the world. With a commitment to craftsmanship, innovation, and environmental sustainability, Ralph Lauren continues to be a leader in the lifestyle industry, shaping the way people dress and live around the world.

Halcyon Days is a renowned British luxury brand celebrated for its exquisite enamelware and fine gifts. Founded in 1950, the company is known for its exceptional craftsmanship and timeless designs that blend traditional techniques with contemporary elegance. Specialising in enamel boxes, bangles, and accessories, Halcyon Days products are crafted using the finest materials and intricate hand-painted details, creating pieces of exceptional quality and beauty. 

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