Step inside this five-storey Victorian family home

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There are times when life gets complicated. And most of us would agree that the arrival of twins might not be the best moment to embark on a top-to-toe redesign of your home. But the owners of this property, who already had two children under five, aren’t the type to get fazed by such matters. ‘Hmmm, there was a bit of dust,’ they say, ‘but it was fine, really.’ 

The couple originally bought this striking terrace in north-west London to give them more space after deciding to try for another child. Structurally, the building was pretty sorted – an interior designer had lived there for 15 years and taken on the major changes. But the decor looked a little worn and the pair wanted to put their own stamp on things.

They had been living in the property for 18 months and hardly done a thing so, even though the twins were just six months old, they decided to go for it. ‘At first, we were going to take on the refurb ourselves,’ they say, ‘but then we realised the house was just too big and we were too busy, so we spent a fair bit of time looking through magazines, deciding what we liked. Then we came across an interior designer’s work in Livingetc and we knew we’d found the right person.’

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