The owners bought this London house four years ago and have turned it into a charming modern family home. ‘It was originally two flats and had been done up in a very bland way to sell quickly,’ explains the owner.
Despite uninspiring first impressions, the house had a secret draw for the couple – while traffic trundles past the front door, the back of the house looks on to a golf course that was once a Victorian reservoir. It was this view that persuaded the couple to buy the house and, although they have had to do a serious amount of work, they have never looked back.
Fortunately the owner is an interior designer for childrens bedrooms and so the couple were able to do much of the work themselves, saving them lots of money in the long run. The house is decorated in mostly neutral colours throughout, making it feel light and airy. Brightly coloured accessories, the odd patterned wallpaper and geometric flooring add a playful vibe.
But the result is timeless with classic furniture and décor that will still look great in years to come.
From the start, the couple focused on the things that would make the house work for them as a family. This meant making the ground floor open-plan and moving the kitchen to the back so that it leads on to the garden.
So out went the magnolia paint hues and laminate flooring and down came the light-obscuring wall to create the open-plan space, which flows from the sitting room, through a dining area, to the new kitchen. ‘Like all families, we like to keep an eye on the children while we’re cooking,’ says the owner.
Brushed copper kitchen tap
Copper plant hanger
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On the ground floor, a wall was removed to open up the space. To knit the space together, the owners designed the chunky shelves that span the living room to the dining area. Here, a mid-century sideboard, dining table, and bench seating echo the linear feel of the kitchen. Simple white units are enhanced by deep marble surfaces in the kitchen, skilfully blending high street with designer.
The owners have managed to create a luxury bathroom in a limited amount of space. Interesting objects and patterns add a playful element to the room – an oversized light contrasts with the child’s tiny chair. The vinyl flooring really stands out against the neutral tones in the room, which are always a good idea when there’s limited space to play with.
When the couple’s five-year-old son declared he wanted a ‘night time wall’ in his bedroom, the owners sprang into action.
Luckily, his mum happens to be an interior designer and knew exactly what would look good. ‘Nowadays there’s so much good design that appeals to both parents and children alike,’ she explains.
She painted the back wall a velvety blue-black. ‘It’s surprisingly calming when it comes to afternoon naps,’ she says. A string of glowing fairy lights were added, along with whimsical prints, hand-carved toys and wallhangings.
The result is a room fit for a modern day Peter Pan.
This charming bedroom features an owl-adorned quilt and a simple bed reinvented with soft grey paint. A dove-grey colour palette with flutters of pink and mustard completes the effect. ‘It’s neither frou frou nor fussy,’ says the owner – a mantra that is equally fitting for the rest of this informal and elegant home.
It’s clear to see why the uninterrupted views were a selling point for the couple. They have utilised the space in the garden, setting aside space for gardening and a patio area for alfresco dining.
Although the fence and brick wall add a sense of privacy, they made sure nothing obstructed the view.