Property type 1880s Victorian mansion
Space 5 floors (plus 2 mezzanine) covering 6,000 sq ft, including 6 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, a large study, double reception, kitchen-diner leading onto conservatory, and basement (used as a utility room)
It didnt take stylist Marianne Cotterill long to decide that these 5 storeys of untouched Victoriana were the perfect place for her family. After one quick viewing with her husband, Terry, and their children, they simply had to have it.
After a few essential repairs and updates no one fancied a winter without central heating it was time to consider the look of the place. As a top stylist, Marianne wasn’t short of ideas, but faced with such a plethora of original features, she needed an open mind, too. Much as we might all swoon over intricate cornicing and stained glass, it can be difficult to make it work with a contemporary aesthetic.
A friend found the tiled floor in a café that was closing down in Belgium, but because some tiles had been lost, Marianne had to make up a design using other tiles, too.
The chairs and table are 1960s copies of Eero Saarinens Tulip design and came from Kempton market. The bride picture was £10 from a car boot sale.
The master bedroom has been kept its original Germolene pink. Ointment by Farrow & Ball is a good match. The bed was snapped up for £10 on the Portobello Road Marianne had it re-covered in green Chinese silk for a striking update.
The pyramid lamp is Murano from the late 1960s. The curtain silk was from Pongees.