Be inspired by a family-friendly play house in London

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A semi-detached Victorian house in south London. It has a playroom in the basement, and a large open-plan kitchen, dining and living space, 2 studies, a WC and a utility room on the ground floor. Upstairs are 2 children's rooms, a family bathroom, the master suite with dressing room, and a guest bedroom with en suite. On the top floor is a child's bedroom with en suite, 2 guest bedrooms and a bathroom.

1/7 Living area

living space with tall glass windows and pillar with papers

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

2/7 Kitchen

kitchen with white counter and black adjustable stool

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

The kitchen's sleek design encompasses the clean lines and abundant storage that the owners love.

This is the b3 kitchen and c2 table by Bulthaup Winchester. For similar colourful bowls, try John Lewis.

3/7 Kitchen-diner

kitchen dining room with white table and glass roof

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

Large windows make for uninterrupted views in this minimalist modern dining area. Pops of colour appear in the accessories and Union Jack footstool, adding character to the scheme.

Wishbone chairs by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hansen. Buy a Union Jack footstool from Halo Living. The vases are from Heal's.

4/7 Hallway

hallway with kids toys and shoes

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

The owners created a huge window with opaque glass to offer privacy from neighbouring houses and to allow a soft light to filter through.

Get the Paradise Tree coat stand by Magis at Made In Design. The floor tiles are from the Stone & Ceramic Warehouse.

5/7 Staircase

stairs with colourful railing and wooden rhino statue

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

The traditional style staircase respects the Victorian heritage of the house, while the painted balusters add a shot of lush colour.

The tree stickers are from Bouf, and the wooden rhino is from The General Trading Company.

6/7 Master bedroom

bedroom with master bed and glass chandelier

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

A pale carpet and colourful cushions add a soft, feminine feel. The deep, dark purple on the wall gives the room an element of glamour and warmth.

This is the Moon bed from Poliform, and the Clarence pendant light from Heal's.

7/7 Guest bathroom

bathroom with glass door and toy

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

The owner wanted something funky so she used glitter grout and tiles that resembled Fox's Glacier Mints.

Buy glitter grout from Stick With Us. The riser and showerhead are from CP Hart.

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Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and Editor-In-Chief since 2023. She is an interiors journalist and editor who’s been working for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines for over 20 years, both in-house and as a freelancer.