A five-storey, late Victorian house in north London with a den and cloakroom on the lower-ground floor, and a living room and open-plan kitchen-dining space on the ground floor. The first floor has a master suite and study. The second floor has three bedrooms and a bathroom, and the top floor houses a bathroom and a children's den under the eaves.
Encaustic flooring and a Victorian-style radiator create a period feel in this contemporary home.
2/8 Living room
A blown up reproduction of a 16th-century painting is the focal point of the living room. The dusty pink wall colour is a brave and daring choice, but works well to provide a tranquil area to wind down. A grey geometric rug adds depth and dimension to the room.
A combination of bright modernity with opulent flourishes creates a fresh, fashionable mood. The steps double as shelving for favourite books, adding colour as well as being a practical storage solution.
4/8 Dining room
For subtly sophisticated Christmas dining, smart white surfaces are teamed with traditional red decorations, highlighted with flashes of cobalt blue.
The walnut radiator cover, with a pop of tomato red makes it strong statement in this cosy dimly light room - it disguises the radiator, turning something functional into something stylish.
6/8 Home office
Colourful and modern furniture - such as the yellow storage chest and yellow lampshade - bring this classical reproduction right up to date. Zesty yellow sits perfectly against white and grey tones.
Make a statement in your bedroom with a dark reupholstered bed and quirky table lamps. A red velvet throw, ornate chandelier and gold leather chair create an opulent feel that works well against the pale backdrop.
8/8 En suite
The black and white colour scheme of this en-suite bathroom gives the space a touch of old-school Hollywood glamour.
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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.
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