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A five-storey Georgian townhouse in north London. The lower-ground floor has an open-plan kitchen-diner and a utility room. Above this, there's a living room, home office and loo on the ground floor. The first floor has the main bedroom suite with a dressing room. There are three bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor and the twins’ bedroom, plus a wet room, on the top floor. The ornate coving was recreated for this room; when the family moved in, very few of the original features still remained.

1/10 Living room

modern white living room with sofa egg chair ottoman and orange rug

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

Sofa and ottoman
B&B Italia

Egg Chair by Arne Jacobson at Republic of Fritz Hansen

2/10 Sitting room

white living room with sofa

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

This elegant living space now leads through to the glazed extension at the rear of the house, with period-style shutters separating the two zones. Punctuate a predominantly white space with a few hits of vibrant colour. Blue and orange is a winning, complementary combination. 

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Taylor Llorente
The Conran Shop

3/10 Basement

modern white kitchen diner

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

In contrast to the traditional fixtures elsewhere in the home, a set of floating stairs leads down to the kitchen-diner on the lower ground floor, where bi-fold doors open out to the maintenance-free evergreen garden and concrete terrace. As a final touch, the exterior brickwork was shot-blasted to take it to its warm sand colour and the front door and render on the lower-ground floor were painted grey. The table and chairs fit perfectly with the owner's sleek, calm aesthetic.

Dining chairs
Tulip dining table and chairs for Knoll Studio
Bubble chair by Eero Aarnio Adelta at Chaplins
Similar floor tiles
Mandarin Stone

4/10 Dining room

modern neutral dining room

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

The overall vibe of the house is calm and serene, but a few opulent touches here and there add a bit of glamour. The sleek 1970s Perspex coffee table visually blends into the scheme, while an ornate gilt candelabra and large figurative artwork add to the opulent factor.

Coffee table
Circus Antiques
Oriel Harwood

5/10 Kitchen

modern white kitchen with red armchair

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

The owner has reinvented the kitchen triangle so the layout works around three points - prep, cooking and chilling out. The showstopping Indian River Stone work surface came in three pieces and it took 15 men to carry it into the house.

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The Conran Shop

6/10 Conservatory

modern white conservatory

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

Back upstairs, a glass extension added to the back of the living room is a 21st-century take on the classic conservatory. Reinstating original fixtures, such as the shutters, was key to the rennovation project. Installing shutters can have a range of aesthetic as well as practical benefits. They insulate the room and are ideal for balancing light and ensuring total privacy and a complete blackout.

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7/10 Bedroom corner

modern white living room with marble fireplace

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

Be bold and build a family home around a bright white scheme with oodles of original features. Like the rest of the house, the bedroom is a simple mix of clean lines, reflective surfaces and shots of bold colour from rugs, cushions and artwork.

Barcelona chair by Mies van der Rohe for Knoll
Fishes rug by Barber Osgerby for The Rug Company
Circus Antiques

8/10 Bedroom nook

living room nook with armchair and chest of drawers

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

Create a feel of luxury in your dressing room with objects and curios that reflect your personality. Mix ornate accessories with contemporary furnishings to create a cleverly crafted scheme that successfully blends both modern and classic styles.

Gered Mankowitz photograph at Gallery 2C
Chest of drawers
Malm by Ikea

9/10 Bathroom

modern bathroom with white bath tub

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

The owners were prepared to give up an extra bedroom to have this luxurious bathroom - enjoying a long languid soak in this tub is absolute bliss. The decor may be streamlined and simple, but they also wanted it to be sensual and feminine. Soft curves and wooden flooring create an indulgent mood.

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CP Hart
Laura Ashley

10/10 Main bedroom

modern white bedroom with french bed

(Image credit: Future PLC/James Merrell)

The owners love staying in boutique hotels and they wanted to emulate that luxurious feel in the bedroom and en-suite bathroom. The silver-leaf baroque bed is a perfect take on the glamorous hotel look. To create a distinctive feel in your room, give furniture, accessories and everything in between the ombre or dip-dye treatment.

Cherub bed by La Maison London
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The Linen Works

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.