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A Grade II listed ground-floor apartment in an early Victorian villa in north London, compirsing a living/dining room, kitchen/breakfast room, home office, two bedrooms - one with an en-suite shower room - a family bathroom and a playroom.

The owner's were particularly keen on getting the floor right. As soon as the architect showed them engineered walnut, they decided to run it throughout the apartment.

American black walnut flooring from Arden Hodges

1/9 Sofa, ottoman and dining chair

living room with white wall grey sofa with white and brown cushion wooden flooring and chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/ James Merrell)

B&B Italia at Coexistence

2/9 Dining room

dinning room with cream colour wall white dinning table and white chair flower pot and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/ James Merrell)

Being on one floor makes the space feel deceptively larger. Here, light coloured walls and furniture give the open-plan dining area a light-filled aura.

Dining table and chairs
B&B Italia at Coexistence
Discoco pendant by Christophe Mathieu for Marset at The Light Corporation

3/9 Home office

home office with grey cabinet white door grey book shelf

(Image credit: Future PLC/ James Merrell)

The library-cum-office, which peeks out from behind one of the original arched doorways, adds a bookish touch, along with a pop of colour. Built-in cabinetry and shelves make the most of the space in this compact home office - great for when floor space is at a premium.

Built-in units
Designed by Gregory Phillips Architects
Eames EA 108 chair by Vitra

4/9 Kitchen

breakfast room with white door white round table and chair wooden floor

(Image credit: Future PLC/ James Merrell)

A wall on either side of white gloss units with a built-in appliances creates a streamlined look in this modern kitchen. There is even a hidden drinks cabinet and an ingenious cutaway worktop to lend lightness and delicacy. A breakfast area at one end is a great way to use up extra space in a galley kitchen.

Dining table and chairs
B&B Italia at Coexistence

5/9 Master bedroom

bedroom with white wall bed with cushions and wall lamp

(Image credit: Future PLC/ James Merrell)

The cupboards here don't quite reach the ceiling. A design suggested by the architects means the ornate corniches remain intact. A wall-mounted light provides essential task lighting for nightime reading.

Headboard and side table

Designed by Gregory Phillips Architects and made by DHJ Furniture
The Artemide Tolomeo wall-mounted light from The Light Corporation

6/9 Bedroom work space

bedroom workspace with white wall window and door

(Image credit: Future PLC/ James Merrell)

In the bedroom, a glass desk has been positioned in front of the window for almighty views of the garden beyond.

Albini desk by Franco Albibi for Knoll
B&B Italia at Coexistence

7/9 Bathroom

bathroom with cream colour tile wall bathtub commode and shelf

(Image credit: Future PLC/ James Merrell)

Large-format tiles in a pale shade accentuate the height of the space in this contemporary bathroom.

Banc Neuf limestone tiles by Gareth Davies Stone
CP Hart

8/9 Child’s bedroom

kids bedroom with white wall bunk bed white door and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/ James Merrell)

Another clever design solution in the home is the sliding doors between the childrens's bedrooms and the playroom. Once the children get older, the doors can be drawn together to create two distinct rooms.

Bunk bed
The White Company
Similar rug
Laura Ashley

9/9 Playroom

playroom with white wall white desk window and pink chairs

(Image credit: Future PLC/ James Merrell)

A child's play space can also be practical as this modern design proves. Two desks with corresponding chairs and accessories ensure you won't have to share.

Similar chairs

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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.