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When this 1830s stucco-fronted London home in need of renovation came onto the market, the owners were undeterred by the restrictions that come with changing a Grade II-listed building, and set about to carefully update this beautiful historic home.

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house exterior with white wall

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hallway with stair case and mirror

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The owners' approach to the restoration process has been one of "letting the architecture breathe". The late Regency proportions of the four-storey house ensured it already exuded grandeur from top to toe. It is full of those quintessentially English traits that many of us desire in a home: high ceilings, large windows and the most beautiful cornicing. Here, the understated elegance of the entrance hall allows an antique mirror to take centre stage.

Similar mirror, Dean Antiques

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kitchen area with wooden units and chandelier

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Realising they would spend the majority of their time socialising and eating with friends, the owners moved the kitchen from the basement to the ground floor,and have never regretted the move; "We spend eighty per cent of our time here," they say. It is now the perfect open-plan space, current while managing to retain its timeless charm. A chic chandelier adds a touch of glamour and helps the room feel more like a living space, and American Black walnut creates a dramatic feel.

Similar bespoke chandelier, J Robert Scott. Similar kitchen, Mowlem & Co

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seating room with cream wall and white sofa

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A former study adjoining the kitchen at the front of the ground floor was transformed into a relaxed living room, in which the furnishing was kept deliberately simple in order to let the architecture shine through. "We wanted a design that suited our lifestyles but also that sat comfortably with the house. The previous owners lived in an upstairs-downstairs way, but we wanted to create a hands-on, family space within the ground-floor hub of the house."

Curtains in Laine Satine Cardamon from J Robert Scott. Similar rug, The Rug Company. Similar sofa, Helen Green Design

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room with wooden units with mirrored panels

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Another former study at the opposite end of the new the kitchen-dining area has been transformed into a breakfast room overlooking the garden. American Black walnut has been used to visually link this room with the adjoining kitchen, while the bespoke storage with mirrored panels help to make the compact room feel larger.

Similar bespoke storage unit, Mowlem & Co

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dining area with dining table and bespoke chandelier

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A low-hung bespoke chandelier provides a focal point in the dining room while also creating intimate evening lighting. Situated in the basement, "We open up this room on high days and holidays," say the owners. "We made it neutral so we could dress it up, add in colour and have some fun."

Similar dining table and chairs, Helen Green Design

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classic staircase with dark wooden banister

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Cream paint enhances light and space and contrasts against the dark elegant slope of the original banister rail.

Similar stair runner, Crucial Trading

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hallway wall with picture frames

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An unusual combination of framed family pictures and antique prints makes a unique feature on the landing; "It's an interesting way to fill a wall," says the owner.

Similar picture frames, Ralph Lauren Home. Walls painted in Thames Mud from Paint & Paper Library

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drawing room with silk curtain with sofa

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A restrained palette of pale colours together with a wide range of materials including marble, wood and mirror is used throughout the house. "I think it's essential to start with neutrals and then layer, bringing in pattern. Accessorising makes such an impact; even just adding some books changes the space completely." The rich taupe-painted walls provide a stylish backdrop for elegant furniture, while full-length windows flood the room with light.

Similar sofa, George Smith. Curtains made in Thai Silk from Jim Thompson at Fox Linton

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seating room with chair and artworks

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To the back of the first-floor sitting room lies a simply-laid out study which is used both as a place to work from home and somewhere to entertain guests before dinner. It is just one of several bright, comfortable spaces around the house that retain original features such as stone fireplaces which the owners have complimented with more modern items such as the contemporary artwork.

Walls painted in Sand IV from Paint & Paper Library. Bronze coffee table, Gotham

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desk area with white chair and shelf storage

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Ample storage means that the study works well both for work and entertaining. Dark wooden furniture against cream paint creates a smartly tailored look.

Similar chair, Robert Langford

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bedroom with fabric walls and silk carpet

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Hard surface materials are teamed with soft but rich and sumptuous accessories and soft furnishings, such as the deep-pile silk carpet in the main bedroom and floor-length curtains. Fabric is not reserved just for dressing the windows and upholstering furniture; a honey-coloured silk covers the wardrobe doors in the bedroom, making the space feel comfortably cosy while also helping to absorb sound and dull noise from the nearby busy road. "It's all very luxurious and spoiling, it's how a bedroom should be."

Similar silk carpet, Stark Carpet. Mayfair Quartz bedside lamp, Best & Lloyd

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bedroom with alcove and curtain and silk curtain

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A purpose-built alcove is used as an extension to the bedside table and houses personal items such as books and framed photographs.

Walls covered in Thai Silk by Jim Thompson at Fox Linton

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bathroom with twin basin and white wall

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Mirror features heavily throughout the house and together with white walls makes a small enclosed space feel brighter, lighter and larger. A purpose-built alcove provides elegant and practical storage, and further storage is found below the twin basins.

Similar taps, Dornbracht

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bathroom with bathtub and white towel rack

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The choice of materials is luxurious throughout the house, but each is used with real thought. Mirrored glass and white Thasos marble create an energising space, while the framed antique prints add a note of glamour to the white bathroom. "It's the perfect place to start the day," says the owner.

Similar flooring, The Limestone Gallery

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bathroom with shower room and frosted glass

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The use of frosted glass in front of floor-to-ceiling windows in this luxuriously spacious shower room allows in plenty of filtered light without compromising the user's privacy.

Similar tiles, Surface tiles

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guest bedroom with french windows

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neutral palette is layered with plenty of rich textures to ensure that this room feels cosy, and French windows provide plenty of natural light.

Similar bedlinen, Thomas Goode

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garden area with dining table and chairs

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Pale limestone has been used to line the floor of the small garden helping to make it feel more open and spacious, while a water feature adds interest to this sophisticated space. "It feels like a Mediterranean courtyard."

Table and chairs, Heveningham Collection. Sofia stone flooring, Stone Age

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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.