Walking into the entrance hall of artist and interior designer Andrea Maflin's house, you can tell immediately that her home fizzes with creative energy and imagination. The familiar proportions of a London Victorian terrace are subverted with leafy wallpaper and a set of antlers, lending what she describes as a foresty” feel.
Open-plan living area
This striking double-aspect space is linked by two striking contemporary rugs.
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Andrea's artworks and design ideas also form the backbone of the interior decoration. She is not afraid to mix pattern and colour with illustrative and abstract work.Hidden underneath the glamour, is the fact that this is actually a practical family home. Here in the living room, the Heal's sofa has been re-covered in “indestructible” Alcantara, for example.
At the back of the house, the kitchen is the welcoming hub. The cabinets were handmade by the previous owner's father and Andrea has kept them, adding new worktops and repainting the walls. The chairs around the dining table have been upholstered in different fabrics, front and back, with carefully chosen piping to finish the effect.
Framed family pictures form an interesting display over the bed in the guest room, creating a welcoming and calming feel.
Guest bedroom seating area
The guest bedroom has a nostalgic feel to it, with childhood photographs of Andrea above the mantelpiece and a chair that once occupied her dentist father's waiting room!
Large-scale patterns work beautifully in the bedroom, with enviable amounts of light being reflected by striking twin mirrors. The painting is by Andrea's father, and makes for an eye-catching focal point.
The traditional-style bathroom fittings blend well with the antique mirror and chair that forms a chic dressing area.
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Intimate and glamorous, the bathroom has an organic, unfitted feel, with wallpaper (protected with varnish and glass panels by the bath and basin) instead of tiles, and freestanding furniture.
The wallpaper is from Neisha Crosland.
Looking for more stunning readers' homes to look around? Take a look at our House Tours section for everything from a modern London penthouse and beautiful mews house, to an Edwardian country manor and Simon Lycett's home.
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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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