This three-storey, double-fronted house, owned by the same family for three generations, had until recently been divided into five separate flats. Following a large-scale restoration, it is now restored to a traditional family home, decorated for Christmas and ready to receive family and friends – a stunning place to be during the festive period.
The scope of the renovation work was daunting, particularly as the owners had a baby just as work began. Before anything substantial could be done, two kitchens on the upper floors had to be taken out and the kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor repositioned. With all evidence of the flats removed, the handsome bones of the original interior came into view, including the beautiful staircase that runs up through the spine of the house.
With the building work underway, the biggest challenge was deciding how to rearrange the interior once the flats had been removed. 'It was difficult to know what the original footprint of the house had been,' the owner says. The solution was to create a family kitchen-dining and TV room on one side of the original hall and a living room that runs the full depth of the house on the other.
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The basic scheme throughout the house uses shades of Slate from Paint Library, with the tone differing from room to room. It makes the ideal backdrop for the furniture, which includes antique pieces found by the owner's father and items brought back from the flea markets in New York, where the family used to live.