Step inside this Victorian terrace in south east London

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  • The owners bought this London house four years ago and have turned it into a charming modern family home. ‘It was originally two flats and had been done up in a very bland way to sell quickly,’ explains the owner.

    Despite uninspiring first impressions, the house had a secret draw for the couple – while traffic trundles past the front door, the back of the house looks on to a golf course that was once a Victorian reservoir. It was this view that persuaded the couple to buy the house and, although they have had to do a serious amount of work, they have never looked back.

    Fortunately the owner is an interior designer for children’s bedrooms and so the couple were able to do much of the work themselves, saving them lots of money in the long run. The house is decorated in mostly neutral colours throughout, making it feel light and airy. Brightly coloured accessories, the odd patterned wallpaper and geometric flooring add a playful vibe.

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