Step inside this welcoming London retreat

Take a look inside this Victorian home in West London. This reader's home, featured in Livingetc, makes the perfect London retreat. Period details combine with modern touches for an up-to-date look and a warm family home

This detached Victorian house in west London is spread out over 3 storeys, with an open-plan living and dining room, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms on the first floor, and an additional 2 bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor

 

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exterior of house with white walls and white window frames

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hallway with white walls and stairs

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Hallway | London retreat house tour

The owner has paid attention to the original features in this period hallway while maintaining a modern feel.

The wainscoting is painted in Tarlatan from Paint & Paper Library (opens in new tab)World's End Tiles (opens in new tab) sell tiles like these.

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window with flower design and books

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Window detail | London retreat house tour

To create a window panel like this try the Frostbrite window panel, from The Window Film Company (opens in new tab), which adds privacy and a decorative twist

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kitchen with white walls and shelf on wall

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Kitchen | London retreat house tour

kitchen shelf is home to a LOVE candle and an arrangement of felt flowers, both from The Cross (opens in new tab).

Kitchen | London retreat house tour

kitchen shelf is home to a LOVE candle and an arrangement of felt flowers, both from The Cross (opens in new tab).

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kitchen with white walls and microwave

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Kitchen-diner | London retreat house tour

The owner has made the most of the small kitchen space by adding banquette seating. This is a great way to fit more people around a table and you can make the cushions yourself.

Try Pentonville Rubber (opens in new tab) for foam seating cut to size, then cover in any fabric you like.

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dinning room with white walls and wooden flooring

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Dining room | London retreat house tour

The open-plan layout means all the downstairs rooms are connected, so guests have plenty of space to wander and mingle.

Try Laura Ashley (opens in new tab) for refectory tables. The pink Maui chairs by Kartell are from Aria. (opens in new tab)

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living room with white walls and wooden flooring

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Living room corner | London retreat house tour

The colourful cushions in the living room are from The Rug Company (opens in new tab) and Designers Guild (opens in new tab). Find a similar table at The Old Cinema (opens in new tab)IKEA (opens in new tab) sells cowskin pouffes.

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bedroom with bed and cushions

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Bedroom | London retreat house tour

A brightly-coloured original artwork takes pride of place above the bed in this peaceful space.

The Tilly bed is from Feather & Black (opens in new tab). Find the Stardust wallpaper at Paint & Paper Library (opens in new tab).

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bedroom with white walls and books

(Image credit: Future PLC/Paul Massey)

Guest bedroom | London retreat house tour

The guest bedroom combines soft colours and warm textures. The owner chose this restful grey because of its calming qualities.

Find a smilar bed at Lombok (opens in new tab)

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bathroom with white walls and bathtub

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Bathroom | London retreat house tour

A brightly pink bath is all it takes to transform a room from staid to stunning.

The pink-painted Tivoli bath is from Aston Matthews (opens in new tab). The towel is from Cath Kidston (opens in new tab)

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bathroom with white walls and mirror on wall

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Bathroom sink | London retreat house tour

The owner repositioned the fixtures in the main en-suite bathroom to suit her own, individual style.

Try Heal's (opens in new tab) for a mirror like this. Go to Bathstore (opens in new tab) for a basin, and Homebase (opens in new tab) for similar tiles.

Looking for more decorating ideas? Check out our House Tours section for more inspiring ideas from real homes. 

Heather Young
Heather Young

Heather Young has been Ideal Home’s Editor since late 2020, and also edits its sister title Style At Home. 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.