Take a look inside this chic urban cottage house

Step inside a chic urban cottage house with this house tour from Housetohome. Find Chrismtas decorating ideas from their cottage-style home. Find many more tours of real people's homes on Housetohome.

Property A 17th-century Grade II-listed cottage in south London, with a kitchen-diner, reception room, front room, bathroom and 2 bedrooms.

Striking a clever balance between country charm and urban chic, this cottage is perfect for a cosy yule. The front of the house is painted in black, and a festive flowered wreath adorns the door.

1/9 Garden patio

house exterior with dark blue wall white window and blue door

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Caroline Arber)

The paint is by Farrow & Ball, and the wreath is from The Fresh Flower Company.

2/9 Living room

living room with white wall clock on wall brown chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Caroline Arber)

Matchboard tongue-and-groove-effect panelling works well in this country-style property, while the huge stationmaster clock adds a classic look with a dash of humour.

Find a similar clock at Newgate. The leather chair and cushion are from Liberty.

3/9 Book storage

book storage with white brick wall and light

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Caroline Arber)

Exposed brickwork and a metal storage unit add to the warehouse vibe. The stacked timber logs are typical of a country cottage.

Find a similar storage unit at IKEA.

4/9 Sitting room

living room with white wall white sofa with cushions

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Caroline Arber)

The sitting room is painted white for a bright, spacious feel. Cushions and accessories add a splash of colour to the scheme, while a reclaimed wooden coffee table provides a homely charm.

The sofa is by Angels Interiors.

5/9 Kitchen-diner

kitchen diner room white and grey designed wall and christmas tree

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Caroline Arber)

African hardwood Iroko is used for kitchen drawers and cupboards as well as the floor, with grey inserts of slate for a rustic country look.

The crystal lights are from Source, and the floorboards and slate inlays are from The Natural Slate Company.

6/9 Kitchen

kitchen with white wall wash basin and cup hanger

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Caroline Arber)

A recurrent metal theme is provided by the stainless-steel splashback behind the sink. Pendant lights add a quirky twist to a characterful kitchen. The industrial look is merged with retro and romance throughout the house.

Find a similar concrete worktop at Concreations.

7/9 Dinning room

dinning area with white and grey wall and dinning table chair

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Caroline Arber)

The brushed metal units and low ceilings mix tradition and modernity. The dining table is made from oak sleepers and metal scaffolding poles for the legs.

The chairs are from Castle Gibson.

8/9 Bathroom

bathroom with grey tiles wall white bathtub and wash basin

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Caroline Arber)

This Manhattan loft-style bathroom, with concrete floor, grey-slate walls, exposed brickwork and a magenta hue contrast with the country-feel of the house. The light can be adjusted by the fluorescent strips and coloured gel wrapped around the tubes.

The lighting is from Encapsulite.

9/9 Bedroom

bedroom with grey designed wall locker units and wooden beams

(Image credit: Future PLC/ Caroline Arber)

The bed is made from scaffolding poles, and the metal theme is accentuated by the steel wardrobe and buffed-up high school-style lockers.

The wallpaper is Water Lily by Cole & Son, and the light is from Source.

Looking for more modern decorating inspiration? Check out our House Tours section for everything from a ranch-style Californian home to a tropical island hideaway.

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.