Take a tour around this Scandi-meets-luxe apartment

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  • This striking ground-floor apartment, situated in a renovated Victorian bakery in south west London, is owned by the creative director of a property company and her partner, a quantity surveyor. After discovering the space, which had had past lives as a children’s nursery school and an architect’s studio, the couple saw its potential to be converted into a beautiful home.

    A trained architect, the owner knew from the off what she wanted to do. ‘The apartment has these amazing big arched windows and high ceilings but it was configured into pokey sections,’ she remembers, ‘I wanted to strip it all out, back to the shell, and keep it open plan. It’s vast, and normally you’d fit in a lot more than two bedrooms into such an expansive floor space but I wanted a gigantic living area instead.’

    There is a serene quality to this home that hasn’t happened by accident. ‘I have a high-octane job and personality,’ admits the owner, ‘so I wanted somewhere to balance that out. I’m on building sites most days, running around like crazy, so I’ve chosen soothing colours and natural materials to give an overall calming effect. Keeping a neutral feel is therapeutic. I need that after a frantic day at work.’

    The moment that visitors walk through the front door, they’re wowed by the decor that greets them. The distinctive hallway, with its impressive dark wood walls and herringbone parquet floor, makes the most of the high ceilings to create all-round subtle grandeur.

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