When the owners found this Victorian terrace in north-west London it had 'project' written all over it. 'It was a probate sale that needed a complete refurbishment,' says the owner. 'There were crumbling plaster walls that, once we started to strip back, found were stuffed with old scrunched up 1960s newspapers. But it had all the makings of a lovely home - and we wanted to maximise the space as much as we possibly could.'
The owners found an architect who shared their vision and they struck lucky with very considerate builders who had an array of craftspeople to call on and arranged to have a feature centrepiece wooden staircase, new sash windows and Crittall-style glazed doors all made bespoke.
The owners' light interior design touch allows one feature in each room to do the talking, adding other pieces that take their cue from the key motif. 'I love the monochrome, minimal Scandi style, but I'm also open to more eclectic influences. I'll mix French and contemporary, classic and antique,' the owner says.
Contemporary handleless units are sleek and versatile in the modern kitchen. The run of stylish grey lower cupboards are streamlined and minimal to maximise the space. Above, white metro tiles and an open shelf keep the look open and airy.
3/11 Kitchen leading to garden
Striking Crittall-style doors open out on to the garden patio and pick out the on-trend cabinetry. A kitchen island wrapped in Carrara marble separates the cooking and dining areas and adds a luxurious touch to the space.
Similar marble worktop
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4/11 Dining area
By extending the side return of the property, the couple were able to create a kitchen diner that works for family life with their children. Cool geometric tiles are stylish and decorative and pops of colour give the space a lift.
5/11 Living room
Key original elements, such as a ceiling rose in the living room, remained and the owners sourced a fireplace surround in the classic Victorian style to match. However, there are plenty of contemporary additions too, such as the cool grey palette and Eames rocking chair. Parquet flooring is warm and can be updated with dramatic rugs.
The pale and simple hallway is striking thanks to the stand-out bespoke wooden staircase carved from smooth blonde wood.
Similar bespoke staircase
The owners commissioned a full-width rear dormer extension, which houses a new guest suite with shower room plus storage. The delicate blush paint shade contrasts with the rough textured brickwork.
8/11 Ensuite bathroom
A small en-suite bathroom keeps the guest floor self contained and is fitted with modern yet compact furniture. A sliding door is a practical solution to restricted space.
Similar vanity unit
Decorating the nursery in neutral shades means the scheme will last. A grey painted cot and geometric rug is calming and modern.
10/11 Children’s bedroom
The striking wallpaper in the owners son's room is used on just one wall so it doesn't overwhelm the room. 'By the time my son is five or six he'll probably need a new look' explains the owner' but the key piece in his bedroom is a zingy wallpaper, which is a fairly straight forward style switch'.
Much like the rest of the house the family bathroom has an all white backdrop with one stand out piece, which in this case are the refreshing turquoise floor tiles with a geometric pattern. Above the bath, a framed poster with Mediterranean traits picks out the strong colour and ties the room scheme together. 'When we first saw the (house) interior, it was overwhelmingly dark.' says the owner 'It's hard to believe it's the same place now'.
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Rachel Homer has been in the interiors publishing industry for over 15 years. Starting as a Style Assistant on Inspirations Magazine, she has since worked for some of the UK’s leading interiors magazines and websites. After starting a family, she moved from being a content editor at Idealhome.co.uk to be a digital freelancer and hasn’t looked back.
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