Take a tour of this six bedroom Victorian terrace

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  • The refurbishment of this imposing period property was a rather daunting project for the owners – a newscaster and her husband. ‘The scale was quite intimidating,’ she says. Original features, such as marble fireplaces, stone floors and ornate cornicing, were among the many details that appealed to the couple when they were house hunting.

    They chose a neutral palette for the lower floors of the house to make the most of the light and to allow the historic embellishments to shine. In the basement, where the large kitchen and utility rooms were situated, the dark stone floor was restored to reveal welcoming brown and yellow tones that infuse the space with warmth.

    Textural details and eye-catching accessories make this house so much more than a welcoming cream with white and chocolate colour scheme. ‘It’s a comfortable space that appears very subtle at first,’ says the owner, ‘but the deeper you delve, the more intriguing it becomes.’

    The owner delights in weaving quirky embellishments into each room. They are conversation points that draw you in and make you want to linger and find out more. Royal memorabilia, such as cups in the bathroom, provide a subtle yet kitsch counterpoint to more traditional elements of the scheme. ‘I’m always on the lookout for pieces at antiques fairs and flea markets,’ says the owner. ‘Most of the things I buy have a meaning, whether they make me feel happy, or remind me of a family member or even a place we’ve visited.’

    There is, says the owner, a story attached to most of the decorative decisions she has made and it is her collection of various portraits that hang on the walls throughout the property that intrigues the most, including the affectionately nicknamed ‘Edna’ who commands attention in the dressing room.

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