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Open House: A renovated Victorian house in south east London

Take a look inside this semi-detached home in London previously featured in 25 Beautiful Homes magazine.

This smart Victorian house has been given a new lease of life by its owners, who have added splashes of colour, vintage finds, and upcycled pieces.

A large monochrome rug and pops of vibrant pink pack a punch in this otherwise serene sitting room scheme. The floorboards have been painted throughout in a contemporary grey.

To form this spacious sitting room, two rooms were knocked together to create one open-plan living space, with the furniture used to create natural zones. Presided over by a giant floor lamp, this seating area is ideal for reading and relaxing.

Built-in banquette seating in the dining area helps maximise the space in this zone, while a collection of framed prints and plenty of colourful cushions add vibrancy.

Painted cabinetry, marble worktops and pale-coloured metro splashback tiles keep things clean and simple in the kitchen. The units came from Ikea, and were then sanded down and repainted.

In the bathroom, tongue-and-groove panelling and geometric tiling complement the traditional fittings.

A subtle palette of peaceful greys and off-whites lends a peaceful atmosphere to the master bedroom. As in the rest of the house, a rustic mirror adorns the mantelpiece, and a tableau of books, plants and a framed print atop the chest of drawers adds a casual but elegant look.

A floral bedspread, vintage sofa and an eclectic collection of accessories create a relaxed, modern-country feel in the guest bedroom. The fireplace has been given the same matt finish as the walls, creating a sense of cohesion, while treasured pieces on the mantelpiece add a whimsical air.

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