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Open House: An Edwardian home with a modern extension in north west London

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  • This family home turns up the style contrast, with a light, bright modern extension added to a dark, broody Edwardian base

    A dramatic, oversized portrait hangs in the entrance hall adding a monochromatic Sixties twist to the traditional tiled floors and white bannisters. The period mood of the house really holds sway in the hall – but modern touches like the artwork and furniture help link it to the more contemporary feel elsewhere.

    The décor here marks the point of departure from the original Edwardian entrance to the modern extension at the rear.

    The cinema room is one of the very modern additions to the house. “At the moment, the boys have a habit of commandeering the space,” says the owner. “Once they start watching bizarre clips on YouTube, we hide downstairs.” A concealed drinks cabinet lies behind the wall unit, for when the kids are in bed.

    The dining area is firmly in the modern section of the house and is a great space to display the family’s favourite artwork, along with bespoke lighting conceived by the architect. The owner says, “because he’s also a designer, he thinks in terms of how smaller pieces will fit inside the larger space. So all the proportions just work.”

    A spiral staircase, as white and curved as a bleached seashell, flows down from a galleried library to an open-plan living space, leading from the traditional tiled area into a totally contemporary one. “We have quite varied tastes, so it makes sense to be surrounded by multiple styles,” the owner says with a smile.

    This light-flooded kitchen area works brilliant for both family life and entertaining. “The worktop is terrazzo and we love the colour – gorgeously warm, but with a bit of grain for added interest,” says the owner.

    The children’s bedroom’s main feature is the bunk beds. The owner says, “The boys slept in bunk beds on our last holiday and liked it so much, they asked to share again. They’re very close and sleep better in the same room.”

    The carpet in the master bedroom echoes the herringbone pattern downstairs, subtly linking the different floors and styles.

    The master en suite is kept pared-back and pure white, adding another element of contrast to the darker hues of the wood panelling and carpeted floor next door.

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