Like a Gothic fairy tale brought to life, this home has unexpected twists, with angels, insects – and even a unicorn – at every turn
A double-fronted Victorian house on three levels in east London. On the lower ground floor there is a kitchen, dining room, utility room, bedroom and wet room. On the ground floor there is a living room, study, bedroom and WC. On the first floor sit four bedrooms and the main bathroom.
There’s no denying this home is the stuff of fantastical festive grottoes, with its smorgasbord of ‘what-on-earth!’ oddities at every turn. And guests can’t help but feel they’ve walked into some captivating, otherworldly kingdom – Narnia meets Miss Havisham meets The Natural History Museum. To be honest, it’s hard not to gawp. Waiting inside is a unicorn, more than one angel, a lioness, hundreds of butterflies and even human skeleton.
THE LIVING ROOM
The living room is full of grand gestures, from the sprawling bespoke sofa to the praying angel and imposing convex railway station mirrors. Winter flowers and crackling fires make this home feel cosy during darker months.
The statue of St Matthew is from Pure White Lines, and with one of his hands extended up in the air, the home owner plans to have him in the bathroom, holding out a pile of towels.
When guests arrive at this house, they often feel like they’ve walked into a museum.
The study is a sanctuary for some of the owners’ quirkiest pieces.
Terracotta tiles, dark grey cabinetry and rustic wood surfaces create an earthy kitchen.
The dairy cabinet is an antique from the 1880s.
Neutral walls are the perfect backdrop for the cluster of deer skulls and out-there lighting.
A vintage taxidermy ‘unicorn’ sits in a meadow of flowers designed by Joanna Imrie at Cut Flowers London.
THE WET ROOM
A tiny bathroom has been transformed into a functional shower room.
Design / purewhitelines.com
Photography ⁄ James Merrell