Urban Glamour #16

An arty mix of quirky finds and a cool cocktail bar all help breathe new life into this Georgian home

Get the look: The original fireplace was sourced from The Architectural Forum. The bespoke cocktail bar and cabinetry were made by Robert Timmons Furniture. The vintage armchair and cocktail table are from Ed Butcher. The print is of Roy Lichtenstein’s Blue Floor.

THE PROPERTY

An end-of-terrace Georgian house in east London. In the basement, there’s a living/dining area and internal courtyard, plus a guest suite and utility room. On the ground floor, there is a hall, double living room, kitchen-diner and cloakroom. On the first floor, there are three bedrooms (one that is used as a study), with a bathroom and shower room. The home, in east London, had elegant period bones and roses and wisteria climbing over the front door. But inside, everything needed replacing. A new bathroom and shower room were installed, all bedrooms redecorated and even the roof was opened up to add extra height. Then came the installation of period fireplaces in the living room, plus new shelves to display a burgeoning collection of Fifties ice buckets and curios in glass domes, ending up with a new kitchen. Later, the basement was also dug out to create more living space, plus a guest bedroom, bathroom and utility room.

BASEMENT BAR

The bar (pictured above) was made from an old marble fireplace that was found at a salvage yard. It’s been converted into this bar, which includes a built-in glass chiller, ice maker and dishwasher.

With vintage Fifties furniture, one wall clad in a knockout, limited-edition Roy Lichtenstein print, and a bar made out of marble and burr walnut, the space feels cool and glamorous.

STUDY

This hang-out zone – packed with books and quirky memorabilia – is testament to the owners’ individuality and eclectic style. There’s antiques, chintz, mid-century furniture, salvaged oddities, taxidermy and neon art. The collection of curios makes for a fabulous backdrop.

Get the look: This is the VW Flag rug by Vivienne Westwood for The Rug Company. The Eames Lounge chair and Ottoman for Vitra are from The Conran Shop.

LIVING ROOM

It’s not all modern or all old, it’s the eccentric mix – classic chesterfield sofas mixed with graphic art – that keeps things personal involved.

Get the look: The sofa and ottoman are from Les Trois Garçons. This is the Bubble Crisscross Ball pendant by George Nelson for Modernica at SCP. The reclaimed radiator and parquet flooring are from The Architectural Forum. The Billy Rainbow,left, and Babe Rainbow prints are by Peter Blake.

DINING AREA

Neon wall art lifts the mid-century furniture in the dining area.

Get the look: For a similar dining table and chairs, try Two Columbia Road. This is an Arne Vodder sideboard – 1stdibs.com sells these. The artwork is from Aynhoe Park. For similar flooring, try Cheville Parquet.

The mid-century furniture sets a Mad Men mood.

Get the look: For a similar dining table and chairs, try Two Columbia Road. This is an Arne Vodder sideboard – 1stdibs.com sells these. The sideboard is by Arne Vodder – try 1stdibs for one like this. Find similar vintage wall sconces like these at Les Trois Garçons. The artwork is from Aynhoe Park. For similar flooring, try Cheville Parquet.

KITCHEN

A neon arrow, yellow design classic chairs and red leather banquette add warmth and character to the space.

Get the look: The neon sign is from Gods Own Junkyard. The Eames DSW chairs for Vitra are from The Conran Shop. The banquette was custom-made.

Four floor-to-ceiling fridges set an industrial-luxe, chef’s kitchen mood.

Get the look: The bespoke cabinetry is by Robert Timmons Furniture. For similar wall tiles, try Metro at Topps Tiles. These are Mauviel pans by David Mellor Design.

COURTYARD

A Victorian-style spiral staircase leads up to the garden.

Get the look: Premier Basements carried out the basement conversion The reclaimed floor tiles are from Bert & May.

BATHROOM

There was just enough room to squeeze this bathroom into the basement –it’s now fitted out with a few reclaimed finds.

Get the look: The medical cabinet is from The Architectural Forum. Find a similar bath at Catchpole & Rye

MASTER BEDROOM

Wisteria growing languorously over the front of the house was one of this property’s most alluring features, so a hand-painted wallpaper was chosen to echo this feature in the bedroom.

Get the look This is de Gournay’s Wisteria wallpaper. The antique, chandelier-style wall sconce is from The Architectural Forum. The bed linen is from The Linen Works. The bedside table is from The Old Cinema.

The painting continues onto the wardrobes opposite, helping to blend the wardrobes in with the rest of the room.

Photography ⁄ Rowland Roques-O’Neil

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