New Elegance #13

This home strikes the perfect balance with its light and airy kitchen, bold study, a playful cloakroom and an utterly calming bedroom.

Get the look: This is a Chesney’s fireplace. The chairs are from George Smith. These are Christopher Wray sofas. The gilded Butterfly coffee table and Bird Cage light are by Graham and Green. The rug is by Suzanne Sharp for The Rug Company. The painting is by Tim Garwood. The round table and chandelier were found in a French market.

THE PROPERTY

A semi-detached Victorian house in southwest London. There’s a basement, with a media den/playroom, a guest bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, a utility room, kitchen and wine room. On the ground floor, there’s a living room, kitchen-diner, coat room and WC. The first floor has the master bedroom with an en-suite bathroom, plus a study and another bathroom. A loft conversion houses three more bedrooms, plus a family bathroom.

LIVING ROOM

The fireplace and ornate plasterwork is offset with Down Pipe grey walls (pictured above). What makes it pop? Cherry-red chairs and a graphic turquoise rug.

STUDY

Bespoke floor-to-ceiling black cabinetry – the top shelf reached by a library ladder – creates smart storage for books and precious objets.

Get the look: The cabinets are by Darma and painted in Railings estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. The walls are painted in Teal pure flat emulsion by Paint & Paper Library. The lights on the cabinets were sourced in France. The green chair is by Oliver Bonas.

DINING AREA

Everything about the kitchen extension, from the full-width glazing to the additional windows in the pitched roof, is designed to bring in as much light as possible.

Sitting at the dining table beneath the Ingo Maurer paper chandelier is like having tea in a storybook; you half expect Alice and the Mad Hatter to sit down next to you.

Get the look: These are Oka chairs reupholstered in Christian Lacroix Butterfly Parade in Opalin from Designers Guild.

A chunky chandelier would have been too heavy above the table. The Ingo Maurer paper light gives the size without the weight.

Get the look: This is an Ingo Maurer Zettel’z light. The artwork is by Phil Shaw at the Rebecca Hossack art gallery.

KITCHEN

The kitchen was gven its own transformation with an extension into the side return and pitched-roof add-on at the rear bringing both height and light. The shape of the glazed rear wall – like a child’s drawing of a house – gives this impressive room an appealing intimacy.

Working with Smallbone’s planners, the owners created a design that’s deceptive in its simplicity; every decision the result of careful thought, from the position of the extractor fan to the look of the island unit.

Get the look: This is an original Hand Painted kitchen by Smallbone. The island is painted in Slate IV architects eggshell; and the cabinets in BTWN Dog & Wolf architects eggshell, both by Paint & Paper Library. The work surface is Misty Carrera Caesarstone. These are Pam bar stools by Claudio Dondoli and Marco Pucci for Ligne Roset. These are Tom Dixon’s Melt pendants. The sofa is by Designers Guild.

There are lots of details that make this kitchen special, from the beaten silver cabinet handles to the mirror-back glazed units. A special shade of slate blue from Paint & Paper Library was chosen because it adds a softness that black or grey units couldn’t achieve.

Tom Dixon lights over the island are a stylish alternative to a cooker hood. A zinc breakfast bar was created as somewhere to eat and as a way to extend the scale of the unit to fit the size of the room.

Get the look: This is an original Hand Painted kitchen by Smallbone. The island is painted in Slate IV architects eggshell; and the cabinets in BTWN Dog & Wolf architects eggshell, both by Paint & Paper Library. The work surface is Misty Carrera Caesarstone. These are Pam bar stools by Claudio Dondoli and Marco Pucci for Ligne Roset. These are Tom Dixon’s Melt pendants. The sofa is by Designers Guild.

HALLWAY

A series of cartoons by Terence ‘Larry’ Parkes – framed in neon – greets visitors in the hallway. The Victorian-style floor tiles were laid after the staircase was moved from the centre of the hall to the side.

Get the look: The Victorian-style tiles are from the London Mosaic. The table is an Irish antique. Find Larry cartoons at Chris Beetles Gallery.

The Victorian layout has been revamped, replaced with a more contemporary configuration. The central staircase was removed and repositioned against the side wall. It means that instead of a narrow corridor leading down to the kitchen, there’s now a wide hall that makes an impactful entrance.

CLOAKROOM

The newspaper wallpaper adds fun to the cloakroom.

Get the look: The basin and tap are from CP Hart. The tiles are by Porcelanosa. The Illusion Newspaper Black wallpaper is from Direct Wallpaper.

MASTER BEDROOM

Soft grey walls and low-slung lighting in the calming master bedroom invite you to curl up with a book.

Get the look: The cushions and Couture Rose throw are by Designers Guild. This is Tom Dixon’s Beat Tall Black pendant. The bedside table is by Graham and Green. The stool is by Jonathan Adler. The painting is by Peter Graham.

BATHROOM

Look for a shirt and you could find yourself in this ‘snazzy but hidden’ en-suite bathroom which is concealed behind a row of fitted wardrobes in the master bedroom. This room is all about the materials – the Arabescato marble contrasting with the dark walls, parquet flooring and nickel fittings.

Get the look: The bath is from Catchpole & Rye.

For more Smallbone kitchens, check out smallbone.co.uk

Photography ⁄ Paul Raeside

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