Design Project: This beautiful London home has a spectacular courtyard garden

A former Victorian dairy gets a splash of Parisian style

Imperfect Interiors design project - courtyard garden
(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

With its spectacular Parisian-style courtyard garden and gentle soft-toned interior, it's hard to believe this former crumbling Victorian Dairy had a collapsing roof, damp and no natural daylight. 

That was before interior designer, Beth Dadswell, founder of Imperfect Interiors and her husband, Andrew, a graphic designer, got their hands on it. 

Design project - former dairy with courtyard garden

(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

The previously dark, dank spaces were converted into a light-filled family home but the couple took meticulous care in retaining its industrial atmosphere and unique character, finding inspiration in the rust and decay.

Design project - former dairy with courtyard garden

(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

The couple sought inspiration from the hidden gardens found behind old buildings on the streets of Paris.

The extensive use of steel windows and doors maximises the views of the two vertical courtyard gardens. 

Design project - former dairy with courtyard garden

(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

A limited palette of materials including un-lacquered brass, plaster and concrete put an elegant twist on the previously raw industrial aesthetic.

Design project - former dairy with courtyard garden

(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

The beautiful kitchen was once a windowless fridge, storing the goods, after the cows were milked. 

The original joists were restored while the walls were painted in a soft calamine pink.

Design project - former dairy with courtyard garden

(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

In the kitchen and dining area, simple utilitarian cabinetry is offset with beautiful pale pink Zellige tiles and a spectacular chandelier. 

Design project - former dairy with courtyard garden

(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

The palette flows through to the study, which overlooks the courtyard.

Design project - former dairy with courtyard garden

(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

Two bedrooms and two bathrooms were slotted into the original footprint on the first floor.

Design project - former dairy with courtyard garden

(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

They simple grey panelling, pale pink tiles and brass detailing continue upstairs, creating a cohesive scheme.

Design project - former dairy with courtyard garden

(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

Clad completely in beautiful Zellige tiles, the shower room is a lesson in understated luxury.

Design project - former dairy with courtyard garden

(Image credit: Imperfect Interiors / Photography: Chris Snook)

See more of Beth Dadswell's projects at Imperfect Interiors

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