Explore this spacious detached 1900s house in southeast London with stylish modern interiors

Edgy textures, luxe materials and a mix of vintage and bargain buys transformed a blank detached 1900s house in southeast London into a home full of personality.

detached 1900s house in southeast London

THE PROPERTY

A detached house built around 1900 in southeast London. The modern home (opens in new tab) has a large living room (opens in new tab), reading room, WC, kitchen, dining area and utility room (opens in new tab) on the ground floor. On the first floor are the master bedroom (opens in new tab) and en suite, two guest bedrooms (opens in new tab) and a guest bathroom. On the top floor, there is a TV room, bathroom, home office (opens in new tab) and girls’ bedroom (opens in new tab).

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HALLWAY

Super-durable, wood-effect ceramic tiles were chosen for the hallway (opens in new tab) (pictured above), which sees a lot of traffic. They were simply laid over the existing tiles. And although they can be tricky to clean, they’re very hard-wearing.

LIVING ROOM

This house is impressively spacious – with a living room (opens in new tab) large enough for dancing, a dining table that regularly has ten people around it, outside space that saw a summer garden party for 100 and two generous guest rooms.

But what to do with all those rooms? The solution is to give each a strong identity, so that the house feels alive. The kitchen is the hub. The living room (opens in new tab) also has a distinct personality. The rear part is for relaxing, while the front is a games room, complete with ping-pong table.

detached 1900s house in southeast London

Furnishing a large property can also be tricky, but the owners solved this by focusing on the fabric of the building, not the furniture. By giving the surfaces supersized character, fitting painted panelling and period details such as ceiling roses, they then only needed a sprinkling of furniture to sit against the rich backdrops, much of which was sourced from eBay and vintage stores.

Wood panelling gives the large living room some traditional character, while an eccentric collection of favourite pieces brings heaps of personality.

detached 1900s house in southeast London

KITCHEN

The kitchen is full of clever design details – from the metro tiles inside the kitchen cabinets (opens in new tab) to the herb trough in the island.

detached 1900s house in southeast London

The kitchen is classic industrial, while the rest of the downstairs is more traditional in feel.

detached 1900s house in southeast London

The rustic-looking cabinet doors are sawn oak with a white finish. They look like reclaimed timber, but it’s engineered. Reclaimed wood isn’t so hard-wearing and you can’t wipe it easily.

detached 1900s house in southeast London

The kitchen island (opens in new tab) is on wheels so it can be moved out of shot when the house is used as a location.

detached 1900s house in southeast London

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A smooth plaster finish contrasts with the whitewashed brick wall to add an element of industrial chic.

detached 1900s house in southeast London

The inspiration behind the wall units came from areally old shop display cabinet that had tiles on the inside. The tap was made from copper piping – it’s a cheap way to have an amazing, cool tap.

detached 1900s house in southeast London

READING ROOM

An off-white colour scheme was chosen for most of the house, with the exception of the dark reading room. This den just seduces you to close the shutters and sit with a book, large glass of wine in hand.

detached 1900s house in southeast London

MASTER BEDROOM

The panelled wall is made from old scaffolding boards, which were washed with watered-down Skimming Stone estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The dado rail effect was a nice mistake – boards had been put up to where it is, but it didn't look finished. So the owners added this thin horizontal strip which breaks up the wall a bit.

detached 1900s house in southeast London

EN-SUITE BATHROOM

The master bathroom (opens in new tab) was originally bigger than this, but the master bedroom (opens in new tab) suite was reconfigured and opened out with a sliding door as a partition.Now, panelling creates a more intimate feel and a vintage tub sits centrally, while a partition wall with built-in shelves stands alongside and keeps toiletries handy.

detached 1900s house in southeast London

Even the shower has a handy built-in alcove shelf for keeping toiletries at close hand.

detached 1900s house in southeast London

Photography / Malcolm Menzies

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