Inside a Victorian house in east London that has more than a dash of decadence

A fun-filled Victorian house in east London boasts a whole lotta love mixed with luxury and a sense of the unexpected

Victorian house in east London


A five-bedroom Victorian house in east London. The modern home (opens in new tab) has a living room (opens in new tab), family room, kitchen-diner and WC on the ground floor. The main bedroom and en-suite bathroom are on the first floor, along with two children’s bedrooms (opens in new tab) and the laundry room (opens in new tab). The second floor has another bedroom and the family bathroom. There’s also a loft room that serves as an office/guest bedroom (opens in new tab) with an en-suite bathroom.

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Decadent is not a word you associate with a busy family home, but visitors love the wildness and sense of the unexpected of this east London home.

The final touches have just been put on(a zebra-patterned stair runner and provocative pieces of art), following an extensive refurbishment and overhaul.All the internal walls, ceilings and floors were knocked down and replaced; the house was rewired and replumbed, with three new bathrooms fitted. Having a complete overhaul has the advantage of giving a blank canvas for personalisation.

For example, an upstairs loo was turned into a laundry room – a game changer as it's right by children's bedrooms (opens in new tab), thus eliminating the need to carry endless piles of laundry up or down the stairs.

Victorian house in east London

You could describe the interiors as stealth luxe. It’s not showy, but there’s a bit of bling happening with the brass globe light, marble fireplaces and bespoke kitchen tiles.

Moody and atmospheric, the living room (opens in new tab) relies on luxe finishes – marble, brass and leather – for its air of opulence.

Victorian house in east London


It takes a moment to realise the wall colour, paintwork and flooring are identical throughout, yet each room has a distinct character.

Victorian house in east London

This house gets dressed with a few tips from fashion – a go-anywhere base of grey is jzuzhed up with designer buys and colourful pieces.

The house’s palette of grey walls and black woodwork is revved up with colourful cushions, bold artwork and knick knacks.

Victorian house in east London

There's no shortage of fun factor. The house doesn’t take itself too seriously. Surfboards, graffiti and quirky artwork subvert the Gothic overtones.

Victorian house in east London

Dalmatian, zebra, cowhide and graphic patterns take monochrome black and white to the next level.

Victorian house in east London

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The splashback tiles in the kitchen were made by Suzanne Sullivan, a ceramicist living in New York. Her work is so sought after in Brooklyn, shops don’t even display it. You have to go in and ask if they have any of her pieces – it’s usually hidden under the counter.

The cool concrete worktop is one of many raw textures that flow through the house.

Victorian house in east London


The amazing brickwork was spotted during the building work and asked to be left on show. It adds a rawness to this dining space.

Victorian house in east London


A graffiti print fabric from Timorous Beasties was chosen for the blind, as a way for this kids' room to easily transform to teens' room.

For the same reason, the furniture in this boy's room (opens in new tab) could be used in any room in the house, not just a child’s bedroom (opens in new tab).

Victorian house in east London

The grey base gives the house unity, while allowing children to add their own style.

Victorian house in east London


A sliver of space in the hallway (opens in new tab) was converted to create an en suite for the master bedroom.

Victorian house in east London


A monochrome palette, teamed with pattern and textured throws, rugs and cushions creates an enticing bedroom space.

Victorian house in east London


The grey walls let the children add personality to their rooms.

Victorian house in east London


Hallways (opens in new tab), stairs, landings – no area was left behind when it comes to detail.

Victorian house in east London

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Photography ⁄ Paul Raeside

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