A Victorian house in west London. On the ground floor of this modern home (opens in new tab) is a large open-plan living/dining room, study and WC. On the lower-ground floor is a kitchen-diner with a garden room area, utility room (opens in new tab) and WC. The master suite and a guest bedroom (opens in new tab) suite are on the first floor. On the second floor are three further bedrooms, a bathroom (opens in new tab) and steps leading up to a roof terrace.
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The spiral stairway creates a captivating focal point and is a prime example of how this property incorporates authentic period architraves with contemporary living.
THE LIVING ROOM
The interiors radiate serenity, with design inspiration from Brazil’s Jader Almeida and 19th-century France reflected back in sumptuous leather and antiqued mirror glass.
In keeping with the mood of the renovation, antiques mix with contemporary designs such as the high shine rocking chair with butter-soft leather.
Below, an antiqued mirror and crystal chandelier compliment the original marble fireplace and classical cornicing detailing.
The kitchen-diner has a more urban feel, with concrete flooring flowing through to a chic, city-dwellers’ version of a garden room. Classic, enduring surfaces includingbrass, marble and timber make this hard-working space functional and contemporary.
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THE DINING AREA
Gentle curves are subtly repeated in the formal dining zone to take the edge off the architectural grandeur.
THE KITCHEN DINER
A photograph by Tim Hall and mismatched Eames chairs add colour and playfulness to the informal dining area.
THE GARDEN ROOM
The urban garden room is an inspired way to bring greenery into a slender city space.
Free-flowing foliage is contained within a structured grid in this urban version of a garden room. A petite triangular garden lies beyond.
THE MASTER BEDROOM
Bespoke herringbone parquet flooring flows from the ground floor, up the stairs and through the bedrooms, creating a seamless and restful flow through the home.
The retro fringed chair is a chic contrast against the angular, modern floor lamp, whereas it might look kitch or dated in a different setting.
The master bathroom (opens in new tab) is a good size despite its Toblerone shape. The monochrome palette and modern freestanding bathtub with matching his and hers sinks create a chic hotel-like interior. Simple ovals, marble and a micro cement floor keep things serene and uncomplicated.
This is one room where the ‘Toblerone’ shape of the house really reveals itself. The bespoke desk keeps the room uncluttered, and helps create the illusion of space.
Playful architectural wallpaper is an apposite choicefor the neat, triangular WC.
Photography ⁄ Paul Raeside
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