This Victorian terrace in north London has drama in its design DNA

There is nothing tame about this Victorian terrace in north London, where innovative ideas bounce off the walls...


A semi-detached Victorian terrace in north London, built around 1860. The ground floor of this modern home comprises a kitchen-diner, studio and snug. On the upper-ground floor is the entrance hall, reception room and library. On the first floor, there is the master bedroom, walk-in wardrobe and master bathroom, while the children’s rooms and another bathroom occupy the two upper levels.

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Most of us love a touch of drama in our lives, but in this north London home, a stellar performance is practically oozing from the walls. And at every turn, in every corner, there is something spectacular going on. Whether it’s a collection of rare vintage jelly moulds in the kitchen, some art piece from a burgeoning young talent or an anatomical photo of a bumblebee’s nether regions, the overall effect (designed by interior consultant, Graz Darken) is simply stunning.

Victorian terrace in north London

Each room is designed with a sense of humour, even though the joke occasionally dips its toe in darker waters. A striking blend of textures and shades makes this distinctive room intriguing on the eye.

Victorian terrace in north London


After collaborating with designer Irenie Cossey and Emmett Russell Architects, the property was gutted and a rear basement extension and a four-level side extension was added.With the lower back section of the house transformed with floor to ceiling glass, the dingy basement became a light-filled family gathering space.

Victorian terrace in north London

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The design for the kitchen was created around the wall clock. The owners had the clock first and wanted it to be a feature, so the stainless-steel island by Bulthaup was specially positioned to highlight it.

Victorian terrace in north London


Mid-century design features here as it is the owner's favourite era for style.


All busy families need a chill out area and this is where this bunch go for some peace and quiet.

Victorian terrace in north London


The designer, Graz, loves to pickpieces that make people stop and ponder.

Victorian terrace in north London


Exceptional and quirky accessories give this room a unique edge.

Victorian terrace in north London

The owners love art and other things that make them smile, although they admit they have a slightly warped sense of humour.

Victorian terrace in north London


Textural marble is used as a statement feature when balanced against white walls and warm stained oak floorboards.

Victorian terrace in north London


As a home created for dramatic effect, this north London showcase stretches the boundaries of interior design so things get that bit curiouser and curiouser.

Victorian terrace in north London

Photography / Paul Massey

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