Step inside a Victorian townhouse in south London that's full of drama
This Victorian townhouse in south London shines with opulent touches and fabulous focal points, so that every space gives a stellar performance
A Victorian townhouse in south London. The ground-floor of this modern home comprises a living room, dining room, kitchen, playroom, cloakroom and WC. On the first floor is the master suite and dressing room, plus a guest bedroom and shower room. On the top floor are three bedrooms and a family bathroom.
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A dark band of paint below the dado takes the inky shade from the living room ceiling and leads it up the stairs.
THE LIVING ROOM
Darkness reigns from above, adding drama to this flowing, sociable space.Here, luxe seating is given a clubby feel beneath the dark ceiling, its paint shade highlighting the original Victorian mouldings.
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The original kitchen dresser that you can see at the back of the room was made when the house was built. To make sure that no other element upstaged the vintage piece, new additions are more low-key – such as the flat-fronted, handleless cabinets and a resin floor.
Pared-back contemporary kitchen cabinetry highlights the ornate beauty of the original kitchen cabinet. The resin flooring feels modern but at the same time fades slightly into the background.Open shelving breaks up the scheme’s linear look.
THE DINING ROOM
An industrial style dining table by Roche Bobois and dining chairs by Kai Kristiansen and Eames contrast against the traditional painting and a pop of bright turquoise in the tall table lamp. Spotlights keep the space from looking cluttered.
The bedrooms' best feature is the opulent but practical storage, made bespoke by The London Joinery Co, including the A-list dressing room and the dreamy cubby bed in the children's bedroom.
The headboard set a key tone that was used as a starting point for the rest of the space.
The spacious dressing room is divided from the master bedroom by steel-framed glazing. By day, it feels like one big space, with a flow of light from the front to the back of the house, but at night, the doors can be closed and the curtains drawn to make this master bedroom quiet and cosy.
Having spotted New York designer Athena Calderone’s chic, brass-trimmed kitchen cabinetry in Livingetc (March 2014 issue), the home owners wanted The London Joinery Co to incorporate similar detailing.
Luxe curtain fabrics and interesting materials were sourced by interior designer Sarah Chambers, and the dressing room island was created by Solomon&Wu.
The children's bedroom beautifully incorporates clever storage in an alcove bed.
The floor tiles give a flash of the teal that is threaded throughout the upstairs rooms.
To learn more about The London Joinery Co’s bespoke cabinetry, visit thelondonjoineryco.com. Check out Sarah Chambers’ interior design work at sarahchambersinteriors.co.uk
Photography ⁄ Alexander James
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Shining a spotlight on the now and the next in home design and decor, Livingetc is the UK's best selling high end and contemporary home design magazine. As a brand, Livingetc showcases the world's very best homes, breaks and makes the trends, and has access to leading international designers for insight and ideas. It was first published in 1998, and is currently edited by Pip Rich.
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