Inside a large Victorian house in west London where eclectic meets contemporary

Cool and classic, with handcrafted pieces, a dash of vintage, antiques and taxidermy… This large Victorian house in west London shakes it all up in pure style

large Victorian house in west London

THE PROPERTY

A two-storey Victorian house in west London, built in 1860. The modern home comprises  a living room, kitchen-diner, studio and WC on the ground floor, with four bedrooms (two en suite) and a bathroom upstairs.

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KITCHEN

The kitchen is without doubt the pièce de résistance of this home.

The clean lines and minimal looks of the cabinetry are softened by the rich, textural warmth of herringbone oak floors and the energetic patterning of a white Quartzite worktop and kitchen island. TheQuartzite imitates the feel of marble, but it is much more hard-wearing.

large Victorian house in west London

Double-height paned French doors were installed rather than sliding bi-folds to avoid the space feeling too modern.

large Victorian house in west London

DINING AREA

Double-height French doors allow light to flood into the dining space (pictured top), creating a low-key luxe style.

large Victorian house in west London

LIVING ROOM

This classic double-fronted 19th-century house in a leafy suburb of west London has unusual proportions. It's only one room deep, but very wide.

large Victorian house in west London

With its south-facing garden, tumbledown conservatory at the back – complete with a resident 150-year-old vine originally from Hampton Court – there was enough space to build a two-storey kitchen, bedroom and bathroom extension that wouldn’t affect the light quality.

large Victorian house in west London

The renovations stayed true to the house’s original proportions and detailing – from the soothing neutral colour palette to replicating the cornicing and restoring the balustrades. Against this relaxed backdrop, the vibrant colours in the artwork really pop.

large Victorian house in west London

Luxe, natural materials such as oak, stone and marble feature throughout – with special handcrafted pieces made by designers John Galvin for Faolchú and Tom Faulkner.

large Victorian house in west London

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STUDIO

Opposite the living room is a studio. Teamed together are modern and antique lights and classic vintage Saarinen chairs, alongside Alexis Turner’s taxidermy rooks and gazelles.

large Victorian house in west London

HALLWAY

When restoring the tiling in the house, tiles were chosen with a small-scale pattern that felt authentic to the period.

large Victorian house in west London

MASTER BEDROOM

This part of the new extension is warm and cosy, but very light. A gorgeous spot to lie in with the papers on a Sunday morning, the epic headboard centres the room.

large Victorian house in west London

Photography ⁄ Paul Massey

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