industrial vibe #21

Moody colours, luxe touches and innovative design ideas make this home the place where grown-up style goes family friendly.

Get the look The walls are painted in French Grey Mid emulsion by Little Greene. The grey sofa is from Sofas & Stuff. The yellow love seat is by Soda. This is the Savine rug by Designers Guild. The upcycled pallet trolley coffee table is by Ines Cole for Liberty. The standard lamp is another Soda design, including a shade made by A Shade Above in Peoneden velvet from House of Hackney. The vase on the coffee table is from Zara Home. This is the Bubble Saucer ceiling light by George Nelson at John Lewis.

The properTy

A Victorian terraced house in south London. There’s an open-plan living room/ kitchen/dining area on the ground floor. The first floor has a family bathroom, guest bedroom, the boys’ rooms and an office. The top floor houses the master bedroom and en-suite bathroom.

living room

The vibe here is relaxed, but grown-up. It’s tonal on the ground floor, with colours picked from a small palette. The grey walls in the hall and living area are the same Little Greene shade in two different tones, while black adds drama to the woodwork throughout. Pops of colour sing out – such the yellow lamp base and citrus sofa in the living room – while industrial-style lighting adds a little grit.

The couple knocked through the dining and sitting rooms to create a single, spacious open-plan area

Get the look The armchairs are from Soda. The artwork, entitled Mr Whippy, is by Anna Marrow at Gas Gallery. The Paint Stroke cushion is from French Connection Home.

The period fireplace was moved from the original dining room, above, to this space instead. A storage cabinet fits neatly into the alcove.

Get the look This is the Small Green Triangle cabinet from Holly’s House. The Nordlux wall light is from John Lewis. The photograph on the mantel is by Ben. The vases and faux foliage are from Hello Flora.


An image found on Pinterest inspired the kitchen. Throughout, the owners have created champagne looks with a Babycham budget – the kitchen was an inexpensive design supplied by their builder, but teamed with marble worktops and a gorgeous weathered bronze tap.

The owners here have no interest in a home that is all front and no function, though.

This place looks great, but must work hard too, as both family base and a location for photographic shoots. These two roles have informed many of the design decisions. For instance, the wall of storage in the kitchen conceals a family’s-worth of kit.

Get the look This is Alno cabinetry. The tap is by Barber Wilsons & Co. The work surface was made from marble supplied by Rossi Stone Surfaces. The industrial-style pendant is from Soda. The stools were painted in Little Greene’s Basalt intelligent eggshell.

dining area

Timber panelling painted black in the dining space makes a perfect backdrop for pics.

Get the look The panelling is painted in Off-Black estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. The dining table was bought at an antiques fair. The all-wood chair is vintage Ercol. Find the Eames DSW chair for Vitra at The Conran Shop.


Black used on the living-room floor continues on the woodwork and stairs. The wide opening between the hall and living room is big enough for a photography crew to navigate.

Get the look The floor and woodwork is painted in Off-Black estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. The wall in the hall is painted in French Grey Pale emulsion by Little Greene.

master bedroom

It took a year to transform the house. The family moved out for the first four months of work, returning while the house was still a building site and camping in one room upstairs. They chose a soft, dark palette for the bedroom.

Get the look The wall is painted in Downpipe estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The bed is from The throw is from The White Company. The linen bedding was bought at The Conran Shop. This is the DLM side table by Hay at Haus.

master bathroom

The master bathroom was based on one in Shoreditch House where the couple once stayed. It was originally planned with a built-in bath and shower but then the couple saw the freestanding tub going for a good price.

Get the look The bath is from CP Hart. The wall and floor tiles are from World’s End Tiles

boys’ bedroom

The boys had always shared a room before so instead of them sleeping apart, the couple created one large connecting room with a child-sized hole in the wall.

Get the look The Ikea beds are painted in Off-Black estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. Block sells peg boards like this.

A peg board provides a handy place to store the boys’ super hero outfits.

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Photography / Ben Anders 

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