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

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


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.

dining area

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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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Photography / Ben Anders