This Grade II-listed apartment in London's Marylebone has undergone a stunning transformation into a modern home (opens in new tab), juxtaposing traditional period features with high drama. Part of a larger Georgian townhouse, the two-storey 18th-century apartment features striking new interiors designed by studio Red Deer (opens in new tab).
Built in 1750, the two-bedroom property is comprised of a ground-floor open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, bathroom, master bedroom with ensuite and outdoor terrace. On the upper first-floor is a second bedroom which overlooks the outdoor terrace. Encompassing 1200 square feet, the apartment beautifully blends period features and antiques with bold design, brass accents and modern paint ideas.
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Stripped back to its shell, the layers of history begin with the property’s Portland Estate 1750s layout, which underwent some alterations in the early 19th century. Reconfiguring the layout further, design studio Red Deer removed the apartment’s bathroom and cloakroom and narrowed the hallway in order to accommodate two smaller bathrooms, one being ensuite.
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OPEN-PLAN LIVING AREA
A palette of black, white and grey flows across the property, allowing the sharper lines of one-off furniture pieces and brass fittings to shine.
This open-plan living, kitchen and dining space feels both elegant and dramatic, with a painted ceiling highlighting the original plasterwork, and antique busts, sculptures and ornaments mixing with modern lighting and fresh linen curtains and furniture.
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With a distinctive mid-century American styling, the interior is effortlessly elegant and eclectic.
Original Jacobethan mouldings and new-classical plasterwork make up a marriage of styles which were all carefully restored by Red Deer. Period fireplaces were also sourced and reinstalled, along with reclaimed Douglas Fir floorboards.
A second hallway leads through to a guest bedroom.
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The kitchen was reoriented to create an open-plan social kitchen and dining space for entertaining. Brass cabinetry handles and brass cane effect give this kitchen a distinctly modern feel. The white marble countertop and splash-back, along with the plain white walls, keep things feeling super fresh.
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Antique frames and wall lights add unexpected traditional elegance.
An industrial-style dining table sits in the kitchen, making this a social space.
The antique mirror lends old-school elegance to this dining area.
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Down a narrow corridor is a guest bedroom, wrapped in a skirt of grey paint. The paint effect gives this room a cool and modern feel.
The room leads through to a pretty roof terrace.
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The strip of grey paint envelopes radiators too, stretching into the alcoves with a perfectly crisp line.
Picture frames are positioned over the line, and blend in with grey painted frames.
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The ensuite bathroom features modern black bathroom fittings and a dramatic brass coloured foxed mirror panel.
Again the old and new sit together harmoniously; modern black taps penetrating an aged-effect mirror, and a vintage oil painting peering out from behind a modern, sculptural vase.
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The faucet is a vintage lion head, while the basin has a modern and raw, industrial look about it.
The master bedroom features wall to wall built-in storage, cleverly concealed behind wood panelled, handleless doors.
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The wood panelled wardrobe doors and detailed plasterwork on the ceiling give this room aged elegance, while the angular wall lights punctuate the scheme with modernity.
A large, linen-upholstered bed sits at the centre of the room.
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Wood panelling opposite the bed helps tie the room together. A modern gallery wall incorporates beaded necklaces, a wooden mask, an oil painting, modern photography and a neon light-up sign. The effect is cool and curated.
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ENSUITE SHOWER ROOM
The ensuite shower room is a cool space; steel-framed shower doors (opens in new tab), black bathroom fittings and raw concrete in the shower create an urban, industrial-inspired look. Brass handles, a brass mirror and a brass faucet make it glam.
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Photography Billy Bolton