Design Project: A Family Home In Highgate Has Been Reconfigured And Modernised

XUL Architects renovated this family home in London's Highgate, reconfiguring the formerly uncomfortable and unordered layout to create a modern family home that flows and is filled with light.

Get the look: Rug is from Fleetwood Fox. Wall Paint is Farrow & Ball’s Ammonite. Pendant is from Orsjo Libreria.

THE PROPERTY

A family home on Cromwell Avenue in Highgate had multiple circulation issues, with different levels and spaces flowing in an uncomfortably unordered manner. The owners brought on North London based XUL Architecture to address these issues and to create a space which is usable, has a better circulation and is filled with light. The homeowner enlisted the services of a fabric consultant who chose fabrics for the rooms to add colour and warmth to this vibrant home. The interior design was originally conceived by Philip Lihou from Inner Space London.

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HALLWAY

Key to the refurbishment of this property was opening views from the front door through to the garden, drawing light in from both angles. XUL Architecture also opened up a skylight to flood the stairwell with more natural daylight.

The architects also closed up one of the entrances to the dining room, and replaced that doorway with handy hallway storage and a bench seat.

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KITCHEN

The kitchen flooring was created with polished concrete, which continues on the kitchen countertops.

Get the look: Pendants from Hand & Eye Studio. Bar Stools from Pinch. Kitchen Tabletop Caesarstone. Floor is from The Concrete Flooring Contractors.

Together with the grey cabinets, this took on an industrial look which was warmed up with the clever use of plywood, terracotta lamps and pots and decorated with greenery throughout.

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The room is filled with light from two sides and has a view to the front door.

FAMILY ROOM

The kitchen flows into a relaxed family room which sits in a conservatory-style space.

Get the look: Cabinet is the Bastone Cabinet by Poiat Studio. Sofa Fabrics from Mind the Gap. Rug is from Rockett St George. Plant Stand from E15. Paint colour is Farrow & Ball, Railings.

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Hanging plants add lots of greenery, giving this space a garden-like vibe.

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DOWNSTAIRS LOO

The downstairs loo is a similarly inky colour, a textural wallpaper that was painted in Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra.

Get the look: Mirror is form Graham & Green. Faucet is Vola. Basin is Duravit. Paint is Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra.

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DINING AREA

A step up from the kitchen is a laid-back luxe dining room.

Get the look: Cabinet is the Bastone Cabinet by Poiat Studio. Fireplace by Chesneys. Table from Swivel. Low Cabinet from 1stDibs. Mirror is from Richard Taylor Designs. Lamp is Foscarini.

By opening up the walls from the kitchen and living room into the dining room allowed for the doorway from the hallway to be sealed off. This created more wall area to create a cosy dining room.

Get the look: Cabinet is the Bastone Cabinet by Poiat Studio. Fireplace by Chesneys. Table from Swivel. Low Cabinet from 1stDibs.
Mirror is from Richard Taylor Designs. Lamp is Foscarini.

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Glassware and crockery is stored in the dining room, which also helps free up space in the kitchen.

Get the look: Cabinet is the Bastone Cabinet by Poiat Studio.

LIVING ROOM

Restoring original features of the property was part of the brief to the architects. Reclaimed wood was used for the flooring within the refurbished living room.

Get the look: Sofas are from Roche Bobois. Coffee Table from Unto This Last. Lamps (pendant and table) from Foscarini. Rug is from Liberty. Floor is from Reclaimed Flooring Co. Fireplace from Chesneys

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The alcoves next to the mantel were undeep, so the bottom shelf comes out at an angle to create triangular storage.

A colourful Kilim-style flatweave rug adds colour to the living room, making it a more homely space.

Get the look: Sofas are from Roche Bobois. Coffee Table from Unto This Last. Lamps (pendant and table) from Foscarini. Rug is from Liberty. Floor is from Reclaimed Flooring Co. Fireplace from Chesneys

STAIRCASE

A signature to all XUL projects is to consider the three directions of light that can be channelled into the building; from above, back and front of a property. XUL opened up the plastic skylight above the stairwell and replaced with a contemporary glass alternative which now floods the space with light.

Bookshelves were also fitted into the stairwell, making a striking feature, adding colour and maximise space.

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MUSIC ROOM

XUL spent many hours talking to the homeowner and discovered their love of cactus. This colour and shape were brought through to the design adding character and a homeliness that turned the house into a home.

The music room or “green room” as the owners refer to it has built-in storage which was already present in the house from a previous renovation.

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MASTER BEDROOM

The house was spread over three floors and after many discussions with the owners, the architects decided to relocate the master bedroom to the top floor and create a suite for them. This allowed for the middle floor to become bedrooms for the children and guests.

Get the look: Bedside Tables from Graham & Green. Bed Cover from Graham & Green. Cushion Fabric from Christian Lacroix Soft Jardin Exo- Chic. Pendant Lamp from Floss. Wall Lamps from Ferm Living, Arum Wall. Paint from Farrow & Ball, Shadow White

A curved arch framing the window breaks up the sloped ceiling and gives this room a softness.

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MASTER BATHROOM

The master suite comprises of a bedroom, bathroom and walk-in wardrobe. The bathroom is accessed via the wardrobe so when the doors are closed it looks like typical wardrobe doors.

The master bathroom is definitely a highlight in this home, it is pretty much another hangout space.

Get the look: Tiles from Terrazo Tiles, Daybed from Graham & Green, Fabrics from Jane Churchill

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A wallpapered feature wall and daybed with coral print cushions add lots of fun colour to this inviting master bathroom. The wallpaper plays on the owners’ love of cacti.

Get the look: Wallpaper from Rutters UK, Mirrors from Graham & Green

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The bath takes central space under the dormer window and curved ceiling.

Get the look: Bath from The Albion Bath Company in Farrow & Ball, Ammonite

The bathroom has a steam shower in addition to a standard shower.

Get the look: Bench in Steam Room is from Habitat’s Outdoor Collection

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KIDS BEDROOM

A large palm print paper makes a fun feature in one of the kids’ rooms.

Get the look: Bedside Table from Habitat. Lamp from Nuura Blossi

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The bay window creates a perfect nook for doing homework.

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KIDS BATH

A couple of framed art prints add a pop of colour to the compact, minimalist bathroom.

Get the look: Faucet from Vola, Basin and Bath from Lusso Stone, Mirror from Graham & Green

Photography: Matt Clayton

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