An arty mix of quirky finds and a cool cocktail bar all help breathe new life into this Georgian home
An end-of-terrace Georgian house in east London. In the basement, there’s a living/dining area and internal courtyard, plus a guest suite and utility room. On the ground floor, there is a hall, double living room, kitchen-diner and cloakroom. On the first floor, there are three bedrooms (one that is used as a study), with a bathroom and shower room. The home, in east London, had elegant period bones and roses and wisteria climbing over the front door. But inside, everything needed replacing. A new bathroom and shower room were installed, all bedrooms redecorated and even the roof was opened up to add extra height. Then came the installation of period fireplaces in the living room, plus new shelves to display a burgeoning collection of Fifties ice buckets and curios in glass domes, ending up with a new kitchen. Later, the basement was also dug out to create more living space, plus a guest bedroom, bathroom and utility room.
The bar (pictured above) was made from an old marble fireplace that was found at a salvage yard. It’s been converted into this bar, which includes a built-in glass chiller, ice maker and dishwasher.
With vintage Fifties furniture, one wall clad in a knockout, limited-edition Roy Lichtenstein print, and a bar made out of marble and burr walnut, the space feels cool and glamorous.
This hang-out zone – packed with books and quirky memorabilia – is testament to the owners’ individuality and eclectic style. There’s antiques, chintz, mid-century furniture, salvaged oddities, taxidermy and neon art. The collection of curios makes for a fabulous backdrop.
It’s not all modern or all old, it’s the eccentric mix – classic chesterfield sofas mixed with graphic art – that keeps things personal involved.
Neon wall art lifts the mid-century furniture in the dining area.
The mid-century furniture sets a Mad Men mood.
A neon arrow, yellow design classic chairs and red leather banquette add warmth and character to the space.
Four floor-to-ceiling fridges set an industrial-luxe, chef’s kitchen mood.
A Victorian-style spiral staircase leads up to the garden.
There was just enough room to squeeze this bathroom into the basement –it’s now fitted out with a few reclaimed finds.
Wisteria growing languorously over the front of the house was one of this property’s most alluring features, so a hand-painted wallpaper was chosen to echo this feature in the bedroom.
The painting continues onto the wardrobes opposite, helping to blend the wardrobes in with the rest of the room.
Photography ⁄ Rowland Roques-O’Neil