Industrial Vibe #12

Edgy textures, luxe materials and a mix of vintage and bargain buys transformed a blank space of a house into a home full of personality.

Get the look: The tiled flooring is from Texfield. This is the Museum bench by French Connection Home. The child’s racing car is from After Noah.


A detached house built around 1900 in southeast London. It has a large living room, reading room, WC, kitchen, dining area and utility room on the ground floor. On the first floor are the master bedroom and en suite, two guest bedrooms and a guest bathroom. On the top floor, there is a TV room, bathroom, office and girls’ bedroom.


Super-durable, wood-effect ceramic tiles were chosen for the hallway (pictured above), which sees a lot of traffic. They were simply laid over the existing tiles. And although they can be tricky to clean, they’re very hard-wearing.


This house is impressively spacious – with a living room large enough for dancing, a dining table that regularly has ten people around it, outside space that saw a summer garden party for 100 and two generous guest rooms.

But what to do with all those rooms? The solution is to give each a strong identity, so that the house feels alive. The kitchen is the hub. The living room also has a distinct personality. The rear part is for relaxing, while the front is a games room, complete with ping-pong table.

Get the look: The You & Me Ping-Pong table is from The Conran Shop. The floor light was inherited. Find a similar light at Holloways of Ludlow. The prints are from a calendar made up of various illustrators’ work, produced by designer Glenn Garriock.

Furnishing a large property can also be tricky, but the owners solved this by focusing on the fabric of the building, not the furniture. By giving the surfaces supersized character, fitting painted panelling and period details such as ceiling roses, they then only needed a sprinkling of furniture to sit against the rich backdrops, much of which was sourced from eBay and vintage stores.

Wood panelling gives the large living room some traditional character, while an eccentric collection of favourite pieces brings heaps of personality.

Get the look: The illustration is by Edward McGowan. Learn more about his work at Cargo. The Serax Geo is from The Goodhood Store. This is a marble bust of Emperor Hadrian by Lapicida. The ski goggles are from Rip Curl. The vase is from After Noah. The workbench table came from eBay. Try Solid ID for similar.


The kitchen is full of clever design details – from the metro tiles inside the kitchen cabinets to the herb trough in the island.

Get the look: Jamie Blake of Blakes London made this kitchen from sketches drawn up by the home owner. The cabinet doors came from Waxed Floors. The wall lamps were bought on eBay.

The kitchen is classic industrial, while the rest of the downstairs is more traditional in feel.

Get the look: Jamie Blake of Blakes London made this kitchen from sketches drawn up by the home owner. The cabinet doors came from Waxed Floors.

The rustic-looking cabinet doors are sawn oak with a white finish. They look like reclaimed timber, but it’s engineered. Reclaimed wood isn’t so hard-wearing and you can’t wipe it easily.

Get the look: Jamie Blake of Blakes London made this kitchen from sketches drawn up by the home owner. The cabinet doors came from Waxed Floors. The wall lamps were bought on eBay.

The island is on wheels so it can be moved out of shot when the house is used as a location.

Get the look: The cabinet doors came from Waxed Floors. This is the large Roger bar stool by French Connection Home.

A smooth plaster finish contrasts with the whitewashed brick wall to add an element of industrial chic.

Get the look: The Ercol sofa was bought on eBay – and its cushions were later reupholstered. Find Ercol sofas at John Lewis. This is the Perfect Day cushion by Jessica Zoob for Black Edition by Romo. The mop and bucket are from Cox & Cox. The clock is from The French House. This is a stretched-canvas print of Eat, Halloran Springs by Christopher Griffith at Surface View.

The inspiration behind the wall units came from a really old shop display cabinet that had tiles on the inside. The tap was made  from copper piping – it’s a cheap way to have an amazing, cool tap.

Get the look: The units were made by Jamie Blake of Blakes London and painted with Railings estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The metro tiles were sourced at Tons of Tiles. Find a plumber to make a tap like this via


An off-white colour scheme was chosen for most of the house, with the exception of the dark reading room. This den just seduces you to close the shutters and sit with a book, large glass of wine in hand.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Studio Green estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The armchairs are from The table is a vintage find. Try Amara for something similar. The shelving unit is from Ikea. The carpet came from Carpetright.


The panelled wall is made from old scaffolding boards, which were washed with watered-down Skimming Stone estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The dado rail effect was a nice mistake – boards had been put up to where it is, but it didn’t look finished. So the owners added this thin horizontal strip which breaks up the wall a bit.

Get the look: The scaffolding boards are from Hadley Reclaimed. The ceiling rose is from London Plastercraft. The headboard was home-made. Love Your Home For Less does a similar design. This is the Craft Series storage chest by Another Country for Heal’s. The check throw and the Flowertree Pastels cushion by Maxine Sutton are also from Heal’s. This is an Ikea table lamp. Bought from Lassco, the reclaimed floor is from Bush House, where the BBC World Service was broadcast until 2012.


The bathroom was originally bigger than this, but the master bedroom suite was reconfigured and opened out with a sliding door as a partition. Now, panelling creates a more intimate feel and a vintage tub sits centrally, while a partition wall with built-in shelves stands alongside and keeps toiletries handy.

Get the look: The panelling is painted in Feathers of a Dove emulsion by Valspar at B&Q. The tub is from Bathstore. Malcolm designed the partition wall – find a builder to create a similar design via For a similar hammam towel, try Urbanara.

Even the shower has a handy built-in alcove shelf for keeping toiletries at close hand.

Photography / Malcolm Menzies

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