New Elegance #15

Full of sorbet shades and sunshine, this home cleverly combines designer gems with feel-good factors such as quirky art and faux sheep

Get the look: This is an Eighties Emanuel Ungaro sideboard. The photograph above it is Crowd #10 (Imperial Theatre) by Alex Prager. The bespoke hand-knotted rug was designed by Peter Mikic and made in Nepal. The faux sheep was found in Chicago.

THE PROPERTY

A Victorian three-storey house in north London. The lower-ground floor comprises an open-plan kitchen, living and dining space with a library and gym, plus a courtyard garden. There is a large living room, bar, guest bedroom and bathroom and a cloakroom on the ground floor, with a guest powder room on a landing between the ground and first floors. The main bedroom, bathroom and dressing room are on the top floor.

LIVING ROOM

Filled with colour and texture, there’s so much to tantalise the senses in this 1870s house  in a leafy part of north London.

Its unusual proportions – thanks to the house being linked to a neighbouring property during the war to become a printing press and never converted back – have allowed for enviable lateral living not very far from the city centre.

Working with interior designer Peter Mikic, the home owners separated the house into three distinct zones so that every single square inch is used to the max.

Get the look: The mirror was designed by Peter Mikic using angled platinum-leaf glass. The customised fireplace is from Jamb. The blue painting is Fade XXIV (Turquoise Blue Green) by Oliver Marsden. The framed vintage painting was discovered in a Paris flea market.

On the ground floor, the colours of the glamorous living room were inspired by an Eighties Emanuel Ungaro sideboard. It has influenced the dusky-pink hue of the walls, the velvety shades of the furniture and the kaleidoscope of colours in the bespoke rug.

The house might feel impossibly glamorous, but it’s welcoming too, with lots of fun, humorous touches like a large quirky faux sheep that takes visitors by surprise in the living room and a flea-market painting, bought for next to nothing, which has been so exquisitely framed and displayed, it looks more like an Old Master.

Get the look: The mirror was designed by Peter Mikic using angled platinum-leaf glass. The customised fireplace is from Jamb. The blue painting is Fade XXIV (Turquoise Blue Green) by Oliver Marsden. The framed vintage painting was discovered in a Paris flea market.

The doorway beyond leads to the chic bar.

Get the look The Sixties Jack Lenor Larsen chairs, with original upholstery, were found in Palm Springs. The walls are painted in Wild Mushroom emulsion by Dulux. The curtains are made in St Germain Lie de Vin 71221/005 cotton/velvet fabric by Métaphores at Abbott & Boyd.

BAR

Leading off the living room, this snug was the perfect place to create a chic bar. The previous owner had used it as a stereo room, filled with his CD collection. Now it’s equipped with everything you could ever need for aperitifs and nightcaps.

Get the look: The walls are in polished plaster.

KITCHEN

The open-plan kitchen and living space on the lower-ground floor is perfect for relaxed entertaining.

But the kitchen wasn’t always so light-filled – originally, there was just a tiny door and two small windows overlooking another wall, which blocked any view of the outside. Knocking the wall down and replacing it with floor-to-ceiling Crittall windows opening on to a newly landscaped garden (complete with outdoor fireplace) literally doubled the sense of space.

The marble was found in Spain, cut from one slab and shipped over in a single piece. It’s amazing for things like rolling out pizzas.

Get the look: The kitchen surfaces are in Arabescato Paonazzo marble. The Seventies bar stools are by American designer Warren Bacon. This is the Cross Cable customised ceiling light by David Weeks Studio.

DINING ROOM

A wall of Crittall-style windows allows light to stream throughout the entire open-plan basement living area, reaching this inner hallway beyond the dining space.

Get the look The trio of framed artworks is by Boston artist Jonas Woods. The photograph of the ventriloquist’s dummy is from Matthew Rolston’s Talking Heads series.

Peter Mikic helped to transform the dining space from the warren of corridors that it used to be.

Get the look The dining table is a vintage 1965 design by Harvey Probber Studio. The chairs are a Danish mid-century classic by Niels Otto Møller.

HALLWAY

While sticking to the house’s original layout, most of the structure had to be rebuilt due to the alarming deterioration of the foundations discovered during the renovation. For almost a year, heavy-duty stilts were the only thing preventing the walls from crashing down. Original features such as the cornicing and quirky Moroccan-style arched doorway at the top of the first-floor landing were kept as they were, while the staircase was completely stripped back to their original black wrought iron.

The mezzanine doors lead to a powder room and cloakroom.

Get the look: The painting on the upper wall is Untitled by Horace Farlowe.

BASEMEMENT LIVING ROOM

The downstairs living room is more informal, perfect for lounging, playing card games, watching films or listening to music.

Get the look The sofa and rug were designed by Peter Mikic. The leather chairs are Sixties vintage. The bamboo coffee table is from the Seventies. Renaissance London custom-designed the fireplace. The photograph is Watermelon by Marco Walker.

LANDING

The Moroccan-style arched doorway at the top of the stairs was inherited as part of the house.

Get the look: The collection of iconic black-and-white photographs include portraits of Diana Vreeland by David Bailey, and Andy Warhol and Hugh Hefner by Peter Strongwater.

POWDER ROOM

The polished-plaster walls in a deep-sea blue really up the ante in here. Blue is such a flattering colour and also very relaxing, which is what you want for your guests: that they look and feel beautiful and at ease all night long.

Get the look: The vanity unit was designed by Peter Mikic with a marble top and Ashley Hicks handles. The Seventies wall lights were found in a Paris flea market and the polished-plaster walls are in Pantone 3025 C. Paul has had the animal-print stool for years.

MAIN BEDROOM

Upstairs, the cool, soothing comfort of the bedroom and main bathroom takes centre stage. Here, abstract artwork blends seamlessly with the subtle hues of the walls.

Get the look: The paintings above the bed are by Erin Lawlor. The blanket is by Hermès. The chair is from Alex Eagle. The side tables are from The Kairos Collective. The bamboo bedside table was bought in the States.

MAIN BATHROOM

The minimalist mood in here brings a welcome note of calm. All soothing lines and textures, while the veins of the marble are almost hypnotising. It’s the perfect backdrop for the signed Hockney Swimming Pool lithograph.

Get the look: The bath and basin unit are made in Arabescato Paonazzo marble, similar to that used in the kitchen. The custom-made brass stand was designed by Peter Mikic. This brass wall light is by Collier Webb. The taps are by Lefroy Brooks. The towel rails are by Bard & Brazier.

To see more of Peter Mikic’s work, check out petermikic.com

Photography ⁄ James Merrell

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