New Elegance #16

This south London home is a fun-filled palace, bursting with quirky finds and offbeat buys, all centred on a faux olive tree planted in the kitchen


A detached Victorian house that was formerly a prep school in southwest London. On the ground floor there’s a hall, dining area, living room, playroom, study, a kitchen and cloakroom. On the first floor there’s the en-suite master bedroom, a second bedroom, a bathroom and an office while the top floor features two bedrooms, a spare room and a bathroom.

Get the look: For a similar paint to that used on the woodwork, try Farrow & Ball’s Arsenic estate eggshell.


The partition walls of this former school entrance were demolished to create a large welcoming space with plenty of natural light. Trailing plants, stone and wood are joined by lots of animals – such as birds and pigs – to place the design’s emphasis on fun.


In contrast to the ornate ceiling at the front of the house, the rear features scaffolding boards that continue down one wall. This adds texture and helps create a sense of different zones in the house while keeping the design free-flowing.

Get the look: Eurotiles & Bathrooms supplied the tumbled Noce Travertine floor tiles. The large factory shelving cart is by Andy Thornton. This is the glass-topped Last Supper console table by Anthony William Parry for Cappa E Spada. These are Habitat’s Hester dining chairs.


The deep blue velvet sofa is complemented by soft green hues, large plants and a coffee table made of raw materials, a creative mix that reflects a love of nature.

Get the look: For a similar velvet fabric to that used on the sofa, try Clarke & Clarke. The bird feather coffee table is by Anthony William Parry for Cappa E Spada. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Chappell Green estate emulsion. The beaded moose skull is by Daisy Harkness at Denim and Bone.


The playroom offers the perfect setting to showcase  more offbeat artwork and modern touches, sprinkled with lashings of fun.

Get the look: The vintage Pepsi-Cola sign is from The Old Cinema. The bean bag is from BeanBagBazaar. The giant Lego storage box is from Store. This is the Star Wars Stormtrooper Battle Buddy figure from Tesco Direct. The Graffiti wallpaper is from Murals Wallpaper.


Crittall doors open out to from the living area to the stairwell, where the La Volière pendant hangs. The magical aviary-inspired piece accents the space with a vibrant menagerie of colour, a theme continued at ground level by the pair of flamingos.

Get the look: This is the La Volière pendant light by Mathieu Challières at The Conran Shop. YES Glazing Solutions supplied the Crittall doors. The faux flamingos were found at The Red Dot Gallery.


With its lofty ceiling and enormous island, the kitchen has a luxurious, airy feel. The space is dominated by the jaw-dropping faux olive tree, which seems to have taken root within the Corian-clad island.

Get the look: The Esteril Siusi faux-timber porcelain flooring is from Eurotiles & Bathrooms.

LED lighting was cleverly incorporated into the apex of the kitchen’s roof,  accentuating the height of the space.


Get the look: The bespoke cabinetry by Sola Kitchens features Corian worksurfaces and antique mirror-glass panels on the island. The island’s bespoke legs (matching the legs of the bar chairs) are by Adam Paterson at These are Hauteville concrete bar chairs by Lyon Beton at Rockett St George. The felt Corn Flakes packet and other felt products on the shelving is from The Felt Cornershop collection by Lucy Sparrow at

Personal touches, such as the vintage locker adorned with fridge magnets, further reflect a creative sense of fun.

Get the look: The vintage locker is from The Old Cinema. The personalised basket is by Marmaduke London at Notonthehighstreet. This is the factory cart sofa by Andy Thornton. The cushion is from Amnesty Shop.


The whole cloakroom was designed around a flamingo theme, with a bold wallpaper adding drama to the small space.

Get the look: The flamingo was an eBay find. This is Flamingo Club wallpaper by Matthew Williamson at Osborne & Little. The basin is from Hampton Bathrooms.


Dusky pinks and soft rose hues rule in the master bedroom, which features artisanal rugs and a mantlepiece display of treasures collected from around the globe.

Get the look: This is the Sunburst Rattan Mirror by The Forest & Co at Notonthehighstreet.

The bed does not have a headboard or legs, instead scaffold boards were used to create an eye-catching rustic style.

Get the look: The scaffold board bed was made by Adam Paterson. This is the Kubu pendant by Dutchbone. The Mexicana cushions are by Graham and Green. This is the Sunburst Rattan Mirror by The Forest & Co at Notonthehighstreet.


A rich tone on the walls meets quirky white furniture and nature-inspired finishing touches.

Get the look: The framed feather wings are by Rockett St George. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Hague Blue estate emulsion.


The large terrace, which runs around the rear of the house, was once used for a scene in the film The French Lieutenant’s Woman. It includes an unusual turf-themed seating zone which looks out on to the river and a listed Victorian lock.

Get the look: The grass furniture is by Artificial Landscapes at Notonthehighstreet. This is the Original 1227 floor lamp by Anglepoise. The coffee tables are from La Redoute. The ornamental pig is from Wyevale Garden Centres. The floor cushion is by The Forest & Co at Notonthehighstreet.


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Photography ⁄ James Merrell  

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