New Elegance #18

With a bucketful of smart decorating tricks, it’s no surprise this once ‘long and thin’ semi is now a super-roomy, stylish family pad.

THE PROPERTY

A semi-detached Victorian house in southwest London. The ground floor has a reception room, kitchen-diner and cloakroom. The master bedroom suite and kid’s bedroom are on the first floor. There are a further three bedrooms, a bathroom and an office on the second floor. Down in the basement there is a media room, guest bedroom and bathroom.

RECEPTION ROOM

Thanks to a major overhaul, this house has morphed into a serene and elegant home that gives the whole family room to breathe. Creating a sense of space and drama was the key objective. These Victorian semis are often long and thin, so the owners wanted to create the illusion that it was wider and grander than it actually is.

Clever tricks included installing double doors on the ground, basement and first floors. The ground floor was reconfigured so that an old snug and L-shaped kitchen were incorporated to create one large, light space, linked with an opening to the front reception room. Beautiful original details – the Victorian tiled hallway, stained-glass front door and cornicing – were preserved to live on in their new environment.

Get the look: The Chesterfield is by Old Boot. The cushions are by Designers Guild. The throw is by Cologne & Cotton. These are Pollock chairs by Julian Chichester. The vase is by Jonathan Adler.

An elegant palette of soft greys and chalky blues unites the rooms and shakes up the period bones of the house with unexpected pops of industrial lighting and edgy art. The style may look upmarket, but there’s plenty of high street mixed in with high end.

The French Regency-style fireplace, which was in the house when it was bought, goes nicely with the new parquet.

Get the look: The Deco gilt and glass Wheatsheaf table was sourced by Magentapink Interiors. The mirror is by Dominic Schuster.

GROUND FLOOR HALLWAY

The narrow hallway was opened up with tall double panelled doors that lead into the reception room. The original Victorian floor tiles have been restored.

Big double doors give the whole house a grander scale.

Get the look: The oil painting Dymas is by Carl Melegari. The glass orb light is by The White Company.

KITCHEN

The kitchen is painted blue to set it aside from the rest of the house, but cabinetry was kept white to keep a balance.

Get the look: The kitchen units were designed and made by Meson’s. The Wrong for Hay Revolver bar stools came from The Conran Shop. The Newgate kitchen clock is from Occa-Home. The Stanley pendant light is by Original BTC.

The kitchen sink, built into a recess, keeps the island clutter free… and dry!

Get the look: The kitchen units were designed and made by Meson’s.  The Newgate kitchen clock is from Occa-Home.

DINING AREA

Floor-to-ceiling sliding doors add light, width and height in the kitchen and dining area, making the whole space feel like part of the garden.

Get the look: The Konstantine dining table is from Living Space. These are Hans J Wegner’s Wishbone chairs for Carl Hansen & Søn from The Conran Shop.

Light wood Wishbone chairs and a modern dining table add to the crisp and bright aesthetic.

Get the look: The Konstantine dining table is from Living Space. These are Hans J Wegner’s Wishbone chairs for Carl Hansen & Søn from The Conran Shop. The Parker wall sconces and white vases are by Jonathan Adler. The painting is by Ray Caesar.

BASEMENT HALL

The basement is unusually tall as it’s the same height as the ground floor, and spans the whole width of the house. Its dark grey hallway, theatrically hung with an oversized photograph shipped over from Amsterdam, sets the tone for the rooms.

The walls are purposefully painted dark – it’s often better to go dark than to try to lighten up a space that will never be that light in the first place.

Get the look: The wall is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Pavilion Gray estate emulsion. The photograph by Igor Vasiliadis is from the Lionel Gallery in Amsterdam. The footstools are from Ardingly International Antiques & Collectors Fair and were re-covered in Nuit velvet by Christian Lacroix. This is the Silver Rings rug by David Rockwell for The Rug Company.

MEDIA ROOM

The house now has a massive basement, which is often used as a movie-cum-music room, where the kids entertain their friends.

Get the look: The cabinetry is a bespoke design by the owner’s interior design company Magentapink Interiors. This is the Long Island sofa by sofa.com. The Moon Pebble coffee table is by Ochre. The Meurice wall sconce is by Jonathan Adler and the floor standing light, leaning over the sofa, is from Mr Resistor.

MASTER BEDROOM

Upstairs, rooms were reconfigured so that the master bedroom is larger, with a dressing room and en-suite bathroom.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Skylon Grey matt emulsion by Fired Earth and the alcoves in Squid Ink flat emulsion by Paint & Paper Library. The bed is by sofa.com, upholstered in Designers Guild’s Castellani in Graphite. The throw is by Cologne & Cotton and the cushions are by OKA and Designers Guild.

A palette of soft greys and steely blues makes for a peaceful environment.

Get the look: The walls are painted in Skylon Grey matt emulsion by Fired Earth and the alcoves in Squid Ink flat emulsion by Paint & Paper Library. The bed is by sofa.com, upholstered in Designers Guild’s Castellani in Graphite. The throw is by Cologne & Cotton and the cushions are by OKA and Designers Guild.

MASTER ENSUITE

In the master bathroom, unexpected full-length mirrors are set above the basins to take your eye right up to the ceiling.

Get the look: The mirrors were bought at auction. The box pendant light is by Davey Lighting. The Duravit Foster basins are from CP Hart.

A luxe freestanding bath invites everyday indulgence.

Get the look: Find a similar bath from CP Hart or West One Bathrooms.

Check out more of this interior designer’s work at magentapinkinteriors.co.uk

Photography / Logan Irvine-MacDougall

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