New Elegance #2

19th-century grandeur feels liveable and relaxed, thanks to a well-judged balance of old and new designs.

Get the look: This is the Licce Lounge chair by Jader Almeida for Sollos at The Conran Shop. The sofa is from Loaf. This is the Pedrera coffee table by Barba Corsini for Gubi. Larusi sells a similar Beni Ourain rug. The chandelier is from Agapanthus Interiors. These are Tom Dixon’s stone wall lights. The sculpture is by Jonathan Page. The Casper vase, on the mantelpiece, is by Astier de Villatte.


A Victorian house in west London. On the ground floor is a large open-plan living/dining room, study and WC. On the lower-ground floor is a kitchen-diner with a garden room area, utility room and WC. The master suite and a guest bedroom suite are on the first floor. On the second floor are three further bedrooms, a bathroom and steps leading up to a roof terrace.

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The spiral stairway creates a captivating focal point and is a prime example of how this property incorporates authentic period architraves with contemporary living.

Get the look: The staircase is bespoke – try Bisca for similar. Find comparable flooring at Element7.


The interiors radiate serenity, with design inspiration from Brazil’s Jader Almeida and 19th-century France reflected back in sumptuous leather and antiqued mirror glass.

Get the look: The nest of Moon side tables is by Ochre. This is the IC floor lamp by Michael Anastassiades for Flos. The sofa is from Loaf. This is the Pedrera coffee table by Barba Corsini for Gubi. Larusi sells a similar Beni Ourain rug. The chandelier is from Agapanthus Interiors.

In keeping with the mood of the renovation, antiques mix with contemporary designs such as the high shine rocking chair with butter-soft leather.

Below, an antiqued mirror and crystal chandelier compliment the original marble fireplace and classical cornicing detailing.


The kitchen-diner has a more urban feel, with concrete flooring flowing through to a chic, city-dwellers’ version of a garden room. Classic, enduring surfaces including brass, marble and timber make this hard-working space functional and contemporary.

Get the look: The kitchen is bespoke by Culinary Architecture, featuring Buster + Punch Closet Bar handles, marble worktops from Venice Marble, Gaggenau appliances and a Quooker tap. The glass splashback is from Lister Glass. These are ICS ceiling lights by Michael Anastassiades for Flos. The Imo bar stools are by Pinch.


Gentle curves are subtly repeated in the formal dining zone to take the edge off the architectural grandeur.

Get the look: This is the Revesby D Ended table by Russell Pinch for The Conran Shop. These are Beetle dining chairs by GamFratesi for Gubi. The painting is by Hannah Franklin.


A photograph by Tim Hall and mismatched Eames chairs add colour and playfulness to the informal dining area.

Get the look: The photograph, entitled The School Run, is from the Inside Out, Jodphur project by Tim Hall. This is Ines Cole’s Singer table. The Eames DSW chairs for Vitra are available at John Lewis. The cabinetry is by Culinary Architecture with Buster + Punch handles.


The urban garden room is an inspired way to bring greenery into a slender city space.

Get the look: The Krossing modular shelving unit by Kriptonite is from The Conran Shop. This is the DLM side table by Thomas Bentzen for Hay. The plants were all bought at New Covent Garden Market. The mirrored panels in the garden are from Pure White Lines.

Free-flowing foliage is contained within a structured grid in this urban version of a garden room. A petite triangular garden lies beyond.


Bespoke herringbone parquet flooring flows from the ground floor, up the stairs and through the bedrooms, creating a seamless and restful flow through the home.

Get the look: The headboard is bespoke – Paola Navone’s Ghost bed for Gervasoni is similar in style. The bed linen is from The Linen Works. The cushions and throw are from Larusi. This is Ochre’s Moon side table. This is the IC table lamp by Michael Anastassiades for Flos. The chandelier is from Agapanthus Interiors. Find similar flooring at Element7.

The retro fringed chair is a chic contrast against the angular, modern floor lamp, whereas it might look kitch or dated in a different setting.

Get the look: The chair is from Phoenix On Golborne. The Gräshoppa floor lamp is by Greta M Grossman for Gubi. The chandelier and wall sconce are from Agapanthus Interiors. The fireplace is from Arbon Interiors. This is Anthropologie’s Gleaming Primrose mirror. Source similar herringbone parquet flooring at Element7.


The master bathroom is a good size despite its Toblerone shape. The monochrome palette and modern freestanding bathtub with matching his and hers sinks create a chic hotel-like interior. Simple ovals, marble and a micro cement floor keep things serene and uncomplicated.

Get the look: The basins and bath are from Victoria + Albert. The taps and bath filler are by Bagno Design. The marble is from Venice Marble. The bespoke vanity unit features Buster + Punch handles. The mirrors are from The White Company.


This is one room where the ‘Toblerone’ shape of the house really reveals itself. The bespoke desk keeps the room uncluttered, and helps create the illusion of space.

Get the look: This is the Masculo chair by GamFratesi for Gubi. The desk lamp is by Anglepoise. The wall is painted in Hague Blue estate emulsion by Farrow & Ball. The landscape photography, entitled Yangshou Dawn, is by Tim Hall.


Playful architectural wallpaper is an apposite choice for the neat, triangular WC.

Get the look: The Procuratie e Scimmie wallpaper is from the Fornasetti II collection at Cole & Son. The basin is by Victoria + Albert. The mirror is from Phoenix On Golborne. This is Buster + Punch’s Door Lever handle.

Photography ⁄ Paul Raeside

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