New Elegance #22

This Victorian house marries Georgian proportions with Parisian flair.

Get the look: Find similar pink chairs at My Furniture. The painting over the table is by Brian Nissen. The Glass doors were made by Maxlight.

THE PROPERTY

A Victorian semi-detached house in west London. Arranged over three floors, the house has a living room that flows directly into a dining and kitchen area, plus a utility room, wine cellar and larder, on the ground floor. Upstairs there are five bedrooms and four bathrooms.

DINING AREA

The contemporary extension at the back of the house (pictured top) is a seamless space with a uniform ceiling height that mirrors the living area at the front. The set of blush-pink dining chairs was an eBay find.

KITCHEN

The scale of this house hits you as soon as you step through the tall, double doors into the living room, which flows towards the kitchen. At the back, the floor-to-ceiling glazed doors resemble a translucent wall (pictured top). This serene space is all part of an extension, but thanks to a skilful co-design between the interior architect and interior designer behind The Vada Collective, it feels more like a grand salon.

There are some interiors that grip your imagination and whisk you off to another place. This elegant home is a case in point. It is a robust, 19th-century semi tucked into a city street of gravel-strewn drives and shiny SUVs. But the soul of this house belongs to Paris.

Get the look: Arabescato marble has been used for the island, worktop and splashback. Decorative Collective has a range of similar mirrors.

The kitchen is lined in walnut, the cupboards providing stealthy storage for toys and paraphernalia. The La Cornue range cooker and tall mirror add Gallic élan. It’s a perfect example of how French style interiors can be both classical and minimal.

LIVING ROOM

The Vada Collective’s speciality is transforming lacklustre properties for re-sale, and all of their projects are defined by an eye for proportion, light and budget.

While the decoration is simple – grey and white walls, subdued linen curtains – the emphasis is on architectural detailing. Purely contemporary interiors date quickly, but if you define rooms with traditional features it makes everything timeless – and so cornices were restored, and spindles re-spun.

Get the look: For similar consoles, try Adam Williams Design. JRM French Interiors sells similar chandeliers. The sofa is from Camerich. Art photographs are by Isabelle van Zeijl.

In the living room, the marble coffee table was designed using an offcut from a now-defunct workshop across the road. Elsewhere, silvered mirrors snapped up at auction cement the feel of this home – chic, relaxed, and oh-so Parisian.

The large bay window floods the space with light. Formerly a series of down-at-heel bedsits, the house had lost many of its period features. The Vada Collective put them back in.

Get the look: For similar consoles, try Adam Williams Design. JRM French Interiors sells similar chandeliers. The sofa is from Camerich. Art photographs are by Isabelle van Zeijl.

Panelled doors and reinstated architectural detailing give the interior a timeless appeal.

Get the look: The curved velvet armchair is from India Jane.

Designed to accentuate the height of the ceiling, the new bookshelves bring definition to the large ground floor space and, in particular, to the area around the piano.

Get the look: The bookshelves are painted in Livid intelligent matt emulsion by Little Greene. The painting is by Arrigo Wittler.

MASTER BEDROOM

The bedroom was designed with pared-back furnishings and subdued colours to add to the relaxed feel of the space.

Get the look: The bath is from W4 Bathrooms. The curtains are in Romo’s Launay Thistledown linen. The side table is from DI Designs. Barker and Stonehouse sells a similar table lamp and shade. The bed is by The White Company.

A bath in the bedroom adds a note of decadent luxe. 

Get the look: The bath is from W4 Bathrooms. The curtains are in Romo’s Launay Thistledown linen.

Discussion-point oils and drawings by Brian Nissen, Sarah Haffner and Arrigo Wittler populate the three-storey house, spilling into bedrooms and bathrooms. Even the kids’ rooms are home to paintings by Edward Bell.

Get the look: The side table is from DI Designs. Barker and Stonehouse sells a similar table lamp and shade.

MASTER BATHROOM

A former kitchen is now a bathroom complete with a glazed wall that echoes the ground-floor extension.

Get the look: Porcelanosa sells similar marble tiles. Aston Matthews sells wall-mounted brass towel rails.

The 19th-century Thomas Crapper cistern in the bathroom was an eBay find.

Get the look: Find a similar mirror at Lots Road Auctions. Porcelanosa sells similar marble tiles.

See more of the designers’ work at vadacollective.com

Photography ⁄ Paul Raeside

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