This beautiful period property has been lavished with plenty of TLC to create a home that honours its roots, yet celebrates contemporary design ideas
A Georgian house in Newcastle, dating back to 1826. There is a kitchen-diner, snug, laundry room, pantry, wine store and shower room on the ground floor. Upstairs is a living room and library. On the second floor are two bedrooms, a walk-in wardrobe and a bathroom. On the third floor there are two further bedrooms and a shower room. The basement flat is rented out.
The library (pictured above) was converted from an upstairs kitchen. The herringbone flooring was reclaimed from an old school and was taken up piece by piece, relaid in this Georgian home and sanded down. As well as looking good, it also creates a good sound buffer between floors.
Below, Renaissance art is framed by a moody blue backdrop.
While there are subtle visual flourishes – including contemporary lighting designs by the likes of Marcel Wanders, as well as high-street finds that look as 21st century as can be – the decor is kept largely true to the spirit of the place by avoiding overtly pop flourishes and brash colours. The interior is plush, but sedate, and the attention to detail shows how much the property is loved.
Time has been spent sourcing special, but never ostentatious pieces. A cooler shade of grey marks the point of transition from the upstairs living zones to the utility areas down below.
The cupboards and kitchen island were designed to the owner’s specifications.
The dryer hanging from the ceiling looks like it may be an original fixture, but it’s something that had been added by the previous residents. It’s been painted to match the room and is useful for drying washing.
The sea grass flooring runs throughout the house and up the staircase.
The bedroom interiors bring a level of modern luxury to a profoundly historic property. The result is experiential as much as visual.
The bathroom is painted in Cornforth White by Farrow & Ball – because it’s a great background default, a slightly grey white. Grey, that most Georgian of non-colours, abounds. But it’s chic rather than dour. These lofty spaces can take it.
This custom-designed bathroom was inspired by the bathrooms at the Dean Street Townhouse in Soho. The tank is directly above it, creating an intense water pressure.
Photography ⁄ Paul Massey