New Elegance #3

This beautiful period property has been lavished with plenty of TLC to create a home that honours its roots, yet celebrates contemporary design ideas

Get the look: The sofa is from the short-lived M&S concept shop Lifestore, re-covered in a John Lewis fabric. The 1820s fireplace was salvaged. The rug is from the Plantation Rug Company at Heal’s.


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.

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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.

Get the look: The Arnolfini Portrait by Jan van Eyck canvas is from Surface View. The wall is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Inchyra Blue estate emulsion.


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.

Get the look: The sofa is from The faux shagreen bedside trunks – two of which are used as a coffee table – are from Oka.

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.

Get the look: Find skull artwork like this at Other Criteria.


The cupboards and kitchen island were designed to the owner’s specifications.

Get the look: For similar cabinetry, try British Standard by Plain English. The handles are from Rowen & Wren. This is the Skygarden pendant by Marcel Wanders for Flos at The Conran Shop. The stucco rose was created by Miles and Wilde. The Industrial wall lights are from Old School Electric.


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.

Get the look: For a classic clothes airer, visit Mandarin Stone sells slate flagstones like these.


The sea grass flooring runs throughout the house and up the staircase.

Get the look: The flooring is from Crucial Trading. The pendant is from British Home Store. The Lip Service canvas is from Surface View.


The bedroom interiors bring a level of modern luxury to a profoundly historic property. The result is experiential as much as visual.

Get the look: The bed linen is from The White Company. Larusi sells throws like this one. For a similar bed frame, try And So to Bed. The floor lamp is from Aldi. The rocking horse is from an antiques shop in Tuscany.


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.

Get the look: For oversized Carrara marble slabs like these, try Stone Age. Dornbracht is a good source of modern shower systems. CP Hart sells a range of bathroom fittings.

Photography ⁄ Paul Massey

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