New Elegance #4

Brave colour choices and punchy patterns are celebrated in this bold and beautiful family home

Get the look: This is Harlequin’s Sumi wallpaper in Hessian/Copper. The bespoke stair runner is from Tim Page Carpets. The console table was bought at Lots Road Auctions.


A period terrace house in southwest London. The lower-ground floor includes two children’s bedrooms, a bathroom and a playroom. On the ground floor is a kitchen-diner. Above is the living room, library and a WC. On the top floor is the master bedroom, en-suite bathroom, a shower room and dressing room/study.

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Harlequin’s bold, geometric Sumi wallpaper creates a striking feature in the hallway (pictured above). The shell-frame mirror was a family heirloom.


Alongside the roaring fire and striking paintings, this London terrace boasts an exciting mix of pattern, colour, inherited pieces, contemporary furniture and cleverly upcycled finds.

The living room was designed around the fireplace.

Get the look: This is Drag DR 1216 wallpaper by Farrow & Ball. For a similar fire surround, check out Chesney’s.

Shades of lilac and orange blend in with this neutral scheme.

Get the look: This is Drag DR 1216 wallpaper by Farrow & Ball. The Small Snooze sofa is by Ochre. The coffee table is bespoke, made in Belgium from reclaimed flooring.


A practical, stainless-steel table provides additional storage and worktop space in this industrial-style kitchen.

Get the look: The prep table is by Nisbets.  These are Rockett St George bar stools. The cabinetry is from B&Q. The blind is made in Beaded Stripe linen-mix by Neisha Crosland at Turnell & Gigon. The walls are painted in Paint & Paper Library’s Suchong pure flat emulsion. The vintage pendant light was bought in Holland. The portrait painting was inherited and is believed to be of South American origin.


Rather than kit the house out from scratch, existing pieces were modified so that they work in their new surroundings.

Get the look: The chairs are upholstered with Romo fabrics and, on the seat back, a Tissus d’Hélène design. The table was found in a local antiques shop. The rug was brought back from India. The curtains are made in Hedgehog linen-mix in Duck Egg Brown by Neisha Crosland at Turnell & Gigon.

The fabulous chairs, which were a gift, have been upholstered in a zingy red and blue fabric.

Get the look: The painting, pictured, was bought from the Affordable Art Fair.

The plate rack holds china by Astier de Villatte – a new piece is added to the collection each year. The lights on either side of the rack are bespoke.

Get the look: The lamp shades are from Oka. The armchair is upholstered in a Manuel Canovas fabric.


The study-come-dressing room on the top floor is complete with bespoke shelving, which flanks a simple desk.

Get the look: The desk is from Ikea. The chair is by Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam. The wall light is from Holly’s House. The blind is made in Jim Thompson’s Gemstone cotton in Emerald, available in the UK through Fox Linton.


Here, the same wallpaper is used as in the living room, but in a different shade. It gives a little bit of depth without interfering with the overall scheme. The headboard is made from two old doors that were found at a tip.

Get the look: This is Drag DR 1230 wallpaper by Farrow & Ball. The lamp shade is from Pooky. The paisley print bed linen is by Zara Home. The geometric cushion is made in Ravenna linen by Michael Szell at Christopher Farr Cloth.


This room is pink to the max, but as young girls get older, some of the fluffy stuff can be trimmed out and the girls can still enjoy it.

Get the look: This is Shawnee wallpaper by Brunschwig & Fils. The toile de Jouy bedspreads were brought back from Holland. This is Jonathan Adler’s Giraffe table lamp.


This room has lovely grass-cloth wallpaper – it was inherited as part of the room when it used to be the master bedroom.

Get the look: The grass-cloth wallpaper is from Phillip Jeffries.

Photography ⁄ Alexander James

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