Urban Glamour #10

This gorgeous contemporary Edwardian home is full of personal touches and clever decorating ideas.

Get the look: The wall covering is by Brian Yates. The sofa is from sofa.com. This is French Connection Home’s Marble Laptop table. The rug is from CarpetVista. Richard Ray’s Untitled #246 manipulated photograph is available at artfinder.com.


An Edwardian terrace in southwest London. The open-plan ground floor comprises a kitchen, dining area and living room. On the first floor is Bill’s bedroom, the family bathroom and the master suite. On the extended top floor is Imogen’s bedroom, which includes a shower and separate WC, plus a study on the half landing.


This house was put together around two main principles. The first is to have one big statement in each space – be it an amazing chandelier, a wall of antiqued mirror tiles or an artwork that makes you gasp.  Idea number two is good storage – and lots of it.

The architectural interior designer, Ali Salt, helped to re-imagine the house’s floor plan with plenty of pockets of invisible storage tucked into alcoves and eased into unused corners – ideal for that all-too-familiar “chuck-it-in-and-shut-the-door-fast” method of tidying.

Get the look: The windows are by Steel Window Service. The sideboard is vintage Ercol, bought on eBay. The flooring is from Jordan’s Wood Flooring.

A grid of über-chic Crittall-style glazing is a masterstroke in the living room. They exude a feeling of modernity that gives older heirlooms and vintage finds a bit of a “lift”.

In the summer, these doors tend to stay wide open for most of the weekend, but on cooler evenings, they’re brilliant at keeping the house warmly insulated.

The ordered mood of the black-framed glazing is matched by the clean, sleek lines of the super-wide floorboards. The floor was inspired by Dinesen’s Douglas fir flooring at the Saatchi Gallery. This more budget-friendly alternative in oak means it can run through the entire ground floor and up the stairs for a seamless flow.

Get the look: The windows are by Steel Window Service. The coffee table and antler side table were found at Antiques by Design. The sideboard is vintage Ercol, bought on eBay. The floor lamp is from Rockett St George. The flooring is from Jordan’s Wood Flooring.

The coffee table is made from a galvanised water tank which is brilliantly robust and can take kids sitting on it, even jumping off it.

Lush velvets and a texture-rich wall covering help soften the sharp edges of the metal-framed glazing.


A wall of plates creates impact in the dining area.

These mini collections are one of the elements that make this home feel personal, aided and abetted by a fine display of quality vintage finds.

A wall in the dining room conceals a slim floor-to-ceiling cupboard, just the right size for coats, sports kit and dog-walking paraphernalia, which keeps the classic Victorian hallway free of clutter.

Get the look: The plates are from Toast. This is the Hague chandelier by Abigail Ahern. The table was made bespoke, with legs from Wicked Hairpins. The dining chairs are from eBay. The Sex Pistols artwork is by Jamie Reid at Isis Gallery. The rug is from CarpetVista.


Dark cabinetry links with the metal-framed glazing at the other end of the open-plan space, while a Sputnik chandelier adds glamour.

A glam Sixties-style fitting isn’t your usual off-the-peg choice for a kitchen.

The softer, tawny tone of the oak flooring works really well against the dark kitchen and the golden Sputnik light.

Get the look: This is the Starburst chandelier by Graham and Green. The bespoke cabinetry by Richard Emerson is painted in Farrow & Ball’s Off-Black estate eggshell. This is a Rangemaster cooker. The Weathered Oak stools are from Cox & Cox.

A shelf lined with vintage glassware in jewel shades brings a layer of richness to the kitchen.

Decorative touches make a functional zone feel gorgeously glam.

Get the look: For similar vintage glassware, try Glass Etc. The prints are from a selection at Mink Interiors. The table lamp is from The Conran Shop. The mirror panel is from Abigail Ahern.


The stylised palm-print wallpaper in the boys’ room looks almost abstract when it wraps all around a room.

Get the look: This is Manila wallpaper in Green/Ivory by Sanderson. The shark pendant is from Little Home range at John Lewis. Find the Silver Surfer poster on eBay. Olli Ella sells similar baskets.


This teenager’s hangout is an escapist den.

Get the look: Find an original Eero Aarnio Bubble Chair for Adelta at 1stdibs.com. The framed flag is vintage – Goose Home and Garden sells similar. The large rug is from CarpetVista. Try Beldi Rugs for a similar small runner.


Seamless, handle-free storage keeps this space uncluttered, so a selection of art and ceramics can shine through with a simple clarity.

Get the look: The cabinetry is bespoke and painted in Purbeck Stone estate eggshell by Farrow & Ball. The bed is from Warren Evans. The bed linen is from Merci. This is Richard Ray’s Untitled #238 manipulated photograph, available at artfinder.com.


This bathroom is quite a large space, so the wall of pictures makes it feel more welcoming and personal.

Get the look: The antiqued mirror-glass wall tiles are from Fired Earth. The bath is from CP Hart, teamed with a Bathstore bath filler.

To see more of Ali Salt’s architectural interior designs, visit alisaltdesign.co.uk 

Photography / Paul Massey 

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